Judges

Chair
John Anderson CA, MBA, D Univ
Director of The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School


A well-known specialist in entrepreneurship and growth in Scotland, John brings considerable experience of emerging and high growth companies to his role as Head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde Business School where he acts as Programme Director on the pioneering Growth Advantage Programme.

Co-founder of Entrepreneurial Scotland and former Chief Executive of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, John was a shareholding director of a young venture backed technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of laboratory equipment and co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and healthcare industry training. As a CA in professional practice he worked with several of Scotland's most exciting growth companies including Atlantech Technologies, Award plc and Benedetti International after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989.

An experienced non-executive chairman and director in growing businesses, John is a regular commentator on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and has worked extensively with the leaders of growth companies, sharing experiences of the realities of scaling up.

A founding GlobalScot, John is Chairman of the Gabriel Investments angel syndicate, a participant in REAP Scotland and sits on the Enterprise Research Centre advisory group.

Brian Aitken
Partner, Nevis Capital


Brian founded Nevis with John and James Pirrie in 2007 and has led its growth to become one of the leading UK investors in sub £10m deals. Prior to this, Brian spent 14 years at PwC, latterly as Corporate Finance Director and has competed over 100 transactions during his 25 years in Corporate Finance. He is passionate about supporting businesses to grow and develop and has been actively involved with the Princes Trust and now Scottish Edge for over 15 years. Brian is a Trustee and Treasurer of the JMA Trust, a charity which helps people in hardship across Scotland.

When he is not doing a deal or working with the portfolio you are most likely to find him playing sport or enjoying time with his family.

Tim Allan
Chair of SCC Board


Tim Allan FRSA is a private equity and property entrepreneur with many outside philanthropic interests. He is CEO of Unicorn Property Group, deeply involved in the regeneration of Dundee's waterfront, among other Scottish and UK property investments. A Member of Court at the University of St Andrews, Tim is President and Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Vice Chair of the V&A Museum of Design Campaign.

Graduating from St Andrews in 1988, he served in the British Army for 10 years including 2 years as Equerry to The Duke of York at Buckingham Palace, and thereafter spent 7 years in private wealth working for Citigroup and UBS with some of the UK's most prominent entrepreneurs.

In 2005, he founded Unicorn, an award winning Scottish property business with a commercial and residential portfolio across the country, particularly in the regeneration of Dundee.

Tim has had extensive interests in the fuel forecourt sector being a founder and director of Motor Fuel Group, the second largest independent fuel retailer in the UK with more than 430 stations turning over £2bn per year.

Outside his business, Tim was a member of the Scotland Committee of the BIG Lottery Fund for 7 years, and was formerly the Chair of Young Enterprise Scotland, the leading business and enterprise education charity in Scotland. He served as President of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2016.

In April 2010, Tim was awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Scott Black
Managing Director, FWB Park Brown


Scott has a BA (Hons) in Public Policy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance. His entire career has been in the recruitment industry, mainly working at board level with public and private companies and public sector organisations throughout the UK. Prior to co-founding FWB (now FWB Park Brown) in 1993, Scott was a Director of a large recruitment group and participated in the management buyout of that business. He has also held a number of board appointments with private companies and charitable organisations.

Scott is currently the President of The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of The Edinburgh International Festival Society which governs the largest, most exciting, innovative and accessible festival of performing arts in the world. He is also a Trustee of Newlands Junior College in Glasgow which supports young people who are disengaged from education to make a success of their lives.

Graeme Bruce
Senior Corporate Partner, CMS


Graeme is a senior partner in the CMS Corporate Department and heads up the Glasgow Corporate team. He is consistently listed as a leading lawyer in the various directories. He specialises in a range of corporate finance work including M&A, IPOs, secondary share issues, fundraisings and public company takeovers and reverse takeovers for a wide range of public and private companies, other institutions and public sector bodies.

He is a Trustee of Newlands Junior College, an innovative school which exists to help young people who are disengaged from education to make a success of their lives and contribute to society.

Catherine Simpson
Director of Operations, Scottish Equity Partners


Catherine is Director of Operations at venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners (SEP).

SEP makes equity investments of up to £20 million across a range of technology sectors, including enterprise software, consumer internet and tech-enabled service businesses based in the UK and Ireland, and selectively in Europe.

A co-founder of SEP and member of the original investment team, Catherine is now responsible for SEP’s administration, HR, marketing, public relations and CSR. She has a background in law with Maclay Murray & Spens and investment with Bank of Scotland.

Jane Stewart
Strategic Development Director, William Tracey Group; Non Exec Director, Internet For Business Ltd


Jane is a CA with over 20 years' experience in senior finance, strategy, private equity and corporate finance roles. Jane joined WTG as Group FD in 2005 and in 2012 moved into her current role as Director responsible for strategic development including leading the recycling and resource management group's innovation, technology investment, M&A and strategic alliances. Key achievements include: assisting WTG's 100% shareholder in achieving a partial exit via deal to bring in corporate shareholders in 2006; and delivering over 15 acquisitions, alliances and divestments across her 12 years at WTG all self-funded via cash flow and which substantially fuelled the growth in value of the business by 4x culminating in the successful sale of WTG to a private equity firm in May 2017.

Jane is also NxD of connectivity and managed services company Internet For Business Ltd headquartered in Aberdeen. Formerly Investment Director at Baird Capital (mid market private equity) she held managerial role in corporate finance lead advisory at Ernst & Young and in venture capital at SDF (now Scottish Equity Partners) after qualifying with Grant Thornton.

Paul Stevens
Senior Vice President, Marsh


Paul Stevens is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity and M&A Practice of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. Marsh's Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice develops solutions that help corporations, private equity firms, alternative asset managers, lenders, and infrastructure investors manage M&A risks.

Paul has a near thirty year career in financial services and moved to Marsh in Glasgow in 1996.

In his role as leader of Marsh's Private Equity and M&A Practice in Scotland, Paul combines local expertise with the worldwide strength of Marsh, for the benefit of local firms. He provides advice to private equity and commercial clients on a wide variety of transactions, including acquiring or disposing of assets in Scotland, continental Europe and beyond.

Paul is a (very) frustrated golfer and lives near Glasgow with his wife and two children.