About ES

Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation is an independent charity that exists to equip leaders and talent with the entrepreneurial skills, mindset and connections to create impact.

Scotland needs entrepreneurial leaders and talent across all parts of our economy: start-ups to scale-ups, corporates to social enterprises, in Government and higher education - everywhere.

Our innovative programmes provide transformative experiences, world-class teaching, peer to peer learning and access to a 5,000+ global community.

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Vision

Our vision is to inspire and develop Scotland's people to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world. Entrepreneurial Scotland is independently funded allowing us the freedom to collaborate with world-class partners in Scotland and internationally who share our vision.

Vision
Mission

Mission

Entrepreneurial Scotland is a community of current and future entrepreneurial leaders worldwide, who are ambitious, globally minded and have the potential to be the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders who will contribute to Scotland’s success.

As a charity, our mission is to transform those who can, in turn, transform Scotland and our entrepreneurial culture. Entrepreneurial people create the jobs, generate the wealth to reinvest, breathe life into the solutions we need. They shape Scotland. In turn, they create new opportunities and enrich our entrepreneurial culture, laying the foundations for future generations. It is a virtuous circle. Our job is to keep that circle spinning.

History

Founded and nurtured by the GlobalScot network in 2007, the Saltire Scholar programme was created to find, fuel and spark the next generation of leaders in Scotland. This visionary group wanted the programme to deliver internships that would provide students with:

  • increased confidence and ambition
  • a global perspective
  • the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals
  • awareness of transferable skills
  • an entrepreneurial mind-set

In April 2014, the Saltire Foundation, alongside the Entrepreneurial Exchange, became founding partners in the creation of Entrepreneurial Scotland. The Saltire Scholars programme now forms an integral part of the organisation's mission to inspire, develop and connect Scotland's current and future leaders to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

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The network you can access is really important, they are there to support you. I'm always thinking about how I can help the group and I know that when I need the help it will be there for me too.

Gavin Dear
Chief Commercial Officer, Shot Scope

ES In North America

The Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation (USA) support the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation in providing world-class development for high potential individuals at the early or mid-career stages. The people who will be the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders contributing to Scotland’s success. Our focus is to transform those who can transform Scotland plc and our entrepreneurial culture.

Our Team

ES Board
Mark Bamforth

Mark Bamforth

Executive Chairman & CEO, Arranta Bio

Mark Bamforth has founded, built, and sold three contract development and manufacturing organizations over the last 12 years with private equity partners. Gallus Biopharmaceuticals focused on monoclonal antibodies, Brammer Bio produced viral vectors for gene therapy and Arranta Bio produced microbiome, plasmid and mRNA vaccines. In total, these companies created over 1200 jobs, enabled over 100 clinical trial projects for clients, and delivered two commercial products.

Previously, Bamforth spent 22 years at Genzyme, latterly running a 12-site clinical and manufacturing operation supporting over 20 commercial therapeutics, and a pharmaceutical CMO business. His career began as a petroleum engineer with Britoil, then as a chemical engineer with Whitbread.

Bamforth serves on the boards of Continuus Pharma, Enterobiotix, Inceptor Bio, Pneumagen, and Entrepreneurial Scotland. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Graeme Bissett

Graeme Bissett

Chairman/Director

Graeme Bissett is a Chartered Accountant, corporate financier and experienced non-executive Chairman / Director.

His career includes Partner at Arthur Andersen and Finance Director at international groups, and a subsequent portfolio of boardroom appointments in entrepreneurial businesses, across diverse sectors and in both the privately owned and listed markets.

Graeme has also held many pro bono appointments, including Chair at Children 1st, Vice-Convenor of Court at the University of Glasgow and trusteeship at Citizens Advice Scotland.

Alan Brown

Alan Brown

Founder and President Alan Brown + Company Limited

Alan Brown is the Founder and CEO of A. Brown + Company Ltd. that provides independent strategic advice to leaders amongst corporate, institutional and government clients globally.

He spent the majority of his career in investment banking, latterly at Deutsche Bank and has led the Natural Resources Group since its formation in 2007, with responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance activities across a number of global sectors.

