9 September 2020

Two of Scotland's most-experienced business minds are helping boost the enterprising spirit at the University of Edinburgh Business School.
John Beattie

John Beattie, who has worked with startups in the education, life science, and technology sectors, has been appointed as the School's first Innovator in Residence.

Louisa Macdonell

Louisa Macdonell, currently CEO of Development Trusts Association Scotland, on top of 20 years in the private sector, has been appointed as a new Entrepreneur in Residence.

Entrepreneurship is a key focus of the Business School, with Edinburgh academics currently leading a number of projects to understand the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on entrepreneurial businesses, to help support the sector in the long run.

Professor Francis Greene, Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at the Business School, explains:

"John and Louisa are taking on roles which will help build on our culture of supporting entrepreneurship. As Innovator and Entrepreneur in Residence, they will help make a difference to our students, staff, and to the wider business community in the Edinburgh region and beyond.

"They will ensure the teaching we deliver to our students remains relevant to today's business environment, and they will be available for mentoring student businesses. Acting as ambassadors for the School, they will undoubtedly be sources of inspiration and networking for the whole School community.

"These are voluntary roles so it's fantastic to have people of such high calibre giving their time and expertise to help drive forward the Business School vision, to develop ideas that matter to the world."

Louisa said:

"I can't wait to help the next generation of entrepreneurs, combining my passion for business with the chance to give back to an organisation that has brought out the best in me. I have been a business mentor for the past six years and know the Business School well as one of its Executive MBA students. The Business School challenged me to grow in ways that I didn't know was possible.

"I look forward to using my experience and contacts to support the students and their entrepreneurial endeavours in the context of a constantly shifting landscape."

John said:

"As a graduate of Edinburgh's MBA course in 2000-01, I'm excited to have the chance to give something back after nearly 20 years of experience in real-life business innovation.

"I'm keen to ensure teaching relates to real-world practice. There are great opportunities for companies large and small to create new products and services, and in the current climate, innovation is going to be key.

"From life science technology to customer experience and new business design, I have a wide range of experience that I hope can help inspire the next generation of innovators. I look forward to supporting the Business School's research, teaching, and commercialisation."