John Watson

Surviving the Vacuum

Speaker: John Watson, CEO, Crosswind Developments Ltd & Formerly Chief Commercial Officer, Edinburgh Airport

Chair: Katy McNeil, CivTech®​ Intrapreneurship Programme Lead, Scottish Government

Member level: Leading

Event type: Focus Dinner

Price: £95 + VAT


Intrapreneurs have the same spirit and drive that entrepreneurs have, but instead put it to use for their employer by looking for problems to solve and new markets to enter using their own initiative to create the solution and run with it. The major difference in being an intrapreneur is that it’s the organisation that wins or loses, depending on th individual’s success, while the individual gets the experience of entrepreneurship without the personal risk.

Join John Watson, Non executive Director of Edinburgh Airport, Operating Principal at the US private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners and Chief Executive Officer of Crosswind Developments Ltd, a new sister company of the airport. John will share his view on how intrapreneurs embark on similar journeys to entrepreneurs but with a different perspective as well as his experiences of creating an entrepreneurial culture within large organisations including Edinburgh Airport.

Join us with our chair for the evening Katy McNeil in Edinburgh for a fascinating focus dinner all around the importance of creating an intrapreneurial culture.

  • When

    18th October 2017
  • Where

    Edinburgh Zoo
    134 Corstorphine Road
    EH12 6TS
    United Kingdom


John Watson

John Watson

Chief Executive Officer, Crosswind Developments Ltd

John Watson joined Global Infrastructure Partners as an Operating Principal in 2013 and was the Chief Commercial Officer of Edinburgh Airport Limited leading the commercial revenue and capital projects teams until June 2017. John is currently a Non-executive Director of Edinburgh Airport and Chief Executive Officer of Crosswind Developments Ltd, a new sister company of the airport, established to develop 40 hectares of excess land.


Katy McNeil

Katy McNeil

CivTech® Intrapreneurship Programme Lead, Scottish Government

Katy McNeil is the CivTech®​ Intrapreneurship Programme Lead in Scottish Government, and was a Saltire Fellow in 2013-14. She has wide experience of public service, including directly supporting Ministers, as Director in an environmental public body, as manager for a programme of reform in the justice system and most recently as an improvement adviser. In her new role she is developing an intrapreneurship programme for public service leaders, using the entreprenuerial skills and knowledge she learnt on the fellowship.​

Surviving the Vacuum