Advisory Group

  • Gavin Don, Chairman of Newsbase

    Gavin Don is a visiting professor at the Business School and founder partner of corporate finance boutique Equitas. Gavin's particular interests are in financials and building the team.

    Gavin advises on strategy and finance, trains technology innovators on presenting the business case, and invests in young companies as a business angel. He has provided expert evidence to the Scottish Parliament, and advises Scottish, UK and European institutions on policies, problems and solutions for the young company environment.

    In addition, Gavin holds an honorary teaching post with the Hunter Centre and is Chairman of Newsbase, an energy news company he founded in 1996.

  • Stuart Hendry, Head of the Intellectual Property Team, MBM Commercial

    Stuart is head of the Intellectual Property team at MBM Commercial. He has a Masters Degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law and is a regular guest speaker at events and seminars on e-commerce, intellectual property and complex commercial contract issues.

    Stuart's clients include investors, technology companies and entrepreneurs. He also acts as legal adviser to a number of business angel syndicates. Stuart has completed many deals involving funding from all funds of Scottish Enterprise and acted for several of their approved co-investor partners.

  • Michael Capaldi, CEO Edinburgh Bioquarter

    Mike has strong scientific background with over 26 years experience in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry within the UK, Europe and the United States of America. From a multidisciplinary background including five years in academic research, three years applied pharmaceutical research and management with Ciba-Geigy, and 23 years commercial and general management experience with SmithKline Beecham plc, Amersham plc, Core Group plc, Oxford Asymmetry plc, Synaptica Ltd, Scancell Ltd and Hunter-Fleming Ltd.

    A broad working knowledge of the biopharmaceutical industry with a strong commercial bias, combined with a solid understanding of pharmaceutical discovery and development. First hand experience of raising capital from private and public markets to fund early stage biotechnology companies (over £35M raised since 1997) including an IPO of Core Group as a full listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in 1997.

  • Danny Helson, Programme Manager, Informatics Ventures

    Danny is the Programme Manager for Informatics Ventures, based at the University of Edinburgh, which was established in 2008 to nurture Scottish entrepreneurial talent and fuel innovation in the high tech sector.

    The Informatics Ventures team run a series of iVenture Tuesday speaker events throughout the year: the series features a new programme of talks given by prominent members of the business community. The programme seeks to inspire and motivate those who wish to develop their careers in different directions or have entrepreneurial ambitions.

  • Geoff Gregson, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Geoff Gregson (PhD, LLM, MBA. MSc, BPE) is Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the University of Edinburgh Business School. His research examines technology commercialisation; venture financing; exploitation of IP & knowledge assets; university-industry collaboration and technology transfer; regional systems of innovation; science and innovation policy; social and sustainable entrepreneurship; and business support mechanisms. He has managed research projects sponsored by the European Commission, British Academy, Advanced Institute of Management, Economic and Social Research Council, Scottish Stem Cell Network, Scottish Science Advisory Committee and UK government.

    Previous to academia, Geoff started up and managed two of his own companies. He co-founded the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club in 2005, has been a director with two Edinburgh MBA start-ups and remains actively involved in stimulating and supporting technology entrepreneurship and regional innovation in Scotland and abroad.

  • Aidan Hetherington, Corporate Relations Manager

    As Corporate Relations manager Aidan is responsible for encouraging companies to interact with our students through a range of activities including those run by the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club. Aidan works closely with the club's coordinator to organise and promote the range of activities offered by the club.

    Aidan also runs an extensive programme of around 100 guest practitioner speaker events each year at the school and advises our students about recruitment opportunities.

    As part of the corporate development team Aidan is proactively involved in discussing the portfolio of services available to the business community - including executive education, academic business expertise, student research and consultancy and student recruitment. Aidan also represents the School at a number of overseas recruitment fairs. Aidan is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Full-time MBA programme (Class of 2002).

  • Joanna Young, Entrepreneurship Club Coordinator

    As the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club Coordinator, Joanna is responsible for running and organising the range of activities offered by the Club. In addition to managing the Club, Joanna runs her own company.

    Joanna obtained her BSc in microbiology, MSc in informatics and Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh prior to completing a three year research fellowship.

  • Ryan Webb, MSc student

    Ryan has worked a year and a half on the downstream side of the petroleum industry. He is currently pursuing a MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets. In 2011, Ryan obtained dual Bachelor degrees in from Tiffin University from four years of studies: Bachelor of Business Administration concentrated in Information Technology and Bachelor of Criminal Justice concentrated in Information Security. He is an aspiring entrepreneur and very passionate about basketball and public speaking.