A GlobalScot, Alan relocated from London to Toronto in 2016, is a Director of Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation and Chair of ES in Canada

Colette Grant

Colette Grant

Transformational Coach

After founding, creating and running one of the UKs most successful Property Investment and Management Companies, Colette knows about the challenges of Leadership, team building, team wellbeing and retention. After selling her business in 2018 she decided to dedicate her life to her passion for Performance and Leadership Coaching. The skills required to make this a reality have been honed over decades of Professional Training and Learning. Also being on the front line as a founding Trustee of Entrepreneurial Scotland and the Leader of a business for over 20 years through recession and economic turmoil.

Her time is now spent Coaching Business Leaders, entrepreneurs and organisations both in UK and around the world. She has dedicated her professional life to highlighting and applying the transformative potential of a new understanding of the mind to her clients’ current challenges and limitations. Helping leaders move forward has enabled them to create real, sustainable change by connecting more powerfully to their creativity to unleash their best ideas, improve their performance and reach their full potential, therefore creating a healthier, clearer state of mind for themselves and their teams.

Caroline Mansley

Caroline Mansley

Non-Executive Director, Scottish Golf

Caroline has a BSc (Hons) in Fuel and Energy Engineering (Leeds University) and a MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design (City University, London).

She is an Independent Advisor supporting Senior Executives to design, build and execute strategic change and business transformational initiatives.

Caroline was previously the Global Customer Operations Executive at AIG. In this role Caroline managed the day to day service delivery and significant change transforming 76 global operational centres that engaged with AIG’s customers in 56 different languages.

She has over 30 years of international business transformation, Operations and IT experience gained from global companies, including Cap Gemini, RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, BT, and Criterion, where she held a range of positions, including EMEA CIO, Managing Director, IT and Strategy Director, and Head of CRM service delivery.

Caroline was previously Chair of Netball Scotland, a Non-Executive Director of Origo and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Golf.

Jason McGibbon

Jason McGibbon

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Jason qualified as a chartered accountant in Scotland prior to an international investment career, spending over two decades with global investment firm Bridgepoint. He now sits on the board of Scottish National Investment Bank as well a range of Chair/ NED roles with several consumer-tech and data related scale-ups. At the mission-led development bank he helped support the executive team through the launch phase of the bank and sits on their investment, valuation & audit committees. Jason’s key expertise lies in Business Strategy, Scale-up, fundraising, international growth and business transformation

Colin Robertson CBE

Colin Robertson CBE

Chairman

Colin was Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis Limited, Britain’s largest bus and coach manufacturer for 13 years, before being appointed to NFI’s Board as Vice Chair in September 2020. He is also Founder of Robertson Campbell Investments.

In his role at Alexander Dennis, Colin led their transformation from a predominantly UK-focused business to an international player in the bus and coach sector, employing 2,600 team members, with annual revenue in excess of £600mn.

Colin has over 38 years of international manufacturing experience gained from global companies, including Cummins, Case and Terex Corporation, where he held a range of positions, including Executive Vice President Global Operations and President of the US$2bn Construction Division.

Colin was appointed Chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland in 2018. In May 2019, he received a CBE for his services to exports, and to the bus and coach manufacturing sector.

Chris Sheldon

Chris Sheldon

Partner, Turcan Connell

Chris Sheldon is a partner at Turcan Connell where he specialises in tax and succession advice for entrepreneurs, as well as charity law.

He has served on numerous boards including the Court of Aberdeen University, Families Outside and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.

Chris, a member of the CFA UK Society and Chartered Management Institute, read psychology and law at university.

Mark Simmers

Mark Simmers

Co-founder & CEO, Celtic Renewables

Mark Simmers

Mark Simmers is co-founder and CEO of Celtic Renewables, having raised over £40m of funding to establish its first manufacturing plant and grow the company from its inception.

His career began with International Management Group, commercialising and managing its global golf assets, before he founded and managed his own events and promotions company in Scotland.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and commercialisation specialist.


