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IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards 2021

Celebration of Leadership Talent, Success and Achievement


Open for Entries!

2020 was a tumultuous year. Directors faced extraordinary, ever-changing situations that required bold, often difficult, decisions to ensure organisations withstood the challenges, staff were supported and client and stakeholder needs were met.

Innovative and resilient Directors have enabled their companies to survive and be ready to take advantage of future trends. These Directors should be applauded, and what better way than by entering the IoD Scotland Awards.

WHO CAN ENTER?
These cross-sector awards are open to all Directors or equivalent level, whether or not IoD members. They are free to enter. There are 12 main categories as well as regional awards (see Categories & Criteria, below).

Whatever the size of your business, whatever the sector (private, public or third), whether you are a young entrepreneur, long-established Director or NXD, these Awards are for you.

HOW TO ENTER
Submissions comprise six general criteria questions and two category-specific questions. If entering more than one category, you can replicate your general criteria answers. You can look at the questions here

The judging panel recognises that all sectors are likely to have been disrupted by Covid-19, so of course this will be taken into consideration when assessing entries; the panel will be looking at a range of criteria as well as long-term goals.

WHY ENTER
• Outstanding Directors should stand out!
• Awards are good for you, your team, your clients, your stakeholders and your business.
• IoD Scotland works with all finalists to maximise publicity across traditional and social media
• Increased profile benefits your business strategy

ENTER to submit an Award entry. You can start, save and return to your application until you are ready to submit.

NOMINATE a colleague or client for an Award, and they will be contacted and invited to submit an entry

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: 5PM ON THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER



TOP TIPS FOR COMPLETING YOUR ENTRY


Remember that the IoD is about individuals, not organisations, so your answers should be biased to what you have done, achieved or influenced. If the organisation has made great achievements, stress what you did to make it happen.

You don’t have to complete your submission in one go – you can work on it up until the entry deadline.Time taken to complete an entry varies but feedback suggests it is likely to be a number of hours (or 'a couple of evenings') to ensure responses of depth and quality. Best wishes for your submission and, remember, please be in touch at awards@firstcityevents.co.uk if you have any questions.

Vision: articulate your vision and how you are driving it forward.

Approach to challenge and innovation: talk about the challenges you have encountered and how you overcame them. What did you learn from the experience? Tell the judges how you have innovated with new ideas, approaches and processes.

Company culture: how do you foster a good culture? What is your attitude to Continual Professional Development and Corporate Social Responsibility for you and your staff? How do you drive this through the organisation?

Corporate Governance: if your organisation is too small to have a full board, demonstrate how you ensure you make good decisions, for example a mentor or consultant. If you are a larger organisation, discuss the role of the independent chair and NXDs and how you ensure the board is balanced and remains up to date.

Leadership: describe why your team would see you as a role model and how you have provided strong leadership at times of stress and challenge and how you support your staff and communicate with clients, stakeholders etc.

Remember - the person being entered is best placed to respond to the questions, but working with a colleague can help.


THE CELEBRATION
IoD Scotland will celebrate the business community’s exceptional directors when winners are revealed at its live online Awards Ceremony on Thursday 9 December.

If you have a question, please email awards@firstcityevents.co.uk

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2020 AWARDS
You can watch last year’s online Awards here. Host Grant Stott revealed the winners, whose reactions were captured in live interviews. Viewed on more than 500 devices (indicating an audience of perhaps twice this number), a surge of Twitter posts throughout meant that the ceremony was trending for much of the evening



Director of the Year Award Categories & Criteria

New for 2020/21: Director of the Year − Agility & Resilience
This award recognises a director who has demonstrated determination and resilience throughout the pandemic and tackled challenges head-on – who went ‘above and beyond’ during 2020.

Director of the Year − Large Business
The ultimate IoD Scotland award! This award recognises exceptional talent among leaders of Scotland’s major organisations. It looks for directors displaying courage and vision in decision-making to keep their business ahead of the competition and whose leadership is based on knowledge, skills and a strong ethical mindset.

Director of the Year − SME Business
This award is for outstanding SME business leaders. Whatever the sector – IT, financial, primary, manufacturing, construction, distribution, business services – IoD Scotland wants to hear from dynamic and resilient directors who, despite the challenges of 2020, have supported and led their teams to success.

