Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

The SOSE Senior Leadership Team come from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds. Find out about who they are, and the diverse skills, expertise and experience they bring to their roles.

 
  • Jane Morrison-Ross

    Jane Morrison-Ross

    CEO Contact Now

    Jane is the CEO of South of Scotland Enterprise, the newest enterprise agency in Scotland, which was established on 1st April 2020. SOSE is the first of Scotland’s public agencies whose legislation promotes a wider view on the economy and how it impacts all we do, with a focus on communities, jobs, businesses, and wellbeing across the South.

    Jane was the CEO of ScotlandIS, the organisation for the digital and technology industries in Scotland, and served as CEO of Taigh Cearsabhagh in North Uist and Business Development Director for Capgemini Scotland. She is a highly experienced consulting industry executive and strategy and transformation specialist, with 25 years’ experience working across the public and private sectors. She holds a number of board and advisory positions, is a Fellow of the RSA, chair of a Scottish charity in Dumfries, sits on the NSET Portfolio Board, Connecting Scotland Advisory Group, and is a member of the Civtech Strategic Advisory Board.

    Jane brings skills in strategy, transformation, commercial development, innovation, digital and business start-up and growth. She brings creativity thinking to economic development, and has experience working across both traditional and emerging industries.

    She is passionate about economic development, and the power it has to improve peoples’ lives, support innovation, and develop both traditional and new industries. This includes developing the ecosystem we need to enable real transformation and growth – and understanding what we need to have in place to do this (housing, transport, education), and how all of these parts work together.

    Jane lives in Moniaive with her husband and three boys. She is a keen horsewoman, and a dedicated wild swimmer in any suitable loch, river or coastal location in the South of Scotland.

  • Karen Jackson

    Karen Jackson

    Strategy Director of Strategy, Partnership and Engagement Contact Now

    Karen leads for SOSE on strategy development to contribute to the successful future of our region. Through effective partnership and relationship building, Karen advocates for the region. She is also responsible for our Communications and Insights teams.

    Karen’s background is in public service, having joined SOSE after a long career in the civil service. After a variety of posts in policy areas as diverse as agriculture, drugs, community planning and creative industries, Karen focused on economic development. She led the team developing the proposition for SOSE, and the legislation and practical work required to establish the new agency.

    Karen brings a broad range of skills and experiences to her role in SOSE, including a depth of understanding of the policy landscape, wide experience of working with diverse stakeholders, and a good understanding of issues impacting on rural economies.

    The South of Scotland is one of the most beautiful regions of the country, with massive opportunities ahead, and Karen is committed to helping unlock them.

    With a husband, two teenage sons and a springer spaniel, Karen’s free time is diverse. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to travel widely across the region.

     

  • Martin Valenti

    Dr Martin Valenti

    Director of Net Zero Contact Now

    Martin joined SOSE in July 2021 as Director of Net Zero, and is leading the economic and community development agency’s efforts to help the region's just transition to a NetZero economy.

    Martin worked for SEPA for 17 years, where he held a number of senior positions. He played an instrumental role in setting up Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, and co-created the award-winning 2050 Young Leaders Climate Group. In 2018, he created the Vacant and Derelict Land taskforce to transform how Scotland deals with its post-industrial legacy, to make more use of land for commerce and communities. His most recent role was a secondment at Scottish Enterprise as Head of Climate Enterprise and strategic lead for COP26. 

    Martin is an award-winning sustainability practitioner and serial disruptor, with extensive experience of strategic business engagement and innovation. For over 30 years, he has worked in a variety of senior management roles, shaping and delivering inclusive growth initiatives and directing major collaborative projects. He has successfully delivered high-profile projects for the Scottish Government on climate change and sustainability.

    He is passionate about helping to build a strong alliance to tackle the climate crisis, and maximise the economic opportunities from the transition to Net Zero.

  • Anthony Daye

    Anthony Daye

    Director of Finance and Corporate Resources Contact Now

    Anthony is an executive finance professional with extensive experience in the corporate governance and assurance areas of an organisation.