Dame Joan Stringer

Dame Joan Stringer

Chair of Capital Theatres

Dame Joan Stringer is a CEO, Chair and Non-Executive Director.

She has held senior appointments in education for 25-years, most recently as Principal & Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University and previously with Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Dame Joan holds numerous board appointments, including trusteeship of The Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation and Chair of Capital Theatres.

Celia Tennant

Celia Tennant

Chief Executive, Inspiring Scotland

Celia is passionate about building a better Scotland. She has been with Inspiring Scotland since its launch in 2008, as Head of Funds before taking on the role of Chief Executive in 2013, and has been instrumental in shaping its values and vision.

Celia brings 20 years of management experience from the private sector and is passionate about the potential of people and communities to create lasting positive change. She is a champion of collaborative working to tackle deep-rooted social problems.

Celia leads from the front with commitment and dedication, both with Inspiring Scotland and as a member of several community and advisory groups. She sits on the Scottish Violence Reduction Governance Board and is an Advisor to Common Purpose Scotland.

Celia is also an enthusiastic advocate of the power of sport to break down barriers and inspire people. She is a British Cycling coach in track, road and time-trial and founded the Clydesdale Colts youth section of the Royal Albert Cycling Club, of which she is a Trustee and Secretary. She is a Trustee of the Winning Scotland Foundation which uses education and sport to encourage young Scots to be their best.

John Watson

John Watson

CEO, Crosswind Developments Ltd

John Watson joined GIP as Operating Principal and CCO of Edinburgh Airport Limited and is CEO of Crosswind Developments Ltd.

He was previously Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group’s $50bn SME lending portfolio and a founding Board Director of the Business Growth Fund plc.

John qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has subsequently held numerous executive and non-executive positions globally.

Richard Williams OBE

Richard Williams OBE

Principal and Vice Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University

Richard Williams is an academic and entrepreneur working in chemical and mineral engineering. He is Principal and Vice Chancellor at Heriot-Watt University based in Scotland, UAE and Malaysia. He is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences.

He has experience in mentoring innovators, and funding for radical innovations that challenge existing business models. He is a director of British Geological Survey, the UAE-UK Business Council (Education and Culture) and on the Advisory Board of the Lloyds Register Foundation.

ES Team
Mark Austin

Mark Austin

Information Officer

Mark Austin is Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Community Support.

With almost a decade’s worth of experience working for a large investment bank, he decided to join Entrepreneurial Scotland as Community Database Administrator.

Mark is responsible for providing administrative support for databases across the company and has been heavily involved in developing processes to assist programmes, new products and to drive efficiency improvements.

Janet Black

Janet Black

Director of Operations

Janet joined ESF in February 2022 as Director of Operations. She has fifteen years of experience in both strategic and operational leadership roles in private and public sector organisations, working mainly in the tourism and education sectors. She has worked on projects with organisations around the world, living and working on four continents, and credits her successful career to opportunities offered to her as a student and young professional. She is passionate about encouraging lifelong learning and providing opportunities for others to grow, succeed and give back at all stages of their lives.

Jody Brown

Jody Brown

Business Development Manager

Jody joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in February 2022 as our Business Development Manager. He has a wealth of experience in the commercial sector, gained over the last two decades, and has worked for and with some of the most prominent organisations in the country. Jody’s focus is on connecting with and engaging prospective partners to help them unlock their full potential both individually and through their respected organisations.

Louise Cowley

Louise Cowley

Financial Controller

Louise is Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Financial Controller.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 she gained a breadth of experience in various senior finance roles, most notably in the aviation industry and recruitment sector.

Katrina Devine

Katrina Devine

Programme Executive

Katrina joined Entrepreneurial Scotland as a Programme Executive in 2021, providing support to facilitate the provision of world class internships to Scottish university talent.

She has extensive commercial experience in business development, focusing on income generation through strong partnership relations, gained in a large multinational telecommunications company in Dublin and more recently in the purpose-built student accommodation sector in Scotland.

