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Our board

Our board is appointed by Scottish ministers to strategically guide Scottish Enterprise.

The board meets six times a year to oversee the direction of the organisation and help ensure we are adding value to Scotland's economy efficiently and with impact.

All members disclose their personal interests and follow the Scottish Enterprise Code of Conduct (PDF, 285kB), which helps ensure high standards are maintained in Scottish public life.

Willie Mackie, Interim Chair

Willie Mackie is a fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland. He has over 36 years of experience in the financial services sector, including a spell as the managing partner of Clydesdale Bank’s private and agriculture customer base across Ayrshire and Arran.

Since establishing his business consultancy in 2013, he has played an active role in supporting and promoting skills and economic development through several non-executive positions. These include Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire (board member), Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce (past President), Ayrshire College (Regional Chair) and Chair, hub South West Scotland Limited.

In 2021 he was appointed to the board of Prestwick Airport where he is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

In 2014 he was appointed to the board of Skills Development Scotland where he is Chair of the Finance and Operational Committee.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 January 2022

To: 31 December 2023 (extension 1 January 2024 to 31 March 2024)

Willie Mackie Scottish Enterprise

Adrian Gillespie, Chief Executive

As Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic development agency, Adrian is responsible for leading a global workforce to create a more productive, resilient and competitive economy for Scotland. To achieve this, Scottish Enterprise helps drive business innovation, build international competitiveness and encourages more investment in companies and infrastructure. 

Previously, Adrian was The University of Strathclyde’s first Chief Commercial Officer and member of its Executive Team. He oversaw growth of the University’s extensive industry facing activities, centres and relationships as well as the development of innovative, place-based economic development projects including the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the Glasgow City Innovation District.

Before joining Strathclyde, Adrian spent sixteen years at Scottish Enterprise, where he was a member of the Executive Leadership team and Managing Director of Operations.

He led Scottish Enterprise’s business support through account management of high growth companies, entrepreneurship development and high growth start-up support, R&D and innovation support, and the business infrastructure division.

He also held various roles in areas such as the creative industries, digital media and enabling technologies, and energy and low carbon technologies.

During the 1990s, he held various commercial and financial management positions within Marks and Spencer plc.

Adrian has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Glasgow, and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde.

He is a former trustee of Glasgow Science Centre, the Glasgow Science Centre Endowment Fund, and a former Board member of Opportunity North East (ONE).

Membership dates

From: 1 September 2021

Adrian Gillespie, CEO of Scottish Enterprise

Dr Poonam Malik

Dr Poonam Malik is an entrepreneurial business strategist, academic leader, and investor in innovation. She is Head of Investments at the University of Strathclyde, responsible for strategic leadership of the university’s enhanced investments from entrepreneurial and commercialisation activities.

Poonam has extensive experience of working in startups, investments, research, innovation, enterprise and governance in health and business sectors across the world. As a GlobalScot, Scottish Enterprise Board Member, Climate Champion, and Skills Development Scotland Board Director, she has held leadership roles across public, private, higher education and social enterprise sectors.

Poonam brings over 25 years expertise working with technology businesses, in life sciences, biotech, health, digital and medical sciences research and innovation. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, impact, equality, diversity and inclusivity values, as well as climate change and achieving net zero. She is a syndicate investor with Investing Women Angels, and a Chair, NED and board-level advisor/consultant for technology startups.

Poonam has held academic positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cumbria/Lancaster and has worked internationally in Asia/India. She is an elected Fellow with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). Poonam holds an MBA (with Distinction) in Strategy and Leadership from the University of Edinburgh Business School, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences/Virology from the University of Glasgow, a Masters (MSc) degree in Biotechnology and a Bachelors (BSc) in Chemistry and Zoology from the Dayalbagh Educational Institute in India. 

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 October 2021

To: 30 September 2024

Poonam Malik

Dr Sue Paterson

Dr Sue Paterson MBE is an oil and gas professional with over 35 years of UK and international experience in both technical and executive managerial roles.

She is a qualified IOD Chartered Director, with over 15 years’ experience as a non-executive board member (and board chair) in the private, public, and voluntary sectors.

As well as Scottish Enterprise, Sue is currently serving on the Boards of Company of Wolves, and the community-led North East Scotland Climate Action Network (NESCAN). She received an MBE in the 2020 New Year honours list for services to the community in North East Scotland.

