Strategic Advisory Board

Converge’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) includes some of Scotland’s most respected and influential academics and business leaders.

The role of SAB is to offer advice and guidance on the strategic direction of Converge and to help identify emerging challenges and opportunities, to ensure the long-term sustainability of the programme.

The board is chaired by Sandy Finlayson OBE, co-founder of MBM Commercial and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Prof Lesley Yellowlees CBE

Lesley Yellowlees CBE, is currently Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked with the Royal Society of Chemistry for many years and became their first female President in July 2012. She is a champion for the promotion of women in science and in […]

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Polly Purvis

Polly is CEO of ScotlandIS the trade body for digital technologies. She held a variety of roles at the Scottish Development Agency/Scottish Enterprise, with particular emphasis on small business policy development. Polly represents ScotlandIS on the Digital Excellence Business Excellence Partnership, the ICT Skills Group, and the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Dundee’s […]

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Professor Richard Williams

Professor Richard A Williams OBE FREng FTSE is the Principal and Vice Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.  He is Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His background is an academic and entrepreneur working in mineral, energy storage systems and environmental technologies. He has founded several business including two plcs and previously served as an […]

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Professor David Sigsworth OBE

David Sigsworth is Chairman of the Edinburgh based Sigma Capital Group plc, which specialises in property development and urban regeneration.  His background is in energy and the development of energy utility assets.  For over ten years he was a main board executive director of the FTSE 100 utility companies SSE plc and Scottish Hydro Electric […]

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Dr Roddy MacDonald

Dr Roddy Macdonald is a Senior Civil Servant with the Scottish Government, where he is Head of the Higher Education and Science Division. Prior to this he was Head of Innovation, Investment and Industries Division, which led Scotland CAN DO, the Government’s framework for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Rhona Allison

Rhona Allison oversees Scottish Enterprise’s business support and company building functions, including our Account Management portfolio, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Innovation Support, Regional Selective Assistance and commercialisation. Prior to joining SE, Rhona held a variety of positions within Scottish and Global companies. Rhona is also a Board Member of Opportunity North East (ONE) a private […]

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Susan Fouquier

Since March 2015 Susan has been the Regional Managing Director of Business Banking Scotland. Susan is passionate about supporting business expansion, job creation and economic growth in Scotland. She is also a champion for diversity within the workplace. Susan is the current chair of Business in the Community’s Scottish National Action Plan for Responsible Business […]

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Dr Stuart Fancey

In his present role, Stuart is responsible for SFC’s research funding policy, knowledge exchange and innovation policy, SFC’s contribution to the development of the Research Excellence Framework and various other liaison activities across the Scottish and UK university and innovation landscape. His team are closely engaged with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to […]

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Paul Atkinson

Paul is a Professional Investor, Venture Capitalist and Board Advisor with a track record of creating value for companies and investors in the technology and business services sector. He is highly active as an angel investor, having personally invested in over 30 fast growing technology companies, including Rocela Group, which was acquired by Version 1 […]

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