Rebecca Donald

Rebecca Donald

Partner Engagement Executive

Rebecca is Can Do Partner Engagement Executive. She supports the Can Do Collective Operations Team, helping to increase the effectiveness of our programme.

She combines event and project management experience with knowledge of a small family business and has a Masters degree in Social Business and Microfinance from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Lisa Ferguson

Lisa Ferguson

Programme Manager

Lisa Ferguson is part of the Entrepreneurial Leaders Division, holding the role of Community Manager.

With a background in project and event management both domestic and internationally, she focuses on the management of all the Entrepreneurial Leadership Development Programmes.

Lisa has a BSc in Business from the University of Strathclyde.

Kelly Glass

Kelly Glass

Saltire Scholar Programme Manager

Kelly Glass is Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Scholar Programme Manager.

With extensive experience working with young people, she has worked in Youth Organisations across Renfrewshire and Glasgow, as well as national youth charities.

Kelly has driven change within specific youth communities, in sports clubs and with young offenders in prison, offering learning and development programmes to emerging young and future leaders

Fiona Hardie

Fiona Hardie

Programme Executive

Fiona Hardie joined Entrepreneurial Scotland as Programme Executive and is a charity and volunteer ambassador.

With experience in retail and customer management, she engages with students, manages relations with University Partners and contributes to the delivery of the Saltire Scholars Programme.

Fiona graduated from university with a joint Honours degree in English and French, including a year working in France.

Kristen Hirst

Kristen Hirst

Business Development Director

Kristen is our US-based Business Development Director, working closely with the US Trustees to develop relationships in one of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s most important markets.

Kristen has over 25 years’ experience in international business, having worked in both the UK and US, and joined us from the UK Department for International Trade where she served as Deputy Head of the Financial Services team.

Kristen is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Executive Management Education from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.

Lindsey Izzard

Lindsey Izzard

Programme Executive

Lindsey Izzard is Programme Executive for our Entrepreneurial Leaders Division.

She has a background in project management and business management for Healthcare and Information Technology sectors

Sandy Kennedy

Sandy Kennedy

Chief Advisor

Sandy Kennedy was the CEO of Entrepreneurial Scotland until 1 July 2021, before moving into an advisory role. He holds positions on numerous additional Scottish boards.

With 20 years’ experience leading commercial, social and charitable enterprises, his varied career includes founding an online start-up, working in venture capital and being the first member of The Saltire Foundation team.

Sandy has a law degree from Cambridge and writes regularly for The Herald.

Jules Lancastle

Jules Lancastle

Head of Executive Development

Jules’ stated purpose is to challenge restless minds to help them benefit the communities they serve and enrich society. She has built her career around entrepreneurship, leadership development and participant engagement. As the founder-leader of her own business for 13 years, she relates to start-up and scale-up enterprises and has a practical, empathetic approach that promotes momentum and progress.

An experienced facilitator in both in person and online environments, Jules draws upon established models and coaching methodologies to support learning on both a group and individual level. Most recently she has been instrumental in the creation and development of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Leader Catalyst Programmes.

Sean Lawrance

Sean Lawrance

Marketing Executive

Sean joined the Entrepreneurial Scotland team in March 2022 as a Marketing Executive.

He is responsible for all things marketing and shares the engaging story of Entrepreneurial Scotland and our many programmes which help to shape Scotland as one of the most entrepreneurial societies in the world.

With a BA in International Business from Glasgow Caledonian University, and experience in both private and third sector roles, Sean has a strong interest in the entrepreneurial mindset, social innovation, and business support.

Gillian McGill

Gillian McGill

Business Engagement Manager

Gill joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in August 2019 as a Programme Executive for Saltire Programmes. She has recently moved across to the Business Engagement side, working closely with host companies, Alumni and the wider ES community.

Gill’s background is in project and programme management having worked in within busy educational environments, in both public and private sectors, for over twenty years.

Meghan McKee

Meghan McKee

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Meghan is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Scotland Can Do Programme.

Having previous experience in multiple roles within Scotland’s start-up industry, and a degree in English and Performance, Meghan can create engaging and insightful digital content, whilst understanding and catering to the Entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath

Chief Executive

Sean McGrath was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2021.

