Our leadership team

Our leadership team is responsible for the day to day running of the business. Working with teams across the organisation, key delivery partners and our Board, the team ensures we are on track to deliver success for Scotland.

Steve Dunlop, chief executive

Steve is Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic development agency.

He 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.


Linda Hanna, managing director of strategy and sectors

Linda Hanna oversees Scottish Enterprise’s planning and prioritisation in response to both the Government’s Economic Strategy and industry strategies. This helps to determine delivery plans to support the growth of sectors where Scotland has capability and competitive advantages within the global marketplace. These include: energy, financial services, food and drink, life and chemical sciences, digital technology, tourism and textiles, as well as other growth sectors in Scotland.

Linda is responsible for gathering evidence to inform our understanding of key opportunities and issues facing the Scottish economy, with a particular focus on global competitiveness and internationalisation.

With over 20 years’ economic development experience, Linda has been part of the Scottish Enterprise team since 1991. Her previous roles have included leading the SE approach to support growth businesses in Scotland, identifying how to help businesses achieve and accelerate sustainable growth and sector-specific work such as aerospace and food and drink.

Linda works closely with some of Scotland’s key partners in public sector agencies, as well as through her board membership of Investors in People in Scotland.


Paul Lewis, director of international operations

Paul is responsible for Scottish Development International (SDI), a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise which leads on Scotland’s trade and investment.

SDI’s role is to support Scottish-based businesses to trade and export internationally, attract inward investment to Scotland and work collaboratively to support international growth opportunities for Scotland, through its 29 overseas offices.

The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the largest investor of early stage risk capital in Scotland, also sits under Paul’s remit.

Paul has worked for Scottish Enterprise for over 25 years and was also previously Managing Director of Operations - Sectors, High Growth Ventures & Investment; and Senior Director Infrastructure responsible for a £100m 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 £200m life science BioQuarter, Clyde Waterfront £1bn 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.


Jane Martin, managing director of customer operations

Jane is responsible for setting the direction and delivering functions which underpin our operational delivery in Scotland and overseas.

This includes digital service transformation and alignment with other public sector partners delivering business support, global and domestic communications, marketing, exhibitions and events, customer research and intelligence.

She also oversees SE’s international and business networks, including GlobalScot, and our stakeholder and partner engagement, including government and parliamentary relations.

Jane has been part of the Scottish Enterprise team for over 14 years. Immediately prior to taking up her current role in November 2014, Jane held the position of Director of Marketing and Communications.

Before joining Scottish Enterprise, Jane spent 10 years in a number of roles in communications, mainly in local government.

Jane has a BA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow. She is also a board member of the Scottish Parliamentary Business Exchange and an active panel member for DSL Business Finance Ltd, a not for profit business lending organisation.


Iain Scott, chief financial officer

Iain Scott is responsible for ensuring effective financial management, corporate governance, planning and performance management for Scottish Enterprise and also oversees SE’s Information Technology Operations.

A qualified chartered accountant, he has been with Scottish Enterprise for over 20 years holding many finance and corporate planning roles over that period.

Iain has also held a range of non-executive and advisory positions in Scottish further education institutes and the public sector, including Lauder College, Historic Scotland and East of Scotland European Partnership.


Carolyn Stewart, managing director of people

Carolyn oversees a number of corporate functions to ensure Scottish Enterprise 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, 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 and has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1997, serving as a Director for over 10 years.


Rhona Allison, interim managing director of operations, growth companies and innovation

Rhona Allison oversees Scottish Enterprise’s business support and company building functions. This includes our account management portfolio, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Innovation Support, Regional Selective Assistance and commercialisation.

Rhona has been with Scottish Enterprise for over 16 years. Before her current role, she was Director of Company Growth with responsibility for setting and delivering Scottish Enterprise's Company Growth strategy. This strategy supported the economic growth and development of Scotland.

Before she joined SE, Rhona held a variety of positions within Scottish and global companies. These included working with Ethicon (a global medical technology company) and a number of contract research organisations, which involved leading the largest and fastest growing department of a young SME start-up. She also led a global clinical research team with a wide international client base for one of the largest contract research organisations in the world.

Rhona is also a board member of Opportunity North East, which is a private sector board, to broaden and boost the economy of the North East of Scotland. She is also a member of the Converge Challenge Strategic Advisory Board.