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Members are bringing expertise and insights of their own and from their organisations and sectors to the work of the Business Purpose Commission for Scotland.

They are leaders from large and small businesses, trade unions, the voluntary sector, academia, SCDI and the Scottish Government.

Business Purpose Commission Membership

* Members of Steering Group


Colin Mayer CBE FBA, The University of Oxford & The British Academy*


Colin Mayer CBE, Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, The University of Oxford/ Academic Lead, The Future of the Corporation Programme, The British Academy*

Colin Mayer is Emeritus Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute, an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse, and he was a member of the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India.  He was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd between 2013 and 2020.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours.  He leads the British Academy enquiry into “the Future of the Corporation” and his most recent book Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good is published by Oxford University Press.

Amanda Young , Global Head of Responsible Investment , Abrdn*


Amanda Young, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Amanda is the Global Head of Responsible Investment at Aberdeen Standard Investments.  She has had over two decades of experience in responsible investment.  She leads the Responsible Investment activities within the investment team in support of ASI’s asset classes, including the development of ASI’s sustainability funds.  Previously, Amanda held positions in responsible investment and economic research at Newton Investment Management, CCLA Investment Management and Rabobank International.  Amanda graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Psychology and has completed the University of Edinburgh Business School’s Executive Women’s Leadership Programme.  Amanda led a workstream for the UK Government’s Taskforce on social impact investment and is a board director for Social Investment Scotland’s SIS Ventures fund.  She currently Chairs the FTSE Russell ESG Advisory Committee and is deputy Chair of the Sustainability and Responsible Investment Committee of the Investment Association.  She served on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) for six years.  Amanda has appeared on the Financial News top 100 most influential women in European Finance in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Tenure at Aberdeen Standard Investments:  8 years (joined September 2013)


Lewis Hedge, Deputy Director, Fair Work and Labour Market Strategy, Scottish Government


Professor Sara Carter CBE FRSE, University of Glasgow

Professor Sara Carter CBE FRSE, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Vice-Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Professor Sara Carter OBE FRSE is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. A Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sara’s academic work examines the effects of business ownership on households and the consequences of structural inequalities in resource access on the SME sector. Her work encompasses the agriculture, rural and food sectors; the experiences of women as business owners; and the economic well-being of entrepreneurial households.

She is a member of the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board; a board member of South of Scotland Enterprise; and Non-Executive Director of Women’s Enterprise Scotland. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to women entrepreneurs. She has served on boards including the British Bankers’ Association Diversity and Inclusion Business Council (co-Chair); the Scottish Government Strategic Group on Women and Work; the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Research Committee; the Chartered Association of Business Schools Delivering Value Taskforce; and the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Group.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Glasgow, Sara was Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Associate Principal at the University of Strathclyde.

Sarah Davidson, Chief Executive, Carnegie Trust

Sarah Davidson is CEO at Carnegie UK, which works to promote collective wellbeing. Prior to this, Sarah had a 25 year career in the Civil Service, latterly as Director General for OD and Operations in the Scottish Government.

Sean Duffy, Chief Executive, The Wise Group

Sean joined The Wise Group in January 2018 as Chief Executive. He was recently commercial director of Newsquest Scotland and has an impressive senior leadership track record with a number of high profile organisations such as FirstGroup, National Express and STV Group. He is highly qualified and experienced in strategic leadership, business growth, stakeholder engagement and service delivery. Sean is a member of Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board, and a non-executive director of South Lanarkshire College.  He holds an MBA with Distinction from Strathclyde Business School.

Douglas Farish, Head of Tax for Scotland & Senior Partner, Edinburgh, Deloitte

Douglas is the Edinburgh office senior partner and also Head of Tax for Deloitte in Scotland.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He specialised in corporation tax for over 30 years. He advises major dynamic clients in the UK and internationally across a wide range of industries. Douglas is also the lead partner on a number of accounts bringing the range of services, support and insights Deloitte offer to those businesses.

