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New panel meets on Friday

Mundell names taskforce to advise on economy

David Mundell

David Mundell: ‘Getting the best advice’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has named the members of his new advisory group and confirmed they will meet for the first time on Friday, 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 as well as progress made in City Region Deals.

The panel comprises:

  • Marc Crothall CEO – Scottish Tourism Alliance
  • Prof Susan Deacon – Assistant Principal External Relations, University of Edinburgh and chairman, IoD Scotland
  • Jayne-Anne Gadhia – Chief Executive, Virgin Money
  • Jo Macsween – Vistage Group Chair and ex MD Macsween of Edinburgh
  • 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

The members have been invited to join in their personal capacity and on the basis of their knowledge and experience, rather than representing a particular trade body or organisation.

Mr 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.”

Lord 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.

“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.”

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