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Ewan Brown

Sir Ewan Brown, CBE, SFE Chairman

Ewan was appointed Chairman of SFE on 1 August, 2012. An executive director of Noble Grossart for 35 years and now a non-executive director of Noble Grossart Holdings.

Previous Scottish financial sector board appointments have included:-

Chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland; Non-Executive Director of Scottish Widows Bank; Chairman of Dunedin Income Growth Investment Trust; Non-Executive Director of
Amicable Smaller Enterprises Trust and Scottish Development Finance. Member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Also sometime financial adviser to Scottish Investment Trust, Scottish American Investment Trust, Scottish Equitable and Scottish Life. Also, a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds TSB Group;

Ewan Brown, was educated at Perth Academy and St Andrews University. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell before joining Noble Grossart in 1969. For 20 years he was an honorary professor in finance at Heriot-Watt University and also chaired that university's court. He also chaired CS 2009 which oversaw, for the Scottish Government, the amalgamation of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen into Creative Scotland.

He is currently senior governor of the University of St Andrews and a director of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Owen Kelly

Owen Kelly, OBE, SFE Chief Executive

Owen Kelly was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008.

Owen’s role focuses strongly on representing the industry to governments and regulators in Scotland, London and Brussels. He has also worked extensively in China and other Asian markets, promoting in particular Scotland’s internationally recognized strengths in asset management and servicing, life assurance and pensions.

Owen regularly contributes to public debate on financial services matters in articles, speeches and media appearances.

Before joining SFE in January 2008, Owen worked for 20 years as a government official, in both the UK and Scottish Governments. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations, and communications. He spent two years in Tokyo in the 1990s, promoting Scotland as an investment location.

Owen joined the government service in 1988, shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Chinese. He also studied for one year at Shandong University.

Owen was recognised with an OBE for his work supporting the financial services industry in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Ken Barclay

Ken Barclay

Kenneth Barclay is Chair of the Scotland Board and Head of Corporate Banking Division in Scotland, RBS.

Ken started his career in Scotland and has held a variety of roles in corporate & commercial Banking both in Scotland and England. He returned from Hong Kong where he was Managing Director, Head of Corporates, Asia Pacific to take up his role in UKCB Scotland.

Prior to that assignment, he established and led the Technology, Media & Telecoms relationship management business in the UK and continental Europe for 10 years, establishing RBS in the process as a pre-eminent financing partner to the industry.

Ken is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

Kenneth Barker

Kenneth Barker

Kenneth graduated MA (Hons) in Politics and Economics from the University of Glasgow in 1985. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford he was a Vice President in JP Morgan’s London office and subsequently Head of Bond Options at Banque Paribas.

Kenneth joined Baillie Gifford in 2001 as an Investment Manager in the Fixed Income Team, where he specialised in corporate bonds for seven years. He is now a Director in the Institutional Clients Department with special responsibility for Fixed Income clients.

Ken became a Partner in 2008 and has been a CFA charter holder since 2001.

Clare Bousfield

Clare Bousfield

Clare is the CFO for AEGON UK and has overall responsibility and accountability for all Finance and Actuarial activities within the organisation.

Clare is a Chartered Accountant and trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. Post qualification, she continued her career with PwC working predominantly in the insurance and investment management industry in the UK and US. She moved to Swiss Re in 2001 where she held several senior positions including Chief Financial Officer of UK Life and Health business including Admin Re UK (responsible for finance, risk management and compliance), Global Finance Regional Chief Financial Officer (for UK, Ireland and Africa) and Head of Group Internal Audit.

Stephanie Bruce

Stephanie Bruce

Stephanie is the Head of Financial Services in Scotland at PwC, appointed to this role in July 2010. The practice includes multi disciplinary teams working with financial services companies in retail banking, insurance and asset management.

Stephanie has worked in all these sectors, both in the UK and Europe, and is experienced in financial reporting, risk management, governance and regulatory requirements.

Stephanie is a law graduate, an Associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Jim Coyl

Jim Coyle

Jim was appointed Group Financial Controller at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) in 2012, having previously been Divisional Finance Director, Group Operations. He is also a key member of the LBG Finance Board and amongst other things holds direct responsibility for all aspects of external reporting, assurance and the Group-wide cost base. Prior to that Jim was leader of the Group Finance function in HBOS and before joining Bank of Scotland in 1991, he held a senior position with BP, following qualification as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and a degree in Law and Accountancy from Glasgow University.

Alongside his role as Group Financial Controller, Jim sits on the LBG Scottish Executive Committee, a body that decides and drives the strategy for LBG in Scotland and is chair of the Scotland Finance People Board that focuses on career development and the talent management strategy for the strong Finance Community in Scotland.

Jim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and a member of the Financial Reporting Council's Financial Reporting Review Panel. Jim is also Chair of Audit Committee of Vocalink Holdings Ltd and Chairman of the Board of National Youth Choir of Scotland (Charity Board).

Mark Hesketh

Mark Hesketh

Mark is UK Finance Director for Standard Life plc. Appointed in April 2011, Mark is responsible for the UK Finance team, including Capital Management and the Finance Shared Service Centre.

Mark joined Standard Life from RBS where he was Director of Group Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to this, he was Chief Finance Officer and Chief Risk Officer of RBS Insurance and CFO for the Business Services division of RBS. Mark spent the early part of his career with Unilever, GKN and Sears.

Jamie Matheson

Jamie Matheson

Jamie Matheson, aged 58, was the Executive Chairman of Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC until March 2013 – when he stepped down after eight years leading the company. Prior to this Jamie was a Glasgow director of the Bell Lawrie division of the Brewin Dolphin Group and was responsible for the Group’s Corporate Broking activities.

Jamie started his career in 1972 at Parsons and Co. remaining with that firm through its various evolutionary stages until January 1996, when he joined Brewin Dolphin as a divisional director and then joined the PLC Board in 2002. Jamie Matheson was a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Radio Holdings plc from 2000 until its takeover by EMAP and a Non-Executive Director of Maven Income and Growth VCT5 PLC until April 2013.

Jamie is currently a Non-Executive Director of STV Group plc and is involved in a number of charitable organisations and their activities.

Barry Muir

Barry Muir

Barry is Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of State Street’s Global Services business in the UK, Middle East & Africa with responsibility for service centres in Edinburgh, London & Cape Town covering all aspects of service delivery to State Street’s Global Services customers in the region. He is a member of State Street’s regional executive management committee and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of our operations in the region. Barry is also a board member of a number of State Street legal entities in UK and South Africa.

Barry has spent his entire career in the asset servicing business having previously held senior positions within Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank prior to him joining State Street in 2003. He is a member of the Financial Services Advisory Board which is the joint government and industry committee, set up and chaired by the Scottish First Minister.

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Michael Polson

Michael Polson is the Managing Partner of Ashurst LLP's new legal sourcing and business support office in Glasgow which was announced in June 2013. Ashurst is the first leading international law firm to open an office of this nature in Scotland. And currently has 25 offices in 14 countries round the world.

Mike's role is to lead the growth of the new office which is expected to open in Autumn 2013. Ashurst plan to create around 150 new legal and business support roles in the office within the first 12 months of operation.

Mike was, until the end of 2012, a senior corporate partner with law firm Dundas & Wilson where he was involved in the financial services sector for many years, both in managing client relationships and leading high profile corporate transactions.

Mike has an MBA from Edinburgh University Management School.

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