A new team of advisors for Converge Challenge

A new team of advisors for Converge Challenge

Converge Challenge has announced its new Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), which will consist of some of Scotland’s most influential academics and business leaders.

The Scottish company creation competition and entrepreneurship development programme for students, graduates and staff from the country’s universities and research institutes, will see the new panel advise on future funding opportunities and work for the programme.

In addition they will input to the strategic direction of Converge Challenge through offering their advice and expertise.

The SAB members are:

  • Paul Atkinson, Founder & Partner, Par Equity LLP
  • Conrad Chin, CTO at Netthings Ltd and Chairman (non-executive), Blackford Analysis Ltd
  • Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee
  • Dr Stuart Fancey, Director, Research & Innovation, Scottish Funding Council
  • Susan Fouquier, Regional Managing Director Business Banking Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Adrian Gillespie, Managing Director of Operations, Growth Companies, Innovation and Infrastructure, Scottish Enterprise
  • Dr Roddy Macdonald, Head of Higher Education and Science Division, Scottish Government Advanced Learning and Science Directorate
  • Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde
  • Professor David Sigsworth OBE, Chairman, Sigma Capital Group plc
  • Professor Richard Williams, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University
  • Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science & Engineering, The University of Edinburgh
  • Sandy Finlayson, Chair, Converge Challenge
  • Dr Olga Kozlova, Director, Converge Challenge

Sandy Finlayson, chair of Converge challenge, said: “Formation of the Strategic Advisory Board represents a big new step for Converge Challenge and I am delighted to see such an impressive group of leaders from academia and business come together to advise us on strategy and ensure that Converge keeps developing and delivering best value to our participants and stakeholders.

“We live in times of rapid change both in terms of technological development and societal shift and it is important that Converge stays ahead of the game.

“The Board members will bring new, diverse ideas and will enable the team to reach for new heights.”

Susan Fouquier, regional managing director of Business Banking Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland said: “I am delighted to be joining the Converge Challenge Strategic Advisory Board and look forward to working with the other members on the strategic development of the programme.

“Converge routes are firmly based within higher education but it is important that the programme receives input from investment and the wider business community, to ensure that our budding entrepreneurs receive the best possible support. Working with SMEs is one of the key targets for Royal Bank of Scotland and it is great to be offered another opportunity to contribute to Scotland Can Do agenda.”