Harper Macleod Chairman appointed to new Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, has been named on the advisory panel of business and economic representatives tasked with creating a fresh strategy for enterprise and skills support in Scotland.

Lorne Crerar

The Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board's membership was unveiled yesterday, and will meet for the first time on 13 December. The Board will work to maximise output from public sector investment in these areas.

It features members with a wealth of business experience encompassing a broad range of sectors, sizes and locations, with further representation covering education, research, trade unions, local authorities and the new South of Scotland enterprise agency.

Professor Crerar, who is also the Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, carried out a report on the Scottish Government's Enterprise and Skills review earlier this year, recommending the creation of a Strategic Board among other recommendations which were accepted in whole.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown welcomed the announcement of the Board's advisory panel as a significant step forward in adopting a new approach to the delivery of skills and business support.

He said: “The Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills will ensure that we are really maximising the benefits of our investment in Scotland’s businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs. “We are rightly proud of our reputation as a nation of innovators. The support provided through this investment is greatly valued and it is important that it is properly co-ordinated, and focused on the needs of users.

“The members of the board have been chosen specifically for their expertise, both in their industrial and geographical areas.”

The board is chaired by Nora Senior, who recently completed terms as Chair of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and President of the British Chambers of Commerce.

It will align and co-ordinate the activities of Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

The full panel of the Strategic Board is:

Wendy Alexander – University of Dundee
Karen Betts – Scottish Whisky Association
Liz Cameron – Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Mike Cantlay – Scottish Funding Council
Sara Carter – University of Strathclyde
Professor Lorne Crerar – Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Audrey Cumberford – West College Scotland
Jeanette Forbes – PCL Group
Russel Griggs – South of Scotland Economic Partnership
Poonam Gupta – PG Paper Company
Steven Heddle – COSLA
Bob Keiller – Scottish Enterprise
John McClelland – Skills Development Scotland
Gerry McCusker – Dog Digital, Chair of BIMA Scotland
Scott McLarty – Spirit Aerospace
Grahame Smith – STUC