New chief at helm of agency

Dunlop takes over as CEO of Scottish Enterprise

Steve Dunlop

Steve Dunlop: ‘exciting time’

Scottish Enterprise has announced that the head of Scottish Canals, Steve Dunlop, is to become chief executive, succeeding Lena Wilson.

Mr Dunlop joins the economic development agency in May from his role as CEO at Scottish Canals where he has been credited with transforming the inland waterways into a catalyst for economic and social regeneration.

As a member of the board of VisitScotland and with previous experience of senior leadership roles in the public sector, he brings with him a track record of driving inclusive economic growth across the UK.

Welcoming the appointment, economy minister Keith Brown said: “Steve is a talented leader with a fantastic ability to bring people, partners and stakeholders with him in driving meaningful and sustainable change.

“He is one of the most passionate and entrepreneurial leaders we have in Scotland and I am delighted he has accepted the role to lead Scottish Enterprise working in close collaboration with national and local partners to deliver a more joined up economic development system across Scotland.”

Mr Dunlop added: “There has never been a more important time to help Scottish businesses grow and internationalise.

“At Scottish Enterprise, I look forward to collaborating with other public bodies, the private sector and our world-class academic institutions to help optimise our talent, resources and ambition in ways that genuinely benefit Scotland.”

Scottish Enterprise chairman, Bob Keiller, commented: “Steve joins the organisation at a pivotal time as we implement the recommendations from the Enterprise and Skills Review and look to the future to collaborate with partners to ensure Scotland tackles challenges and maximises economic opportunities ahead.”

Mr Dunlop replaces Ms Wilson who announced last summer that she was leaving. He has been appointed on a salary thought to be about £160,000 to £170,000.

This compares to the £191,000 basic salary paid to his predecessor who was controversially paid more than the Prime Minister. She also received a £65,000 pension package. Ms Wilson has since taken up a number of non-executive directorships.

See also

Successor to take role on lower salary

Wilson to step down at Scottish Enterprise


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