Expert business and educational insight offered by two senior academics at Heriot-Watt University is to be harnessed to accelerate enterprises across Scotland.
Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Gillian Murray, Deputy Principal of Business and Enterprise, have been appointed onto the board of Scottish Enterprise.
The announcement was made today (5 June) by the Scottish Government’s Neil Gray MSP, The Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy.
In the face of current business and economic challenges, we must harness the power of education, research, and collaboration to foster a resilient and dynamic economy.
In total, five new board members have been appointed for a period of three years. They represent a range of backgrounds and will use their collective experience to drive forward Scotland’s business and enterprise interests.
Professor Richard A. Williams said he is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“As Principal of one of Scotland’s most respected university’s and now as a board member of Scottish Enterprise, I am committed to driving economic growth through inward investment and innovation in Scotland,” he continues.
“In the face of current business and economic challenges, we must harness the power of education, research, and collaboration to foster a resilient and dynamic economy. Together, we will build a future where Scottish businesses thrive, creating sustainable jobs and unlocking the full potential of our talented workforce.”
Scottish Enterprise is a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government and the country’s national economic development agency. Its board oversees the direction of the organisation and help ensure it is adding value to the country’s economy efficiently and with impact.
The organisation offers a range of support services to business leaders including advice on how to enter new markets, ensure finances are managed effectively, and identify opportunities to reduce costs to make enterprises more productive and profitable.
Professor Gillian Murray adds: “I’m passionate about building vibrant and innovative ecosystems capable of fostering economic transformation and serving as a powerful catalyst for addressing many of the pressing challenges faced by society. Through working closely with colleagues on the Scottish Enterprise Board, we will draw on our collective knowledge and experience to help fuel economic growth and prosperity across all of Scotland.”