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Scottish Enterprise Board

Published: 2 Feb 2016 15:57

Non-Executive Members Appointed

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, John Swinney, today announced the appointment of Willie Mackie and Carmel Teusner as Non-Executive Members of the Board of Scottish Enterprise. The Deputy First Minister said:

"I am delighted to welcome both these new board members to Scottish Enterprise. I'm sure Scottish Enterprise will benefit hugely from the wide range of experience and expertise that these appointments will bring. I wish both these appointees well in their new posts."

The Fair Work Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham said:

"It is very encouraging to see the board of Scottish Enterprise maintaining its gender balance through these latest appointments. This Government is committed to making meaningful and lasting progress towards true gender equality – towards shattering the glass ceiling for good, and I am delighted that Scottish Enterprise is helping to lead the way in bringing more diversity into boardrooms."

Willie Mackie is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and has over 36 years of experience in the financial services sector including a spell as the managing partner of Clydesdale Banks Business, Private and Agriculture business across Ayrshire and Arran. He established his business consultancy in January 2013. He has played an active role in supporting and promoting economic development and has held a number of Non-Executive positions, Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire (Board Member), Ayrshire Economic Partnership (Member), Ayrshire Chamber (past President), and Taste Ayrshire (Chair). He was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary to the role of the Regional Chair of Ayrshire College in 2013, is a Board member of College Scotland and College Development Network where he is also Chair of the Audit Committee. In 2014 he was appointed to the Board of Skills Development Scotland where he is Chair of the Service Development Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee.

Carmel Teusner has a background in organisational development and brings global business experience spanning a broad range of industries and sectors. She has held senior management roles in FTSE 100 and ASX 100 companies including Westpac, Lloyds Banking Group and British Sky Broadcasting. She has experience of a range of business challenges from start-up, strategy development, expansion, consolidation, acquisition, integration and divestment and was most recently Head of Organisational Development for UGL, one of Australia's leading engineering and outsourced services companies. Carmel is a Member of the Board of the National Library of Scotland and former Director of software firm Azalient Ltd. She holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from University of London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.


Both appointments will be for two years. They commenced on January 1, 2016 and will end on December 31, 2018.

These appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £422 per day up to a maximum of £12,660 per annum for a minimum of 2½ days' work per month.

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Ministerial Appointments

Willie Mackie is Regional Chair of Ayrshire College and receives £265 per day for a time commitment of two days per week. He is also a Member of the Board of Skills Development Scotland and receives £6312 per annum for a time commitment of two days per month.

Carmel Teusner is a Member of the Board of the National Library of Scotland and receives no remuneration for a time commitment of 1 day per month.

Political Activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Carmel and Willie have not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise (SE) has statutory powers to promote and assist economic development, enterprise and international competitiveness and to advise Scottish Ministers on all related matters. SE's ambition is to help make Scotland more globally competitive and its business plan for 2014-2017 sets out its aims to achieve that ambition and how SE is responding to the current economic challenges.