Advisory Council member

Neil Donaldson

Neil Donaldson is President of the James Donaldson Group of Companies, one of Scotland’s largest private companies with annual revenues of circa £250m, eight different trading companies and over 1000 employees.

Neil has given a lifetime of service to his family Timber, Importing, Engineering and Distribution Company but his interests and experience are much wider. Neil has been Chairman of the UK Timber Research and Development Association, President of the Timber Trades Federation as well as countless other trade associated activities. Neil has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards from his peers.

Neil’s external interests have extended to being Chairman of Crieff Hydro Ltd, Securities Trust of Scotland Ltd and he is currently Chairman of Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Ltd.

As well as being involved with a number of schools and other charities Neil was instrumental in establishing the Donaldson Leadership Academy for children in Fife from challenging and difficult backgrounds.

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Views from the board

  • Having heard investors that I know well, actively stepping back from investing in the Scottish economy, I fear for the future and am urging business leaders to share their support for Scotland to remain in the Union of the United Kingdom. It will only be by strength of voice and an evidenced based case that we will be able to defend the will of Scottish businesses of all sizes to remain in the Union.
    — Robert D. Kilgour
  • We must make the compelling case for the unique benefits of being within and trading as part of the Union. Scotland’s genuine majority voice must be heard and the majority do not want another referendum or to divide our Country at a time when we need to pull together!
    — Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE
  • Patriotism is a love for your country and as a proud Scot I have spent my career helping to build economic opportunities and in attracting investment. I am also proud to be British and passionately want the United Kingdom to endure.  To succeed in that aim, we must acknowledge that remaining part of the Union is a key lynchpin in growing Scotland’s wealth.
    — Jack Perry CBE