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South Lanarkshire trading standards officer is new Chair of TSI Scottish Branch

picture of new scottish branch chairmanThe new Chair of Trading Standards Institute (TSI) in Scotland, is Glaswegian, Malcolm Craig.

Currently a TSO with South Lanarkshire Council, Malcolm has previous experience of protecting consumers’ rights in the capital city – the Scottish one! -  and is presently a board member of the Motherwell-based Construction Licensing Executive, helping businesses develop their fair trading capabilities.

The new Chair stated; “It is an honour to be elected as Chair of the Scottish Branch in the year we celebrate our 100th Anniversary. In our Centenary year we are challenged as never before with cuts and reductions in resources felt not only in Scotland but the length and breadth of the UK. Whilst the demand for Trading Standards remains high during the economic downturn, there is no quick fix solution to resource our Service in these austere times. It is important that as part of our Institute, we work smarter to assist our members to continually improve and update the services they provide.

The Scottish Branch is committed to ensuring that training is available to its members in Scotland by assisting in providing training courses when needed, by hosting a Spring Branch Training event to provide updates, and an Autumn Conference to debate emerging issues and trends.

I have always been a keen follower of Institute matters and have believed in continual professional development since my days as a student at Glasgow Caledonian University. I obtained Practitioner status in 2012 demonstrating a commitment to continuous training and professional development. I believe in this current climate this is very important as the topic of competency has been raised by the Press, Government and the Courts in the last few years.  It is now more important than ever that we as a profession, can justify our place within the economy. We must be able to show that we are competent to act as professional market regulators and advisors to business and consumers alike. It is no longer acceptable to qualify and then rest on our laurels. We must be able to demonstrate if challenged, that we have kept our legal knowledge up to date.

 In this our Centenary year for the Scottish Branch, the Executive and I are very keen to mark this milestone with some form of commemorative event. We would be very interested in hearing suggestions from members. Please e-mail any suggestions to the Scottish Branch Secretary Brian Wilson at the following address:  WilsonB@Stirling.gov.uk

Lastly I would like extend our thanks to Ron Gainsford our erstwhile Chief Executive who has been a great friend of our Branch, and to congratulate Leon Livermore on his recent appointment. We are experiencing challenging times in the profession and I believe with Leon at the helm, the profession is in safe hands. Both Leon and Christine Heemskerk, our Chair, have attended our branch events in the past, their gregarious characters and passion for our profession endearing them to our members and we would like to extend a warm Scottish welcome to both of them”.


Malcolm added; “I sincerely hope that I will reward the confidence which my colleagues have placed in me.”

Ends.

Notes for editors:

1. The Scottish Branch celebrates its centenary this year.
2. Malcolm Craig is a Trading Standards Officer within South Lanarkshire Council and can be contacted on 01698 454742, or at Malcolm.Craig@Southlanarkshire.gsx.gov.uk
3. A picture of Malcolm is attached


Contact Name: Peter Fergie – Scottish Branch Publicity Officer
Contact Details: (01236) 856330; 07939 281099 (mobile)
e-mail: fergiep@northlan.gov.uk

DATE: 22 May 2013