Our Trustees

Our Foundation is governed by a board of trustees, comprising leading figures in international business, industry and education.

Our trustees bring a wealth of experience to the foundation, and share a common belief in encouraging and inspiring new entrepreneurs to think and act globally for the enduring benefit of Scotland as a nation.

Brian Aitchison

Trustee

Brian has a background of over 40 years experience in the financial services sector.

Colette Grant

Chair

Colette has built Grant Property over the last 21 years to become a leading UK Residential Property Investment + Management Company. With Headquarters in Edinburgh, Grant Property specialise in building secure, valuable, high-yielding residential property portfolios; operating from local offices across 10 UK University cities.

Ian C Ritchie

Trustee

Ian Ritchie is the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, Computer Applications Service, Caspian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute.

Eilidh Dillon

Trustee

Eilidh is an operations manager in GlaxoSmithKline’s flagship manufacturing site in Ware Hertfordshire.  She graduated from the University of Stirling having studied Languages and International Management.  She went on to complete a Masters in Management at the L’Ecole de Management, Strasbourg.

Professor Dame Joan Stringer

Trustee

Joan Stringer took up her post in January 2003 having previously served as Principal and Vice Patron of Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.

John Watson

Trustee

John joined Edinburgh Airport in January 2013 as Chief Commercial Officer responsible for the all aspects of the commercial operation including projects and development. John trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant specialising in Corporate Finance.

Mark Bamforth

Trustee

Mark Bamforth is the President and CEO of Gallus Biopharmaceuticals. Mark founded Gallus in 2010 in order to establish the premier contract manufacturer (CMO) of clinical and commercial bulk biologics.

Mark Simmers

Trustee

Mark Simmers is CEO of Celtic Renewables, a start-up business in the renewable energy sector.

Professor Pete Downes

Trustee

Professor Pete Downes has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee since 2009.

Vincent Connor

Trustee

Vincent Connor is a Partner at Pinsent Masons. He is a legal adviser to the Infrastructure sector and specialises in construction and engineering law.