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 who ultimately bring it all to life. He joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in July 2016 and has worked with the team on a brand new membership proposition.

Emma Watson Mack

Development Director

Emma Watson Mack is the Development Director for Entrepreneurial Scotland. 

Having studied Psychology at St Andrew's University Emma joined the Royal Artillery as an officer in 1993, serving for eight years and completing tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Cyprus with the United Nations. Emma was selected as the first female to serve on the front line in a combat role, training as a Forward Observation Officer. 

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.

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.  During her time with this firm Sheena predominantly managed the audits of owner managed businesses and AIM listed companies.  Her sector specialisms included the FMCG industry and legal services firms.

She has responsibility for the finances of Entrepreneurial Scotland and Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation, as well as Saltire Foundation USA and Saltire Foundation Canada.

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.  It is the teams ambition to provide consistently excellent service and to grow the network in number and diversity attracting and retaining members across all sectors and across the whole of Scotland.

Sara Cook

Head of Saltire Scholar Programme

Sara is responsible for the management of the Saltire Scholar internship programme which each year sees approximately 150 undergraduate students undertake summer internships across the UK and around the world. The role includes aspects of recruitment, marketing, stakeholder engagement, budgetary management, logistical supervision, operational planning and customer service. 

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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 and the wider Senior Management Team. As our organisation is growing, Lisa’ s role is also to add more structure and policy around the needs of the office including HR and facilities. Lisa spent 5 years in Australia and on return to the UK, worked as PA to a variety of Senior Executives. She's also ran her own events business. Lisa has a BSc in Business from the University of Strathclyde.

Rachel Wallace

Scotland CAN DO Programme Executive

Rachel is here to make the CAN DO vision a reality. Before joining the team Rachel was the Partnership Officer for a social enterprise and registered charity that is committed to supporting local families. She graduated with a First Class joint Honours Degree in Management with Hospitality & Tourism Management from The University of Strathclyde.

Helen McCormick

Regional Development Manager

Helen is the Regional Development Manager for Entrepreneurial Scotland and I’m responsible for growing membership to the organisation. This involves engaging with potential or new members and looking after our existing members. Helen has had a varied career path; she has worked with IBM and has been the Chief Executive of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce and has ran her own consultancy business. Helen has an MBA from The University of Strathclyde.

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.