Our People

Sandy Kennedy

Chief Executive

As Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Sandy is at the forefront of a movement to inspire and develop Scotland's people to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

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.

Derek Blackwood OBE

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Ann Budge

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Graduating with a psychology degree, Ann Budge, started as graduate trainee in IT, with Scottish & Newcastle Breweries working there for 12 years and becoming the first woman to reach Senior Executive level. A move to another large corporate led on to further promotion and experience of running significant business operations.

Ann Gloag OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Ann Gloag OBE is a Scottish business woman and charity campaigner. She is co-founder of the international transport company Stagecoach Group.

Alan Revie

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Alan Revie started his career in the tyre industry at the age of seventeen as a tyre fitter. He started moving up the management ladder working for a number of tyre companies, until eventually working for the German tyre manufacturer Continental.

Claire Johnston

Membership Director (currently on maternity leave)

Membership Director

Sir Bill Gammell

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Bill was educated at Fettes College and has a BA in Economics and Accounting from Stirling University.

Bob Keiller

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Bob grew up in the Border town Jedburgh, here he attended Jedburgh Grammar School. He went onto study a Masters of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University and is a Chartered Engineer.

Sir Brian Souter

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Brian Souter, is Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group plc, one of Britain's largest transport operators. Together with his sister, Ann Gloag, he built Stagecoach up from two buses in 1980 to become a major bus and rail operator employing more than 40,000 people worldwide.

Claudia Cavalluzzo

General Manager / Head of Saltire Fellow Programme

As General Manager at Entrepreneurial Scotland, Claudia is responsible for implementation of processes that underpin the team performance as well as the culture. Heading the Saltire Fellowship she leads on programme operations, candidates recruitment and sustainability strategy.

Craig Findlay

Financial Director

Financial Director

Don Macleod

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Emma Watson Mack

Development Director

Emma Watson Mack is the Development Director for Entrepreneurial Scotland. 

Sir Ewan Brown

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Gareth Williams

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Gareth was born in Norwich and had an international upbringing, spending time in both Switzerland and Canada, where he learned to ski. He studied mathematics and computing at Manchester University, where he met Skyscanner co-founder Bonamy Grimes.

Helen Sayles CBE

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Hugh Langmuir

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Hugh joined Cinven in 1991 as Founding Partner and became Executive Chairman in 2015. He oversees the strategic direction and policy of the firm. 

James Stuart

Managing Director

As Managing Director for  Entrepreneurial Scotland, James is responsible for turning the strategy into reality by working closely with the Board, the CEO and the team who ultimately bring it all to life. He joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in July 2016 and has worked with the team on a brand new membership proposition.

Jane Richardson

Communications Director

Jane richardson leads the strategy to build the reputation of Entrepreneurial Scotland. Working with Communications agency, Spreng Thomson, she develops and oversees the delivery of the media and public relations strategy and advises the Entrepreneurial Scotland team on stakeholder engagement and the execution of the communications plan. 

Lady Janice Gammell

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Jim McColl OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Jim McColl left school at the age of 16. His first job was that of apprentice in one of Glasgow’s leading engineering companies, Weir Pumps. After working for six years with Weir Pumps he left to study full time for a BSc degree in Technology and Business Studies at Strathclyde University.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, CEng

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Professor Sir Jim McDonald joined the University of Strathclyde in 1984 following seven years in the electric utility industry and was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993.

Judith Duncan

Marketing & Membership Executive

Judith's role at Entrepreneurial Scotland is to put together the events for all three tiers of membership throughout the year. She also looks after the members and deals with any queries they may have. Since joining in March 2016, Judith has put together a programme of events for each tier in the network and spends time encouraging speakers to talk at Entrepreneurial Scotland events. 

Karen McTaggart

Membership Manager

As Membership Manager Karen is the first point of contact for all our members and she enjoys connecting amazing people with exciting opportunities. Karen is on hand to help members to access the support they need from within the Entrepreneurial Scotland network. Karen works across the network team leading member on-boarding and works hard to ensure people derive real value from the benefits of membership.  

A long standing member of the team Karen uses her knowledge and experience to support all Entrepreneurial Scotland members.

Katie Michels

Development Director (USA) (currently on maternity leave)


Les Hutchison

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Lanarkshire-born businessman Les Hutchison is a quiet philanthropist. He has a strong belief in “giving something back,” but he does it without fanfare.

Lesley Eccles

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Linda Barclay

Programme Development Manager


Malcolm Offord

Board member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Martin Gilbert

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Martin Gilbert is a co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983.

Melissa Hynd

Network Executive

Melissa works within the network, assessing membership applications and welcoming new members. She coordinates events, runs the mentoring programme and deals with network related queries.

Melissa worked on the network Mentoring Programme and launched the network ‘Leveraging Diversity’ events, which focus on promoting and supporting diversity within the workplace. She also collaborates with ecosystem partners to create exciting joint events for groups of 100+ people.

Michael McCourt

Programme Assistant

Michael works within the Saltire Team on the Saltire Scholars and Saltire Fellowship programmes. He assists the team in the recruitment, onboarding and management of both Entrepreneurial Scotland’s world class programmes.

Michael has been involved the recruitment of the largest ever cohort of Saltire Scholars and Saltire Fellows, assisting with the organisation of speed interview sessions and assessment centres. He also played a role in key programme events such as Scholar Leadership Day and Fellowship Kick Off Week.

Richard Dixon

Board Member

Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Lord Robert Smith of Kelvin

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Robert Haldane Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin KT grew up in the Maryhill district of Glasgow and was educated at Allan Glen's School, Glasgow. After leaving school in 1963, he failed his first-year English exams at the University of Glasgow.

Rosalie Turbett

Programme Assistant

Rosalie joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in September 2015 and in her role as a Programme Assistant provides assistance and support to ensure the successful delivery of both the Scholars and Fellows Programmes.  She has also manages the Saltire Social Media pages. During her time at Entrepreneurial Scotland, she has worked on the 2016 Scholarship Programme and the 2015-16 Fellowship Programme.  She has been heavily involved in the recruiting cycle for the Scholars Programme, scheduling interviews for applicants and played a key role in organising the 2016 Fellows Cap

Roy McGregor OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

After studying marketing and business management at university Roy MacGregor joined his family’s retail and property company in the late 1970s. Building on previous experience in supplying food to offshore rigs, he went on to establish oil-and-gas contracting company MacGregor Energy Services.

Sara Nelson

Head of Saltire Scholar Programme

Sara is responsible for the management of the Saltire Scholar internship programme which each year sees approximately 150 undergraduate students undertake summer internships across the UK and around the world. The role includes aspects of recruitment, marketing, stakeholder engagement, budgetary management, logistical supervision, operational planning and customer service. 

Sarah Mathieson

Membership Director

Sarah is a Chartered Marketer and Saltire Fellow (2015) who has been setting up and running her own businesses for over ten years.

Sir Tom Hunter

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

He grew up in the mining village of New Cumnock in Ayrshire, before attending the University of Strathclyde. The son of a grocer, he began his career by selling trainers from the back of a van.

Lord William Haughey OBE

Fellow of Entrepreneurial Scotland

Willie was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow in 1956. He served an apprenticeship as a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer. After working abroad for two and a half years in the United Arab Emirates in the early eighties, he returned to Glasgow and set up the company City Refrigeration in 1985 with his wife Susan.