Director of the Year − Family Business
Scotland’s family businesses are a powerhouse in the Scottish economy but 2020 has been a tough year for them all. This Award recognises directors whose resilience and creativity are leading family businesses to adapt and survive and be ready to take advantage of future trends.

Director of the Year – Third
The Third Sector plays a vital role in supporting communities at local level. IoD Scotland wants to hear about those directors who have embraced the extraordinary challenges of 2020 to continue to meet the needs of those using their services, as well as staff, volunteers and stakeholders.

Director of the Year − Public Sector
The public relies on good public services, which in turn rely on good leadership, never more so than when responding to the Covid-19 challenges. This award is open to leaders of public services, including public agencies, national bodies and governmental departments.

Director of the Year − International
Scotland is always seeking new global markets in a changing geopolitical environment. 2020 produced additional pressures from the pandemic and Brexit preparations. This award is for the international business leaders with evidence of credible growth and development plans to build further on their company success globally.

Director of the Year – Innovation
Who are Scotland’s business disruptors, challenging how things are done and having the vision and drive to be agents for change? Are you IoD Scotland’s Director of the Year – Innovation? Tell us about your successful transformational ideas.

Director of the Year − Young
Whether you have recently become a director or recently set up your own business, we want to hear about your achievements. This award recognises upcoming leaders and entrepreneurs who have operated at director level or set up on their own in the last three years.

Director of the Year − Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion builds organisational success. Which directors are making demonstrable improvements resulting in their organisations becoming more equal, diverse and inclusive? Success inspires others – share your story and enter the Awards!

Director of the Year − Sustainability
This award recognises the directors who are integrating environmental sustainability with business success. Ahead of COP26, IoD Scotland wants to shine a light on business leaders who are successfully promoting ethical, green and socially responsible practices.

Director of the Year − Non-Executive
Whether a portfolio NXD or working for one organisation, NXDs provide independent oversight and constructive challenge to the board. Never more so than in 2020 have NXD wisdom and judgement been relied upon. Who are Scotland’s stand-out NXDs?

Sponsors & Supporters

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national membership body for Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector. We champion the sector, provide services and debate big issues.

We’re passionate about what the voluntary sector can achieve. Along with our community of 2,000+ members, we believe that charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups make Scotland a better place. 

We lobby government on policy issues, create jobs for young people and support organisations to embrace and promote digital skills. We also help with day-to-day stuff, like affordable office space, discounted training courses, funding opportunities and information and support to help people set up and run their organisations.

W: www.scvo.org.uk  |  E: enquiries@scvo.org.uk  |  T: 0131 556 3882  |  @SCVOtweet

Scottish Government
The Scottish Government believe that Fair Work sits at the heart of our ambition to move toward a wellbeing economy and is central to supporting economic recovery and renewal. Fair Work is an investment in everyone for everyone, and can improve organisational reputation and recruitment, reduce staff turnover, and contribute to inclusive workplaces with a richness of talent and a diversity of ideas that can help increase innovation and productivity.

Our vision is for Scotland to be a Fair Work Nation by 2025, with people in Scotland having a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society. To help achieve this vision, we are progressing the priorities set out in our suite of action plans, aiming to drive fair work across the labour market, address the disability employment gap and gender pay gap, and focused work to address race inequality in employment.

W: wwwgov.scot |   T: 0300 244 4000|  @Scotgov

Turcan Connell
Turcan Connell
is one of the UK’s premier private client firms with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. We command a unique position by providing clients with an integrated set of legal services alongside a complete range of tax advice. 

Our success is due to the firm’s continued focus on meeting the needs of individuals, families, charities, entrepreneurs and family business owners. We believe that this joined-up, interdisciplinary approach of combining legal and tax skills and expertise really sets Turcan Connell’s solicitors apart and enables us to provide the very best advice and counsel to our clients.


Wheatley Group
Wheatley Group
is one of the UK’s most dynamic, agile and best-performing large housing, care and property-management groups. Its geographic footprint covers 19 local authority areas in Central and South of Scotland, providing homes and services to around 250,000 people.

All organisations within the Wheatley Group remain firmly rooted in their local communities, whilst drawing on the strength, size, scale and resources of the Group to contribute on a regional and national level to affordable housing, care and community regeneration across Scotland.

