Our People

Entrepreneurial Scotland Board

Entrepreneurial Scotland was established in 2014. It is a non-profit organisation with a charitable subsidiary - our Foundation. It is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets regularly to discuss governance matters, including our vision, mission and strategic direction.

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.

Richard Dixon

Chairman,Vets Now Limited

Richard is founder and group managing director 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 700 veterinary practices and employs c.650 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 £30M 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.

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.