Founder Exolta Capital Partners - Strategy, Leadership, Innovation, Investor, Entrepreneurship and Conference Speaker.

Today my time is focused on developing value creation strategies and supporting our partners & associates deliver these.

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  • Board Member - Representing Small & Medium sized businesses

    at ScotlandIS

    August 2016 - at Present


    Join us at Scorsoft October 6th - At ScotlandIS we believe digital technologies are the future and will drive Scotland’s long-term economic success. We strive to build a thriving community which brings together the ambition, the talent and the experience abundant here to transform the economy, business and lives. We achieve this by listening and by collaborating. We connect with the talent of the future, to leaders in business, to policy makers in government, to forge partnerships and realise potential. With this approach we know Scotland's dynamic digital technologies industry can excel. We are excited by the challenge and want to make this happen.

  • Founder

    at Scottish London Business Network

    January 2016 - at Present


    The Scottish London Business Network has been created to bring together successful Scottish business leaders based in the city of London with the goal of creating an ecosystem to support Scottish based companies enter the London market and from there to new global opportunities. The network is open to senior executives and selected entrepreneurs and business leaders.

  • Board Advisor

    at Scot-Tech

    January 2016 - at Present


    Scot-Tech deliver the leading technology events in Scotland which bring together corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs, academia and the public sector to explore the transformational value of digital technologies. Events are currently themed around such subjects as BigData, Cloud Technologies, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Fintech, Internet of Things, Mobile and Oil & Gas. These events provide a unique opportunity to bring industry leading figures together to share knowledge and best practise. My role is to assist the board grow out our current proposition and identify new ways that technology can be used to drive value for Scottish based companies.

  • Non Executive Director

    at Exsel Group

    January 2016 - at Present

    Glasgow City

    Exsel Group specialize in delivering communication solutions for businesses in Scotland, through the deployment of telecom and IT solutions to clients which drive down costs, improve efficiency and boost productivity. With local technical support, over 200 clients and our own technology experts Exsel are unique in Scotland. The teams success was recognised in 2015 by reaching the final of the prestigious Scottish Business of the year awards. My role with Exsel Group is to support Tom McDonald and the team to develop the company and ensure Scottish businesses maximise opportunities through the use of new technologies.

  • Board Advisor

    at IQX

    October 2013 - at Present

    Scottish Borders

    IQX deliver technology and consultancy services to the recruitment sector from a base in the Scottish Borders. The team at IQX specialise in working with recruitment firms who look to optimise the management of temporary and contract staff. This is achieved through the deployment of IQX application software which is recognised as the most advanced solution available in the market today. IQX Consultancy and Software solutions are used by agencies operating in the healthcare, education, manufacturing, engineering and driving sectors.

  • Director

    at MBN Solutions

    December 2012 - at Present

    Glasgow City : APSCo member, Michael Young Chair APSCo Scotland MBN has grown from its specialism in recruitment to today offer added value consultancy and advisory services in the field of Business Intelligence, Customer Insight & Analytics and Big Data. The company has grown from its Scottish roots to today hold a globally recognised position of leadership, expertise and delivery. We are actively looking to attract like minded individuals who look to exploit opportunities in working with data intensive technologies and delivering knowledge based solutions to our clients.

  • Chairman

    at WeAreTheFuture

    September 2012 - at Present

    Edinburgh | Social Enterprise CiC Key Partners: Edinburgh Council, EY Foundation, Morisons Solicitors, RBS, Scottish Government, Virgin Group We Are The Future is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise ran by young people, for young people. Our mission is to seek out young people with a burning desire to become entrepreneurs and help them to succeed. This is achieved by bringing together successful entrepreneurial leaders, support organisations and future entrepreneurs, through the creation of a inspiring, engaging and sometimes life changing events. Scheduled 2015 events include London, Edinburgh, San Francisco, New York, Geneva, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.

  • Managing Partner

    at Exolta Capital Partenrs

    March 2012 - at Present


    As Managing Partner for Exolta I manage Partner development and delivery of our services to clients. Exolta is full service business advisory practice comprising a collective of exceptionally talented senior executives specialising in providing unparalleled business growth guidance to agile and ambitious businesses. We work with clients seeking around the world help to accelerate their growth, their prospects and their true potential.

  • Investor

    at Par Equity

    March 2009 - at Present


    Par Equity LLP, a private equity firm investing in small, innovative companies. Its objective is to make companies in which Par has invested more successful. Established in 2008, Par Equity LLP is a unique hands-on investment firm merging venture capital and angel finance with advisory business networks providing prescient advice and sector expertise.

  • Inspirational Business Speaker, Investor, Coach


    November 2004 - at Present


    I regularly accept invitations to speak at events around the world and have provided keynotes on subjects as diverse as "Leadership in 2015"​ "Driving Business Growth"​, "The fund raising cycle"​, "Future Trends"​, "The Entrepreneurial EcoSystem"​, "Export & Global Market"​, "Future of Business" and "Digital Transformation". The common thread with all of these is a desire to share my experience and hopefully inspire attendees to drive their business forward. Over recent years I have spoken at events in Europe, US and Asia hosted by the likes of: Institute of Directors, Abu Dhabi University, AsiaScotland Institute ,Rocketspace (San Francisco), UK & Scottish Governments, University of Edinburgh, Startup Summit, VentureFest, APSCo and TEDx. If you are interested in discussing potential speaking opportunities please email me at

  • Partner

    at Hamilton Bradshaw Venture Partnership (HBVP

    January 2011 - December 2012


    Hamilton Bradshaw Venture Partners (HBVP) is the advisory division of Hamilton Bradshaw, a leading provider of buyout capital for growing companies. The Chairman is James Caan, one of the UK’s foremost entrepreneurs. HBVP provide highly skilled and focused executive support to organisations seeking to develop sustainable growth in revenue, earnings & value.

  • Managing Director

    at Talascend

    May 2005 - December 2010


    Private equity-backed B2B services company. Provide contract engineers to corporates across the world - primarily for specific large scale projects. Specialities in the sectors of Oil & Gas, Rail and Power. Assignment: turnaround and exit of a Bechtel owned entity. Awards: 54th in Sunday Times Best Companies to work for list.

  • CEO

    at Serieal Entrepreneur

    January 2001 - December 2005


    Private company offering web hosted solutions to global market - SAAS. Company grown quickly securing international contracts with clients such as IBM and Philip Morris. First European company offering web native applicant tracking solutions. Awards: Scottish Software Company of year.

  • Global Sales & Support Director

    at US/Asia/Europe Hard Drive company

    March 1994 - April 1998


    UK based disk drive and hard drive designer and manufacturer.


  • BSc, Information Technology, BSC

    at Edinburgh Napier University

    1982 - 1986 (4 years) Edinburgh


  • English Native

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