Laura Etko

Laura Etko, Owner, Laura’s Gym Ltd, 34

Laura Etko started the gym believing that she would work part time delivering a few children’s fitness classes a week. Seven years later, the Kid’s Gym Program alone has 40 classes catering for over 800…

John Durrant

John Durrant, CEO & co-founder, Juggling Swords, 32

John is the CEO and co-founder of Juggling Swords - an East Lothian content marketing agency. Since the company launch in May 2014 (with no funding and no previous clients in Scotland) Juggling Swords has…

Pete Docherty, Head of People Solutions, MBN Solutions, 34

Pete has very quickly gravitated from a Consultant role with MBN Solutions to assuming authority for all recruitment operations in his role as Head of People Solutions. In this new role, which reports directly to…

Matthew O’Hare

Matthew O’Hare, International Executive, Scottish Enterprise, 25

Matthew is currently responsible for delivering Executive level support on strategic briefings, speeches, events and media/comms to the First Minister, Scottish Government Ministers and Scottish Enterprise’s CEO and Chairman on a global basis - aligning…

Ravinder Dahiya

Dr. Ravinder Dahiya, Reader in Electronics Engineering, University of Glasgow, 39

(Note: Co-I = Co-Investigator, PI = Primary Investigator) Dr. Ravinder Dahiya is Director of the Electronics Systems Design Centre at the University of Glasgow and leads the Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group. He…

Sam Trett

Sam Trett, Director, LoCa Beverages Ltd., 27

Having taken LoCa’s first product, Minus 33, from concept to launch in 2015, LoCa Beverages has grown from strength to strength under the direction of founder Sam Trett. Minus 33 is Juniper Distilled Spirit, not…

Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald, Managing Director, Exsel Group, 32

Tom has built Exsel Group over the last two years from a sub £100k business with 3 people to a 50 plus man company with turnover in excess of £3m and on track for £5m…

Dominic Taddei

Dominic Taddei, Managing Director, Mortgage Advice Bureau Scotland, 39

Dominic started Clear Mortgage Solutions (CMS) in 2004 after working in direct sales. It was quickly apparent he was good at selling and had found his niche. He went on to manage two separate districts…

Leanne McDonald

Leanne McDonald, Recruitment Director, Cammach Recruitment, 36

Leanne joined Cammach Recruitment in June 2008 as its first employee in the role of Recruitment Consultant. She quickly progressed to Recruitment Manager where she lead the business in growing from a staff of 2…

Daniel Halliday

Daniel Halliday, Finance Director, TenTel Ltd., 30

Graduating with a degree in mathematics from the University of Edinburgh, Daniel joined KPMG on their graduate program in 2007. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2011, Daniel worked mainly in transactions and restructuring across…

Julie Clark-Spence

Julie Clark-Spence, Partner, Balfour+Manson, 38

Julie Clark-Spence joined Balfour + Manson, one of Scotland's leading law firms in 2007, and was promoted to partner in 2014. She heads up the busy Aberdeen office and since achieving partner status she has…

Kenny Lowe

Kenny Lowe, Head of Emerging Technologies, brightsolid, 34

Kenny Lowe is Head of Emerging Technologies at brightsolid. Having worked at the company for six years, his role is to define and deliver brightsolid’s forward thinking technology strategy, including the research and development of…

Brian McEwan

Brian McEwan, Programme Manager – Bridge 2 Business, Young Enterprise Scotland, 37

Brian is the Bridge 2 Business Programme Manager and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Young Enterprise Scotland. A recent teaching background in FE / HE, with prior commercial roles in Financial Services…

Scott Whyte

Scott Whyte, Managing Director, Watermans Accident Claims and Care, 34

As managing director and owner, Scott is responsible for the overall running of Watermans on a daily basis. He sets targets and budgets for the business and works closely with his management in Edinburgh and…

Barry Park

Barry Park, Managing Director, OEM Group, 33

Barry founded OEM Diesel Products with a £40,000 director’s loan aged just 28, and has since dedicated his life to making the business a success. Over the four years of its existence, OEM has grown from…

Rob Cowman

Robert Cowman, Engineering Director, EC-OG, 39

Rob has worked within a variety of different sized companies over the course of 18 years. This has allowed him to develop an excellent foundation of technical knowledge and business acumen within the Oil &…

Andrew Dobbie

Andrew Dobbie, Director, MadeBrave, 35

Andrew Dobbie is a director of MadeBrave, an award-winning brand-led digital creative agency based in Glasgow. Andrew started MadeBrave back in 2012 when he left his job in the middle of the recession as a…

Peter Walker

Peter Walker, General Manager, Meldrum House, 36

Under Peter Walker's guidance, Meldrum House has collected various awards over recent years - Rising Star of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2013 was notable Most Hospitable Hotel 3 years in a…

Donna Hutchison

Donna Hutchison, Operations Director, Quensh Specialists Limited, 36

Delivering profitable numbers safely is a primary objective for all businesses and Donna created Quensh in 2006 to do just that. Donna started Quensh as a Sole Trader in 2006 because she felt she could…

Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan, Founder & Managing Director, Qpal, 24

Taking Qpal from a business idea to business opportunity by growing the business through the first 8 months of 2016. Developing an innovative and disruptive technology solution, taking it to market and gaining traction within…

Yekemi Otaru

Yekemi Otaru, Managing Director, YO! Marketing Limited, 37

Yekemi is Managing Director at YO! Marketing, a marketing consultancy that provides strategic marketing services to engineering and advanced manufacturing companies. Prior to launching YO! Marketing, Yekemi worked in production engineering roles for five years,…

Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard, Student at the University of St Andrews, 22

Matthew Leonard is a final year MA International Relations student at the University of St Andrews. Whilst at University, Matthew co-founded the St Andrews Angels and established its presence in both New York and London.…

Neil McLennan

Neil McLennan, Senior Lecturer & Director of Leadership Programmes, University of Aberdeen, 36

Neil has worked at the forefront of business and education engagement and impact over the last ten years. Neil has led national policy, local authority action and has secured improvements in employment rates as a…

Andrew Brown, Director, Brown & Brown Architects, 33

Andrew is responsible for the design output of Brown + Brown Architects, and has been responsible for the steady growth of the practice since its inception in 2010. He has been the project director on…

Aqib Pervaiz

Aqib Pervaiz, Founder & Ceo, RapidTechSolutions, 19

Aqib started started his first company when he was 15 - RapidTechSolutions (A tech company that deals with Web Design, Software Development, Web Hosting & more). Since then has ventured into other industries such as…