New West Lothian Highland Games chieftain

West Lothian Highland Games chieftain 2012 Dave McDougall
West Lothian Highland Games chieftain 2012 Dave McDougall

A leading light of the local business community has been revealed as the new Chieftain of West Lothian Highland Games.

West Lothian Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dave McDougall (64) has been given the prestigious role at the 41st West Lothian Highland Games, which takes place in Bathgate’s Meadow Park on the last Saturday in May every year.

The experienced entrepreneur and former economics lecturer first moved his Wisdom IT business to West Lothian in 1994, and has played an active role in local enterprise ever since. He became chief executive of the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce in 2004, supporting local companies to develop and flourish.

Dave McDougall said: “It’s a real honour to be asked to be Chieftain of West Lothian Highland Games and I’m really looking forward to the big day on Saturday, May 26. I’ve got myself a new kilt especially for the occasion – bought from a West Lothian company, of course!

“It was a real bolt out of the blue when I was approached, but I’m delighted and excited to be taking on the role. I’ve been a regular at the games for a number of years now, and know what a great event it is, especially when we get the sunshine it deserves.

“West Lothian Highland Games is a real community day, attracting people of all ages from all over West Lothian and further afield. I know a lot of local businesses already support the Games, and I see a lot of scope to get even more involved in the future.”

West Lothian Highland Games President Matt Purdie said: “We are pleased to welcome Dave McDougall as our 41st chieftain.

“Dave has been a keen supporter of the Games for many years, and played a key role in helping us bring the high profile British Pipe Band Championships to West Lothian in 2013.

“His contribution to West Lothian life through his work with the Chamber of Commerce makes him a very worthy chieftain, and will help strengthen the Highland Games’ strong links with local business even further.”

The West Lothian Highland Games is run by volunteers, and would welcome more assistance to make sure this vital community event continues. If you would like to get involved please see, or contact Tom Tierney at or 01506 632620.