Patricia Findlay, Professor of Work, Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde*

Patricia joined the University of Strathclyde in 2010 as Professor of Work and Employment Relations.  She was appointed Distinguished Professor in 2019.  Patricia’s research and teaching expertise is in the study of work and the management of the employment relationship. Her published work includes topics such as workplace innovation; improving job quality; skills implication of automation; workplace learning, including union-led learning; skills and skills valuation; employer-employee partnerships. Her research is funded by a variety of organisations including the ESRC, ERDF, the Technology Strategy Board, government, public, private and third sector organisations.

Crawford Gillies, Chair, Edrington

Crawford is Chair of both The Edrington Group plc, the premium spirits company and Barclays UK. and sits on the board of Barclays plc. Previously he was Senior Independent Director of Barclays plc, SSE plc and Standard Life plc. He chaired Scottish Enterprise from 2009 to 2016 and in 2007 was the founding chair of the Saltire Foundation. Outside of business Crawford chairs the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Prior to becoming a non-executive director, Crawford spent 25 years with Bain & Company where led the consulting business across Europe and advised many major companies on strategic transformation. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and the Harvard Business School and lives in Perthshire.

Alison Graham FCCA, Company Secretary, Baillie Gifford

Alison is an experienced governance practitioner and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.  She acts as Company Secretary for Baillie Gifford & Co, which is a Scottish unlimited liability private partnership heading the Baillie Gifford Group. The partnership wholly, directly and indirectly, owns a number of UK and internationally based, regulated and non-regulated, private companies and offices which all support the provision of Baillie Gifford’s services to clients as an independent global investment management firm.  The Group manages around £350bn, almost wholly on behalf of institutional clients, and employs around 1,400 staff.

Alison is also Chair of Baillie Gifford International LLC, a non-executive Director of Baillie Gifford Fund Services LLC and a Trustee of Baillie Gifford’s Defined Benefit Staff Pension Scheme.  Previous roles and responsibilities have included serving as a Director of Baillie Gifford Investment Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and for many years as Company Secretary to Baillie Gifford Overseas Limited and as Secretary to Baillie Gifford’s Defined Benefit Pension Scheme.

Alison has also held a range of voluntary non-executive director, trustee and other governance positions in organisations of various sizes and constitutional structures in the charitable and not-for-profit sector.

Jamie Grant, Owner & Director, Glen Lyon Coffee

Jamie has a background in journalism and worked as a correspondent for The Economist in South America for a number of years. During this time he developed a passion for environmental issues, covering deforestation and climate change impact storties for newspapers and magazines internationally. On his return to Scotland in 2001 Jamie worked in press and campaigns for several charities, including WWF Scotland, The John Muir Trust and The Scottish Refugee Council. He handled media relations for WWF-UK at the Earth Summit 2002 in South Africa and worked as a freelance writer and photographer for the Scottish Wildlife Trust for many years.

In 2011 Jamie founded Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters in Highland Perthshire with his wife Fiona Grant. From a modest start in a bothy next to their house the business has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the most established speciality coffee roasters in Scotland, supplying coffee to businesses and individuals across the UK. From the outset Jamie has promoted environmental sustainability through Glen Lyon Coffee, pioneering compostable bags and striving towards zero waste and carbon neutrality.

Poonam Gupta OBE, CEO, PG Paper Company Ltd

Poonam Gupta OBE is a leading UK entrepreneur and CEO of one of Scotland’s most successful export businesses.  She established the global success story – PG Paper – from her kitchen table with £1000 in 2003.  Her portfolio of companies now has a growing turnover in excess of £60 million, operating in over 60 countries, with offices in India, the US, China, Sweden, Turkey and the imminent opening of offices in the United Arab Emirates.

With a career-long interest in strengthening and enabling greater collaboration between Scotland and India; Poonam led a successful Scottish Chambers Task Force to India in 2019.  She has been recognised as one of the ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations’ by India Inc Group. Poonam is currently Chair of the Manufacturing Sector Committee of the FICCI UK Council, the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India.

Poonam’s entrepreneurial and business efforts have also been acknowledged by her peer group and the industry at large; for which she has received several business awards; most recently Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2019. She is a member of the Scotland judging panel for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK 2021. In recognition for her service to charity and business, she was awarded the OBE in 2016.

Poonam is a benefactor of a number of local, national and international charities; with a particular focus on woman-centric issues, disadvantaged children, gender equality and animal conservation.


