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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 is a fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland. He has over 36 years of experience in the financial services sector, including a spell as the managing partner of Clydesdale Bank’s private and agriculture customer base across Ayrshire and Arran.

Since establishing his business consultancy in 2013, he has played an active role in supporting and promoting skills and economic development through several non-executive positions. These include Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire (board member), Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce (past President), Ayrshire College (Regional Chair) and Chair, hub South West Scotland Limited.

In 2021 he was appointed to the board of Prestwick Airport where he is also Chair of the Audit and Risk 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 2022

To: 31 December 2023

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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 whose research led the launch of a successful spin-out company.

Anne was appointed the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland before being named the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. 

She is currently at Strathclyde University as Special Advisor to the Principal and is also President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 28 February 2021

End Term: 28 February 2023

Carmel Teusner

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

Prior to managing a portfolio of consulting and non-executive positions, she was Group Head of Organisational Development for UGL, one of Australia’s leading engineering and outsourced services companies.

A former director of software firm Azalient Ltd, her experience spans the whole business lifecycle — from start-up, strategy development, expansion, consolidation, acquisition, integration, and divestment.

Carmel 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 2022

To: 31 December 2023

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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 entrepreneurial business strategist, academic leader, and investor in innovation. She is Head of Investments at the University of Strathclyde, responsible for strategic leadership of the university’s investments from entrepreneurial and commercialisation activities.

Poonam has extensive experience of working in startups, investments, research, innovation, enterprise and governance in health and business sectors across the world. As a GlobalScot, Scottish Enterprise Board Member, Climate Champion, and Skills Development Scotland Board Director, she has held leadership roles across public, private, higher education and social enterprise sectors.

Poonam brings over 25 years expertise working with technology businesses, in life sciences, biotech, health, digital and medical sciences research. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, equality, diversity and inclusivity values, as well as climate change and achieving net zero. She is a syndicate investor with Investing Women Angels, and a Chair, NED and Board-level advisor for technology startups.

Poonam has held academic positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cumbria/Lancaster and has worked internationally in Asia/India. She is an elected Fellow with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). Poonam holds an MBA (with Distinction) in Strategy and Leadership from the University of Edinburgh Business School, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences/Virology from the University of Glasgow, a Masters (MSc) degree in Biotechnology and a Bachelors (BSc) in Chemistry and Zoology from the Dayalbagh Educational Institute in India. 

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 October 2021

To: 30 September 2024

Poonam Malik

Dr Sue Paterson

Dr Sue Paterson MBE is an oil and gas professional with over 35 years of UK and international experience in both technical and executive managerial roles.

She is a qualified IOD Chartered Director, with over 15 years’ experience as a non-executive board member in the private, public, and voluntary sectors.

As well as Scottish Enterprise, Sue is currently serving on the Boards of Company of Wolves, and the community-led North East Scotland Climate Action Network (NESCAN). She received an MBE in the 2020 New Year honours list for services to the community in North East Scotland.

She is the co-author of “The Fear Free Organization: Vital Insights from Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture” which was published by Kogan Page in 2015.

Sue is currently involved in helping deliver the transition to a low carbon economy in North East Scotland, as well as working with her local community get to net zero, reduce biodiversity loss and eliminate waste.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 October 2021

To: 30 September 2024

Sue Paterson

Karthik Subramanya

Karthik Subramanya is Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group, advising senior management of utilities across Europe and the Middle East on energy transition, renewables, decarbonisation, and net zero.

He is a panel member of the Competition and Markets Authority and a court member at the University of Dundee.

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.

Karthik is an electrical engineer and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 October 2021

To: 30 September 2024

Karthik Subramanya

Peter McKellar

Peter McKellar was Global Head of Private Markets at Standard Life Aberdeen until September 2020. In the role, he was responsible for overseeing £63 billion of assets under management across private equity, infrastructure, real estate, natural resources, and certain private credit capabilities.

He is currently a non-executive director of 3i Group plc and deputy chairman of AssetCo plc.

Membership dates

From: 15 February 2021

End of term: 14 February 2024

Peter McKellar