W:  www.wheatley-group.com |  E: info@wheatley-group.com  |  T: 0800 479 7979 |  @WheatleyHousing

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

W: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk  |  E: info@zerowastescotland.org.uk  |  T: 01786 33930 |  @ZeroWasteScot

Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh Business School is the largest academic school at Heriot-Wat University. We offer industry-informed degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level in the subjects of accounting, finance, economics, marketing and management.

EBS carries out background checks on the Director of the Year finalists, including Companies House records and various other sources through the Centre for Employment, Work and the Professions (CREWS). Our research aims to understand contemporary work and employment, working with employers, policy makers, trade unions and professional bodies to improve working lives globally. We are leading a range of cutting edge research projects examining work and employment, supported by funders including the EPSRC, AHRC, Welcome Trust, The British Academy and GCRF funding. https://www.hw.ac.uk/ebs/research/employment-work-professions.htm

W:  www.hw.ac.uk/ebs/  |  E: ebs.enquiries@hw.ac.uk  |  T: 0131 451 3090|  @EBS_Global 

Solo Films
Solo Films develop and create powerful video content for businesses and brands across Scotland, the UK and Europe.

From live action to animation, and with a full experienced production team, beyond industry standard camera equipment and state of the art editing facilities, Solo Films has developed successful working relationships with a broad cross-section of public and private sector organisations.

Understanding the ethos behind our clients’ brands enables us to create truly unique and effective content across all platforms including social media.

W: solo-films.co.uk  |  E:  paul.fee@solo-films.co.uk  |  T:  0141 573 8460  |  07703 581110

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENTRY


The Awards are open to all at director level or equivalent, whether or not you are an IoD member.

You are encouraged to enter more than one category where appropriate, but applicants will not be eligible to win more than one Director Award.

Deadline for entries: 5pm on Thursday 23 September 2021

You will be asked to complete 6 general criteria questions and 2 category-specific questions, which include profile information about you and your organisation.

You will be entered into the relevant Regional category, based on your business address:
• Aberdeen & Grampian
• Central Scotland
• Edinburgh & Lothians
• Fife & Tayside
• Glasgow & West of Scotland
• Highlands & Islands
• South of Scotland

If you have any questions, please email awards@firstcityevents.co.uk or call Joyce on 01577 865498 / 07711 432745 or Alice on 07483 812596


FAQs


WHAT IS THE DEADLINE DATE FOR ENTRIES?
Deadline for entries: 5pm on 23 September 2021

AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?
Please download our Eligibility to Enter guidelines here

I AM ENTERING ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER COMPANY
If you are an agency entering a company on their behalf, please state the company name plus your contact details.

OUR MOST UP TO DATE FINANCIAL INFORMATION ISN'T AVAILABLE
If you do not have sufficient information in time for the deadline, please fill out the financials form using your projected figures. If at a later stage you are able to update it, please email awards@firstcityevents.co.uk

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER?
The Awards are free to enter

WHO ARE THE JUDGES?
The judging panel will be announced on our website in due course. Our judges bring industry knowledge to assess every entry, helping us maintain the high standard of the awards.

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?
Absolutely! Take a look at all of the categories in detail to decide which ones are suitable for you, there is no limit.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I ENTER?
You will receive an email to confirm that your entry has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this please email awards@firstcityevents.co.uk


Sponsorship of the Director of the Year Awards

There are many opportunities for organisations to work with the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Scotland. Given the national context, it is attractive to a wide variety of agencies wishing to raise their profile in this “special” Scottish market and who wish to take advantage of the exclusive features of the IoD across the UK, including the unique nature of its members.

By partnering with our Awards, your company will receive all the brand awareness. You will have the opportunity to forge new relationships with key business targets – entrants, finalists, winners, partners and the wider IoD membership. A comprehensive and complementary series of elements, from a Thought Leadership Webinar available to the whole IoD membership ahead of the Awards Ceremony, to a recorded message from a sponsor representative played before the category finalists are announced on the night to all those watching, along with strong social media messaging, will ensure your partnership with the IoD is fruitful.

Why sponsor?
The IoD membership in Scotland represents around 1,200 company decision makers focused on growing their businesses. They are interested in individuals or organisations that can help them do that.
 
Gain credibility
Align with a campaign run by the only organisation to represent set standards for business leaders nationwide.
 
