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Enterprise and Skills Review Implementation Board

Role of the group

This Implementation Board was set up in June 2017, on the recommendation of the report of Phase 2 of the Enterprise and Skills Review. It will lay the groundwork for the creation of a Strategic Board, to co-ordinate the activities of Scotland's skills and enterprise agencies.

Chaired by Professor Lorne Crerar, the Implementation Board will meet monthly until the Strategic Board is established in autumn.

Specifically, this Implementation Board will look to:

  • develop an outline for the Strategic Plan and performance framework to be considered once the Strategic Board is established
  • establish the cross-cutting priorities that will need to be an early focus for the Strategic Board and, where helpful, establish the Strategic Committees to rapidly deliver these priorities
  • oversee progress on the delivery of the wider Enterprise and Skills Review workstream actions and recommendations that will fall within the scope of the Strategic Board
  • set out the structure, accountability and reporting arrangements for the governance supporting the Strategic Board, including guidance on how the agencies will work together, and on their roles and responsibilities


  • Professor Lorne Crerar – Chair of Implementation Board
  • Bob Keiller – Scottish Enterprise
  • Professor Alice Brown – Scottish Funding Council
  • John McClelland – Skills Development Scotland
  • Donald MacRae – Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Councillor Stephen Heddle – Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
  • Grahame Smith – Scottish Trades Union Congress
  • Stephen Boyle – RBS
  • Mhairi Harrington – West Lothian College
  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond – Aberdeen University
  • Teresa Bray – Changeworks
  • Susan Love – Federation of Small Businesses
  • Lord John Thurso – VisitScotland
  • Liz Cameron – Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  • Mark Bevan – Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Chris Gauld – Spark Energy
  • Hugh Aitken – Confederation of British Industry