Dr Liz Cameron, Director & Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, has been honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours List for services to the promotion of Scotland and UK International Trade.
This follows on from Dr Cameron’s 2013 honour where she was recognised with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to business and commerce.
The accolade is in recognition of Dr Cameron’s service to business, in particular, her contribution to the promotion of Scottish & UK businesses on the world stage. Dr Cameron has spearheaded new public/private partnerships with the Scottish Government which has onboarded 500 new SME exporters, with those participating increasing turnover by up to £20 million and in the last three years alone, has creating over 300 new jobs.
Dr Cameron has led the expansion of trade relationships across the world which has included the signing of 40 country-to-country market agreements and the establishment of new Scottish Trade Offices, with the first opened in Yantai, China in 2017, making it more accessible for Scottish & British companies to export to new markets. She has also galvanised the international Scottish business community further by creating a global network of Scottish Chamber Ambassadors, who enable faster access to markets using their in-market expertise and connections.
Dr Cameron represents the Scottish business community on several high-level Scottish & UK
Government committees and groups. Most notably, she is the Scottish Business Representative on the UK Government’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group, shaping and informing the UK’s future trade policy and ongoing negotiations with current and prospective trade partners. Liz was also appointed to the UK Government Scotland Office International Trade Working Group in 2020.
At a Scottish Government level, Dr Cameron has participated in a wide range of influential groups including, most recently, the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board, responsible for delivering economic growth in Scotland and provided strategic advice and expertise into the formulation of Scottish Government’s “Trading Nation” export growth plan.
Dr Cameron also serves as a GlobalScot Trade Ambassador. Commenting on the announcement, Dr Liz Cameron, said:
“This is a tremendous accolade and I am deeply honoured and humbled to be awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Honours List. I am truly thankful to my family, my colleagues and my friends for supporting me throughout my career. I am also grateful to have the privilege of working with so many talented and outstanding businesses and leaders who continue to inspire and motivate me to do more for our business communities.
“I am so proud of how Scottish businesses and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network have continued to forge ahead. This award is a tribute to all businesses who, even in times of crisis, push the boundaries of innovation and trade, and continue to seize the opportunities.
“I will continue to champion Scottish and British businesses to the world and remain steadfastly committed to working in collaboration with civic society to accelerate our recovery, growth and future position in the global marketplace.”