Dr Ifeyniwa Kanu, CEO & Founder, IntelliDigest

Dr Ifeyniwa Kanu, is passionate about engineering solutions to address global challenges such as food waste.

They hold a PhD in Environmental Engineering with research interest in the use of Artificial Intelligence and Omics analysis to optimise Anaerobic processes. As the Founder and CEO of IntelliDigest Ltd, they are leading IntelliDigest on a mission to empower global food sustainability, eliminate food waste, zero hunger and improve access to nutrition for everyone

They have established a solid and progressive experience in water, wastewater and waste to bioresources and filed patents on novel anaerobic processes.

Their current focus is on the application of cutting edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Enzyme Engineering, green chemistry, blockchain and quantum computing to make the food system more sustainable by eliminating edible food waste and converting inedible food waste at the earliest possible time to bio-nutrients and sustainable chemicals for the food system.

They are a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Associate Fellow of Higher Education Authority (AFHEA) and Member of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM).

She was nominated top 50 women in Engineering under 35 in UK in 2017 and is am a winner of several awards such as the Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise fellowship, Roya academy of Engineering Enterprise fellowship, etc.

Josiah Lockart, CEO, Firstport Group

Josiah Lockhart is the Chief Executive of the Firstport For Social Entrepreneurs group which supports over 1000 purpose driven SME and social enterprises start-ups every year through advice, support, and investment. Josiah’s work focuses on helping companies develop cultures and structures that value stakeholders and the environment alongside profitability. In addition, Josiah holds a governance role for the Scotland Can B programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government and the B Corp community to help develop a nationwide culture of business for good, and was on Blab UK’s policy group that designed the Better Business Act Coalition and campaign, which pushes for stakeholders to be considered within company law and governance. Josiah has a particular interest in how the investment sector can innovate to help facilitate measurable impact in companies and recently co-founded Impact Investment Partnership Scotland to explore alternative investment vehicles to help scale inclusive business models, such as social enterprises, and their impact.

Prior to work at Firstport, Josiah worked in change management helping purpose led enterprises, both private and community owned, in both Scotland and the USA through periods of change.


David McNeill, Director of Development, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

David provides strategic leadership to SCVO to support, promote and develop a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland. He is responsible for work on policy, membership and sector support services. This includes the programme to build digital skills and capability in Scotland’s third sector as well as the Connecting Scotland programme to tackle digital exclusion across the country.

Before joining SCVO David was Depute Chief Executive at youth charity Young Scot. David is currently a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund and Recharge, an East Lothian youth work charity.

Jamie Maxton, Head of External Relations (Scotland), SSE Renewables


Andrew Murphy, Group Operations Director, John Lewis Partnership*

Andrew Murphy is the Executive Director, Operations of The John Lewis Partnership (Waitrose Supermarkets, John Lewis Department Stores & John Lewis Financial Services) and a member of the Partnership’s Executive Committee, reporting to Chairman, Dame Sharon White.

Andrew is responsible for the Partnership’s property estate, supply chain network, technology, change delivery, customer payments strategy, enterprise process management, crisis response and business continuity. Prior to taking up his current role Andrew held the posts of Chief Information Officer and Group Productivity & Change Director, before which he spent five years as Retail Director of John Lewis.

Over the last twenty years Andrew has undertaken a number of sector leadership roles, including chairing the Scottish Retail Consortium from 2016 – 2019 and sitting on the boards of NWEC and London First.

Paula Murphy, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Wood

Paula is an accomplished Global Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, responsible for all aspects of Brand, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Internal Communications, Public Relations and Government Affairs.   She has a successful track record in repositioning brands, improving profile and awareness as well as in the design and development of highly impactful, marketing and communications teams, globally.

She is currently CCMO for Wood Plc, the leading engineering company operating in energy and the built environment, with over 45,000 personnel across 40 countries.

Paula holds an executive MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford, and an M.A from the University of Glasgow, along with Post Graduate Diplomas in Global Business (University of Oxford) and Marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing).   She was also Oxford’s candidate for the Global Network of Advancement Management SNOC programme on the Future of Globalisation, ran by Yale School of Management.