Align with excellence
Sponsoring the IoD Director of the Year Awards creates unparalleled opportunities for your business to engage key business communities, position your brand and network. 

Reach your target audience
Our diverse business community is made up of entrepreneurs, SME's, social enterprises, family businesses and the FTSE 100.

Networking opportunities
The Director of the Year Awards ceremony gives you an unparalleled opportunity to connect with some of the most renowned business leaders across the UK.

Return on investment
The Awards marketing campaign reach is more than 250,000 views across the region, demonstrating remarkable value for money.
 
If you would like to get involved by sponsoring the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards, please contact Joyce Lamond for more information: awards@firstcityevents.co.uk / 07711 432745.

The 2020 Scotland Winners
The Institute of Directors Scotland recognised Scotland’s top directors at its annual Director of the Year Awards, which were held virtually on Tuesday 8 September.

19 outstanding leaders collected awards in a ceremony that acknowledged the best in business across 12 key director categories, as well as seven regional and two special awards.

With the world facing the most collectively challenging situation known for a lifetime, there has been a significant impact on both consumer behaviour and organisational structures. As such, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and leadership skills of all those who entered the Awards this year.

You can read about all the shortlisted finalists in the Awards Brochure.

NATIONAL WINNERS

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Large Business
Jim Galbrait
h, Chief Executive, Scottish Friendly Assurance Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Small-Medium Business
Marshall Dallas,
Chief Executive, EICC

          Highly Commended
          Michael Rolland
, Managing Director, The Paint Shed 

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Family Business
Sponsored by Turcan Connell
Ed Monaghan,
CEO, Mactaggart & Mickel

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Lynne Cadenhead, Chair, Women’s Enterprise Scotland

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Innovation
Sponsored by Scottish Government
Martin Murray,
Owner/ Director, Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – International
Colin Wade
Managing Director, Chemco International Ltd

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Non-Executive
Sponsored by Wheatley Group
Sarah Deas,
Non-Executive DirectorBank of Scotland Foundation and Wellbeing Economy Alliance (Scotland)           

          Highly Commended
          John Anderson, Non-Executive Chairman, iMultiply
          Resourcing Limited

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Public Sector
Simon Milne MBE
, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Social Value & Sustainability Impact
Sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

Martin McCrimmon, Business Systems Director, CMS Window Systems


IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Start-Up
Dave Hughes
, Founding Director/ CTO, Novosound

          Highly Commended
          Nicki Sturzaker, Co-founder, Drylaw House

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Third Sector
Sponsored by SCVO
Iain MacRitchie,
  Founder & CEO, MCR Pathways  

IoD Scotland Director of the Year – Young
Sponsored by Insights Learning and Development
Rebecca Bell
, Operations Director, Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd

Chair’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice
Professor Heather McGregor CBE,
Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Young Enterprise Scotland Director Award
Lyle Hamilton,
Managing Director, Idiom (part of Dumfries and Galloway High School’s YES Programme)

REGIONAL DIRECTOR WINNERS

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Regional Director of the Year
Niall MacDonald,
Previously Managing Director, Aquascot

          Highly Commended
          Lisa Kerr, Gordonstoun

Regional Director of the Year – Aberdeen & Grampian
Graham McWilliam,
Managing Director, Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd

Regional Director of the Year - Central Scotland
Dr Ken Thomson OBE,
Principal and CEO, Forth Valley College

Regional Director of the Year - Edinburgh & Lothians
Simon Milne MBE,
Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Regional Director of the Year - Glasgow & West of Scotland
Iain MacRitchie,
Founder & CEO, MCR Pathways

          Special Recognition
          Vanessa Gilpin,
Director, strEAT Events Ltd

Regional Director of the Year – South of Scotland
Anna White,
Managing Director, ScotlandShop

Regional Director of the Year – Tayside & Fife
Nathan Pyne-Carter,
CEO, Ace Aquatec Ltd

          Highly Commended

          Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, Royal Scottish Geographical Society

 

 

 

 

IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards Judging Panel

IoD Scotland is grateful to our esteemed judging panel for their diligence, time, expertise and commitment.

