Raymond O’Hare – Chair of Judging Panel
Raymond has held, and continues to hold, a number of high profile board positions in Scotland, including Board member of the SQA and Young Scot, Non-Executive Director of the Government’s Post 16 Education Reform Board, and is a former Chairman of IoD Scotland. He also served on the Board of Scotland IS, the trade body for the technology industry in Scotland, and has recently taken on the role of Chairman at Project Scotland, the volunteering charity for young people. Raymond currently sits on the boards of a number of ambitious and growing SMEs, either as a director or an advisor to their executive teams. He has recently taken one of these companies to a successful exit and has been involved in successful acquisitions with a number of others. He speaks regularly at conferences on the topics of practical leadership, technology trends and the importance of innovation in business and government.
Mark is Deputy MD at Business in the Community Scotland. He has an interest and experience in the potential of business to use its scale for good and joined Scottish Business in the Community as Operations Director and Deputy Chief Executive in April 2015. In January 2016, Scottish Business in the Community merged with Business in the Community. Mark works very closely with Jane Wood to lead the team at Business in the Community Scotland. Mark began his career in health and social care services and has held Executive and Non-Executive Director roles in national and global charities, working closely with the business community on Corporate Social Responsibility including a focus on the environment and on human rights. Previously Mark has been Advisor to the Human Rights Commission, co-authored the National Action Plan on Human Rights and has advised Cabinet Ministers and the First Minister of Scotland on inclusion, health and social care and education policy.
Bonnie is Director for Scotland at Badenoch & Clark and has worked in the recruitment sector for over 18 years, specialising in HR, executive search and senior interim roles within the public sector and banking and finance in Scotland. With Badenoch & Clark, Bonnie leads a team of professional recruitment and search consultants who help change people’s lives by helping them find meaningful and exciting new positions. Bonnie is involved with organisations that support the arts in Scotland. She is also a driving force behind supporting women into meaningful work and onto Board roles, and spends time helping young businesses and start-up companies develop their plans. Bonnie is an entrepreneur, business leader, speaker, Chair and NXD, aiming to help society to be fairer, individuals to be more confident and our country to be optimistic about what we can achieve individually and collectively. Bonnie won the IoD female director of the year award in 2014.
Russell Dalgleish is a Serial Scottish Entrepreneur and Investor, Strategist, Innovator and Business Coach. Russell has spent his time away from major corporations, focusing his energies on driving International growth for businesses in the SME sector. Since 1999 Russell has run successful companies in the technology, engineering, energy, electronics, entertainment and professional services sectors. He has experience of starting, building, growing and exiting businesses in the UK and US. His core areas of focus are Leadership, Value Creation and Strategic Thinking. Russell is a regular speaker at events on Leadership in business and has spoken at conferences from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi. Today he is Founder Managing Partner of the consultancy Exolta Capital Partners, www.exolta.com.
John Downie is Director of Public Affairs Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). SCVO is the membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, and works in partnership with the third sector to advance its shared values and interests. At SCVO John is responsible for maximising the strategic role of SCVO and ensuring that the organisation, its members and the third sector are at the forefront of the debate on key issues affecting Scotland and the third sector. A key element of his role is to provide strategic guidance to the SCVO’s Board of Trustee’s on SCVO’s public positioning, reputation management and forward policy agenda and increase SCVO’s overall reach and influence.The role includes operational responsibility for: the Policy & Research Team, Communications Team, SCVO’s New Service – Third Force News, Membership strategy & growth, Information Service, Events & Training department, and Funding Scotland. John was previously Chair and Board member Impact Arts, one of Scotland leading social enterprises. He is Alumni of Cranfield School of Management and a Common Purpose Graduate.
Martin leads HIE’s International Trade and Investment activities, supporting business across the Region to begin their international trade journey, or to help those who already are exporting to deepen and accelerate their plans. With some 25 years experience of economic development, he has worked at a local, national and international level, supporting micro businesses, to SMEs, to multi-nationals set up and grow in Scotland, creating jobs and wealth in turn.
