A NEW president has taken the helm of Moray Chamber of Commerce.
Alistair Simpson, a managing partner with Ritsons, was elected at the chamber’s annual general meeting held in the Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin on Wednesday.
Carol Stewart, a business relations manager with Royal Bank of Scotland, was voted in as vice-president.
Mr Simpson has taken over from George McNeil, managing director of the retail division of Johnstons of Elgin, who stepped down after three years.
Schooled in Stonehaven, Mr Simpson attended Aberdeen University and trained as an accountant with a firm in Inverness.
He spent two years in New Zealand, returning in 1988 to work with Ritsons where he became managing partner in 2009.
Mr Simpson has also been a director of Elgin BID and is soon to be appointed chairman of the Highland Area Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
A member of Buckie Rotary for 25 years, he will take on the presidency of the club in July for the second time.
Mr Simpson is also treasurer of the RNLI and Buckie Teddy Bear Playgroup.
He said: "It is a tremendous honour for both myself, and Ritsons as a firm, to be elected to the post of president of Moray Chamber of Commerce.
"I will try my upmost to do my best for Moray businesses, and it is only with the full support of the board, council and chamber team that this will be achieved."