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Secretary: William I. Neish

Grampian Region, which covers the area of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray in North-east Scotland, has been officially twinned with the City of Houston, Texas, since May,1979. In the United States this is known as a Sister City relationship.

A 40-strong delegation from Houston attended the ceremony in Aberdeen when the twinning charter was signed by by Councillor Sandy Mutch, Convener of Grampian Regional Council and by Deputy Mayor Jim Westmoreland on behalf of Houston City Council.

The Grampian-Houston Association was established to foster links with Houston in all spheres - business and commercial, educational and social - and the Houston-Grampian Association performed a similar role in Texas until 2021 when responsibility for promoting the Sister City relationship  transferred to the British American Foundation of Texas and the Houston Chapter of the British American Business Council. .

Membership of the Grampian-Houston Association is  open to businesses and individuals with an interest in Houston and Texas. A membership application form is available on this web site.


The Association is honoured to have the Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen and the Provost of Aberdeenshire as President and Vice President. The Grampian-Houston logo features the ptarmigan, a bird native to Grampian, and the bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas.

Sandy Mutch & Louie Welch

For further information contact

William Neish, Secretary,

Tel. 01224 484720


Founding fathers of the Grampian-Houston Sister City link Councillor Sandy Mutch, Convener, Grampian Regional Council (1974-82) and Ex-Mayor Louie Welch, of Houston