Chair of the 2021 Judging Panel:
Theresa Shearer, Group CEO of ENABLE Group

Judging Panel

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Theresa Shearer, Group CEO of ENABLE Group

Theresa Shearer is Group CEO of the ENABLE Group, which employs 2,200 people in Scotland; has 12,000 members and supporters; and supports over 4,500 individuals and families living with learning disabilities or with additional support needs.

Theresa is considered one of Scotland’s most dynamic, innovative and thoughtful advocates for people living and working on the frontline of health and social care.

Theresa has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2017 and is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In 2020, she was awarded the Strathclyde Executive Leadership Award (STELAR) from Strathclyde University. She is vice convenor of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, a director of Inclusion Europe (which works across 39 countries with 74 member organisations), is a member of Young Scot’s advisory council and was invited to join the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission Inclusive Public Service Working Group. Theresa is one of 16 commissioners of the UK-wide Law Family Commission on Civil Society.


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Timothy Allan (Tim), Private Equity and Property Entrepreneur / President, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Tim is a private equity and property entrepreneur with many outside philanthropic interests. He owns Tricorn Capital, an investment company which has been particularly involved in the regeneration of the Dundee waterfront.

Tim is a founding shareholder and non-executive director of MFG, the largest fuel retailer in the UK. He is the Chair of the V&A Museum in Dundee and President of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Tim is also a member of Court at the University of St Andrews and is a director of Edinburgh based Archangels angel investment syndicate. Tim holds The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and serves as a Deputy Lieutenant for Clackmannanshire.

 

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Shirley C Campbell, Director for People, Scottish Water   

As Director for People, Shirley believes that Scottish Water, as a major employer in Scotland, has a responsibility to help people develop skills and capabilities which support the sustainability of the business and can take back into their communities.

In addition to her role as a member of the Scottish Water Executive team Shirley is Acting Chair of Scottish Water Horizons Holdings Ltd and President of Water Aid Scotland.

She is passionate about Agile working

and creating inclusive digital environments where people can flourish and be highly productive. She is a lay member of Court at the University of Dundee, Chair of the People and Organisational Development Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.  

She became a member of Scotland’s Fair Work Convention in 2018 and is an adviser to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) on Scotland’s productivity.

With 16 years cross sector experience at Executive level Shirley has held senior roles at Royal and Sun Alliance, Aviva and Heriot Watt University before joining Scottish Water in 2011.

Whilst at Aviva she took on the role of Operations Director for Norwich Union Direct and worked Internationally on the development of Aviva’s Indian operations. She has also been an adviser to INSEAD Business School in France on their Executive Education programme.
She has a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a post graduate qualification in Personnel Management. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a trained counsellor. In 2017 she won the IoD Scotland Female Director of the Year award.

 

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Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Anna has been the Chief Executive of the (SCVO) since April 2018. Before that, she was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services Council for nine years, and before that worked in Scottish Government and COSLA in policy and local government in HR. She is a member of the Oversight Board for The Promise, the board of SCDI and the SFA’s child protection and wellbeing board.   

Anna has a degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

 

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Iain Gulland, Chief Executive Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy. Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and Third sectors.  He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups including the Economy and Environment Leaders Group, the Board of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges.  He was voted the ‘most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector’ in 2014 by Resource Magazine, and he was granted Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in 2016.

 

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Poonam Gupta OBE, Founder & Chief Executive, PG Paper Company Ltd

Poonam is a Scottish-Indian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. In 2003, Poonam founded PG Paper Company Ltd and has developed the business into a hugely successful and globally recognised brand, exporting to over 55 countries across the globe. The company now has offices in India, Turkey and will be opening further offices in the USA and China.

Poonam is continuously striving to expand into new markets and finding

new opportunities, she has also expanded into other successfully growing businesses including real estate, hospitality, dental & recruitment.     

Most recently, Poonam’s ambitious nature was recognised when she was named as Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Scotland, 2019. Throughout her career, Poonam has maintained a strong interest in enabling collaboration between Scotland and India. She was appointed as a Director for Scottish Chambers of Commerce to continue to grow and strengthen this relationship, as part of a Scottish Government Strategy to see international exports double by 2029. She was recently featured in the 100 UK Most Influential People in UK India Relations list for her efforts. Her charitable interests include women-centric issues, underprivileged children, animal conservation, and gender equality.    

