Professor Russel Griggs

Professor Russel Griggs re-appointed Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for COVID Recovery, John Swinney, has announced the reappointment of Professor Russel Griggs OBE as Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise.

His appointment runs from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2027. 

About Professor Griggs

Professor Russel Griggs has had a long and successful career in both the private and public sector including marketing, manufacturing, banking and the third sector.

He was also Chair of South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP), which helped created SOSE.

Alongside being our Chair, his current roles include: 

  • Chair of the Scottish Government’s independent Regulatory Review Group
  • Member of the Scottish Government’s Aquaculture Council
  • Chair of Scottish Mines Restoration Trust
  • Board member and senior Independent Director on the oversight Board for the Comptroller and Auditor General for the States of Jersey
  • Board member of Lenlyn Holdings Ltd a financial services company.  

Professor Griggs is also honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow, was an associate Professor at Boston University and a member of the Board of the Business School at Georgia Southern University.  

He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to Scottish industry.

Professor Griggs

“It is an absolute privilege to be reappointed as Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise.

“I am really proud of what SOSE has achieved thus far, in the face of a variety of unprecedented challenges since our launch in April 2020.

“We are committed to continuing to work with our partners to support businesses, social enterprises and communities as much as we can.

“Despite the ongoing challenges faced, there are also many opportunities for our fantastic region.  I am really confident that SOSE can help our region’s people and enterprises to thrive, grow and fulfil their potential.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

“It is great to be able to announce Professor Russel Griggs has been reappointed as Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise.

“Russel’s commitment, hard work and enthusiasm has enabled SOSE to make a real difference in the region.

"Bringing forward new services, support and funding, focused on local needs, SOSE is at the forefront of realising the regional opportunities for the south of Scotland as part of a wider more prosperous and productive nation.”