Ewan is Relationship Director with Bank of Scotland’s Mid Markets (revenues £25m+) business and has worked in financial services for over 10 years. He is currently responsible for leading a team to support some of Scotland’s most ambitious and fastest growing companies achieve their goals. With broad corporate banking experience across business development, credit, private equity, restructuring and relationship management, Ewan is committed to understanding clients’ businesses and is passionate about supporting Scotland’s economic growth. Previously he was Business Development Director and led the full range of activities across the Mid Markets business in Scotland. Historically Ewan played a key role in reshaping Lloyds Banking Group’s balance sheet through the identification and delivery of key strategic transactions across Europe. Ewan is also currently the lead in Scotland for developing the Bank’s approach to the buoyant technology sector. Ewan believes strongly in corporate social responsibility and supports a number of organisations in both advisory, including Non-Executive Director roles, and fundraising capacities. Ewan is also an Enterprise Mentor and member of the IoD and CIOBS.
Nick Kuenssberg OBE
Ian is the owner of consultancy firm, Otherhand Ltd that specialises in high-level facilitation and mediation in Scotland. Ian is currently Chairman of the Board of Edinburgh College, the largest FE college in Scotland, and a Board member at Colleges Scotland, the sector body for Further Education in Scotland. Ian is Independent Chair of the Scottish Police Negotiating Board, the regulatory body that considers a range of matters relating to police officer terms and conditions in Scotland, and also chairs the Scottish Police Consultative Forum. Elsewhere, Ian is a Board member at Critiqom Ltd, a leading print and mail services provider and a member of the Scottish Advisory Committee for the telecoms regulator, Ofcom. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Board at Stirling University Management School and a member of the Institute of Directors UK Council. Ian was previously the Director of Scottish Affairs for Royal Mail Group in Scotland, and held senior positions with the Educational Institute of Scotland and at Stevenson College Edinburgh. He has been a leading member of the Institute of Directors in Scotland for some years and was previously a longstanding member of the Scottish Council of the CBI and the Executive Committee of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. Ian served as a member of the UK NHS Pay Review Body from 2006 to 2012 and has in the past been a Board member at Lothian Buses plc, the Scottish Business Crime Centre, the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being, Arts & Business Scotland, and the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.
Mairi is a Family Business advisor with her own consultancy specialising in succession planning – Mairi Mickel’s Business Families, creating governance programmes, evaluating boards, coaching and consulting with multi-generational business families. She is a previous main board director and 4th generation owner of her 90-year-old Scottish construction family firm, Mactaggart & Mickel Group. She is Chair of her families Philanthropic Family Office. She is a member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) faculty and holds NED positions with Triple Crown Sports, Colorado USA and on the National Theatre of Scotland’s Development Board.
Dr Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers
Dr Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers is a Research Associate in the Scottish Centre for Employment Research at Strathclyde Business School (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). She has expertise in organisational restructuring and (re-)designing jobs in ways which can support fair work and workplace innovation. She has been part of the Innovating Works team at Strathclyde, supporting small businesses in Scotland to implement workplace innovation since 2014. She is currently working with Scottish Business Pledge employers on issues related to workplace innovation as part of the Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work project.
Professor Robert Raeside
Professor Robert Raeside is Director of the Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University. The Employment Research Institute conducts research on how to improve individuals and businesses at the levels of the individual and of society, and there is emphasis on advice to policy. Robert’s background is as an applied statistician who has conducted research in business relations, forecasting, quality improvement and demographic change; he has written many research articles in these areas. Robert obtained his doctorate in demography through the CNAA in collaboration with the University of Oxford and is registered as a chartered statistician with the Royal Statistical Society. Recently his research interests have focused on the application of social network analysis to understanding the effects of peer influence on individuals and the evaluation of the effectiveness of partnerships between businesses.
David Watt is Executive Director of the Institute of Directors. He has been with the Institute of Directors in Scotland for over ten years and in that time has seen their Scottish operation grow and prosper. He comes with a varied background – for over ten years in an international consultancy focused on individual and organisational development, particularly in the sport and leisure industry; and before that in a range of public and third sector posts. David spent two and a half years leading Scotland’s Millennium activities and celebration, encouraging a range of partners to contribute £11.6million to the festivities for people and places throughout Scotland. He also has extensive current experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, acting as a board member and advisor in a number of settings.