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Growing Scotland's Mid-Market Business Sector: How do we incubate success?


Lord Dunlop

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland - Scotland Office, HM Government

Andrew Dunlop was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office on 17 July 2016. He was also appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office on 14 May 2015.

He earned BA and MA degrees in Political Science and Government from Edinburgh University. In 2012 he became the Prime Minister’s principal adviser within Downing Street on devolved constitutional issues. Earlier in his career he was the head of policy and research for the Scottish Conservative Party, special adviser to the Defence Secretary and a member of the Downing Street Policy Unit. Outside politics Lord Dunlop founded and ran his own communications business for over 20 years.

Caroline Stuart

Conference Chair and Board Member - Skills Development Scotland

Caroline Stuart is a Board Member of Skills Development Scotland

After graduating in Technology and Business Studies from Strathclyde University in 1986, Caroline left Scotland to work in the City of London. She trained as an Investment Analyst and worked for Crown Agents and Charterhouse Bank. She returned to Scotland and ran three companies before moving into business consultancy. More recently she was Director for Oracle Scotland Oracle, the largest enterprise software company in the world.

She has been a volunteer business advisor to the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust for 10 years.  She is a Fellow of the RSA and sits on various Boards and Committees including E Skills, Scotland IS, Scottish Government ICT Advisory Board, a Trustee of Common Purpose and a member of the 2% club. Caroline lives in Glasgow and has one young son.

Professor Jeffrey Fear

Professor of International Business History, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Glasgow

Research Interests

  • 20th century German business and economic history
  • competitiveness and internationalization of family/small and midsize businesses
  • history of multinational business and international cartels
  • comparative corporate governance and organization
  • immigrant entrepreneurship

My research ranges across a variety of disciplines although topics tend to center on the nature and development of German business or German and American varieties of capitalism. At present I am researching and organizing collaborative projects on family or small and midsize businesses that are global champions in their market niche and, surprisingly often, multinational companies. The main research question is how such companies evolved in developed countries from their small business roots since the 1970s in the teeth of deindustrialization to become world market leaders and why Central Europe (Germany) appears to have a particular strength in this area. These firms are emerging multinationals from wealthier countries rather than emerging market multinationals or established transnationals. This topic bridges history, family business, entrepreneurship, and strategic management studies.

Professor Richard T Harrison

Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Edinburgh Business School

Richard Harrison joined the Business School in 2013 as Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was previously Director of the Management School at Queen's University Belfast (2006-2012), where he was academic lead on the development of new Management and Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre facilities and initial Director of the Leadership Institute at Queen's (2012-13), the University's executive education delivery channel. Prior to that he held the Dixons Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Edinburgh, and has held senior academic positions at Aberdeen, Ulster and Queen's.

He has extensive experience in research, programme development, executive education and consultancy/advisory work in entrepreneurship (particularly early stage finance and business angels, technology transfer and business development) and in strategic leadership development nationally and internationally (eg US, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia), and is a regular speaker at national and international practitioner conferences and workshops.

Research Interests

Richard's research interests straddle the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and strategy. Current themes and projects include:

  • entrepreneurship and venture development
  • business angel finance and early stage risk capital
  • technology transfer and academic entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurship and public policy in economic development
  • entrepreneurial learning
  • strategic leadership in entrepreneurial contexts (including family businesses)

He is founding co-editor of "Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance" (Routledge).


Professor Russel Griggs OBE

Chair - Scottish Government Independent Advisory Regulatory Review Group

Professor Russel Griggs OBE started his business life in marketing in the pharmaceutical industry and then moved to the consumer flooring industry before becoming CEO of an industrial textile company in England in the 1980s. In 1990 he joined Scottish Enterprise in a business development role and became an Executive Director of Scottish Enterprise where he ran the investment banking and business development arms, as well as spending some years in the USA looking at outward investment for Scottish companies.

Since then he has had a number of non-executive positions in the private, public and third sector, as well as undertaking a variety of strategic work for public bodies and private companies. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chair of the CBI’s UK SME Council and of various other government committees. He was also until recently a Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of VisitScotland, a Board member of Scottish Enterprise, a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government, and a Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

He currently chairs the Scottish Government’s independent Regulatory Review Group who advise and work on better regulation in Scotland. In 2011 he was appointed jointly by the banks, industry, and UK Government as the Independent External Reviewer to the task force for clearing banks in the UK to ‘audit’ their new appeals process for businesses appealing against credit being declined.

He is honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow, an associate Professor at Boston University, and a member of the board of the Business School at Georgia Southern University. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008 for services to Scottish industry.