She delivers regular speaking engagements across industry on topics such as brand and business transformation, brand strategy, purpose and content led marketing and sits on the Centre for Board and Director Development at the University of Strathclyde.

Pat Rafferty, Scottish Secretary, Unite the Union


Brie Read, Entrepreneur and Founder, Snag Tights

Brie Read is the founder and CEO of Snag Group LTD. Describing herself as an ’elder millennial’ Brie is a passionate believer in the power of digital technology to change the world and people’s lives, and has built her career by being at the cutting edge of the digital revolution.

A psychologist by training, Brie moved into marketing early in her career and became Head of Marketing for online course provider ICS by the age of 26. After spells at Start Learning and the Peoples Postcode Lottery, she joined Diet Chef as Marketing Director in 2013, before becoming CEO a year later. Brie led Diet Chef, one of Scotland’s fastest-growing start-ups, to a successful sale to private investors in 2015.

Since leaving Diet Chef Brie has founded a number of digital economy startups. Snag is her first direct-to-consumer e-commerce brand and it was inspired by Brie’s own daily struggles to find tights that really fit. The business is now a size-inclusive fashion company that not only sells thousands of tights all over the world every day but also offers leggings, T-shirts, skirts, swimsuits and socks in sizes 4 to 36.

Clare Reid, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, SCDI*

Clare brings over twenty years policy and research experience to SCDI. She began her career in London as an economic consultant working at consultancy Business Strategies Ltd before it became part of big data company Experian. She rose to lead their Strategy, Research & Economics team and latterly, as Strategic Development Director, led their public sector team in Scotland. Most recently she was Director of Research & Innovation for Robertson Group where she was responsible for establishing their research function and leading their innovation activities across the group.

Clare holds an MBA and is a graduate of both Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. She is one of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s ‘Innovation Champions’ and an active member of Offsite Solutions Scotland. She is also a co-opted lay member of the University of Edinburgh Court.

Dr Lesley Sawers OBE, Non-Executive Director, Crosswind Developments

Lesley is a Non-Executive Director of Crosswinds Ltd. She is also Equalities and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland. Previous senior public appointments include Deputy Chair of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Chair of the Royal Mail Advisory Board for Scotland, Chair of Action for Children Scotland, Board member of VisitScotland and a Trustee of Glasgow Life. She is also a Trustee of Age Scotland and a founding partner of GenAnalytics Ltd.

She has over 30 years’ experience working in the private, public and third sector including as Vice Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor for Business, Enterprise and Innovation at Glasgow Caledonian University and as CEO of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

Lesley has a degree in Economics from Glasgow University, a PhD from the Institute of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling and holds two Honorary Doctorates, from Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is also an Honorary Professor. In 2017 Lesley was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to Business and Equalities.

Ian Walker, Global Programme Lead, Essential Surgery, Janssen*


Scott Wilson, Executive Director – Development, Robertson Group

With over 20 years of front-end business development experience, Scott is responsible for Robertson’s strategic approach to new business. Throughout his career, he has been involved in some of the largest projects in the UK.

Scott is passionate about the role the built environment plays in communities, the environment and wider society. Robertson is committed to making a positive impact on the communities where it works and through his lead in strategic bidding, Scott has been influential in the Roberson approach to ensuring maximum social value at each stage of a project.

Eliot Wishlade, Director, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd




Duties & Responsibilities of Commission Members

  1. Oversee the Commission research and engagement models, and comment on findings.
  2. Feedback on draft/final reports and agree final key recommendations.
  3. Promote the Purposeful Business agenda and the work of the Commission through their networks to encourage high-levels and a diversity of engagement and participation.
  4. Suggest additional contacts for the events and research, and provide introductions.
  5. Attend additional engagement events (launch, hackathon, etc) if they wish.
  6. Attend Commission meetings (and Steering Group as relevant).

Members will not lobby on behalf any industry or issue. They will be respectful of all views expressed and work together in a non-partisan way towards the Commission’s overall goals.

SCDI is providing the secretariat for the Business Purpose Commission for Scotland.

Contact us: If you’ve got thoughts on business purpose or a positive story to tell, we’d love to hear from you.

Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, SCDI
email: gareth.williams@scdi.org.uk


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