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Our board

Our board

Our board is appointed by Scottish ministers to strategically guide Scottish Enterprise.

The board meets six times a year to oversee the direction of the organisation and help ensure we are adding value to Scotland's economy efficiently and with impact.

All members disclose their personal interests and follow the Scottish Enterprise Code of Conduct, which helps ensure high standards are maintained in Scottish public life.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chair

One of the UK’s most experienced chairs, Lord Smith has led organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

He was Chair of The Weir Group plc until 2013, SSE plc until 2015 and The UK Green Investment Bank until 2017. In 2014 he chaired the Organising Committee for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Smith Commission on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

A chartered accountant by profession and former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Lord Smith was knighted in 1999, appointed to the House of Lords as an independent cross-bench peer in 2008, appointed Knight of the Thistle in 2013, and awarded the Companion of Honour in 2016.

He is currently Chair, British Business Bank, IMI plc, and Forth Ports Ltd and Chancellor, University of Strathclyde.

Membership dates

From: 1 August 2019

To: 31 July 2022

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Willie Mackie, Deputy Chair & Chair of the Audit & Risk committee

Willie Mackie has over 36-years of financial services experience and is a board member of Skills Development Scotland.

Willie is a fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and has over 36 years of experience in the financial services sector including a spell as the managing partner of Clydesdale Banks Business, Private and Agriculture business across Ayrshire and Arran.

He established his business consultancy in January 2013. He has played an active role in supporting and promoting economic development and has held a number of non-executive positions, Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire (Board Member), Ayrshire Economic Partnership (Member), Ayrshire Chamber (past President), and Taste Ayrshire (Chair).

He was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary to the role of the Regional Chair of Ayrshire College in 2013, is a board member of College Scotland and College Development Network where he is also chair of the Audit Committee.

In 2014 he was appointed to the board of Skills Development Scotland where he is Chair of the Finance and Operational Committee.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 January 2019

To: 31 December 2021

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Adrian Gillespie, chief executive

Adrian took up post as chief executive in September 2021.

Prior to this, Adrian was The University of Strathclyde’s first Chief Commercial Officer and member of the University’s Executive Team. He oversaw the growth of extensive industry facing activities, centres and relationships as well as the development of innovative, place-based economic development projects including the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the Glasgow City Innovation District.

Before joining Strathclyde, Adrian spent sixteen years at Scottish Enterprise where he was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Managing Director of Operations.

While there, he led the organisation's business support through account management of high growth companies, entrepreneurship development and high growth start-up support, R&D and innovation support, as well as the Business Infrastructure division. He also held various roles in areas such as the Creative Industries, Digital Media, Enabling Technologies and Energy and Low Carbon Technologies.

During the 1990s he held various commercial and financial management positions within Marks and Spencer plc.

Adrian has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Glasgow, and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde.

He is also a former trustee of Glasgow Science Centre, the Glasgow Science Centre Endowment Fund, and a former Board member of Opportunity North East (ONE).

Membership dates

From: 1 September 2021

Anne Glover

Professor Dame Anne Glover is a molecular biologist and launched a successful spin-out company based on her research.

Anne was appointed the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and then the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. 

Anne is currently at Strathclyde University as Special Advisor to the Principal and is also President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 28 February 2021

End Term: 28 February 2023

Carmel Teusner

Carmel Teusner is an organisational development specialist and brings global business experience spanning a broad range of industries and sectors gained through consultancy and senior management roles in FTSE 100 and ASX 100 companies.

Prior to taking on a portfolio of consulting and non-executive roles she was Group Head of Organisational Development for UGL, one of Australia’s leading engineering and outsourced services companies. She has hands-on experience of a range of challenges across the business lifecycle, from start-up, strategy development, expansion, consolidation, acquisition, integration and divestment.

Carmel is a member of the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland and former director of software firm Azalient Ltd. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 January 2019

To: 31 December 2021

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Gavin Nicol

Gavin was formerly director of operations for the Weir Group Plc. Gavin brings experience of delivering transformational business improvement across the globe having led businesses in the USA, China, India and the UK. Gavin is a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 28 February 2021

End Term: 28 February 2023

Gavin Nicol

Dr Poonam Malik

Dr Poonam Malik is an academic research management leader with extensive experience of working in partnership development within healthcare, industry and academic sectors internationally.

She is Director of Innovation & Impact - Science & Technology with the World Health Innovation Summit, CIC, a social Enterprise supporting community and health care organisations.

Dr Malik is also an active member of Investing Women Angels, Scotland’s only women Angel Investor Community supporting women entrepreneurs with investment, mentoring and training.

Membership dates

From: 1 October 2018

End of term: 30 September 2021

Poonam Malik

Dr Sue Paterson

Dr Sue Paterson is an oil and gas professional, with over 35 years’ UK and international experience developed within the industry and consulting, gained in both technical and managerial roles. Her interests now include how the oil and gas sector can transition successfully to a low carbon economy.

She is a qualified IoD Chartered Director, and has almost 15 years’ experience as a non-executive board member in the oil, public and voluntary sectors, including Board Chair and expertise in fundraising, risk remuneration and audit.

Dr Paterson is fascinated by organisations, and how they can be run well to the benefit of all, and is co- author of the book “The Fear Free Organisation: Vital Insights From Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture.”

Membership dates

From: 1 October 2018

End of term: 30 September 2021

Sue Paterson

Karthik Subramanya

Karthik Subramanya is currently Senior Adviser to Boston Consulting Group, advising senior management of Utilities across Europe and the Middle East on strategy and investments.

He is a Panel member of the Competition and Markets Authority and a Board member at Creative Scotland.

Before taking on a portfolio of roles, Mr Subramanya held senior executive roles in Utilities and Banking. He was Director of Strategy and Performance at SSE plc and was also Director of Group Strategy and M&A of Lloyds Banking Group. He has held senior management positions in private equity, management consulting and corporate banking.

Membership dates

From: 1 October 2018

End of term: 30 September 2021

Karthik Subramanya

Peter McKellar

Peter McKellar was until recently Global Head of Private Markets at Standard Life Aberdeen, overseeing £63 billion of assets under management across private equity, infrastructure, real estate, natural resources and certain private credit capabilities.

Membership dates

From: 15 February 2021

End of term: 14 February 2024

Peter McKellar