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.

Ann Budge

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Graduating with a psychology degree, Ann Budge, started as graduate trainee in IT, with Scottish & Newcastle Breweries working there for 12 years and becoming the first woman to reach Senior Executive level. A move to another large corporate led on to further promotion and experience of running significant business operations.

Ann Gloag OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Ann Gloag OBE is a Scottish business woman and charity campaigner. She is co-founder of the international transport company Stagecoach Group.

Alan Revie

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Alan Revie started his career in the tyre industry at the age of seventeen as a tyre fitter. He started moving up the management ladder working for a number of tyre companies, until eventually working for the German tyre manufacturer Continental.

Sir Bill Gammell

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Bill was educated at Fettes College and has a BA in Economics and Accounting from Stirling University.

Bob Keiller

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Bob grew up in the Border town Jedburgh, here he attended Jedburgh Grammar School. He went onto study a Masters of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University and is a Chartered Engineer.

Sir Brian Souter

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Brian Souter, is Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group plc, one of Britain's largest transport operators. Together with his sister, Ann Gloag, he built Stagecoach up from two buses in 1980 to become a major bus and rail operator employing more than 40,000 people worldwide.

Emma Watson Mack

Development Director

Emma Watson Mack is the Development Director for Entrepreneurial Scotland. 

Sir Ewan Brown

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Gareth Williams

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Gareth was born in Norwich and had an international upbringing, spending time in both Switzerland and Canada, where he learned to ski. He studied mathematics and computing at Manchester University, where he met Skyscanner co-founder Bonamy Grimes.

Helen Sayles CBE

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Hugh Langmuir

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Hugh joined Cinven in 1991 as Founding Partner and became Executive Chairman in 2015. He oversees the strategic direction and policy of the firm. 

Jane Richardson - Communications Director

Jane Richardson

Communications Director

Jane Richardson joined Entrepreneurial Scotland as Communications Director in April 2016. Working with Communications agency, Spreng Thomson, she develops and oversees the delivery of the media and public relations strategy and advises the Entrepreneurial Scotland team on stakeholder engagement and the execution of the communications plan. 

Lady Janice Gammell

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Jim McColl OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Jim McColl left school at the age of 16. His first job was that of apprentice in one of Glasgow’s leading engineering companies, Weir Pumps. After working for six years with Weir Pumps he left to study full time for a BSc degree in Technology and Business Studies at Strathclyde University.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, CEng

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Professor Sir Jim McDonald joined the University of Strathclyde in 1984 following seven years in the electric utility industry and was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993.

Katie Michels

Development Director (USA) (currently on maternity leave)

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Les Hutchison

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Lanarkshire-born businessman Les Hutchison is a quiet philanthropist. He has a strong belief in “giving something back,” but he does it without fanfare.

Lesley Eccles

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Linda Barclay

Programme Development Manager

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Malcolm Offord

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Martin Gilbert

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Martin Gilbert is a co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983.

Michaela Hruskova

Programme Executive

As the Saltire Fellowship Programme Executive, Michaela coordinates the delivery of the programme, with a main focus on the open enrolment pipeline. Her role involves a range of responsibilities, including recruitment, onboarding, and programme logistics.

Michaela works part-time alongside her postgraduate studies. She has an MA (Honours) degree in Business & Management from the University of Glasgow and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in research methods in management before she embarks upon her PhD in entrepreneurship.

Richard Dixon

Board Member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Lord Robert Smith of Kelvin

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Robert Haldane Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin KT grew up in the Maryhill district of Glasgow and was educated at Allan Glen's School, Glasgow. After leaving school in 1963, he failed his first-year English exams at the University of Glasgow.

Rosalie Turbett

Programme Assistant

Rosalie joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in September 2015 and in her role as a Programme Assistant provides assistance and support to ensure the successful delivery of both the Scholars and Fellows Programmes.  She has also manages the Saltire Social Media pages. During her time at Entrepreneurial Scotland, she has worked on the 2016 Scholarship Programme and the 2015-16 Fellowship Programme.  She has been heavily involved in the recruiting cycle for the Scholars Programme, scheduling interviews for applicants and played a key role in organising the 2016 Fellows Cap

Roy McGregor OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

After studying marketing and business management at university Roy MacGregor joined his family’s retail and property company in the late 1970s. Building on previous experience in supplying food to offshore rigs, he went on to establish oil-and-gas contracting company MacGregor Energy Services.

Sara Nelson

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. 

Sir Tom Hunter

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

He grew up in the mining village of New Cumnock in Ayrshire, before attending the University of Strathclyde. The son of a grocer, he began his career by selling trainers from the back of a van.

Lord William Haughey OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Willie was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow in 1956. He served an apprenticeship as a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer. After working abroad for two and a half years in the United Arab Emirates in the early eighties, he returned to Glasgow and set up the company City Refrigeration in 1985 with his wife Susan.