Enterprise Minister Jim Mather has announced the appointment of three new board members to Highlands and Islands Enterprise and three new board members to Scottish Enterprise.
The Minister also announced the reappointment of three members to the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
The new members for Highlands and Islands Enterprise are:
Mr Donald MacDonald - Donald MacDonald is Managing Director of Aros on Skye and has been involved in business and the arts for the last twenty five years. He is active in local community groups, chairing the Staffin Community Trust and Lasair, a Gaelic development in north Skye; and is Chair of Comunn na Gàidhlig and Pròiseact nan Ealan. Mr MacDonald has been on an advisory group for the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund and served on the Board of Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise. As a Gaelic speaker Mr MacDonald is active in the promotion and development of the arts and culture.
Ms Iseabail MacTaggart - Iseabail MacTaggart's career has spanned law in China, BBC News in London and heading up Bowmore Distillery's operations in Islay. She currently works on the Islay family business - a traditional hill farm and expanding tourism business, and supports several community organisations on the island. Ms MacTaggart graduated in Mandarin, is a Gaelic speaker and is passionately committed to the development of the economy of the Highlands and Islands.
Mr William Swann - William Swann has extensive experience at Director level in community based development in the developing world. A well known veterinary surgeon, Mr Swann has worked in rural areas of the UK and overseas. He is a respected oil painter with an interest in the Gaelic arts and culture.
The re-appointed members for Highlands and Islands Enterprise are:
Professor Mary Bownes OBE - Mary Bownes was appointed to the HIE Board in April 2008 and is a member of the HIE Remuneration Committee. Prof Bownes is Vice Principal and Professor of Developmental Biology at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously Head of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Edinburgh and has undertaken research in the life sciences in Germany, California, Switzerland, China and Australia. She is a member of the University of the Highlands and Islands Research Committee, on the board of the Scottish Association for Marine Science, chair of the Young People's Committee and on the Executive committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and on the Biology and Biotechnology appointments committee. Prof. Bownes leads the Edinburgh Beltane, a public engagement initiative on behalf of all the Universities in Edinburgh and UHI to encourage researchers to engage with the public and policy makers; is Convenor of the Directors of Graduate Schools for Universitas 21; and is a member of the graduate group for the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
Professor Lorne Crerar - Lorne Crerar was appointed to the HIE Board in April 2008 and is a member of the HIE Risk and Assurance Committee.
Prof Crerar is a founding partner and Chairman of leading Scottish commercial law firm Harper Macleod LLP. He has held the part-time Chair of Banking Law at Glasgow University since 1997; was formerly Deputy Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and one of three Chairmen of the Housing Improvement Task Force with his group completing their work in 2002. He was appointed as Convenor of the Standards Commission in June 2003 and resigned his office in September 2006 to take up the Chair of the "Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland" which reported in September 2007. He was non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government Justice Programme Board until November 2010.
Mr James Royan OBE - Jim Royan was appointed to the HIE Board in April 2008 and is Chair of the HIE Remuneration Committee and a member of the HIE Risk and Assurance Committee.
Mr Royan operates Scotland's oldest family butchers business in Elgin, is Chair of the annual Speyside Whisky festival and Director of the City of Elgin BID (Business Improvement District). Mr Royan acted as Chair of the Moray Tourism Development Group on an interim basis until March 2010, and was pivotal in establishing and laying the group's foundations. He was Commissioner in the Meat and Livestock Commission from 1978 to 1995 and for the last fourteen years has fulfilled leadership roles in the NHS in Scotland including that of Chair of NHS Grampian from 2001 to 2007. Jim has extensive experience in the private and public sectors and has been on the board of Quality Meat Scotland since 2008.
The changes mean that, when the current Audit Committee Chair, Angus MacKenzie, completes his second three-year term at the end of February, the HIE Board will consist of ten members: William Roe (Chair), Alex Paterson (Chief Executive), Mary Bownes, Lorne Crerar, Donald MacDonald, Iseabail MacTaggart, Jim Royan, Craig Spence, William Swann and Steve Thomson.
The new members for Scottish Enterprise are:
Mr John McGlynn - Mr McGlynn founded his first business, Airlink, while at university having taken part in the Scottish Enterprise "New Ventures Programme". Airlink is now the largest Scottish parking group and has various other property and storage businesses. John is Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange in Scotland and founding Director of the Entrepreneurial Exchange in London. He is a member of the National Economic Forum, Ambassador to Business Club Scotland and Glasgow Airport.
Mr Jeremy Peat - Mr Peat is an economist with over 25 years experience. He spent eight years as Senior Economic Advisor at the Scottish Office and 12 years as a Group Chief Economist at RBS. He is a member of the Competition Commission, currently chairing a review of the bus sector across Great Britain, and Director of the Edinburgh-based David Hume Institute. Mr Peat is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and a monthly columnist for the Herald newspaper.
Miss Linda Urquhart - Miss Urquhart has led one of Scotland's largest law firms, Morton Fraser, for over 11 years, first as Chief Executive and now as Chairman. She is Chairman of CBI Scotland, chairs the CBI Scotland Council and is a member of CBI Chairmen's Committee, which takes the lead responsibility for setting the organisation's position on policy matters. She is a member of the Prince's Trust Scotland Development Board, and the Edinburgh Business Forum, and has held a number of non-executive Directorships.
The three new appointments to the HIE board will be for three years, running from February 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014. No other Ministerial appointments are held by Mr MacDonald, Ms MacTaggart or Mr Swann.
The three reappointments to the HIE board for a second term will be for three years and will run from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2014. Jim Royan has been on the board of Quality Meat Scotland since 2008 and receives remuneration of £156 per day for this part time post for a time commitment of eight to 12 days per year. Professor Bownes and Professor Crerar do not hold any other Ministerial appointments.
All six appointments to the HIE board are part-time and attract an annual remuneration of £10,065 for a time commitment of two days per month.
The three appointments to the SE board will be for three years and will run from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013. The posts are part-time and attract an annual remuneration of £12,581 for a time commitment of 2.5 days per month.
John McGlynn is Ambassador of Business Club Scotland and a member of the National Economic Forum. Both posts are part time and Mr McGlynn does not receive any remuneration.
Jeremy Peat is a member of the Competition Commission. As an inquiry member he receives £50 per hour and when chairing an inquiry he receives £60 per hour. The time commitment for these part time roles varies widely from about two to 10 days per month.
Linda Urquhart does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.
These Ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland's Code of Practice.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees to declare political activity within the last five years. Mr McGlynn has declared activity with the Scottish Conservative Party. Mr MacDonald, Ms MacTaggart, Mr Swann, Professor Bownes, Professor Crerar, Mr Royan, Mr Peat and Miss Urquhart have not declared any political activity.