08 October 2018

Appointment of Members of the Board of Scottish Enterprise

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, has announced the appointment of Dr Poonam Malik, Dr Sue Paterson and Karthik Subramanya as Members of the Board of Scottish Enterprise.


Dr Poonam Malik is an academic research management leader with extensive experience of working in partnership development within healthcare, industry and academic sectors internationally. She is Director, Innovation & Impact - Science & Technology with the World Health Innovation Summit, CIC, a social Enterprise supporting community and health care organisations. Dr Malik is also an active member of Investing Women Angels, Scotland’s only women Angel Investor Community supporting women entrepreneurs with investment, mentoring and training.

Dr Sue Paterson is an oil and gas professional, with over 35 years’ UK and international experience developed within the industry and consulting, gained in both technical and managerial roles. Her interests now include how the oil and gas sector can transition successfully to a low carbon economy. She is a qualified IoD Chartered Director, and has almost 15 years’ experience as a non-executive board member in the oil, public and voluntary sectors, including Board Chair and expertise in fundraising, risk remuneration and audit. Dr Paterson is fascinated by organisations, and how they can be run well to the benefit of all, and is co- author of the book “The Fear Free Organisation: Vital Insights From Neuroscience to Transform Your Business Culture”

Karthik Subramanya is currently Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group, advising senior management of Utilities across Europe and the Middle East on strategy and investments. He is a Non-executive Director of Our Power, an independent energy supplier based in Edinburgh working on alleviating fuel poverty with a very strong social purpose.  Before taking on a portfolio of roles, Mr Subramanya held senior executive roles in Utilities and Banking. He was Director of Strategy and Performance at SSE plc and was also Director of Group Strategy and M&A of Lloyds Banking Group. He has held senior management positions in private equity, management consulting and corporate banking.

The appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.


Length of Term, Remuneration and Time Commitment

The appointments are for three years commencing on 1 October 2018 and ending on 30 September 2021. Members of the Scottish Enterprise Board receive £13,080 per annum for a time commitment of 2½ days per month.

Other Ministerial Appointments

Mr Subramanya is a Member of the Board of Creative Scotland which has a time commitment of one day per month.  The position is not remunerated.

Dr Malik and Dr Paterson do not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

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.

Dr Malik, Dr Paterson and Mr Subramanya have had no political activity in the last five years.

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