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Conference Speakers & Presenters

A closer look at the business leaders who addressed this year’s IoD Scotland Conference on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 November:

Mike Adams OBE, CEO, Purple


Mike Adams recently won the Disability Employment Director of the Year at the IoD Awards Ceremony for his cutting-edge work in making disability a business leadership issue.

As CEO of Purple, a not for profit organisation, Mike is leading the way in supporting businesses to realise the potential of the £249b Purple Pound (the UK consumer spending power of disabled people and their families) and is working with a diverse range of clients from the private and public sectors.  With a team of 35 staff Purple is growing rapidly and plans to double its income to £3m over the next 3 years.

Mike’s working track record includes leading ecdp, a disability charity, where he was asked to chair the Government’s Advisory Panel on Access to Work (their flagship employment programme).

Other key roles include being a senior manager at the Disability Rights Commission, Director of the National Disability Team for higher education and co-director of a disability research centre at Coventry University.

Mike has been listed in The Disability News Service’s list of the UKs top 100 most influential disabled people and was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to disabled people.

Ian Callum, RDI, Director of Design, Jaguar


Ian was born in Dumfries.  He attended an Industrial Design course at Glasgow School of Art, followed by a Royal College of Art Automobile Design course.  Ian spent the first 12 years of his career at Ford Design studios, where he contributed to the creation of the Escort RS Cosworth and the Ghia Via Concept. Later, as Chief Designer of TWR Design, he was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish.

Ian joined Jaguar in 1999 but continued to manage Aston Martin Design, developing the DB9 as well as directing Jaguar Design where he and his team created the R-Coupe, RD-6 and C-X75 concepts.  Each of his cars takes the design theme further and continues to reinforce Jaguar as a creator of ‘fast, beautiful cars’.  The first of the new models was the XK, followed by the XF and XJ.  September 2012 marked the launch of the F-TYPE, Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-Type; this was followed by the Jaguar XE. In 2015 Ian led his team to launch the second generation XF, followed by the all-new F-PACE. Jaguar’s first family sports car combines purity of line, surface and proportion with F-TYPE-inspired features. In November 2016 Jaguar unveiled the I-PACE Concept – an electric performance SUV previewing the production vehicle that will hit roads in 2018. It represents the next generation of electric vehicle design – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship.

Ian continues to lead a team of highly talented designers at the Jaguar Design Studios in Coventry and has been acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost design talents. In 2005 he was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).  In 2014 Ian was awarded the Chartered Society of Designers Minerva Medal in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in design.

Professor Dame Anne Glover DBE, Biologist & Academic

glover-anne-edited-may-17Anne is a molecular biologist interested in how we respond to stress at a molecular level.

She was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2015). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011). In both positions Anne transformed the way science, engineering and technology were used and discussed within government and developed strategic initiatives to bridge the gap between science and policy.

Anne has also been a very effective and well respected ambassador for European science. She is currently Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen.

Anne will deliver the Leadership Lecture on Thursday

Philip Long, Director, V&A Dundee

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As Director of the V&A Dundee, Philip was recruited to lead the project in 2011. Initially trained as an artist and designer, he has worked in museums and galleries throughout his professional career, and has contributed to the development of many other arts organisations and initiatives.

Previously he was Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, where he specialised in historical and contemporary Scottish art and design, producing numerous exhibitions and publications.

He is passionate about the impact creativity can have on people’s lives, and is proud to be responsible for the development of the first museum dedicated to design in Scotland.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

FREE USE IMAGE Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Shona McCarthy. 9 May 2016. Picture by JANE BARLOW © Jane Barlow 2016 {all rights reserved} m: 07870 152324

Shona joined the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as Chief Executive in March 2016.

From 2011-2014 she was Chief Executive of the Culture Company, leading on Derry – Londonderry’s transformational year as UK City of Culture. Prior to that she was Director of the British Council Northern Ireland.

Shona also spent many years as Chief Executive of Cinemagic Film Festival for young people; and the Foyle Film Festival; and was Head of Exhibition at the Northern Ireland Film Council.

Shona has 25 years’ experience of working in senior leadership positions and was awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship for Innovation in 2014.

Ian Ritchie CBE, Non-Executive Chairman


Ian Ritchie CBE is the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Tern plc, Computer Applications Services and Krotos.

Ian 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 serves on the board of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the National Theatre of Scotland, and ShotScope. He Chairs the Board of Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s Science Centre. He is a Trustee of the Saltire Foundation and The David Hume Institute.

Ian was a board member of Channel 4 TV (2000-2006), was President of the BCS (British Computer Society 1998-1999), and a Vice-Predsident of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2012-29016). He has a degree in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Robert Gordons, Abertay, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities.

Ian’s TED talk has been viewed over 500,000 times.

Sharan Pasricha, Founder & CEO, Ennismore


Sharan oversees the various components that make up Ennismore and is responsible for the overall strategy of its brands. Ennismore creates experiential hospitality brands that are in pursuit of inspirational discoveries. Part developer, part operator and part in-house creative & design studio, Ennismore is currently crafting the global expansion of The Hoxton, building on the Scottish legacy of Gleneagles, creating a new budget hotel brand NoCo, to roll out in key UK cities, and launching several standalone restaurants across London.

