Rising Scottish hospitality stars appointed trustees of industry charity HIT Scotland

Amy Lightbody, Dog Digital, James McGuire, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, and Stephen Buchanan, Buzzworks Holdings

HOSPITALITY Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland has appointed three trustees from its Futures Group – an exclusive networking group set up to share ideas and contribute to the future of Scottish hospitality. 

The three new trustees are:  

  • Stephen Buchanan, New Openings & Ops Manager, Buzzworks Holdings  
  • Amy Lightbody, Digital Producer, Dog Digital  
  • James McGuire, GB Commercial Manager, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

The new trustees were appointed from the HIT Scotland Futures Group, which was established for rising stars of the industry to share their thoughts and ideas on issues relevant to the next generation of Scottish hospitality professionals. This in turn has helped shape the industry charity’s events, scholarships and 5-year strategy.  

While only one trustee position was advertised, the three candidates were so strong that HIT Scotland Chair Angela Vickers and Vice Chair Alan Halliday decided to appoint them all. 

The Futures Group features passionate individuals from leading businesses in a variety of sectors. Committee member Hayleigh Mullen is a 2023 Acorn Award winner while members Mollie McCaughley and Chris Cassidy are both HIT Future Leader Award recipients. 

David Cochrane MBE, Chief Executive of HIT Scotland, added: 

“The Future Group has become a cornerstone of HIT, so we recently offered a Trustee position to the group. The group meets regularly to deliver actions and evolve programmes provided by HIT Scotland. 

“Amy, James and Stephen were such strong candidates that we simply couldn’t choose between them. We are delighted to have their combined experience and passion now benefitting the Board of Trustees, HIT Scotland and the future of the wider industry.” 

To find out more about the HIT Scotland Futures Group and how you can get involved, visit the website: hitscotland.co.uk/futures-group 

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