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Accenture chief says YES to enterprising role

Bill McDonaldBusiness education specialist Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) has appointed Bill McDonald as chairman.

Mr McDonald, pictured, who leads Accenture’s business in Scotland, began with YES as a director and trustee in March 2015, and has chaired the organisation’s finance sub group since joining the board.

An advocate of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed programme, designed to leverage digital innovation to close skills gaps and create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, Mr McDonald will continue to focus on raising awareness of the importance of enterprise education in schools and colleges.

In his 20 years with Accenture, Mr McDonald has specialised in finance and accounting outsourcing, working with global clients across sectors including oil and gas, telecommunications, logistics media and entertainment. He is also a non-executive director at Museums and Galleries Scotland.

He said: “The organisation is making great strides in supporting young people across Scotland to reach their full potential. I have been inspired and enthused in equal measure by the dedication of the team and the tenacity of our young people to reach out and embrace the opportunities that come their way.”

Mr McDonald follows outgoing chairman Sarah McParland, who served the YES board for almost a decade and chairman for four years.

Young Enterprise Scotland chief executive Geoff Leask said: “Since joining the YES board in 2015, Bill has shown that he has a genuine interest in ensuring young people have the skills needed to succeed in business. He has championed a number of YES initiatives in Scotland and is very proactive in making people aware of the great work we’re doing. The progression to chair is the logical next step for him and I’m sure he’ll be a great success in the role.”

Chris Gilmour, director at Beattie Communications, will also be stepping down from the board next year, after almost a decade. The board members replacing Ms McParland and Mr Gilmour are young entrepreneur Nick Cohen, who has been a volunteer with YES for 14 years, and Nicola McMillan, portfolio manager at Scottish Enterprise and YES alumna. Both have been directors of the YES Works social enterprise for the last three years.

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