The Mentor Hour

Connect, explore challenges and gain valuable insights to help boost your personal and business growth - in just 60 minutes.

Entrepreneurial Scotland is excited to announce The Mentor Hour, our free monthly initiative designed to connect business leaders seeking guidance and experience with senior business figures from around Scotland and internationally. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to connect, explore challenges and gain invaluable insights to help boost your personal and professional growth.

How does it work?

1. Register your interest in a 1-1 mentor session. Outline your business, your challenges, aspirations and what you would like to achieve from the one-hour session.

2. 1-hour sessions - Each month, established business leaders generously offer one hour of their time to dedicate to one of the registered participants in an online mentoring session.

3. The Match - Based on your profile and needs, and the skills and experience of our mentor, we will match the most appropriate people together.

Please note that availability is limited and a match is not guaranteed.


Meet our April Mentoring Panel

Allan Wilson

Allan Wilson

Managing Partner, Austinscot LLC, TEXAS

Allan is a US based Scottish entrepreneur with deep experience in Global Operations, Lean Supply chain, Lean Manufacturing, Asset Management, Condition Based Maintenance, Enterprise Software and the Internet of Things. Many of his companies have been Venture-backed and successfully scaled and were subsequently sold to large technology businesses.

He graduated Glasgow Caledonian University with a BSC in Engineering.

Allan is currently Managing Partner, Austinscot LLP and well as Senior Vice President, Corum Group Ltd, and Chairman of the Advisory Board, KaiNexus. And consults with many other companies.

Calum MacLeod

Calum MacLeod

Director, Glampitect

Calum graduated Heriot Watt in 2015, gaining a masters with distinction in electrical and electronic engineering but says he now couldn’t wire a plug. He spent 3 ½ years as an electrical design engineer and realised that working in a company wasn’t for him.

Using his CAD ability to submit a planning application for NC500Pods first site, he got approved then raised funding The site won the award for the “best glamping site in Scotland” the year it opened 2019 and has won subsequent awards.

“Nobody was helping people set up glamping sites at the time, so I launched Glampitect with £500, quit my job 2 months later with 1 month living expenses in the business account”. Calum now employs 15 people full time and turns over c. £1m

Calum & Glampitect were approached by NEC Birmingham to see if he knew anyone that would set up a glamping site on their land. He agreed, and despite delays due to Covid, full planning application was submitted mid 23 and approved in February this year. ago (see The Sun article and NEC press release among others)

AvantGlamp has been launched with the NEC site as the flagship for this business and we aim to deliver 1000 units over 100 sites over the next 10 years throughout the UK

David Russell

David Russell


David Russell has worked for Nokia for over 12 years with roles including Head of Transformation and Head of Operational Improvement. He has extensive experience in Project, Program, Change and Operations Management. Strong background in both developing and executing internal change programs and for delivery of network infrastructure projects for a range of tier one clients globally. I have wide ranging background in both fixed and wireless technologies - 2G/3G/LTE/5G, IP Networks and Software Development.

Key Skills

Transformation and Business Change - extensive experience in driving business transformation and operational change programs, reporting to board level. These have various focal points ranging for Process Change/VSM/Kaizen, Project Operational/Financial Improvement, Quality Management and Cashflow/Inventory optimization.

Leadership and building teams of project managers. Driving revenue and margin growth through better project execution, strong governance, consistent process, executive project reviews, tools and KPI metrics.

Become a Mentor

Becoming a mentor is your opportunity for you to give something back to Scotland by supporting Scotland's entrepreneurial leaders.

The mentoring sessions require a 1-hour commitment, in that hour you are directly helping shape and grow leaders and businesses in Scotland.

To learn more about becoming an ES Mentor, please get in touch below for further information.