Ennismore has offices in London and New York and employs over 1,500 people. It currently manages operations and developments across Europe and North America in excess of $1.5b.

Ennismore is ranked #10 of the fastest growing companies in Britain in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100, and #29 in the FT1000 fastest growing companies in Europe.

Sharan is a self-confessed jack of all but master of none. Before founding Ennismore, he worked at a private equity fund focused on providing investment capital to turnaround under-performing UK businesses. Before that, he was a turnaround CEO and shareholder of a distressed fashion and accessories manufacturer/exporter in India, and previous to that he co-founded a venture capital backed Media & Marketing agency based in London.

Educated at The Doon School (India), Sharan holds an Accounting & Finance degree from Regents College where he was a Deans List Scholar and has an MBA from the London Business School.

Russell Dalgleish, Founder and Managing Partner, Exolta Capital Partners


Russell is a vibrant supporter of the IoD and a much in demand speaker on the subject of business growth. Following a successful international career, he established Exolta Capital Partners in London; a collective of senior executives and non-executive directors specialising in providing unparalleled business growth guidance to agile and ambitious businesses.

Russell sits on a number of company and organisational boards including ScotlandIS, Scottish Business Network, StartEdin and the Board of Trade.

Russell will deliver a workshop on Thursday: ‘Do I need to develop my business outside Scotland?


Nick Kuenssberg OBE, Chairman, Social Investment Scotland

mLED team 7.9.10

After a p30 year international business career in textiles and engineering with Coats Viyella, Dawson International and Dynacast International when he also served as a non executive director with Scottish Power, Bank of Scotland (West) Board and Standard Life, Nick moved on to a 20 year portfolio career covering private, public and third sectors.

He has chaired several industrial companies, both private and quoted, including Keronite, Stoddard International, GAP Group and mLED, has been a director of the Scottish Legal Aid Board and deputy chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and chaired ScotlandIS, Scottish Networks International, IoD Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art. He was also been on the board of the Queen’s College, an ambassador for Co-Operative Development Scotland and has been a visiting professor at Strathclyde University and an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow where he continues as a member of the Adam Smith Business School Advisory Board. He was awarded an OBE for services to legal aid and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow for services to higher education.

He is currently chairman of two private companies, of Social Investment Scotland, the Iomart Group PLC, and of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is an active business angel and mentor.

Nick will deliver a workshop on Thursday: ‘Is this Post-Modern Capitalism?’

Thomas Gillan, Chief Financial Officer, Social Investment Scotland

Pic Greg Macvean - 24/05/2016 - 07971 826 457 Social Investment Scotland (SiS) has teamed up with Asda to launch the UK's first Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy with the aim of increasing the availability of social enterprise products for ethically-minded consumers on supermarket shelves. Pictured are 12 of the businesses shortlisted by SiS to attend the training academy in Leeds

Thomas Gillan CA is chief officer for finance and strategy working closely with Alastair Davis, CEO of Social investment Scotland. Passionate about social entrepreneurship,  he led the development of UK’s first Social Interest Relief Community Development Fund. He was named top sustainability under 35 CA by ICAS in 2016.

Thomas will co-present a workshop with Nick Kuenssberg on Thursday afternoon


Dr David Steinberg, Principal, Reykjavik Sky Consulting

steinberg-headshotDavid is a leading authority on the art and science of asking questions. He helps professionals in all industries develop their social intelligence skills to cope with the approaching waves of job automation.

Early in his 33-year career, David built high-performance teams and directed sales operations and strategic account management processes in extremely fast-paced work environments and competitive U.S. markets involving multi-million-dollar contracts. He now conducts career and research skills masterclasses at several UK universities including Edinburgh University, Heriot-Watt University, and Strathclyde Business School.

David holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He emigrated with his family to Scotland in 2016 and lives in North Berwick.

David will deliver a workshop on Thursday: ‘Mastering the art of strategic questioning’

Friday After-Dinner Speaker

Edith Forrest, Advocate

forrest-edithEdith is an Advocate who called to the Scottish Legal Bar in 2007.  Prior to that she was a solicitor in private practice.  She specialises in a number of areas of law, with a focus on Crime where she has experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal cases.  Edith has been involved in many high-profile cases from basic breaches of the peace through to the most serious crimes of rape, murder, terrorism and large scale financial fraud. She also appears in Fatal Accident and other Public Enquiries. Edith also acts in Employment law and Professional Disciplinary matters.

Edith’s legal career began in deepest darkest Lanarkshire, where she did more criminal defence work than Professional Disciplinary cases!  From there she went on to work in Personal Injury Law, Criminal Defence and was latterly a Procurator Fiscal in Paisley before calling to the Bar.

Much of Edith’s content draws on her experiences from her unusual yet fascinating line of work, offering a humorous insight into life for this former model-turned Criminal Advocate at the Scottish Bar.

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