• 6 Nov 2023
  • In-person
  • Networking

IoD Scotland Gleneagles lunch

Exclusive lunch event at The Gleneagles Hotel, hosted by IoD Scotland Chair Julie Ashworth, featuring visionary leader talks

IoD Scotland National Chair Julie Ashworth and the wider Scotland Advisory Forum would like to invite members to join them for lunch at The Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder.

The event will bring our Scotland members together in one of Scotland’s iconic settings to connect, catch up and hear from some of Scotland’s truly visionary leaders. Over lunch, three leading Scottish directors will share their passions via a series of ‘IoD Director Shorts’ – talks that aim to inspire, inform and give insight into their successes.

Please note that this event is now fully booked for Members. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email [email protected]

Members who book a place and do not inform us if they are unable to make it with at least 72hours notice, will be invoiced in full for the cost of their place.


Gill Erskine

Gill is the co-founder and Director of WildStrong. Before starting WildStrong, Gill founded, scaled and sold a food production business and prior to that she was Managing Director of a locally grown baby food company in Sierra Leone.

Gill holds a Masters in Environmental Politics from King's College London and during her early career worked in communications for environmental NGOs in Brussels the London.

Gill was brought up mostly outdoors in the east neuk of Fife. A natural community builder, Gill started WildStrong as she wanted to create space for people to spend more time outdoors and meet others who lived very locally. She has always been a mover rather than an exerciser. She founded WildStrong with her husband, Andrew Telfer, who has 15 years experience in the fitness industry and holds a Masters in Public Health.

In 2023, Gill was recognised as one of the UK’s most inspirational and dynamic female entrepreneurs by the f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.

Robin Watson CBE

More than 35 years of engineering, industry and business experience, with the past 20 years spent in executive positions across a variety of market sectors around the globe. A breadth of executive and non-executive board experience in both the UK and US public markets. Has previously served as Wood Plc chief executive for 7 years, transforming it into one of the world’s foremost engineering and consultancy companies, having started a professional career with ExxonMobil.

Currently serves as a non-executive director on the board of Honeywell International, who are a US industrial technology company with a market capitalisation of $140 billion. Also serves as a non-executive director on the board of the Institute of Directors and as a member of the UK Government’s Investment Council. Has extensive director and chair experience of several government and industry representative bodies over the years.

Passionate about responsible business, achieving the energy transition and building the sustainable and connected world of tomorrow. Committed to education and continuous professional development, is a visiting professor at the Robert Gordon University, holds both a Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) and an Honors Degree from Heriot Watt University and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. Is a regular industry keynote speaker.

Has received a variety of awards recognizing leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurism over the years. Awarded the CBE, in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours, in recognition of services to international trade.

Vivienne McLaren

Vivienne is passionate about sport, in particular women’s and girls’ football and has a keen focus on expanding the opportunities available to women and girls to take part in or return to sport. She is an award-winning marketing and digital specialist with 27 years’ experience spent in Scotland and London both client and agency side. She is also former MD and founder of an award-winning digital marketing agency, ad tech advisory board member and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In 2016 Vivienne was appointed Chairperson of Scottish Women’s Football, the independent body that manages the domestic game in Scotland, after joining the main Board in 2014 as media and communications director. Vivienne led the transformation of the domestic game as a brand, a commercial entity and as an environment in which girls and women can thrive in Scotland.

She is a strategy-driven professional who is regarded as one of the leading marketers in the UK. She regularly speaks at events including MarTech, Women in Business, University of Strathclyde MBA programme as well as media interviews on behalf of Scottish Women’s Football (SKY, BBC News, STV and various podcasts and radio). Vivienne is currently VP of Global Marketing at high growth, global technology company, Ideagen.

She was also President of Giffnock Tennis, Squash and Hockey Club, 2020 and 2021 (LTA and Tennis Scotland Club of the Year 2021) and is currently a volunteer for mental health and wellbeing charity, YAMS. Vivienne has represented Scottish Women’s Football on Scottish FA Congress since 2017.


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