Rob is Chairman of Business for Scotland and partner of leading Scottish law firm Aberdein Considine, recently named as the UK’s Best Law Firm at the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards in London. Rob is partner in charge of Aberdein Considine’s Lender Services and Corporate Property Services practice groups as well as their Debt Recovery, Employment Law and Dispute Resolution departments. He also sit’s on the firm’s Management Board.
Gillian is founder and CEO of 29 Studios, a Creative Digital Agency founded in 2009, based in Glasgow with expansion underway in London, New York and San Francisco. In 2011 Gillian was winner of a Global 100 Red Herring Award in Los Angeles, other winners included Google, Facebook, Salesforce and Twitter, and in 2012 was invited by YouTube to become video partners. In 2012 Gillian presented with YouTube at the annual Google I/O Conference in San Francisco, the Power of Online Video.
Sandy Adam is Chairman of Springfield Properties PLC and the main driving force behind its success. Springfield has been selected as Scottish Homebuilder of the Year for the last three years. Sandy is also the past Chairman of Homes for Scotland.From a farming background, Sandy operated as a property developer and investor until 1998 when he began house building under the Springfield banner. Under his leadership the company has built over 3500 homes including over 1000 affordable homes increasing turnover by 14% in 2014/15 to £84million. Sandy’s success has proven that the family business model is a strong one.
Ailsa has a 20 year corporate career, mostly in the FTSE 100, advising boards on corporate law, corporate governance, strategic risk management and business development. Prior to this she advised companies raising finance and seeking listing on the London Stock Exchange.
In 2015 she set up her own consultancy Profits with Purpose Limited. Ailsa is now working with the Scottish Government, businesses, investors and educational institutions to develop: social entrepreneurship; mission-locked businesses as an alternative business model and the wider ecosystem to support this.
Donald Maclean has run his own businesses since 1976. He has also worked for larger companies for periods of up to 7 years. Donald started his current business in 1995. Business Cost Consultants operates nationally, helping organisations to manage and reduce their utility costs with plans to double in size within 2 years. In 2013 Donald became a director of Business for Scotland, enjoyed the indyref and was voted back on the board again in January, 2015. He believes passionately in not just a thriving Scotland, but also a fairer Scotland. That is why Donald supports the BfS Living Wage Campaign.
Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist and co-founder of an award winning IT company. She is founder and Top Cat at Tartan Cat Communications, which specialises in communications and crowdfunding. Michelle develops and delivers social media and communication strategies and campaigns for a variety of UK companies. Michelle was a member of the team that launched Scotland’s first crowdfunding platform and she now brings her communications and crowdfunding experience together to consult with The Social Foundation and The Crowdfunding Centre, where she helped launch UK Crowdfunding Day (Nov 1 2013), UK Crowdfunding Week (Nov 6 2014) and a major crowdfunding conference in London and Sheffield for both events. She also manages PR, communications strategy and crowdfund marketing for a number of UK and Europe-based crowdfunding platforms. Michelle is Glasgow group leader of Business for Scotland and was elected to the National Committee of Women for Independence in May 2015.
Brandon Malone is a solicitor advocate with over 20 years experience in dispute resolution. He is the director of niche arbitration and litigation practice Brandon Malone & Company. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Construction Law and as a specialist in Arbitration Law, and convenes the Society’s Arbitration Accreditation Committee. In 2013, Brandon was elected an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee and is an External Examiner in arbitration law and practice at Robert Gordon University.
Director and Edinburgh group leader of Business for Scotland. Jil is a founding partner at ThinRedLine Design, a marketing and graphic design company based in Edinburgh supplying graphics, photography, branded workwear and products. Jil has previously worked within fashion, design and media sectors, as a freelance stylist and copywriter for organisations such as Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board, Scottish Convention Bureau, Standard Life publications and the fashion pages of the Weekend Scotsman magazine. In 2004 she combined her business and interior design skills, to establish and manage Home Apartments, an Edinburgh based property rental company, specialising in unique, short term holiday accommodation. She graduated with an MBA in 2004.
Les Meikle is the Managing Director and Owner of Wise Property care, the most innovative and technologically advanced company within the industry. Regarded as a leading industry expert he regularly conducts CPD seminars on “What’s New in Building Preservation” to a variety of professional audiences. With a reputation for innovation within the industry you can regularly hear Les’s views through ‘The Rotter Blog’ or via ‘The Rotter Twitter channel’.
A previous Chairman of the Property Care Association (PCA) – the governing body of the industry; recently elected as ‘Director to the board of the Leaders Forum, Leaders Exchange at Entrepreneurial Scotland’ and selected to mentor businesses under the ‘Scottish Enterprise’ mentoring scheme; Les still finds the time to lecture on Entrepreneurship at The “Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship” at Strathclyde University and on Building Preservation to Building Surveyors at Caledonian University.”
Les was recently honoured with a Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under its eminent election process in recognition of service to the surveying industry, in particular, training of the RICS members in all aspects of building preservation.
Niall is the director of Geo-Rope Ltd and is based in Ballachulish. Born and raised in Lochaber, Niall has worked and travelled extensively around the world, before setting up Geo-Rope Ltd. A specialist in providing geotechnical, civil engineering and rope access service to all sectors Geo-Rope is currently carrying out contracts in the UK and across Europe. Geo-Rope Ltd remained successful during the financial downturn due to their ability to harness and develop the skills of local workforce and export that talent and enthusiasm worldwide whilst remaining firmly based in the Highlands of Scotland.
Niall’s other companies include Geo-Info Ltd (England / Ireland) and Geo-Structural Ltd (Caldercruix) both growing companies focused in the rail and infrastructure sectors.