Scottish Business in the Community
An experienced and high level strategist and communicator, Jane has worked with both national and local governments on developing public/private sector partnerships in the areas of regeneration, community asset management, retail-led regeneration and corporate responsibility.
Previously Head of Corporate Affairs for Scotland and Northern Ireland for Alliance Boots, Jane was also Chair of one of Scotland’s largest business improvement districts. She is also founder of Retail Rocks, a retail led regeneration model currently being utilized by local governments to deliver employability, new start ups, skills development and physical regeneration in underserved markets and high streets. She is a member of the CBI Scotland Council, Member of the First Ministers National Economic Forum, on the Scotland committee of the Institute of Directors, and Member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Change Delivery Group. On this group she is the co-chair of the Business Engagement group. Jane also chairs another regeneration initiative in Dunbar, in line with her belief that we must create sustainable communities through collaboration, she gives her support to a community cooperative set up to deliver an artisan bakery to the high street.
Prior to Alliance Boots, Jane worked as the Scottish Director of one of Europe’s largest Public Affairs Consultancy, and as a Marketing Director for a major retail and commercial property developer.
Jane was the winner of the Institute if Directors Scotland Annual Award for Voluntary Sector Director in 2011.
Jane, who was educated abroad and in St. Andrews, has a keen interest in the arts. She has four children and lives in East Lothian with her husband.
Ian was appointed Chief Executive in October 2002 having been Finance Director since 1998. He joined Southern Electric in 1992 and joined the Board on becoming Finance Director in 1996. Previously he worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), including a two-year secondment to the Department of Energy working on electricity privatisation.
Ian is a past Chairman of the United Kingdom Business Council for Sustainable Energy and chairs the Climate Change Business Delivery Group. He is a member of Ofgem’s Environmental Advisory Group, the Coal Forum and of the Energy Research Partnership. Ian is a non-Executive Director of Maggie’s Cancer Centres and was appointed as a non-Executive Director of John Wood Group PLC in 2006.
The Carbon Trust
Paul Wedgwood is The Carbon Trust’s Manager for Scotland. He heads up the Carbon Trust’s office in Scotland, leading a small team of people based in East Kilbride.
The Carbon Trust provides specialist advice and support to help business and the public sector boost returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action, this contributes to key Scottish and UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.
Paul joined the Carbon Trust in 2009, with 18 years business experience in a variety of commercial and consultancy roles in both large and smaller organisations.
Director of Business
John Mason was born in 1956 and brought up and educated in Chichester in West Sussex. He graduated from Oxford University in 1978 with a degree in geography and from University College London in 1980 with a postgraduate degree in town planning. He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 1997.
He initially worked for Kent County Council as a town planner before moving to the former Department of the Environment in London in 1985. He joined the former Scottish Office in 1990 and has held a series of policy posts since then dealing with housing, industry and tourism, culture and sport. He was Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister in 2001/2. He was seconded to Registers of Scotland in 1994/96 as Deputy Chief Executive to establish the Agency as a Trading Fund. He was Director of Climate Change and Water Industry and Environmental Quality Directorates dealing with climate change, the water industry, environmental protection, flood prevention, waste and pollution reduction and international environmental commitments. He took up his current post of Director of Business in April 2010 covering, enterprise and tourism, innovation, investment & industries, and European structural funds.
Scottish Policy Convenor
Federation of Small Businesses
Andy has been in business since 1980. His business in Aberdeen, Goldstar Group, employs around 120 staff and he also owns a small guest-house. Andy is ably assisted by his son and business partner, Scott.
Andy has been an active member of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) since the mid 1990’s. He represented the Region as a director on National Council until 2007 when he was elected on to the FSB Executive Board.
He is currently the FSB’s Scottish Policy Convener and Vice Chair of the FSB UK National Policy committee.
He received an OBE for “Services to Small Businesses in Scotland” in 2006.
Andy was a board member of Scottish Enterprise Grampian (SEG) and the board of Aberdeen City and ‘Shire Economic Futures (ACSEF) for 6 years until 2011.
He is a member of the SCDI Executive Committee, on the Secretary of State for Scotland’s Business Advisory Board, amongst other business support committees.
Business Networks & Communications Director
Linda was appointed Senior Director of Business Networks & Communications in August 2005. In this role she has responsibility for the organisation’s international and domestic marketing and communications activity and customer intelligence; stakeholder engagement – nurturing and supporting parliamentary, partner and key influencer relationships; and Scottish Enterprise’s International Networks which include the Globalscot community. Linda also has responsibility for Corporate Office functions and the Scottish Single Business Portal Programme. Linda is a member of the Scottish Enterprise Executive Leadership team
A graduate of Glasgow University, Linda joined Scottish Enterprise in 2001 and has extensive knowledge and experience in both business and economic development. Her career has spanned both the public and private sector and she currently holds a variety of Board positions including Council of CBI Scotland, SCDI, IOD, New Lanarkshire Ltd and Young Enterprise Scotland. Linda is also a visiting tutor to the Leadership Trust.
Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE)
Owen Kelly was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008.
Owen’s role focuses strongly on representing the industry to governments and regulators in Scotland, London and Brussels. He has also worked extensively in China and other Asian markets, promoting in particular Scotland’s internationally recognized strengths in asset management and servicing, life assurance and pensions.
Owen regularly contributes to public debate on financial services matters in articles, speeches and media appearances.
Before joining SFE in January 2008, Owen worked for 20 years as a government official, in both the UK and Scottish Governments. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations, and communications. He spent two years in Tokyo in the 1990s, promoting Scotland as an investment location.
Owen joined the government service in 1988, shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Chinese. He also studied for one year at Shandong University.
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Appointed as Director of Scottish Chambers of Commerce in October 2004, Liz Cameron has been an energetic and committed advocate of economic development and growth in a variety of private and public sector appointments.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, she has built up a wealth of experience at senior level in planning, finance, consultation, human resources and project management. Liz also has extensive knowledge covering every aspect of business development ranging from strategic planning and growth creation through to communications and stakeholder interaction.
Liz is passionate about business and business in Scotland, in particular. She has dedicated over a decade of her career to putting Scottish business on the map.
Her successful track record includes senior appointments with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce where she held the post of Chief Executive for almost ten years.
She also serves on a number of organisations where her business expertise assists in policy formation and execution. Liz is also a board member of ESEP Ltd and Vice Chair of the Scottish National Lottery Fund.
Scottish Retail Consortium
Institute of Directors
David arrived at the IoD from a background of running his own business for over ten years – a consultancy focussed on individual and organisational development, particularly in the sport and leisure industry. Prior to this he had worked in both the private and public sectors.
David, who is GlobalScot, also serves as a non-executive director on the Scottish North American Business Council, Business Club Scotland, Fife Sport and Leisure Trust, the Intellectual Assets Centre, and Scottish Gymnastics, as well as acting as an advisor to individuals and groups in the public, private and voluntary sectors.