Scots Business Taskforce membership announced

The UK's Scottish Secretary David Mundell

The UK Government’s Scottish Secretary David Mundell confirmed in the House of Commons that the new Scottish Business Taskforce of economic and business leaders will meet for the first time on Friday, October 27.

The panel will be chaired by former UK Government Minister Andrew Dunlop.

The Scottish Business Taskforce’s aim is to “exert a positive influence on the development of UK Government policy, and in so doing help to advance Scotland’s interests.”

In the first meeting the group will discuss the Scottish economy, industrial strategy, progress made in City Region Deals, innovation, and the economic powers at the disposal of both the UK and Scottish governments.

The panel comprises:

  • Marc Crothall, CEO of Scottish Tourism Alliance
  • Prof Susan Deacon, Assistant Principal External Relations, University of Edinburgh and Chair, IoD Scotland
  • Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive, Virgin Money
  • Jo Macsween, Vistage Group Chair and ex MD Macsween of Edinburgh
  • Prof Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander, University of Strathclyde
  • Louise Smith, HMT Fintech envoy Scotland and Head of Design, Personal and Business Banking RBS
  • Douglas Smith, Chairman – Scotland, CBRE
  • Neil Sims, VP, Expro – North Sea
  • Chris Van der Kuyl, Chairman, 4J Studios
  • Ellis Watson, Executive Chairman, DC Thomson Media
  • Will Whitehorn, Chair, Scottish Exhibition Centre and Clyde Space
  • Brian Wilson, Chair, Harris Tweed Hebrides

Mundell said: “The Scottish Business Taskforce boasts an unrivalled wealth of expert analysis and knowledge.

“The members represent the diversity and talent of Scottish business and will ensure that the UK Government is seeking the best advice from leaders in their fields.

“Chaired by my former colleague Andrew Dunlop who is a business expert in his own right, this taskforce will provide the insight to ensure we are delivering for Scottish businesses.”

Dunlop commented: “As a UK Government Minister, I made it my priority to understand the needs of Scottish businesses and to take action to strengthen the Scottish economy.

“And as someone who has also run my own company I can appreciate the importance of creating the right climate in which business can thrive.

“That’s why I am delighted to be chairing this group, building on both experiences to bang the drum for Scottish businesses.

“The group’s membership engages some of Scotland’s best business and economic brains and draws on experience of diverse sectors from fintech and new media to the iconic Harris Tweed and Macsween’s world famous produce.

“The UK Government Scottish Business Taskforce will focus on how the UK Government can use its policy levers to improve our productivity, performance and promote strong economic growth in Scotland.

“Our work will feed directly into the UK Government and provide a constructive contribution to its joint work with the Scottish Government.”