Public appointment: Member appointments extended on the Scottish Enterprise Board

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The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, John Swinney MSP, today announced the extension of the appointments of Professor Dame Anne Glover and Gavin Nicol as Members of the Board of Scottish Enterprise.


Professor Dame Anne Glover is a molecular biologist who has studied how we respond to stress at the molecular level.  She was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission and prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.  Professor Glover is a trustee and Chair of a number of charities and has a particular interest in how knowledge can be used to transform lives in Africa and developing nations.  She also serves on a number of Boards in the UK with a common theme of harnessing innovation for sustainability and health.  She is President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and special adviser to the Principal at University of Strathclyde.

Gavin Nicol was formerly director of operations for the Weir Group Plc.  Mr Nicol brings experience of delivering transformational business improvement across the globe having led businesses in the USA, China, India and the UK.  He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde.


The extensions are for three months and run from 1 March 2023 until 31 May 2023.

The extensions are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

The roles attract remuneration of £13,408 per annum (pro rata) for a time commitment of 2½ days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Professor Glover and Mr Nicol do not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

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.

Professor Glover and Mr Nicol have had no political activity within the last five years.


As the national economic development agency for Scotland, Scottish Enterprise will play a critical role in helping to fulfil Scotland’s economic potential.  Through its renewed focus on impactful investment, supporting world leading innovation and ensuring Scotland’s ability to attract international investment, Scottish Enterprise - working with key partners - will be at the forefront of change to ensure our business community is well supported through the current economic challenges and beyond.  The agency will play a key role in delivering Scottish Ministers’ ambitions for the future of Scotland’s economy as set out in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

It has its headquarters in Glasgow and is responsible in 2022-23 for an annual budget allocation of approximately £269 million together with additional business income from its investments and property assets.

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