We’re delighted to announce a stellar lineup of plenary speakers for Venturefest 2017!
Mandy Chessell CBE FREng CEng FBCS is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Mandy is a trusted advisor to executives from large organizations, working with them to develop their strategy and architecture relating to the governance, integration and management of information. She is also driving IBM’s strategic move to open metadata and governance through the Apache Atlas open source project. More information about Mandy’s work and publications can be found on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mandy-chessell/22/897/a49 and her blog at https://poimnotes.blog
Ailsa Gray is a corporate lawyer who has successfully held Director, Regional Director and Company Secretarial roles, latterly in a FTSE 100 company. She has extensive experience in board governance, strategic risk management, corporate and social responsibility, business development, team building and stakeholder engagement. Through her business, Profits with Purpose, she has advised government, businesses and educational institutions on how alternative business models can be used to deliver social and environmental impact alongside profit. She isa member of the team at Strathblair Associates a collection of business leaders that have come together to help businesses achieve greater impact. She is also currently a non-executive director at Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Adrian Gillespie is Managing Director of Operations (Growth Companies, Innovation and Infrastructure) and oversees Scottish Enterprise’s business support and company building functions, including our investment in infrastructure, our Account Management portfolio, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Innovation Support, Regional Selective Assistance and commercialisation.
Adrian has been with Scottish Enterprise for over 15 years. Immediately prior to his current role, Adrian was Senior Director of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies for Scottish Enterprise with responsibility for working with industry to establish and deliver clear priorities for investment and growth, with a particular focus on offshore energy.
Adrian spent 10 years in commercial and financial management positions within Marks and Spencer plc before joining Scottish Enterprise.
Adrian has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. He is also a Board Member of Opportunity North East (ONE) – a private sector Board to broaden and boost the economy of the North East of Scotland and a Trustee of the Glasgow Science Centre.