About us

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.

Steve Dunlop, chief executive

Steve joined the organisation in May 2018 from Scottish Canals (formerly British Waterways). Here, he was chief executive and responsible for the renaissance of Scotland’s 137 mile canal network which includes two of the nation’s most iconic tourist attractions - The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.

A finalist in Entrepreneurial Scotland’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award for 2017, over the last decade, Steve has become a leading public sector entrepreneur with a reputation for innovative and disruptive thinking in traditional environments.

He re-imagined some of Scotland’s most important industrial assets to develop corridors of opportunity which greatly benefit the people and economy of Scotland today.

Prior to Scottish Canals, Steve held senior positions at Newcastle City Council and Falkirk Council.

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise

Linda Hanna, managing director of Scottish economic development

Linda leads Scottish Enterprise’s work to help build economic systems to support entrepreneurs, industries and communities in Scotland to thrive. She works with partners to help put in place important assets, investment and to develop the conditions to enable inclusive and sustainable growth.

This includes how we accelerate major opportunities for Scotland’s economy, such as high-value manufacturing, data-driven innovation and the low-carbon economy and ensuring we invest, innovate and fully engage in the economic partnerships growing and developing across Scotland’s cities and regions.

Her remit includes 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 (SE) corporate functions to ensure 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.

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

Charlie Smith, managing director of SDI, group head of strategy and technology  

Charlie Smith was appointed Scottish Enterprise’s MD of SDI, group head of strategy and technology in September 2019. Prior to this he was chief transformation officer from July 2018.

Charlie joined Scottish Enterprise from VisitScotland, where he was director of marketing and digital. His career has spanned 20 years, working across marketing, sales, product management and digital transformation projects for large businesses such as BT, Orange, Vodafone, The Royal Bank of Scotland, AXA and OVO Energy - a challenger retail energy brand.

Charlie has a keen interest in social enterprises and is the chairman of SportInspired, a charity that aims to boost activity levels, confidence and life skills of young people across the UK and Ireland, through sport.

Charlie Smith, 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 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