“Family businesses are the backbone of our economy,” – Ben Gray, Institute for Family Business
The Institute for Family Business (IFB) has appointed Ben Gray, who is head of strategy and development for the family-owned DC Thomson Group, as its chairman in Scotland.
Gray succeeds David Murray, who previously held the position for five years.
He was previously managing director of DC Thomson’s magazine division and ran a major outsourcing and restructuring project, transforming the performance of its publishing arm.
In his new role as IFB regional chairman, Gray will be responsible for continuing the growth and expansion of the organisation with a particular focus on rolling out learning and networking events supporting family firms to thrive for generations to come.
Peter Armitage, chairman of the IFB, said: “Ben is highly respected in the Scottish business community and as a former senior executive of one of Scotland’s long established family firms he has an in depth understanding of the unique ethos of family businesses.
“Scotland has a significant family business presence, with more than 290,000 firms family owned, and the IFB is committed to building a strong network to promote and support them. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank David for his hard work and wish him all the best for the future.”
Outgoing chairman, David Murray of Murray Capital, said: “After five thoroughly enjoyable years, I am delighted to hand over the reins to Ben. I am positive he will carry on the great work of the IFB to promote the best interests of family businesses in Scotland.”
Gray added: “Family businesses are the backbone of our economy and whilst there are many things which make family business special – like our strong values, community spirit and long term outlook – we can encounter challenges too. I am looking forward to continuing David’s outstanding work and continuing to support family businesses in Scotland.”
One of Gray’s first engagements in his new role was to host IFB Scotland’s dinner on Tuesday night (9 May), bringing business families together in Edinburgh.
Guest speaker DC Thomson chief executive Ellis Watson shared his experience of what it’s like to be an external CEO working in a family business.