Chris Tiso returned to the UK to attend university for a brief period to read marine law, thereafter he joined the family business as a sales assistant. Following the death of his father in 1992, he assumed the role of chief executive, a position he still holds. Graham Tiso Limited has, under Chrisí leadership, expanded and grown significantly and is currently trading from eleven outlets throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland, with a further two new openings imminent. The company employs 200 people and turns over in excess of £15 million per annum. In addition to Tiso, Chris has interests in a number of other companies within diverse industries.
The second speaker for the evening is George Stevenson, Managing Director, R.Mathieson & Sons Ltd. George graduated from Oxford University in 1972 with a degree in Geology. He worked for 2 years in London with a financial institution before doing a Masters degree in Geophysics at University College London and then joining BP as an offshore Marine Geophysicist. He was invited by his father in law to join the Mathieson family business in 1979 and was appointed Managing Director in 1982. Based in central Scotland, Mathiesons is a family owned bakery and restaurant business, employing around 375 people. Sales of around £5.5m pa are generated almost exclusively through its own chain of 25 retail bakery shops and 5 mall cafes.
The Chairman for the evening will be Ken McCracken, managing partner of Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie, (WJM) Solicitors (Glasgow and Edinburgh). He is also a director of and consultant with Family Business Solutions Limited, a consultancy company which is a collaboration between WJM and Dr Barbara Murray, founder of the Centre for Family Enterprise at Glasgow Caledonian University. Ken is a founding director and Chairman of the Family Firm Institute (UK), the UK chapter of Family Firm Institute which is a global membership organisation (based in Boston) for advisers who work with family businesses. Kenís contribution to the family business field was internationally recognised by FFI at its annual conference in 2001 when he received the Interdisciplinary Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in the advancement of interdisciplinary services to family businesses, Centre for Family Enterprise.