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Kerr avoids tackling tough question on SFA vacancy

Shelley Kerr

Shelley Kerr: don’t be afraid to tackle what is uncomfortable (pic: Terry Murden)


Scotland women’s national football manager Shelley Kerr teased delegates attending an investment conference by refusing to answer questions on her interest in managing the men’s team.

Ms Kerr, a speaker and panelist at the Investing Women conference in Edinburgh, was asked if she was on the shortlist for the job vacated by Alex McLeish last week.

“I have to be careful as a member of my board is here,” she said, pointing to fintech entrepreneur and Scottish Football Association director Ana Stewart in the audience. “What does the future hold? One guarantee in football management is that you are going to get sacked,” she added.

Ms Kerr told the conference, geared at female entrepreneurs and investors, that it was important not to fear those things that appear uncomfortable, but said nothing further on the SFA’s deliberations.

Ana Stewart

Ana Stewart: opportunities (pic: Terry Murden)


Ms Stewart, who earned the title Queen of the Cash Machine, was the first woman appointed to the SFA board. She also declined to elaborate on the Scotland manager’s job, but rejected any suggestion that the SFA was ‘sexist’, arguing that it had made great progress in diversity.

She focused on how she grew and sold her company i-design to US ATM giants Cardtronics for £8.5million and has now returned to investing in start-ups. She told delegates that she was looking at a couple of opportunities and picked up on the ‘can do’ theme running through a government-backed week of events promoting entrepreneurialism.

Daily Business understands that drugs development firm TC BioPharm (TCB), also represented at the conference, will announce further expansion, building on its recent growth. An announcement may be made on Wednesday.

The company, based at the Maxim Office Park off the M8, has received backing from Investing Women whose AcclerateHER conference also heard from endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont; Jaime Nieto, head of people for Richard Branson’s The Spaceship Company; Bob Hair, wealth planning director at Cazenove Capital; and Kate Forbes, the digital economy minister.


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