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Our senior management team

We call our senior management team the 'Executive Leadership Team'. It's responsible for the day to day running of Scottish Enterprise

Chief Executive

Lena Wilson

Dr Lena C Wilson

Dr Lena Wilson is Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise – Scotland’s national economic development agency which has 1100 staff in 40 offices in Scotland and around the world.

In a career spanning over 25 years, she has held a range of positions covering all aspects of economic development and worked in over 40 countries. This included a period at the World Bank in Washington DC, working on projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia advising governments on economic development and the attraction of foreign direct investment.

Lena has held a range of non-executive positions in business, arts, sports and voluntary organisations. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Intertek Group plc, a FTSE 100 company, Ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an Advisory Board Member of the University of Strathclyde Business School and a Member of the Scotland’s Financial Services Advisory Board (FISAB).

Managing Director Operations - Chief Executive, Scottish Development International

Anne MacColl, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International
Anne MacColl, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International

Anne MacColl

Anne MacColl is the chief executive of Scottish Development International (SDI). SDI leads on the international trade and investment agenda for Scotland and is an integral part of Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government. SDI operations involve developing trade, inward investment and international links globally to grow Scotland’s economy through its overseas teams of 27 overseas offices, together with internationally focussed colleagues across our Enterprise agencies in Scotland. 

SDI’s role is to raise the aspiration and ambition of Scottish based businesses to trade and export globally; attract inward investment and talent which builds on Scotland’s globally competitive sectors, and work collaboratively to increase the global competitiveness of the business environment in Scotland.

Prior to this, Anne was Operations Director for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region of SDI. Based in Paris she managed SDI's overseas sales & marketing efforts and worked with her teams to directly to both attract inward investors and support Scottish companies to successfully trade internationally. Anne was previously the Regional Head for Southern Europe for SDI.

Prior to this, Anne lived and worked for two years in Madrid and for 3 years near Toulouse, France, as a management consultant to the French Chambers of Commerce network, and as part of a national private Spanish consultancy, Soluziona.

Her first degree from Glasgow University was in French, Spanish and Portuguese and this then led her to apply her business skills to an international setting, through an MBA at Strathclyde Graduate Business School. Fully fluent in both French and Spanish, together with Portuguese and German, Anne has a track record of international business and is passionate about "selling" Scotland internationally and developing Scotland’s global mindset.  She has a strong interest in developing international education links for Scotland.

Paul Lewis, Managing Director Operations - Sectors and Commercialisation

Managing Director Operations - Sectors, Commercialisation and Investment

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is Scottish Enterprise’s Managing Director of Sectors and Commercialisation. Paul is responsible for setting clear measurable policy and priorities for Scottish Enterprise’s operational teams to deliver in response to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy and the demands of priority and growth industries. He has significant experience within Scottish Enterprise having undertaken roles in inward investment, urban regeneration and industries.

Managing Director Operations - Company Growth, Innovation and Infrastructure

Adrian Gillespie, Managing Director Operations - Company Growth, Innovation, Infrastructure and Investment

Adrian Gillespie

Adrian was appointed in April 2013 and is responsible for the delivery of Scottish Enterprise's support to growth companies. A range of services and specialised support come under his remit including Account Management, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Innovation Support, Regional Selective Assistance and responsibility for SE’s Business Infrastructure investments.

Adrian was previously Senior Director of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies for Scottish Enterprise with a particular focus on offshore energy. Prior to this he led Scottish Enterprise's support for the Digital Media, ICT and Enabling Technologies sectors. Adrian spent 10 years in commercial and financial management positions within Marks and Spencer plc before joining Scottish Enterprise in 2001.

Adrian has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. He is currently a Board Member of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre.

Iain Scott, Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Iain Scott

Iain Scott has been Chief Financial Officer since May 2010. He is responsible for ensuring delivery of SE’s business planning, financial management and corporate performance.

Iain has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1991 holding a number of finance and corporate planning roles. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a range of non executive positions in Scottish further education institutes and the public sector.

Executive Director, Strategy and Economics

Julian Taylor, executive director of Asia Pacific region at Scottish Enterprise

Julian Taylor, Scottish Enterprise's executive director for Asia Pacific region

Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor is Scottish Enterprise's Executive Director, Strategy and Economics. He is responsible for helping set the overall direction of SE - in response to the Government Economic Strategy - and the evidence base that supports this. He works closely with a range of public and private partners and his experience includes advising a number of major companies at a senior level.

Julian has over 20 years' experience of international economic development in a wide variety of roles and has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1997. He was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dortmund and Herriot Watt and is a member of Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School Advisory Board.

Executive Director, Business Networks and Communications

Linda McDowall, Executive Director, Business Networks and Communications

Linda McDowall

Linda was appointed Senior Director of Business Networks & Communications in 2005. In this role she has responsibility for the organisation’s international and domestic marketing and communications activity and customer intelligence; stakeholder engagement – nurturing and supporting parliamentary, partner and key influencer relationships; and Scottish Enterprise’s International Networks which include the Globalscot community and TalentScotland. Linda also has responsibility for Corporate Office functions and the Scottish Single Business Portal Programme. Linda is a member of the Scottish Enterprise Executive Leadership team.

A graduate of Glasgow University, Linda joined Scottish Enterprise in 2001 and has extensive knowledge and experience in both business and economic development. Her career has spanned both the public and private sector and she currently holds a variety of Board positions including Council of CBI Scotland, SCDI, IOD, New Lanarkshire Ltd, Young Enterprise Scotland and Scottish Business Crime Centre Ltd. Linda is also a visiting tutor to the Leadership Trust at Ross-on-Wye.

Linda likes to generally keep fit and enjoys running, cycling and sailing. As Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Linda enjoys taking an active part in her local community.

Executive Director, People Services

Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director, People Services

Carolyn Stewart

Carolyn is responsible for the delivery of internal services to Scottish Enterprise that ensure SE is a great place to work, staff are supported and equipped to deliver the business plan and that SE has the ability to attract, retain and motivate talent. Functions included in People Services are Human Resources (HR), Employee Communications, Employee and Community Engagement, Procurement, Facilities Management, Health & Safety, Environmental Management and Document Management.

Carolyn is a qualified HR professional with over 20 years' HR and employee communications experience in both the private and public sectors. Carolyn has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1997, serving as a Director for over 10 years.

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