    Currently he is responsible for a wide range of aspects of SOSE business, including the functions of finance, human resources, IT, information governance and risk, legal, procurement, facilities management, corporate office, and work on programme monitoring arrangements.

    He leads on business-wide initiatives, such as the MySOSE programme, the Records Management Plan, and the development of our long-term People Strategy.

    Anthony has spent the latter half of his career in senior and executive positions in the public sector in Scotland, having worked in the private sector in his earlier part of his career. This has meant spending equal amounts of time in both to date, across 25 years. During his private sector career, he worked and lived in many different countries, spanning Asia, Europe and the USA.

    Anthony specialises in business strategy, financial management, audit and assurance, and cultural change in organisations. He enjoys bring his different experiences of the private sector and marrying that with his latter public sector experience, to ensure the best results possible in any role he undertakes.

    He loves nothing more than rolling about on a judo mat, but equally enjoys participating in, coaching or watching most sports. He also has a love of travel and the outdoors, combining and sharing these passions with family, and many, many animals.

  • Bryan McGrath

    Bryan McGrath

    Director of Place and Enterprise Contact Now

    Bryan McGrath is the Director of Place & Enterprise and has worked in SOSE since May 2020. He leads the delivery of support to communities and existing businesses across the South of Scotland.

    Bryan’s background is in planning, economic development and regeneration. Starting out as a strategic planner helping shape structure and local plans for the Scottish Borders, Bryan then moved into business development and community development. Prior to joining SOSE, Bryan led economic development and regeneration for Scottish Borders Council for 15 years, responsible for a wide range of initiatives, including Business Gateway, industrial land and property, major regeneration projects; broadband roll-out, skills and employability, external funding and rural development. As part of his leadership role, Bryan worked across the South of Scotland and the North of England to help establish and develop South of Scotland Enterprise, and the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

    Bryan brings a broad range of skills and experience to his role in SOSE, drawing on his professional background in town and country planning, and economic development and regeneration. He is a very experienced public sector manager and strategic leader with a deep understanding of the importance of partnership working and the complexity of SOSE’s operating environment.

    Bryan was born and brought up in the Scottish Borders and has been passionate about helping make the Borders and the South of Scotland a better place in which to live, learn, work and visit.

    Bryan loves learning, devouring books on a wide range of topics whenever he can. He enjoys being a ‘fair weather’ cyclist when he can too!

Meet SOSE Client Facing Staff

 
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    Adam Foden O'Sullivan

    Analyst - Economic Research Insights Strategy Contact Now
  • Alan Barr

    Alan Barr

    Business Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Alex Stewart

    Head of Area Operations Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Andrea Swinton

    Andrea Swinton

    Economic Infrastructure Development Project Manager Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Andrew Nicholson

    Economic Infrastructure Development Project Manager Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Andy Tharme

    Strategy Manager - Natural Resources Net Zero Contact Now
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    Arthur Rennie

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Blair Miller

    Blair Miller

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Campbell Young

    Campbell Young

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Catherine Francis

    Catherine Francis

    Community Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Chloe Brown

    Economic Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Chris Hammell

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Christopher Richardson

    Chris Richardson

    Economic Infrastructure Development Project Manager Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Chris Rigby

    Chris Rigby

    Strategy Manager - Innovation Strategy Contact Now
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    Chris Trotman

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Chris Walker

    Chris Walker

    Business Development Advisor, Business Gateway Net Zero Contact Now
  • Claire Renton

    Claire Renton

    Head of Area Operations Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Colin Banks

    Colin Banks

    Net Zero Strategy Lead Net Zero Contact Now
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    Cynthia Moore-Opdam

    Business Coach (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) Net Zero Contact Now
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    David Ford

    Head of Economy and Insights Strategy Contact Now
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    Donna Marshall

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Donna Mounce

    Donna Mounce

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Edward Shoote

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Eilidh Todd

    Community Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Elaine Jackson

    Elaine Jackson

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Fiona Jefferson

    Strategy Manager - Inward Investment & International Trade Strategy Contact Now
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    Frances Woodifield

