Adrian Gillespie, CEO, Scottish Enterprise

Adrian Gillespie appointed to lead national economic development agency

Scottish Enterprise, today (22 June 2021), announced the appointment of Adrian Gillespie as its new Chief Executive.

Adrian joins from the University of Strathclyde where, as Chief Commercial Officer, he was Strathclyde’s Executive Team lead overseeing growth of their extensive industry facing activities and the development of innovative, place-based economic development projects such as the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the Glasgow City Innovation District.

Prior to his time at the University, Adrian spent sixteen years at Scottish Enterprise where he held leadership positions in the technology and energy sectors, before becoming Managing Director leading SE’s support for high growth companies, innovation, entrepreneurship and infrastructure development.

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Congratulations to Adrian Gillespie on his appointment as Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise. This is a crucial time for business, trade and investment in Scotland and I look forward to working with Adrian, and leaders from across our business community, to push forward with an ambitious agenda of recovery and economic transformation. By working together and galvanising the expertise and ingenuity of businesses, trade unions and workforces, we will be able to seize Scotland’s economic potential and deliver greater, greener and fairer prosperity.”

Scottish Enterprise Chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Adrian as our new Chief Executive. Adrian has extensive knowledge in economic development which, coupled with his leadership abilities and recent experience at the University of Strathclyde, will bring a strong mix of skills and fresh perspective at a critical point in Scotland’s economic recovery.”

Adrian commented: “I’m very much looking forward to re-joining the talented team at Scottish Enterprise, and to working closely with our partners in business, academia and government to support recovery, innovation and growth across the country.”

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Notes to editors

• Adrian will officially take up the post on 1 September 2021
• The position of CEO is a full-time permanent post which has a salary of £180,000 per annum
• Adrian originally joined Scottish Enterprise in 2001 and, over sixteen years, was instrumental in the delivery of significant projects spanning creative, digital and energy sectors. His leadership helped drive record levels of support for innovation, R&D and capital investment.
• Adrian is a trustee of Glasgow Science Centre