About us

Our leadership team

Our leadership team

Our leadership team is responsible for the day to day running of the business. Working with teams across the organisation, delivery partners and our Board, the team ensures we are on track to deliver success for Scotland.

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

Jane Martin, Managing Director of Innovation and Investment

Jane took up her most recent post in March 2022. She is a member of Scottish Enterprise’s Executive Leadership team.

Her last role, as Managing Director of Business Growth, supported business growth across Scotland through grant funding operations, establishing new models of delivery and ensuring more businesses can access our support. She was a founding member of the Business Support Partnership Programme, working to align and streamline access to business support across the delivery landscape in Scotland.

Other roles have included digital transformation, service design and marketing, and communications both in Scotland and internationally.

As Managing Director of Innovation and Investment, she'll lead our work to help build economic systems that help entrepreneurs, industries and communities in Scotland to thrive. With a real focus on innovation and place, Scottish Enterprise will make the most of Scotland’s strengths and assets regionally and nationally — helping to build collaborative working and strong, effective partnerships to execute on major opportunities.

Jane has a BA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow. She is a non-Executive Director for Pitlochry International Festival Theatre and a volunteer for DSL Business Finance Ltd, a not-for-profit business lending organisation.

Jane Martin, managing director of business services and advice, Scottish Enterprise

Carolyn Stewart, Chief People Officer

Carolyn oversees the majority of Scottish Enterprise’s corporate functions to ensure Scottish Enterprise (SE) internal services are delivered to support the business plan. This includes effective corporate governance and ensuring SE has the ability to attract, retain, harness and motivate talent.

Her responsibilities include Legal, Audit, Procurement and Facilities Management, Governance and Office Services, Human Resources (HR), Health, Safety and Environmental Management and Corporate Affairs and Marketing. Carolyn also has interim responsibility for SE’s strategy division.

A member of SE’s senior leadership team since 2010, Carolyn is a qualified HR professional with 30 years' experience and has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1997.

Carolyn Stewart, chief people officer, Scottish Enterprise

Rhona Allison,  Managing Director, Business Growth

Rhona leads Scottish Enterprise's services that support business growth across Scotland, including our grant funding operations.

Her remit is to set and drive our focus and engagement with businesses of all sizes in Scotland. She works in close collaboration and partnership with other business support delivery organisations to enable further economic growth and development in Scotland.

She also leads the Business Support Partnership Programme, a commitment from Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies, Business Gateway, Local Government and the Scottish Government. The programme works to co-develop and implement a partnership-first approach to delivering solutions and services to businesses, and to develop a streamlined business support system.

Rhona Allison, Scottish Enterprise

Neil Francis, Interim Managing Director, International Development

Neil took up post as Interim Managing Director of International Development in November 2020.

Neil leads Scottish Enterprise’s international economic development activities with a focus on trade and investment to support Scotland’s global ambitions. In a career spanning more than 20 years with Scottish Enterprise, he was most recently Director of Global Trade, supporting Scotland’s international competitiveness by stimulating and supporting the international trade ambition of companies across Scotland.

Neil is passionate about helping to build an outward looking Scotland, increasing its international reputation and competitiveness through supporting companies to capitalise on international opportunities and attracting inward investment.

Neil graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) from Loughborough University of Science and Technology in 1986 and obtained an MBA with Distinction at the Strathclyde Graduate Business School in 1997.

Neil Francis, Scottish Enterprise

Douglas Colquhoun, Chief Financial Officer

Douglas Colquhoun was appointed Scottish Enterprise’s Chief Financial Officer in April 2020. Prior to this he was the Director of Finance from 2010.

Douglas leads the Finance and Risk teams within Scottish Enterprise (SE) to ensure that these services are delivered to support the business plan. This includes effective financial management, including the utilisation of European funding, and the development of SE’s risk management policies and processes. He is responsible for the production of SE’s Annual Report and Accounts and leads on the preparation of the budget that supports the business plan. Douglas also has interim responsibility for SE’s technology division.

Douglas is a qualified accountant and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has been with Scottish Enterprise and its predecessor organisation since 1987.

Douglas Colquhoun Chief Financial Officer Scottish Enterprise