Scottish Enterprise has welcomed the news that business leader Lord Smith of Kelvin is to be its new Chair.
Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lord Smith of Kelvin as the new Chair of Scottish Enterprise.
“Lord Smith’s appointment comes at a critical time not only for our organisation, but for the Scottish economy as we look to collaboratively drive a more inclusive economy that can deliver quality jobs for communities around the country.
“As one of the UK’s most experienced Chairs, Lord Smith will bring vast experience, talent and credibility, and without doubt will help us realise our ambitions – the team at Scottish Enterprise is very much looking forward to working with him.”
Steve added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Willie Mackie whose leadership has been incredibly valuable in helping set our transformation agenda.”
Lord Smith of Kelvin is one of the UK’s most experienced Chairs, having led organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He was Chair of Weir Group until 2013 and SSE until 2015. In 2014, he chaired the Organising Committee for Glasgow 2014 (Commonwealth Games) and the Smith Commission on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.
A Chartered Accountant by profession and former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Lord Smith was knighted in 1999, appointed to the House of Lords as an independent cross-bench peer in 2008, appointed Knight of the Thistle in 2013, and awarded the Companion of Honour in 2016. He is currently Chair of Alliance Trust plc, British Business Bank, IMI plc, Forth Ports Ltd and Clyde Gateway, as well as Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde.
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