    Learning and Skills - Strategy and Development Manager Strategy Contact Now
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    Garry Legg

    Head of Strategy, Planning and Partnerships Strategy Contact Now
  • Isabel Brass

    Isabel Brass

    Business Development Assistant, Business Gateway Net Zero Contact Now
  • James Pattison

    James Pattison

    Community Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • James Proctor

    James Proctor

    Community Development Specialist Contact Now
  • Jan Pringle

    Jan Pringle

    Community Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Jayne Ashley

    Head of Natural Capital Net Zero Contact Now
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    Jayne Murdoch

    Business Coach (Women's Enterprises) Net Zero Contact Now
  • Jill Millar

    Jill Millar

    Business Development Advisor, Business Gateway Net Zero Contact Now
  • Jo Wawrzyczek

    Jo Wawrzyczek

    Economic Infrastructure Development Project Manager Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    John McDowell

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Julie Hogg

    Julie Hogg

    Community Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Justin Orde

    Justin Orde

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Kaleb Vanderham

    Business Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Kate Dagg

    Kate Dagg

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Kate Musgrave

    Head of Area Operations Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Kathy Cremin

    Community Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Katy Jackson

    Katy Jackson

    Community Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Kevin Dickson

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Kirsten Logue

    Community Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Kirstie Scrimgeour

    Business Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Lena Hutton

    Lena Hutton

    Community Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Liam Pringle

    Business Development Assistant, Business Gateway Net Zero Contact Now
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    Lisa Denham

    Community Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Lorna Watson

    Business Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Lucinda Bray

    Business Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Lucy Filby

    Lucy Filby

    Net Zero Programmes Lead Net Zero Contact Now
  • Lynne Campbell

    Lynne Campbell

    Business Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Mark Geddes

    Mark Geddes

    Strategy Manager - Cultural and Creative Capital Strategy Contact Now
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    Mark Rowley

    Strategy Manager - Tourism Strategy Contact Now
  • Melissa Gunn

    Melissa Gunn

    Youth Programme Executive Strategy Contact Now
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    Neil Johnstone

    Business Development Specialist Net Zero Contact Now
  • Neil Macgregor

    Neil Macgregor

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Paul Cathrow

    Paul Cathrow

    Economic Infrastructure Development Project Manager Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Paul Swarbrigg

    Paul Swarbrigg

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Paul Wheelhouse

    Net Zero Implementation Lead - Energy Transition Net Zero Contact Now
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    Paula Ward

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Peter Dobson

    Pete Dobson

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Phil McCreadie

    Head of Area Operations Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Rob Davidson

    Rob Davidson

    Strategy Manager - Community Wealth Building Strategy Contact Now
  • Robert Mcwhir

    Robert McWhir

    Business Development Advisor, Business Gateway Net Zero Contact Now
  • Ros Mcarthur

    Ros McArthur

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Rowan Lloyd

    Rowan Lloyd

    Community Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Sandra Campbell

    Sandra Campbell

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Sarah Kenhard

    Sarah Kenhard

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Scott Robertson

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Seonaid Mann

    Seonaid Mann

    Fair Work and Equality Lead Net Zero Contact Now
  • Sharon Ogilvie

    Sharon Ogilvie

    Community Development Advisor Places and Enterprise Contact Now
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    Stella Milsom

    Economic Infrastructure Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Stuart Thomson

    Stuart Thomson

    Business Development Specialist Places and Enterprise Contact Now
  • Susan Harkins

    Susan Harkins

    Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Net Zero Contact Now
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    Tara Bolland

    Business Coach (Youth-led Enterprises) Net Zero Contact Now
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    Tom Bishop

    Strategy Manager - Infrastructure and Investment Strategy Contact Now
  • Wilma Norris

    Wilma Norris

    Business Development Specialist Net Zero Contact Now
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    Zoe Meldrum

    Lead Analyst - Economic Research Insights Strategy Contact Now