He is on the Advisory Boards of Scottish EDGE Fund and Glasgow City Innovation District and is a member of the Advisory Council for Economic Transformation, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy.

Sean is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Foundation in May 2019 as Finance Director. Prior to this he worked with leading brands including Red Bull, NorthgateArinso and Monster.com and held a number of financial management roles within organisations such as Deloitte and London & Scottish Investments.

A passionate advocate of entrepreneurial thinking, Sean firmly believes that Scotland’s future will be shaped by those who think, act and lead in an entrepreneurial way.



Anna Rafferty

Anna Rafferty

Programme Executive (Maternity Leave)

Anna Rafferty is the Programme Executive at Entrepreneurial Scotland, focusing on sourcing world-class internships for Scottish university talent.

With 5 years’ experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, she has held positions across the public and third sectors, including the Scottish Government.

Anna facilitates the transformation of students who participate in the Saltire Scholars Programme, supporting them to fulfil their leadership potential.

Natasha Savory

Natasha Savory

Programme Assistant

Natasha joined the Entrepreneurial Scotland team as a programme assistant in March 2022 supporting the Saltire Scholar team.

Natasha graduated University with an Honours degree in Human Resource Management in 2020.

Ros Turbett

Ros Turbett

Programme Executive (Maternity Leave)

Rosalie Turbett is Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Programme Executive, providing support for the Saltire Scholar Internship Programme.

With experience in communication, her role focuses on student engagement for both current programme participants and Alumni.

Rosalie graduated from the University of Stirling in 2008 with an Honours, Upper Division, in Film and Media Studies, subsequently working in a range of customer service roles.

Rachel Wallace

Rachel Wallace

Programme Manager

Rachel Wallace is Programme Manager, responsible for the Scotland Can Do Programme, funded by the Scottish Government and facilitated by Entrepreneurial Scotland.

With previous experience as the Partnership Officer for a social enterprise and registered charity, she now connects partners, improving communications, and boosting collaboration.

Rachel graduated with a First-Class joint Honours Degree in Management with Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Vicki Wells

Vicki Wells

Business Support Manager

Vicki Wells is Business Support Manager at Entrepreneurial Scotland, providing fundraising support and stewardship for donors and Trustees and executive support for the Senior team.

With a career in HR, she left London to spend 10 years living abroad in the Middle East, the Bahamas and South Africa. She has also undertaken a variety of volunteer roles, supporting vulnerable children and young people.

Vicki has a BA in Interpreting and Translating.

Facilitators
Annabelle Beckwith

Annabelle Beckwith

Inspire Facilitator

Annabelle Beckwith has been a business consultant, coach and trainer since the early 2000s, working with entrepreneurs, SMEs and with Fortune 100 global corporates in all sectors, and with clients all over the world. Before that, in the mid-late 1990s she held various leadership roles, including that of Head of Development and Public Affairs at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Annabelle is the founder of Yara Journeys (Yara-Journeys.com) a consultancy specialising in leadership development, team productivity and business growth, working with entrepreneurs and executives to develop themselves personally, and to build the strategic and practical abilities they need for business success.

Her work with entrepreneurs and business founders includes coaching and consultancy for dozens of businesses and individuals as well as work for national and international projects including Scale Up Scotland (funded by billionaire Sir Tom Hunter), Barclays Eagle Labs, Yorkshire’sNorthern Max, and RBS Business.

She is also on the local board for Young Enterprise Scotland – a nationwide project to promote entrepreneurship education to young people

She has been quoted in various publications, including Ariana Huffington’s Thrive Global, Entrepreneur.com and Forbes online, is a regular podcast guest and conference speaker and has authored online books including Goal Setting for Success, at bookboon.com, and A Quick Guide to Indian Culture on Kindle.

She is also the author of the Amazon bestseller ‘Get Your Peas In A Row – 5 key factors to propel your business forward’, which focuses on key principles for entrepreneurial business growth.

Annabelle lives by the sea in Ayrshire, Scotland, and works internationally