Scottish Enterprise to go into ‘brand-new stage’ as CEO stands down


Advancement body Scottish Enterprise is to go into a “brand-new stage” as the existing president reveals that she is standing down.

Lena Wilson informed the organisation’s staff members of her choice to resign the other day mentioning a desire to look for “a fresh set of obstacles”.

She has actually remained in place at Scottish nationwide financial advancement body for almost 8 years.

The quango was unable to validate when her real departure will occur.

Ms Wilson stated: “It has actually been a genuine honour and opportunity to deal with many gifted people who wish to make a favorable distinction for Scotland, but it is now time for me to start a fresh set of obstacles.”

Scottish Enterprise chairman Bob Keiller stated a shift strategy consisting of the consultation of a follower was now under way.

He included: “Lena has actually done an impressive job as CEO, owning a lot more worldwide state of mind throughout the entire organisation and managing record levels of development and development amongst the business SE deals with as an outcome.

” I wish to thank her for her management and her service over several years.”
He included: “A strategy to designate a follower is being established and information of this will be launched in due course.”

And Scottish economy Secretary Keith Brown exposed that the advancement body would go into a brand-new phase of work under different stewardship.

He stated: “As we expect establishing a brand-new method to providing ongoing financial development and business assistance, Lena’s choice to proceed at this moment will make it possible for a brand-new president to be selected to take the organisation into a brand-new stage of its work.”

Ms Wilson, who is likewise head of the Scottish Government’s energy tasks taskforce, has actually formerly been criticised for cannot consult with the First Minister for 6 months while numerous people lost their tasks in the oil slump.

North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald stated “Lena Wilson brought a great deal of experience and competence to her function at Scottish Enterprise and her management qualities will be missed out on.

“A vital part of her operate in the last number of years has actually been her management of the Energy Jobs Taskforce, which was established by Scottish Government Ministers in reaction to the oil and gas market recession, and where Lena Wilson has actually done the very best she can in reacting to a really tight spot.

“It was frustrating that the Scottish Government took so long to acknowledge the depth of the decline, which Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister appeared to take so little interest in the work of the Taskforce. Without Lena Wilson’s management, it is uncertain if it would have made much distinction at all.

“It is seriously crucial that SNP Ministers provide high top priority to the future management of both Scottish Enterprise and the Energy tasks Taskforce, and I will be tabling parliamentary concerns to look for guarantees about their future strategies.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon applauded Ms Wilson for her contribution to the Scottish economy.

She stated: “I want to thank Lena for her management and devoted service over several years, and for the substantial distinction she has actually made to Scottish Enterprise’s operations both in Scotland and on the worldwide phase. She has actually been a dedicated leader for Scottish Enterprise, a champ for Scottish business and I want her the very best in her future endeavours.”