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Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board

Role of the group

The Strategic Board was created in November 2017 in response to the Enterprise and Skills Review. Its objective is to align and co-ordinate the activities of Scotland's enterprise and skills agencies: Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

The Strategic Board will seek to maximise the impact of the collective investment that Scotland makes in enterprise and skills development, and to create the conditions that are conducive to delivering inclusive and sustainable growth.

The aims of the Strategic Board are as follows:

  • improve the overall performance of the economy by ensuring that the whole Enterprise and Skills System delivers Scotland's Economic Strategy and supporting strategies, in all parts of Scotland
  • through collective responsibility ensure hard alignment between agencies to drive improvement in Scottish productivity and better support business and users of the skills system
  • hold agencies to account for performance against agreed measures
  • to actively engage with other agencies and bodies who support the economy with a view to increasing alignment and challenging others where collaboration is not happening
  • to deliver wider collective leadership, based on common culture and values, and which inspires and empowers delivery

The Strategic Board will meet every two months.

On 29 June 2018 the Board published its outline strategic plan which is a precursor to the full Strategic Plan that will be published later in 2018. The outline plan points to the Board's direction of travel and is intended as a launch pad for an intense period of engagement with stakeholders over summer 2018 as the full Strategic Plan is developed. It is intended to offer all stakeholders now - including business and industry, local authorities, social enterprises, academia and learners, as well as agency staff themselves - insights around the Board's progress.

Related groups


  • Nora Senior – Chair – former Chair, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, and former President, UK Chambers of Commerce
  • Wendy Alexander – University of Dundee
  • Karen Betts – Scotch Whisky Association
  • Liz Cameron – Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  • Mike Cantlay – Scottish Funding Council
  • Sara Carter – University of Strathclyde
  • Lorne Crerar – Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Audrey Cumberford – West College Scotland
  • Jeanette Forbes – PCL Group
  • Russel Griggs – South of Scotland Economic Partnership
  • Poonam Gupta – PG Paper Company
  • Steven Heddle – COSLA
  • Bob Keiller – Scottish Enterprise
  • John McClelland – Skills Development Scotland
  • Gerry McCusker – Dog Digital, Chair of BIMA Scotland
  • Scott McLarty – Spirit Aerosystems
  • Grahame Smith – STUC