Board members appointed and reappointed to Scottish Enterprise


The Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP, today announced the appointment of two new board members and the reappointment of three existing board members to Scottish Enterprise.

The new Board members are:

Mr Melfort Campbell – Melfort Campbell has 35 years experience in the high integrity engineering business, with over 30 years experience in the oil industry, as well as defence, nuclear power and processing industry experience. Mr Campbell has spent a good deal of his time beyond his own business interests on small businesses, improving Scotland’s performance in business innovation and in building links between business and the education sector, as ways to improve Scotland’s economic performance.

Melfort Campbell is the joint-chair of the Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Group. Mr Campbell does not receive any remuneration for that post.

Ms Gillian Watson – Gillian Watson is currently the CEO of a Scottish Life Sciences SME and has a strong background in corporate finance, strategy and business development. Her career began in financial services following which and after leaving business school she joined the power and energy sector in the UK and in continental Europe where she held senior management positions relating to company strategy and business development. Latterly she was Director of Corporate Strategy for Endesa SA before returning to Scotland from Madrid in 2006. 

Gillian is Vice-chair of NHS Ayrshire and Arran and receives a remuneration of £8,008 per annum for a time commitment of 4 days per month.

These appointments as Board Members of Scottish Enterprise will be for three years and will run from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2015.

The reappointed members for Scottish Enterprise are: Professor Russel Griggs, Iain McLaren and Grahame Smith.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE – Russel Griggs was appointed to the SE Board in January 2010. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry in Marketing and then in similar areas in the consumer flooring industry before becoming the CEO of an industrial textile company.

Russel holds a number of non-executive positions in the private sector as well as running his own consultancy business which does a variety of strategic work for public bodies and private companies. In addition he is, Chair of the Scottish Government’s independent Regulatory Review Group in Scotland (which seeks to make Scotland the home of better regulation), Chair of Dumfries & Galloway College, a board member of VisitScotland, a member of the Independent External Reviewer to the UK Clearing Banks Appeals Process for SME Lending, Chair of the Institute of Occupational Medicine, board member of the BE Group, board member of Lenlyn Group plc, board member and Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer care, board member of the Department of Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, a non-executive Director of the Scottish Government, board member of the HMRC’s Administrative Burdens Advisory Board and a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.

In addition to his appointment as a Board member of Scottish Enterprise the only other remunerated public appointments that Professor Griggs holds are as a board member of VisitScotland where he receives £8235 per annum for a time commitment of 24 days a year and as a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council where he receives £142 per day for a time commitment of 4 days per year.

Mr Iain McLaren – Iain Mclaren was appointed to the SE Board in January 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner at KMPG for 27 years, including Senior Partner in Scotland from 1999 until 2004 and retiring from the firm in 2008. He is the Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Cairn Energy Plc. He is also Chairman of Investors Capital Trust plc and a non-executive director of Edinburgh Dragon plc, Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon plc, Ecofin Power and Water Opportunities plc and a number of other companies. He is a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. 

Iain McLaren does not hold any other Ministerial Public Appointments.

Mr Grahame Smith – Grahame Smith was appointed to the SE Board in December 2008. He is General Secretary of the Scottish TUC, a position he has held since 2006. In 2007 he was appointed as a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He is also a member of the joint SDS/SFC Skills Committee, a member of PILOT, the UK Government’s Group for the Oil and Gas sector and a member of the Scottish Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Group. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Industrial Relations from the University of Strathclyde.

Grahame Smith is a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and although the post is remunerated Mr Smith has never claimed any remuneration.

These reappointments as Board members of Scottish Enterprise are for a second term which will be for three years and will run from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2015.

All the appointments (ie new appointments and reappointments) are part-time and attract an annual remuneration of £12,581 for a time commitment of 2.5 days per month.

These appointments and reappointments are regulated by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.  Grahame Smith has declared activity with the Labour Party. Melfort Campbell, Gillian Watson, Russel Griggs and Iain Mclaren have not declared any political activity.