Scottish Business Network have started a members only Expert Sessions series where Scots at the top of their fields share tales of their business journey and advice they have for the members.
Edel Harris joined Cornerstone, one of Scotland's largest charities, as Chief Executive in May 2008 having previously been Deputy Chief Executive of Aberdeen Foyer. A former Metropolitan Police Officer Edel's background is in health promotion, holding a 1st class honours degree in Health and Social Care. She spent 8 years working for NHS Grampian and has significant experience in setting up and leading successful social enterprises and in developing new social care services.
Edel is a Director of the Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust, Director of Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) and served as the first female President of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. She was also one of the first Directors of Opportunity North East (ONE), former Chair of The Life Changes Trust and former Chair of the Scottish Government's Social Investment Fund.
Amongst Edel’s many achievements she was awarded the 2015 IOD North East Director of the Year accolade and in 2017 became the Scottish EY Entrepreneur of the Year. On International Women’s Day 2018 Edel was awarded an honorary doctorate from Robert Gordon University for her contribution to charity and business in Scotland.
Sheila is the COO and an Executive Board Director of FDM Group and has over 30 years of experience in the global tech sector. She is passionate about enhancing diversity in the workplace and creating exciting careers for the next generation of digital talent. Sheila played an integral role in the Group’s flotation on AIM in 2005 and was a key instigator of the management buy-out of the Group in 2010 and the subsequent listing onto the main FTSE Market in 2014. Sheila’s knowledge of the sector has been crucial in driving the Group’s global expansion programme, taking FDM into the FTSE250. She spearheads FDM’s Global Women in Tech campaign and FDM’s Getting Back to Business programme, aimed at providing opportunities for returners to work. Sheila Chairs the Institute of Coding’s Industry Advisory Board, sits on the main Board of techUK and its Diversity Council.
Sheila has won many awards during her career for her services to business and the tech industry. Sheila was recognised as Women of the Year at the Information Age Women in IT Awards 2018 and she was thrilled to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Scotland Women in Tech Awards. She was also recognised as Woman of the Year at the Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards in 2017, as well as being named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the North American Mid-Market by CEO Connection for past 3 years. Some of her other awards include, Entrepreneur of the year, Leader of the Year, one of the 100 Women Role Models in Tech by Business Cloud and being selected as one of Brummell Magazine’s Top 30 Most Inspirational Female Entrepreneurs in the City. She believes that “you cannot be what you cannot see” and knows the importance of highlighting role models. She mentors several women to support them through their career progression and travels the world leading FDM’s expansion and championing a career in tech for all. She is most proud of her contribution towards FDM having a Zero gender pay gap.
Gary Turner is co-founder and managing director at Xero UK and is responsible for Xero's business operations across Europe, Middle East & Africa. Xero is the multi-award-winning global leader in online accounting software with 1.4 million paying subscribers in 180 countries.
Under Gary's leadership, Xero UK has scaled from a three-person startup with annual revenues of £50k to more than £40M in the year to 31 March 2018.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Gary previously held senior positions at Microsoft, Systems Union and Pegasus Software. He's an engaging speaker, writer and thought-leader on start-ups, digital transformation and leadership inside hyper-growth organisations. Gary has also served as a mentor to early stage Fintech startups at TechStars London.
Gary has also established Xerocon London as the UK's leading conference franchise for the British accounting industry with over 2,000 delegates attending Xerocon at Excel Docklands in October 2017.
George is a serial entrepreneur in technology markets. After the University of Edinburgh, he went to work for Ford as a production foreman in the Dagenham Engine Plant. He moved to catch the boom in the telecommunications industry as a salesman and manager for CASE, Motorola and then Cable & Wireless. Since 1992 he has been a partner or founder of a number of businesses in the UK, Hong Kong and the USA. He has raised money from 3i and other VCs and made successful trade and private equity exits.
George is a board member of TestPlant [now Eggplant], a business he founded in 2008. TestPlant makes software to automate the testing of systems. It has operations in the US and the UK with sales offices in Germany, China and Japan. The company been listed three times in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, it is a Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 100, a Red Herring Global 100 winner and has been honoured with three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
As the Chair of the CBI Enterprise Forum which represents the CBI’s small and medium sized business members, George uses his own experience of start-ups and scale-ups, of managing cash and raising money to encourage discussion and to fight for a better deal and a higher profile for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
Born in Inverness, George was brought up on a farm, the eldest of six children. He has competed in semi-professionally in motor sports. He has six children and lives in Edinburgh with his wife, young children and their dogs. He is a trustee of the charity Kids in Museums, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh. He became Chair of the CBI’s Enterprise Forum in January 2017. Recently he acquired a historic farm in East Lothian and plans to create a heritage, business and conference centre
Sherry Coutu is a former CEO and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and a NED of Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Linkedin.com.
Philanthropically, she supports the Prince's Trust, the Crick Institute and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council. Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year's Honours List 2013, is author of 'The Scale-up Report' on UK economic growth and serves as an Ambassador for London.
Former Scotland Rugby Captain and Managing Partner of School for CEO's
We held an exclusive interview with David Sole on the sunny balcony of the NatWest buildings at our event on May 22nd, 2018.
