New Scotland director

Young Scot’s Macdonald takes helm at IoD

Louise Macdonald: first female

The Institute of Directors Scotland has appointed the chief executive of Young Scot Louise Macdonald as national director, replacing Malcolm Cannon who left at the turn of the year.

Ms Macdonald, 53, is the first female to hold the position and her appointment will be seen as an attempt to appeal to a more diversified membership.

She has worked at Young Scot for the last 20 years, leading the organisation as CEO for the last 12.

Her various board positions include the Scottish Parliament Scotland’s Futures Forum, the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls and the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Post Covid-19 Futures Commission. She was awarded the OBE in 2015 for her services to young people.

Jon Geldart, director general of the Institute of Directors said: “Louise has an exemplary reputation amongst the business community in Scotland. Her leading the organisation in Scotland highlights an exciting moment for us in our ongoing evolution. I look forward to her joining us later this year.”

Jon Geldart, director general of the Institute of Directors said: “Louise has an exemplary reputation amongst the business community in Scotland. Her leading the organisation in Scotland highlights an exciting moment for us in our ongoing evolution. I look forward to her joining us later this year.”

Aidan O’Carroll, chairman of IoD Scotland added: “Louise’s experience in leading a high-profile organisation over the last 12 years, in addition to her non-executive board roles, impressed us considerably and we believe that she has the right skills, connections and experiences to ensure that our members’ voices will be heard loud and clear.

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