Sir John Elvidge Chair of Trustees
Sir John is chairman of Edinburgh Airport Limited and holds a range of non-executive roles in the charitable and academic sectors. He is an Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and an Associate of the Institute for Government. He does work as an expert adviser with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as advisory work with several individual governments in Europe and elsewhere. His previous career was in the civil service and he was Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government from 2003 – 10.
Professor Alan Alexander
General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Emeritus Professor of Public Sector Management, Strathclyde Business School. Founding Director, Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre, University of Strathclyde. Chair, Waterwise. Former Chair, Scottish Water and West of Scotland Water. Former Chair, Postwatch Scotland. Former Chair, DistanceLab Ltd. Former member, Commission on Local Government and the Scottish Parliament; Accounts Commission; Economic and Social Research Council.
Director of Economics at RBS and a director of the Bank’s main pension fund. This is his second spell at RBS, having been Head of Business Economics from 1996 to 2001. He established FutureSkills Scotland in 2001.
Kyla Brand was until 2014 the Office of Fair Trading Representative for Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. Previously she had a varied civil service career in (then) DTI, and roles in market research in the Gulf, and in corporate social responsibility. She is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation.
Laura Dunlop, QC
She has practised at the Scots Bar for 24 years abd been involved in a number of Public Inquiries, including Dunblane and the Fraser Inquiry into the cost of building the Scottish Parliament. Since 2005, she has held office as Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. At the beginning of 2009, Laura was instructed as Senior Counsel to the Penrose Inquiry into HIV and Hepatitis C from blood and blood products. Since November 2009, she has served as a part-time Law Commissioner, with responsibility for a project on adults with incapacity.
Chief executive of the independent merchant bankers, Quayle Munro up to 2007, building up its specialisation in project finance. Among various non-executive board appointments he is now chairman of Hub Southeast Scotland, a public/private joint venture developing social infrastructure, and director or trustee of Dundee University, J W Galloway Ltd, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Dunedin Consort, the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland (Crossreach) and the Grassmarket Community Project.
Owen Kelly, OBE
Appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008. SFE is the representative body for Scotland’s financial services industry.Before joining SFE in January 2008, Owen worked for 20 years as a civil servant in London and Edinburgh. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations; and communications. He spent 2 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 Mandarin Chinese, a language he continues to study.
Professor Donald MacRae, OBE, FRSE, FCIOBS
Former Chief economist Lloyds Banking Group Scotland and a past director of TSB Bank plc. Donald was appointed to the Board of Scottish Homes in 2002 and to the Board of Scottish Enterprise in 2004 where he chaired the economic policy committee until 2010. He has a visiting chair at the University of Abertay, Dundee and is a member of court of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Donald is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a board member of Interface and joined the board of Highlands & Islands Enterprise in 2014. He is an independent member of the Skills Committee of the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland and a board member of the Social Growth Fund of Social Investment Scotland. He was awarded the OBE in 2012.
Non-executive Chairman of 6 Scottish technology companies including Iomart plc. He founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext application development (a forerunner to the world wide web) and sold the company to Panasonic in 1989. Since then he has been involved in over 40 start-up high-tech businesses. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and the Vice President, Business of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). He serves on the board of the Edinburgh International Science Festival and Chairs the Board of Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s Science Centre. He is also a Trustee of the Saltire Foundation.
Partner leading KPMG’s public sector and infrastructure businesses in Scotland. Jenny is also a member of the firm’s UK government business leadership team and its Global Infrastructure Group. Over the last 20 years, she has advised on complex financial advisory; change and infrastructure projects. Her early career was spent in the civil service on policy development in Whitehall and in Scottish Government. She has worked on secondment to the European Commission in Brussels. A Board member of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh since 2009, she was previously Board member of Volunteer Development Scotland from 2008 – 2014 and a member of the CBI in Scotland’s public sector group from 2010 – 2013. Jenny is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and an affiliate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.