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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.

Linda Hanna, interim chief executive

Linda took up post as interim chief executive in October 2020.

Prior to this, Linda was a member of Scottish Enterprise’s (SE) Executive Leadership Team and managing director of Scottish Economic Development where she led SE’s work to help build economic systems to support entrepreneurs, industries and communities in Scotland to thrive. Working with partners this helps put in place important assets and investment and develops the conditions to enable inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

This included work to accelerate major opportunities for Scotland’s economy, such as high-value manufacturing, life sciences, data-driven innovation and the low-carbon economy and ensure SE invests, innovates and fully engages in the economic partnerships growing and developing across Scotland’s cities and regions.

Her remit included our work with industries, innovative finance, place-making, innovation and entrepreneurship to drive growth across all parts of Scotland.

Linda Hanna, managing director of Scottish economic development, Scottish Enterprise

Jane Martin, managing director of business services and advice

Jane leads Scottish Enterprise’s services to support the growth of business across Scotland, including our grant funding operations. Her remit is to establish new models of delivery, including use of digital technology, to ensure more businesses can access SE support, advice and intelligence more easily.

She also leads the Business Support Partnership Programme, which is being established with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the new South of Scotland Economic Agency and local government, to improve and align the work of the public sector in supporting businesses.

A member of SE’s senior leadership team for over four years, Jane’s previous roles have included digital transformation, service design, marketing and communications, corporate affairs and business networks, both in Scotland and internationally.

Jane has a BA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow. She is also a panel member 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

Kerry Sharp, interim managing director, Scottish Economic Development

Kerry took up post as interim managing director of Scottish Economic Development in November 2020.

Prior to this, Kerry led the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. With a remit to grow Scotland’s early stage funding market to ensure that both early stage and established SMEs with growth and export potential across Scotland have adequate access to growth capital to generate economic returns to Scotland, Kerry was responsible for all commercial investment activities undertaken.

This included equity and lending activity, portfolio management and fund investment. She was also responsible for investment support activities including research, market intelligence and product development, and the provision of funding ready support to Scottish companies.

Kerry Sharp, 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