 

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Manish Joshi, CEO, Strathclyde Students’ Union

Manish has held a variety of roles in both the public and private sector during his career including running a successful financial services business in Glasgow, consulting on development, climate change, sustainability, biodiversity and social enterprise across the globe. An entrepreneur, campaigner, activist and organiser − he has undertaken leadership roles in the social care sector and now works within education as Chief Executive of Strathclyde Students’ Union. He serves as a      

trustee and director on a number of boards including the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Campaign Bootcamp and the Glad Cafe.
           

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Mike is a corporate lawyer and leads Turcan Connell’s Business Law Team which provides a broad range of commercial, transaction and banking/funding services. Mike also leads the Turcan Connell Family Business Team, a large interdisciplinary team within Turcan Connell providing legal, and tax solutions to family and privately owned businesses and their owners.    

Mike is a key member of Turcan Connell’s renewable energy team and provides advice

in this industry on the structuring of joint ventures, the sale and purchase of operational or consented sites and the funding of projects.

Mike was, for a number of years, part-time Finance Director of his family's care home group. This brings an additional element of commercialism to the advice he and his team provide. Mike and his team are fully committed to delivering the highest levels of service in an effective and cost-efficient way.

Josh Kennedy, Chair, Scottish Youth Parliament

     

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Professor Heather McGregor CBE, Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University

Professor Heather McGregor is the Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University. Between 1999 and 2016 she was otherwise known as ‘Mrs Moneypenny’ in her long-running column for the Financial Times. She is a non-executive director on several boards and received the Institute of Directors Scotland Chair’s Award in 2020. She is also a member of the UK Government’s Honours Committee for the Economy, which recommends members of the business

community for honours. An earlier career in investment banking preceded 17 years as an entrepreneur. In 2008, she established the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which supports the careers of minority ethnic graduates. In 2010 she became a founding member of the 30% Club, a global campaign led by Chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels. Heather is an alumna of the London Business School and the University of Hong Kong, and has an honorary degree from the University of East London. She was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2021.        

 

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Aidan O’Carroll, Chair, IoD Scotland        

Aidan O’Carroll is a former senior partner at EY, one of the world’s largest professional services firms which he left in July 2020 after 35 years.

Until June 2017 Aidan was based in London leading EY’s Global Compliance and Reporting business, with over 10,000 professionals working in 140 countries around the world.  Formerly Head of Tax for EY in the UK, Aidan has advised both local and global companies across a wide spectrum of tax and business issues around the world. He has considerable experience in dealing with Regulatory matters in both emerging and developed markets; he is also a regular contributor and speaker at business conferences.

Aidan has worked in many countries and spent a number of years helping to lead business in Japan.

Aidan’s extensive experience has given him insights into global trends and their connections with the rapidly changing regulatory frameworks around the world. More recently Aidan has been advising private and family businesses in Scotland and internationally.

Aidan has most recently focused on a non-Executive portfolio, non-exec with ABE, a leading international not for profit organisation delivering professional business qualifications across many developing countries around the world, and with Hillhouse Estates Group, a Scottish based family owned business. In addition, he is current Chair of IoD in Scotland. In August 2021 he takes up the role of Chair of Revenue Scotland.

Aidan has always kept his home in Scotland throughout his international career and has stayed more closely connected to local business issues keeping abreast of local developments here.

 

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Professor Robert Raeside, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

Robert works in the Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University providing support to Doctorate of Business Administration students. He is a statistician by background and is a Chartered Statistician with the Royal Statistical Society.

Robert’s research interests include applications of statistics to business focusing on employment, quality improvement and networks. In addition to publishing and supervision of research students he has also provided consultancy services to private and public sector businesses.
          

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Bridget Sly, Head of Disability Employment Team, Employability Division, Fair Work, Employability and Skills, Scottish Government

Bridget has over 20 years’ experience of working in the HE, public and voluntary sectors in New Zealand and the UK as a practitioner, researcher and policy-maker.  She has a demonstrated commitment to issues of equality and human rights, and has provided strategic analysis and advice across a range of policy issues, including: social justice and inclusion; culture, sport and physical activity; and community development. She was previously a lay advisor to the Metropolitan Police Service, a Non-Executive Director of the Glasgay festival, and a Director of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland. Currently Head of Disability Employment with the Scottish Government, she leads activity on the commitment to at least halve the disability employment gap in Scotland by 2038. 

 

 

 

 

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