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.
Derek is a Director of the Scottish Family Awards and a hospitality industry executive with over 25 years experience across the UK and Ireland. He started his working life as a busboy at Chicago Meatpackers in Glasgow and progressed to the position of Brand Director with The Restaurant Group in 2015. He is also founder and Director of Bash Fundraising Events who have been organising charity fundraising dinners with Real Radio and now Heart to raise funds for children’s charities in Scotland. They have raised in excess of £400k since the events started hosting artists including The Proclaimers, Amy MacDonald, The Bay City Rollers, Hue and Cry, ABC and Gabrielle.
Brought up in a working-class Dundee family, Tony Banks is a Falklands veteran and entrepreneur. Tony is Founder and Chairman of Balhousie Care Group, Scotland’s largest private residential care home provider. In 1991, Tony bought his first care home, Balhousie Lisden in Kirriemuir. From very modest beginnings with that 31-bed care home, Balhousie Care Group is now one of Scotland’s most successful residential care providers, with 27 homes in Scotland providing accommodation for up to 1000 residents.
Tony is also past Chairman of Business for Scotland.
David has had a varied career both in the public and private sector and for the last 20 years has managed a group of companies specialising in commercial property development and investment. David worked in finance and property for many years before setting up Sangobeg Developments Ltd in 1994.
Sangobeg Developments Ltd successfully redeveloped the former Taybank Works in Morgan Street and thereafter the former Charles Gray Ltd complex at Coldside, together with a number of smaller but successful ventures. Thereafter he set up Tayforth Property Developments Ltd for the Leith development and in 1999, set up Broxburn Properties Ltd for the development of the former United Biscuits factory in Broxburn. These include warehousing, distribution, office, hotel and restaurant interests. David also funds a charity “The Sangobeg Scholarship” which funds bright, older orphans to go to University or College in South Africa.
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.
Ian McDougall is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of McDougall Johnstone who offer business advisory, strategic growth, corporate finance and accounting and taxation advice to a wide range of businesses. McDougall Johnstone specialises in the Innovation and Technology and Hospitality and Tourism sector.
Ian is also a founder of the Glasgow Distillery Company, the first gin and whisky distillery in Glasgow for over 100 years, being one of the founding members of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association and the Non-Executive Finance Director of a software company. Ian is also the finance spokesperson for Business for Scotland.
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.