Simon Montford

Founder, WEB3//IOT

Simon is a London-born entrepreneur who co-founded the first web-based on-line auction platform ( in 1995 as well as one of the first digital media agencies (CM Interactive). After a successful exit, he completed a part-time MBA, then co-founded several more companies, including one that had offices in Edinburgh and San Francisco. After several years travelling between Scotland and California, followed by a brief stint working as a consultant in London, he now runs the IoT Scotland Meetup (, and operates his own IoT consulting firm, WEB3//IOT (

Charlotte Barbour

Director of Taxation, The Institution of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)

Charlotte leads the tax team and is based at CA House in Edinburgh but travels extensively – attending key meetings in London and elsewhere in the UK, giving evidence to UK and Scottish parliamentary committees and representing ICAS from time to time in Brussels and at other locations overseas. She works closely with the ICAS Tax Board to set the direction for ICAS tax policy and to develop the ICAS Tax Policy Positions and is secretary to the Indirect Taxes Committee. She also represents ICAS at several forums for tax professional bodies (such as the cross profession Professional Conduct in Relation to Taxation group) and works to develop and maintain relationships with other institutes and the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). With Philip she runs the Spring Tax Updates in locations around Scotland.


Jens-Peter Voss

Consul-General, German Consulate General - Edinburgh

Consul General Jens-Peter Voss has previously served as Consul General in Shenyang in China and Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Haïti.

He has had a distinguished and wide ranging career which incudes military, business and diplomatic service. He has developed significant experience in trade and economic matters during the last twenty years and latterly has had a focus on diplomatic relations in a series of foreign postings.

Douglas Shand

Head of Innovation Incentives Scotland, Director PwC UK

Dr Julie Nixon

Senior Solicitor, Morton Fraser LLP

Julie is a former life scientist, having been a post-doctoral research assistant at institutions including Harvard University and the University of Edinburgh. She advises clients on IP and commercial contracts, including IP protection and commercialisation, e-commerce and IT agreements.

Having been seconded to Edinburgh Research and Innovation and the Roslin Institute, Julie has extensive experience with negotiating academic agreements. She has a particular interest in early stage companies, but has advised clients of all sizes across a range of sectors. Julie has also been involved in a number of private equity investments, and can provide advice on corporate issues such as share option schemes and company restructuring.

She is actively involved with mentoring entrepreneurs, and particularly enjoys engaging with life science companies where she finds her research background invaluable.

Areas of expertise:

Corporate law
IP and IT
Commercial contracts

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Ros Taylor

CEO, Ros Taylor Company

Ros Taylor is a leading UK and international clinical psychologist, corporate and leadership coach, businesswoman, author, TV and radio presenter and commentator.

Featuring regularly in the national press in her capacity as a psychologist and advisor (BBC, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio Scotland, Scottish Television, GMTV, LWT, ITN News, Sky News, Channel 4 and E4), Ros has been named by The Independent on Sunday as one of the top 10 coaches in Britain.

Extensive research that included interviews with 80 of the FTSE 200’s top CEOs and her own instinctive business acumen means Ros is uniquely placed to identify areas for improvement and implement practical and transforming solutions that really work.

No stranger to broadcast media, Ros was a presenter for five years on a nightly television news programme. She has written seven books, one of which BBC2’s six-part documentary ‘the Confidence Lab’ was based on, for which Ros was a presenter. The book, Confidence in Just Seven Days (Vermillion 2001), topped Amazon's bestseller list. She was also the psychology consultant psychology consultant in the early days of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4.

Charles Livingstone

Partner, Brodies LLP

Charles works with a broad range of commercial, public sector, charitable and individual clients, advising them on public law issues including judicial review, human rights, information law and the powers and duties of local and other public authorities.  He regularly advises clients on constitutional issues such as the limits on the Scottish Parliament’s powers, and has significant experience of delivering private legislation including Harbour Revision Orders and Acts of the Scottish Parliament. He was one of the most in-demand commentators on the legal and constitutional questions raised by the Scottish independence debate.

Charles also has substantial competition law expertise, advising clients on issues including antitrust compliance and investigations, merger control, State aid and public procurement.

Charles is an experienced litigator, having handled major cases in the Sheriff courts, the Court of Session, the UK Supreme Court and House of Lords, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

He is named by Chambers & Partners in both Competition Law and Administrative & Public Law.

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Thank you very much for facilitating my attendance to this superb event.

Jean Welstead, University of Edinburgh,
Planning in Scotland Conference, October 2017