David Sole established his own company in June 2007 after 6½ years with the Change Partnership and Whitehead Mann. In 2011 he co-founded the School for CEOs with Patrick Macdonald – a business which runs development programmes for aspiring business leaders which merged with his business in June 2017. In 2015 he co-authored a book “21st Century Networking” published by Elliot & Thompson.
Prior to that, he spent 11 years working for United Distillers and Diageo in global operations where he was ultimately responsible for the procurement of commodities and neutral spirit across the globe.
He played international rugby for Scotland from 1986 to 1992 and was captain 25 times, including the famous victory over England in 1990 to win Scotland’s third Grand Slam. He also played for the British Lions in 1989 and the Barbarians. He was awarded an OBE for services to rugby football in 1993.
Russell Wardrop is Co-founder and Chief Executive of Kissing With Confidence Ltd, a communications consultancy that creates Rainmakers and helps businesses grow. His vision and drive are central to the development of the business. For 17 years he has delivered training and coaching internationally at the highest levels and he is now a leading business speaker. He believes that delivering a keynote for three hours to 250 delegates at a conference, with a flipchart and a pen, is better than golf.
A former academic and award winning architect, he has a passion for continuous personal improvement through behavioural change and tough love. Rainmaking and Pitching are his particular specialisms, though he also has a keen interest in political oratory and has appeared on television on a number of occasions, offering critiques of high profile debates and political speeches.
The creative force behind the KWC Rainmaker Programme, which typically achieves on average 40 x ROI after just 4 weeks, Russell believes everyone can be a Rainmaker, an evangelist for your business, with the essential skills and motivation to help your business grow.
Formerly a Brigadier in the British Army. Notable career highlights include 4 years spent in Berlin before, during and after the Fall of the Wall, initially as Deputy Chief of Staff and subsequently as Deputy Commander; then Chief Executive of a Defence Agency, Commander of the Defence College of Logistics and finally Chief of Staff to the Adjutant General.
Spent the last 14 years in the commercial defence, energy, property and tech sectors, both domestic and international.
Formerly Managing Director of the Property Search Group plc, a business format franchise with 75 offices in England and Wales. Consolidated this involvement with current roles as Chairman of the Guild of Letting and Management, Joint Chairman of Caridon Property Ltd, Chairman of Exemplar Ltd custom-build passive housing, Chairman of VPS (Virtual Power Supplies) and the Estate and Letting Agent of the Year Awards (The ESTAS).
Awarded the OBE in 1992 and the CBE in 2003. A Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers
Julie is CEO of BroadReach, an International Leadership Development Company based in Edinburgh but with over 60% of its clients world wide from Australia, the US and South America to Vietnam and the UAE. With its roots in retail it’s clients now span multiple industries with a commonality of multiple channels to markets or operations in multiple geographies
Julie is also Executive Chair of Clear Returns an ‘established’ predictive tech start up based in Glasgow who’s technology predictive what will be returned when you buy online. This role has taken her to Silicon Valley where as part of SVc2UK she met with Google, Facebook Huddle and others as part of the International Tech start up and scaling scene
Alongside this she is Chair at the Institute of Directors , Edinburgh and a member of the IOD Scotland committee. She is on the Court o fresh Merchant Company of Edinburgh and a Governor of George Watson’s College.
Julie also is on the advisory board of Founders 4 Schools Edinburgh and the Scottish representative for Women on Boards.
Bob is a fellow Scot and former CEO Wood Group, an international energy services company with $7 billion (USD) sales, over 40,000 employees, and operations in more than 50 countries.
Bob is also former Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange. Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008, he was also named Scottish Businessman of the Year in 2007 and Grampian Industrialist of the Year in 2008.
Bob recently presented at TEDX Glasgow and you can view his inspiring presentation here
Since joining Cath Kidston Ltd as CEO in November 2011 Kenny Wilson has been instrumental in growing the brand both domestically and internationally and steering Cath Kidston successfully through the transition from a founder-led business to a successful and sustainable international brand. Since joining, Kenny has grown Cath Kidston’s international footprint considerably. Today Japan is Cath Kidston’s second largest market after the UK and in 2016 its first stores opened in India. Cath Kidston is currently working on the opening of its first stores in Latin America in Argentina and Mexico.
In the year to 26 March 2017 the company reported worldwide network sales of £129.2 million, 7.9% more than in the prior year, and international retail sales increased by 19.5% to £42.3 million. Today Cath Kidston operates from 219 stores in 15 countries, with 88 stores in the UK and 131 internationally.
In 2014, Cath Kidston Ltd. attracted significant new investment from Baring Private Equity Asia.
Kenny has considerable experience of managing and growing international retail brands. Before joining Cath Kidston, Kenny was President, Europe for Claire’s Accessories, where he doubled profitability in two years and led a team that delivered impressive expansion across Europe, opening more than 200 stores between 2010 and 2011. He previously spent 18 years at Levi Strauss EMEA where he was a key player in expanding the Levi’s brand across the region, as President, Levi’s Brand and Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations.
Kenny was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and studied English at Aberdeen University.
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