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

Paul Lewis, managing director of SDI and international development 

Paul is responsible for working in partnership with the Scottish Government, HIE, SDS, VisitScotland and others to build Scotland’s reputation as a modern and progressive place to invest and work.

This includes leading the work of Scottish Development International (SDI), Scotland’s Trade & Investment Agency. SDI supports Scottish-based businesses to trade and export internationally, and seeks to attract inward investment and mobile capital to Scotland, working through a network of more than 30 overseas offices.

Paul also leads Scottish Enterprise’s work with international companies that have a presence in Scotland to help them grow, as well as the activities that aim to harness global networks to secure more trade and investment for Scotland.

Paul has worked for Scottish Enterprise for over 25 years and was previously managing director of operations - sectors, high growth ventures & investment and senior director of infrastructure responsible for a £100 million annual investment programme across Scotland.

In his career to date, Paul has helped deliver a range of flagship projects across the industry sectors such as Edinburgh’s £200 million life sciences BioQuarter, Clyde Waterfront £1 billion Regeneration and Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Financial Centre.

He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where he gained a BSc (Hons) and has an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Paul Lewis, managing director of SDI and international 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 a number of corporate functions to ensure Scottish Enterprise (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.

Her responsibilities include Human Resources (HR), Organisational Development and Change, Procurement, Facilities Management, Health and 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 and has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1997, serving as a director for over 10 years.

Carolyn Stewart, chief people officer, Scottish Enterprise

Charlie Smith, chief transformation officer 

Charlie Smith was appointed Scottish Enterprise’s chief transformation officer in 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