Grant Thornton reveals list of Scotland’s ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’

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Grant Thornton has revealed the names of this year’s ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’ – celebrating the leaders who excel in better business.

Now in its third year, the campaign – created by the business and financial advisor – identifies progressive UK leaders from across business, culture and civic society who each demonstrate excellence in key areas, including growth, innovation and purpose.  

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Previous Faces have included West Brewery founder, Petra Wetzel, Mallzee’s Cally Russell and PG Paper’s Poonam Gupta.

This year, 7 leaders from Scotland have made the list. They are:

  • Shona McCarthy – CEO, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
  • Simon Erlanger – Managing Director, Isle of Harris Distilleries
  • Kate Lee & Qian Fox – Investment Managers, Baillie Gifford – Positive Change Strategy
  • Deborah O’Neil – CEO, Novabiotics
  • Chris Thewlis – Founder, GTS Group
  • Alan Thornburrow – Director, Business in the Community Scotland

Faces of a Vibrant Economy forms part of Grant Thornton’s wider series of initiatives aimed at unlocking a more sustainable economy that works for all. Earlier this year, the firm launched its Vibrant Scotland initiative which has already brought together hundreds of business, political and third sector leaders to debate, discuss and collaborate on innovative new visions and new thinking for the country, as it approaches a disruptive, uncertain 2019.

Andrew Howie, Grant Thornton’s Managing Partner in Scotland, said:

“Our latest Faces of a Vibrant Economy each have an amazing story to tell about how their vision and innovative approach drove growth and success for them. Scotland’s business community already has a lot to be proud of, but if we want to continue moving forward, greater collaboration will the key element in building a more sustainable, vibrant Scotland.”

Chris Thewlis, Founder of GTS Group, commented:

“Grant Thornton’s Vibrant Economy initiative is a fantastic and refreshing project championing a vision of a better and more inclusive way to do business for the benefit of all people. I am extremely honoured to have been nominated and chosen to be a face for 2018 and I will be making every effort to champion the cause.”

To see the full list of 99 Faces of a Vibrant Economy, go to:

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