About us

Our leadership team

Our leadership team

Our leadership team is responsible for the day to day running of the business. Working with teams across the organisation, delivery partners and our Board, the team ensures we are on track to deliver success for Scotland.

Adrian Gillespie, chief executive

Adrian took up post as chief executive in September 2021.

Prior to this, Adrian was The University of Strathclyde’s first Chief Commercial Officer and member of the University’s Executive Team. He oversaw the growth of extensive industry facing activities, centres and relationships as well as the development of innovative, place-based economic development projects including the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the Glasgow City Innovation District.

Before joining Strathclyde, Adrian spent sixteen years at Scottish Enterprise where he was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Managing Director of Operations.

While there, he led the organisation's business support through account management of high growth companies, entrepreneurship development and high growth start-up support, R&D and innovation support, as well as the Business Infrastructure division. He also held various roles in areas such as the Creative Industries, Digital Media, Enabling Technologies and Energy and Low Carbon Technologies.

During the 1990s he held various commercial and financial management positions within Marks and Spencer plc.

Adrian has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Glasgow, and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde.

He is a former trustee of Glasgow Science Centre, the Glasgow Science Centre Endowment Fund, and a former Board member of Opportunity North East (ONE).

Linda Hanna, managing director, Scottish Economic Development 

Linda leads Scottish Enterprise’s work to help build economic systems to support entrepreneurs, industries and communities in Scotland to thrive. She works with partners to help put in place important assets, investment and to develop the conditions to enable inclusive and sustainable growth.

This includes how we accelerate major opportunities for Scotland’s economy, such as high-value manufacturing, data-driven innovation and the low-carbon economy and ensuring we invest, innovate and fully engage in the economic partnerships growing and developing across Scotland’s cities and regions.

Her remit includes our work with industries, innovative finance, place-making, innovation and entrepreneurship to drive growth across all parts of Scotland.

Linda undertook the role of Interim CEO from October 2020 to August 2021.

Linda Hanna, managing director of Scottish economic development, Scottish Enterprise

Jane Martin, managing director of business services and advice

Jane leads Scottish Enterprise’s services to support the growth of business across Scotland, including our grant funding operations. Her remit is to establish new models of delivery, including use of digital technology, to ensure more businesses can access SE support, advice and intelligence more easily.

She also leads the Business Support Partnership Programme, which is being established with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the new South of Scotland Economic Agency and local government, to improve and align the work of the public sector in supporting businesses. 

A member of SE’s senior leadership team for over four years, Jane’s previous roles have included digital transformation, service design, marketing and communications, corporate affairs and business networks, both in Scotland and internationally.

Jane has a BA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow. She is also a panel member for DSL Business Finance Ltd, a not for profit business lending organisation, and is a trustee and member of the non-executive board of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Jane Martin, managing director of business services and advice, Scottish Enterprise

Carolyn Stewart, chief people officer

Carolyn oversees the majority of Scottish Enterprise’s corporate functions to ensure Scottish Enterprise (SE) internal services are delivered to support the business plan. This includes effective corporate governance and ensuring SE has the ability to attract, retain, harness and motivate talent.

Her responsibilities include Legal, Audit, Procurement and Facilities Management, Governance and Office Services, Human Resources (HR), Health, Safety and Environmental Management and Corporate Affairs and Marketing. Carolyn also has interim responsibility for SE’s strategy division.

A member of SE’s senior leadership team since 2010, Carolyn is a qualified HR professional with 30 years' experience and has been with Scottish Enterprise since 1997.

Carolyn Stewart, chief people officer, Scottish Enterprise

Neil Francis, interim managing director, International Development

Neil took up post as interim managing director of International Development in November 2020.

Neil leads Scottish Enterprise’s international economic development activities with a focus on trade and investment to support Scotland’s global ambitions. In a career spanning more than 20 years with Scottish Enterprise, he was most recently Director of Global Trade, supporting Scotland’s international competitiveness by stimulating and supporting the international trade ambition of companies across Scotland.

Neil is passionate about helping to build an outward looking Scotland, increasing its international reputation and competitiveness through supporting companies to capitalise on international opportunities and attracting inward investment.

Neil graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) from Loughborough University of Science and Technology in 1986 and obtained an MBA with Distinction at the Strathclyde Graduate Business School in 1997.

Neil Francis, Scottish Enterprise

Douglas Colquhoun, chief financial officer

Douglas Colquhoun was appointed Scottish Enterprise’s chief financial officer in April 2020. Prior to this he was the director of finance from 2010.

Douglas leads the Finance and Risk teams within Scottish Enterprise (SE) to ensure that these services are delivered to support the business plan. This includes effective financial management, including the utilisation of European funding, and the development of SE’s risk management policies and processes. He is responsible for the production of SE’s Annual Report and Accounts and leads on the preparation of the budget that supports the business plan. Douglas also has interim responsibility for SE’s technology division.

Douglas is a qualified accountant and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has been with Scottish Enterprise and its predecessor organisation since 1987.

Douglas Colquhoun Chief Financial Officer Scottish Enterprise