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.

Ray Perman, Director

Chair of the James Hutton Institute, a scientific research organisation working in the fields of environmental sustainability and food security. From 2005-2013 he was chair of the Access to Finance Expert Group, which advised the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on policy relating to SME finance. He was a member of the board of Scottish Enterprise from 2004-2009 and chair of Social Investment Scotland, which makes loans to the social economy, from 2001-2009. He is a former member of the court of Heriot Watt University. He co-founded the business magazine company Insider Publications Ltd in 1983 and was an executive director of Caledonian Publishing plc.

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.


Stephen Boyle

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

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.


Professor Alice Brown

Emeritus Professor of Politics, and formerly Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh. Also Co-Director of the University’s Institute of Governance. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 2002-2009. Currently member of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council; Sunningdale Fellow; and Chair of the Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.


Professor Robert Cormack

Professor of Sociology and latterly Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Queen’s University of Belfast. Chair, Belfast Citizens Advice Bureau; member, Joint Information Systems Committee; member of various Council of Europe working groups notably one restructuring the University of Pristina after the war in Kosovo. From 2001 to 2009 was the Principal of the UHI Millennium Institute (now the University of the Highlands and Islands). Currently a member of Court of Queen Margaret University, and a trustee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.”

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.


Jo Elliot

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.


Professor Charlie Jeffery

Director of the Academy of Government and has been Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh since 2004. He is also Head of the School of Social and Political Science (since 2009) and a Vice-Principal of the University, responsible for Public Policy (since 2011). Previously he was Professor of German Politics and Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham.


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.


Ian Ritchie

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.


Jenny Stewart

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.


Professor Dame Joan Stringer

Previously Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University and Principal and Vice Patron of Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. In 2001 Joan was awarded a CBE for services to higher education and in 2009 was awarded a DBE for services to local and national higher education. She currently serves as a Board Member of the Higher Education Statistics Agency and as Vice Convenor of UUK International and European Policy Committee as well as Chair of Education UK Scotland and Convenor of Universities Scotland International Committee.