Pete Cheema OBE and the Rt Hon Jack McConnell

Pete Cheema OBE

"My advice to the students would be to follow their dreams, doesn't matter what career path they choose. I think it's important to stay true to themselves." Hear more from Pete Cheema.

Pete Cheema OBE has vast knowledge and experience of the retailing sector, having owned and managed a number of award-winning stores over the years.

He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocers Federation in 2015 – having previously served as President between 2006 and 2008 – and has transformed it into a modern, relevant and highly influential trade body. In addition, Mr Cheema is a board member of the Scottish Retail Consortium and Scotland’s Town Partnership, and also sits on a number of Scottish Government committees.

Mr Cheema is recognised for his outstanding contribution to the convenience store sector in Scotland.

Pete Cheema OBE

Watch Honorary Graduate Pete Cheema's speech