Our People

Sandy Kennedy

Chief Executive

As Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Sandy is at the forefront of a movement to inspire and develop Scotland's people to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

Chris van der Kuyl

Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Chris van der Kuyl is the founding Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland. Chris is an entrepreneur whose expertise combines the start-up, development and market listed business arena in the technology, media and entertainment sectors.

James Stuart

Managing Director

As Managing Director for  Entrepreneurial Scotland, James is responsible for turning the strategy into reality by working closely with the Board, the CEO and the team

Emma Watson Mack

Development Director

Emma Watson Mack is the Development Director for Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Sheena Armour

Head of Finance

Sheena joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in August 2017 as Head of Finance following a 17 year tenure as Senior Audit Manager at KPMG.

Cathy Craig

Commercial & Membership Director

Cathy joined the Entrepreneurial Scotland team as Commercial & Memberships Director in 2017 and is responsible for evolving and delivering the membership services

Sara Cook

Head of Saltire Scholar Programme

Sara is responsible for the management of the Saltire Scholar internship programme

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Lisa Ferguson

PA to Sandy Kennedy CEO / Office Manager

Lisa’s has responsibility for the smooth running of the ES office as well as providing a range of support services to Sandy & James 

Rachel Wallace

Scotland CAN DO Programme Executive

Before joining the team Rachel was the Partnership Officer for a social enterprise and registered charity that is committed to supporting local families

Helen McCormick

Regional Development Manager

Helen is the Regional Development Manager for Entrepreneurial Scotland

Laura Salmond

Marketing and Communications Manager

Laura is our Marketing and Communications Manager. She has worked in Marketing and Project Management for over 7 years in the private, public and third sectors. Laura has worked for organisations such as Young Scot, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise. Laura has owned her own business so understands challenges facing business owners. In addition to her marketing qualifications, Laura also has an LLB in Law.

Molly Martin

Membership Services Account Manager

Molly is a Membership Services Account Manager. Her role is to regularly engage with emerging and growing members to ensure they have value from their membership. Previously Molly worked as a former events and membership manager at Scotland House. Molly is also an experienced SFEDI qualified business support adviser, previously delivering enterprise support to start-ups.

Richard Dixon

Chairman,Vets Now Limited

Richard is founder and Chairman of Vets Now Ltd. Qualifying as a vet in 1993 from Glasgow University, Richard then worked in general practice before returning to Glasgow where he gained his PhD in 2000 and founded Vets Now Ltd in 2001. Vets Now provides dedicated Out Of Hours emergency and critical care for the clients of more than 1000 veterinary practices and employs c1500 permanent staff. The company has revolutionised the delivery of Out Of Hours pet care in the UK and grown to its current annual turnover of more than £50M since launch.

Colette Grant

Founder, Grant Property

Colette's business Grant Property, is a leading Property Investment and Management Company, founded 20 years ago with her partner Peter


Steve Dunlop

Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise

Steve is Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise. Previously he was the Chief Executive of Scottish Canals

Lesley Eccles

Lesley Eccles

Co-founder and former EVP, Marketing of FanDuel

Lesley is co-founder and former EVP, Marketing of FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that is redefining sports entertainment. Lesley was pivotal in building FanDuel into the first billion dollar sports startup since ESPN. As a core member of the FanDuel executive team, she set the strategy and scaled the company to employing over 300 staff across 5 locations. She created and implemented FanDuel’s aggressive analytical marketing strategy that efficiently scaled FanDuel’s marketing spend across both online and offline channels from zero to $300m annually.

Mark R. Bamforth

Founder and President & CEO of Brammer Biopharmaceuticals

Mark Bamforth founded Brammer Bio, a best-in-class viral vector contract and development manufacturing organization (CDMO) supporting cell and gene therapy innovators.

Brammer’s team has grown rapidly from 110 in 2016 to over 400 today. Brammer is based in Alachua, FL, for early stage development and clinical manufacturing, and in Cambridge, MA, for late clinical and commercial manufacturing of five viral vector platforms. Brammer is also building additional gene therapy commercial capacity in Lexington, MA, which will be on-line by mid-2019.

Malcolm Offord

Founder and Chairman - Badenoch & Co

Malcolm graduated in Law from Edinburgh University in 1986 and subsequently embarked on a successful 26-year career in The City of London with Lazard, 3i and Bankers Trust Company of New York. In 1998 he joined Charterhouse as a Partner and remained there for 16 years investing four European private equity funds before retiring as Senior Partner in December 2013. During this period, Malcolm invested £2 billion of equity capital in eight UK companies and achieved successful exits for investors equating to 2.8x invested capital.

Ken Whipp

Entrepreneurial Scotland

Ken leads Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Executive Education programmes which include the Scale up Scotland Programme, The Saltire Fellowship and overseas learning journeys. He also works with the Scottish EDGE Fund supporting businesses post funding.

Graeme Bissett

Chairman/ Director

Graeme Bissett is a Chartered Accountant, corporate financier and experienced non-executive Chairman / Director. After many years as Partner with Arthur Andersen, Graeme was Finance Director at two international groups before focusing on a portfolio of boardroom appointments, which currently include Smart Metering Systems plc, Aberforth Split Level Income Trust plc, Cruden Group and Anderson Strathern LLP.

Helen Sayles, CBE

Former SVP, Liberty Mutual

Prior to her retirement in 2012, Ms. Sayles was senior vice president and manager of human resources, real estate and administration for Liberty Mutual Group*. She began with Liberty Mutual in the information systems area, and her career encompassed a broad range of functions and responsibilities: Ms. Sayles was responsible for human resources policy development and implementation, including compensation, benefits, employee relations, human resource development, employment, safety and health and HR service operations. 

Alan Brown

Founder and President, A. Brown and Company Ltd.

Alan Brown provides independent strategic advice to leaders amongst corporate, institutional and government clients. Prior to his current role, Alan spent the majority of his career in investment banking, latterly at Deutsche Bank based in London for 12 years. Alan led the Natural Resources Group since its formation in 2007, with responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance activities across the Chemicals, Energy, Metals & Mining, and Power, Utilities & Infrastructure sectors globally.