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Supporting Scotland’s Business Leaders of The Future

1 Nov 2013

Whilst Scotland’s business and entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to improve and businesses are regaining confidence to recruit again, it is important to support and sustain the country’s next set of business leaders in order to transform Scottish companies into renowned international businesses.

The Saltire Foundation, an independent charity, was established in 2009 to hone the business skills and entrepreneurial drive of Scotland’s talent, creating the next generation of business leaders. 

The initiative is being sponsored by leading Scottish recruitment business, Eden Scott, as an Inaugural Ruby Corporate Partner.  

The sponsorship involves Eden Scott mentoring David Manson and Liz Watson. David is a final year student at the University of Strathclyde studying for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and Liz has over 10 years’ experience of the manufacturing sector. 

Eden Scott recognises that The Saltire initiative is immensely important to the career development of Scotland’s brightest minds and potential leaders. The sponsorship goes beyond supporting the initiative financially. Michelle Lownie, Director of Eden Scott, consults and assists the programme with their acquisition and assessment strategies, in order to find, fuel and spark Scotland’s finest talent potential. 

Saltire Foundation CEO Sandy Kennedy stated "The Saltire Foundation and Eden Scott share a common commitment to sourcing talent and helping to grow with a winning team. Through this partnership we are able to utilise Eden Scott’s expertise to help build the next generation of confident, ambitious, entrepreneurial and global Scottish business leaders".

Director of Eden Scott Guy Martin commented “It’s a pleasure to be partnering with The Saltire Foundation to support and nurture Scotland’s talent of tomorrow. Eden Scott fully understands the distinct entrepreneurial needs of Scotland’s start-up, SME & larger company landscape, and we strive to further position ourselves at the heart of this “war for talent” and hope to help Saltire, and indeed the country, capitalise on the exciting times ahead for Scottish industry”.  

About The Eden Scott Saltires

David Manson | 2013 Saltire Scholar

David Manson is a final year undergraduate student at the University of Strathclyde studying for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Having built up work experience through placements with Scottish engineering throughout his studies, he was shortlisted for the UK Engineering Undergraduate of the year award in 2012. He enjoys travelling in his spare time and visited China on a cultural exchange programme in 2011. David is also a keen sportsman playing football, golf and tennis. He enjoys coaching, and has experience conducting swimming lessons and has also volunteered teaching PE at primary school level.  

During the summer of 2013 David undertook an engineering internship with Wood Group GTS in Houston alongside 5 other interns. He has now returned to Scotland to complete his final year of university and is actively searching for graduate job opportunities.

Liz Watson | 2013 Saltire Fellow

Liz Watson has over 10 years' experience of the high value manufacturing sector in Scotland. Having graduated from Strathclyde with an Honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management, she has gone on to be recognised for driving improvement and implementation projects with an excellent degree of customer, quality and deadline focus. 

Her leadership ability has been acknowledged in her most recent role, with line management responsibility and working in a smaller site operation she has had exposure to all aspects of the operation and analysis tasks. She is driven by "making a difference" and she thrives in situations which require finding simple solutions to complex problems. Liz brings a mixture of technical and people skills to the Saltire program, ranging from ERP implementation, project management skills including a PRINCE2 qualification and she enjoys building good working relationships. 

She enjoys keeping fit, varying kettle bell workouts with a personal trainer and the camaraderie of group circuit training outside in all seasons. These sporting interests reflect her confidence as an individual and also the satisfaction she derives from team scenarios, brought to the fore during her time as an undergraduate when she was a member of the University Royal Navy Unit. 

Liz is now half way through her Babson experience in Boston and will be returning to Scotland in December to undertake a placement with a high growth Scottish firm. Liz is looking to benefit from the Saltire experience by widening her capabilities to either develop a business idea or to find a more challenging role to match her capabilities and ambition.  

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