Club President Alan S. Morrison reported a second successive record year.

St Andrews Business Club has reported a second successive year of growth to record levels.

In his President’s Report at Wednesday night’s AGM Evening, held at the Old Course Hotel, outgoing President, Alan S. Morrison, reported Club membership was now 120 people – 17 more than the same time last year – and expected to beat last year’s season-end record of 128 members.

Average event attendance this season is also running at a new club record – going from 28 last season to 31 to date, with two events still to take place before the season closes on June 26. A new event attendance record was also set last December – when 53 members and guests attended the club’s Festive Social at V&A Dundee.

Further improvements

Feedback from event attendees has also seen further improvements across the range of questions asked.

Speaking about the club year, Mr Morrison, said: “The last year has seen the club’s growth in membership, event attendance and feedback continued thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Committee and interns as well as the support of our members. Thank you to all of them for helping make this year another record-breaking success for St Andrews Business Club.

“I look forward to seeing the club continue to improve and grow under the leadership of our new President, Caroline Rochford.”

History was also made when women were elected to three of the five office bearer roles for the first time. Caroline Rochford was elected as the club’s 63rd President (the second woman to hold the role), Marie Paterson became Vice-President and Emma-Jane Kerr was confirmed as Secretary for a second year. All three served as members of the 2018-19 Committee.

The new club Committee: (from left) Alasdair Kyle, Past President – Alan S. Morrison; Secretary – Emma-Jane Kerr; President – Caroline Rochford; Vice-President – Marie Paterson; Catherine Maciocia; Treasurer – Michael Stephenson. Reseda Muir and Jonathan Gibson were unable to attend.

Other Committee members for the 2019-20 club year are: Immediate Past President – Alan S. Morrison; Treasurer – Michael Stephenson; Catherine Maciocia, Alasdair Kyle, and new committee members Reseda Muir and Jonathan Gibson.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Chief Executive, Carolyn Currie, was guest speaker.

After the AGM formalities were concluded, the guest speaker, Women’s Enterprise Scotland Chief Executive Carolyn Currie spoke about her career, including guiding the development of global-leading standards for gender equality in business advisor training, co-founding the UK Women’s Enterprise Policy Group and contributing policy papers to the World Economic Forum and the T20, the think tank of the G20. Ms Currie also spoke about the need for greater gender equality in supporting female entrepreneurs, the sustainable development goals and the work of Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

The club’s next event is a business success stories event on June 5 open to all – where tips on how to achieve your goals will be shared my members.

Details and how to join the club are on its website at and Eventbrite.