New licensing body for Scotland appoints TLT partner as chair

Stephen McGowan of TLT LLP has been appointed chair of the Institute of Licensing Scotland

The Institute of Licensing (IoL), the UK’s professional membership body for licensing practitioners, has made history this month by launching a Scottish region for the first time.
It has also appointed Stephen McGowan, partner and head of licensing (Scotland) at TLT LLP, as its chair.
Chairman of the IoL, Dan Davies, said: “It’s a great pleasure to officially announce Scotland as the Institute of Licensing’s 12th region. Under the guidance of Stephen McGowan, we hope the Institute of Licensing’s presence will be of great benefit to licensing practitioners across the country.”
McGowan said: “I’m honoured to be named as the inaugural chair of the new Scottish region of the Institute of Licensing. The support of licensing colleagues has been instrumental to my appointment and I’m looking forward to working closely with a number of my fellow licensing professionals to establish the region.”
“In my role I will encourage those in Scotland’s licensing industry to work collaboratively and help each other grow their professional relationships and standards, just as our contemporaries do throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”
McGowan was appointed chairman of BII (British Institution of Innkeeping) Scotland, the professional body represting those working across the licensed hospitality industry, in 2012 and sits on the Law Society of Scotland licensing sub-committee and the National Advisory Panel of the Institute of Licensing.
He has also sat on a number of Government working groups relating to licensing including licensing board member training and personal licence refresher training.
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