She is the co-author of “The Fear Free Organization: Vital Insights from Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture” which was published by Kogan Page in 2015.

Sue is currently involved in helping deliver the transition to a low carbon economy in North East Scotland, as well as working with her local community to reach net zero, reduce biodiversity loss and eliminate waste.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 October 2021

To: 30 September 2024

Sue Paterson

Karthik Subramanya

Karthik Subramanya is Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group, advising senior management of utilities across Europe and the Middle East on energy transition, renewables, decarbonisation, and net zero.

He is a panel member of the Competition and Markets Authority and a court member at the University of Dundee.

Before taking on a portfolio of roles, Mr Subramanya held senior executive roles in utilities and banking. He was Director of Strategy and Performance at SSE plc and was also Director of Group Strategy and M&A of Lloyds Banking Group.

Karthik is an electrical engineer and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Membership dates

Reappointment: 1 October 2021

To: 30 September 2024

Peter McKellar

Peter McKellar was Global Head of Private Markets at Standard Life Aberdeen until September 2020. In the role, he was responsible for overseeing £63 billion of assets under management across private equity, infrastructure, real estate, natural resources, and certain private credit capabilities.

He is currently a non-executive director of 3i Group plc and deputy chairman of AssetCo plc.

Membership dates

From: 15 February 2021

End of term: 14 February 2024

Professor Richard Williams

Professor Richard Williams is an academic and entrepreneur. He is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University - based in Scotland, UAE and Malaysia.

His background has involved creation and support of businesses and services in the chemical engineering sectors working internationally in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

Professor Williams is co-chair of UAE-UK Business Council (Education and Culture) and was a founding director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (Ansty). 

He is also a Trustee of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation, the Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities and is on the advisory board of Lloyds Register Foundation.

Membership dates

From: 1 June 2023

End of term: 31 May 2026

Professor Gillian Murray

Professor Gillian Murray has a track record in academia over the last 17 years in senior roles aligned to driving economic growth. 

She is strategic lead in both Heriot-Watt University’s involvement in the Islands Growth Deal creating the Islands Centre for Net Zero and the National Robotarium component of the Edinburgh City Deal.

Professor Murray was previously involved in economic regeneration in the Liverpool City Region and Northern Powerhouse, founder of LCR4.0 programme that has supported over 600 small-to-medium sized enterprises and the precursor for the UK Government’s Made Smarter programme.  She led the development of one of the UK’s first Enterprise Zones and the creation of Sensor City in Liverpool. 

Professor Murray is a founding member of the Centre for Work-based Learning.

Membership dates

From: 1 June 2023

End of term: 31 May 2026

Raymond O’Hare

Raymond O'Hare is former Director of Microsoft and Chair of the Institute of Directors in Scotland. He has held a number of executive positions at Microsoft and across the technology industry. 

Mr. O’Hare has also held a number of Chair and Non-Executive Director roles across various sectors working with high-growth businesses where he has advised on and supported them on business strategy, growth and governance. 

He has also mentored a number of Chief Executive Officers as well as up and coming leaders in a number of companies.

Membership dates

From: 1 June 2023

End of term: 31 May 2026

Graham Soutar

Graham Soutar is a chartered accountant. He has extensive experience in advisory, investment and operating roles both in the UK and across Asia, where he worked for more than 25 years.

His career has given him a global mindset and extensive cross border trade expertise in Asian markets. He was a corporate finance partner with Deloitte in Hong Kong, a senior partner in two Asian private equity firms, and until 2018, Chief Executive of the Beatson Cancer Charity based in Glasgow.

He has served on and advised the boards of companies ranging from regulated financial services to tech and private equity funds, as well as their portfolio companies. As such, he brings deep experience of corporate governance and strategic input to this role.

Professor Stephen McArthur

Professor Stephen McArthur is Associate Principal and Executive Dean of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

As an internationally recognised research leader and expert in artificial intelligence and intelligent systems for energy applications, he has delivered over £60 million of collaborative industrial programmes.

He is also a specialist in low-carbon energy technologies and has created and led academic centres, collaborative research programmes and industrial-facing innovation centres.

Professor McArthur is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is also a member of the board of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, the National Grid ESO Engineering Advisory Council and the Scottish Power Energy Networks Independent Net Zero Advisory Council.

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