Louise has extensive expertise as a leader in the retail sector, both as a Chief Executive and Chair. After 10 years with Monsoon Accessorize where she reached the role of Brand Director, Louise was appointed CEO at FatFace in 2003. Following seven years as CEO, when she led the organisation through significant growth and two successful exits, Louise became Executive Chairman of Joules and Fenn Wright & Manson. Most recently, she was Chief Executive of Crew Clothing Company, leaving in 2017 after another successful sale.
Lynne joined the board of Greene King as a Non-Executive Director in 2012 where she also chairs the Remunerations Committee. She is currently HR Director of Selfridges’ Group before which she held the same role at Dixons Carphone Warehouse Group plc, overseeing the merger between Dixons and Carphone Warehouse. Prior to this she held similar roles at Bupa, Whitbread and Tesco.
Marcia is a Non-Executive Director with extensive experience in the financial services sector. Currently, she is a Non-Executive Director at Sainsbury’s Bank, Murray International Trust, Charles Stanley Group, CNP Assurances, Canada Life Group and Canada Life Limited. She also Chairs the Oversight Board at Woodford Investment Management, is a member of Aviva UK and ROI’s Independent Governance Committee and a mentor for Women in Banking and Finance. Prior to becoming a Non-Executive, Marcia had a successful Executive career, largely with Standard Life where she was Group Operations Director and CEO Asia Pacific.
Mark has over 25 years of leadership experience in the internet technology sector. He was instrumental in the success of multiple award-winning tech start-ups, including for five years, as COO of Skyscanner, where he was responsible for the general management of the business. In 2014, the Institute of Directors named him Director of the Year and in 2016 he won the UK Digital Masters award for Excellence in General Management.
Since leaving Skyscanner, Mark’s focus has been as a start-up/scale-up advisor, investor and non-executive director in multiple start-ups across the sector in Scotland and internationally
Founder shareholder of Aberdeen Asset Management Martin is now Vice Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen plc . Concurrently, Martin is Deputy Chairman of Sky plc, a Non-Executive Director of Glencore plc and Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s Practitioner Panel. He was formerly Chairman of FirstGroup plc.
Mary is an executive coach and expert in communications, business development, performance improvement, and personal branding. She works to bring the best out of senior business executives and CEOs in Industry, Financial and Professional Services. She is used as a speech, business pitch and blog writer by these clients. Mary began her career as a special assistant to Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and to the UNHCR in Geneva Institute. She is also an author, having written 7 books on presentation, image and personal branding.
Matthew Fosh began his early career as a first-class cricketer, opening the batting for Essex County Cricket Club for three seasons. After retiring from 1st class sport he set up Seagray Fosh Futures Limited in 1989. The company grew to become one of the largest brokers on the London financial futures market (LIFFE) in the 1990’s, before its eventual sale to ICAP plc in 2002. He then moved to the insurance industry, taking the role of Group Chief Executive at the quoted, Lloyd’s insurance company Novae Group plc. He is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in financial services and a champion on the Inclusion@Lloyd’s initiative.
Melfort is Chairman of Imes Group, the Scottish Government's Oil and Gas Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the Innovation Scotland Forum and on the Technology Leadership Board. In addition, he chaired the Scottish Expert Commission on Oil and Gas, is a visiting Professor of Engineering at Strathclyde University, and has been appointed Honorary Colonel of the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry. Previous appointments include Chairman of Board of Governors of RGU and Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Grampian.
Mike is CEO of Chelsea Apps Factory. Founded in 2010 with the aim to help mobilise businesses, Chelsea Apps Factory was ranked the 16th fastest-growing tech company in the 2015 Sunday Times Fast Track 100. Mike also has considerable experience across a range of large media outlets, as former Managing Director of The Sun, The News of the World, The Evening Standard and Metro.
Mike is currently Chairman of Rigmar Group Ltd, an oil field services company, SmartFibres Ltd, a sensing technology business, and also serves on the Boards of IMES Group Ltd and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre. He is a Director at Gas2 Ltd and ONE Oil and Gas and serves as Chairman and pro chancellor of The Robert Gordon's University Board of Governors. He has previous experience as CEO of several private equity backed technology businesses.
Niall specialises in difficult and turnaround situations, most recently as CEO of the Co-operative Bank from 2013-2017. He is now a Non-Executive Director at Non-Standard Finance plc where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Risk Committees. Previous appointments include Group MD and CEO of HSBC North America Holdings Inc and CEO of HSBC Finance Corporation. Niall is also Chaiman of the Committee of the Council of Glenalmond College.
Norman retired from his role as Chairman of Edrington Group Limited in 2017 after four years in role. He is currently Chairman of the Scottish Ballet. Previous appointments include Chairman of Cairn Energy plc, Petrofac Limited and the British Venture Capital Association; and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland where he was also Chair of the Ethics Board.