Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL) is the strategic leadership body for economic development in Glasgow and Glasgow City Region. The GEL Board has a ‘triple helix’ membership that brings together senior leaders from academia, industry and the public sector.  Its aim is to align and boost private and public investment in Glasgow / city region. GEL has responsibility for sectors (with several private sector-led-key sector work streams), innovation, Glasgow’s business messaging and overseeing the GEL Investment, Business Support and Skills ‘hubs’.

For further information on GEL, please contact Kevin Kane, Executive Director of GEL at


Professor Sir Jim McDonald

Principal, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Cllr. Susan Aitken

Leader, Glasgow City Council

Board Members

David Bunton

CEO, Reprocell

Lead, Life Sciences

Andy Cliffe

CEO, AGS Airports Ltd

Co-lead, Glasgow Business Narrative

Debbie Crosbie

CEO, Nationwide Building Society

Peter Duthie

CEO, Scottish Events Campus

Lead, Tourism

John Howie MBE

CEO, Marine & Technology, Babcock Marine

Lead, Innovation

Selma Hunter

Senior VP, Process & Energy, Wood Plc

Guy Jefferson

Customer Services Director, Scottish Power Energy Networks

Lead, Green Economy

Janice Kirkpatrick OBE

Director, Graven Images

Lead, Creative Economy

Jane Martin

MD, Innovation & Investment,

Scottish Enterprise

Jim McColl OBE

Chairman & CEO,

Clyde Blowers Capital

Mark Napier

MD Global Technology, JP Morgan Chase

Lead, Financial & Business Services

Annemarie O’Donnell OBE

Chief Executive,

Glasgow City Council

Stuart Patrick CBE

CEO, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Co-lead, Glasgow Business Narrative

Prof. Scott MacGregor

Vice Principal,

University of Strathclyde

Lead, Higher & Further Education (non-GEL Board attending)


Kevin Kane

Executive Director, Glasgow Economic Leadership

Alison McRae

Senior Director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Rush

Director of Regional Growth, Glasgow City Region

Paul Zealey

Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland

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