Independent, non-party business group Scottish Business UK (SBUK) has announced a significant expansion of its Advisory Council, with the appointment of 10 new members.

The appointments bring the total current strength of the SBUK Advisory Council to 36 members, covering diverse sectors including Scotch whisky, construction, accountancy, transport, journalism, commercial printing, economics and politics.

Welcoming the latest appointments, SBUK founder and chairman Robert D Kilgour said:

“Our aim has been to build an experienced, talented group of leaders with diverse backgrounds and political perspectives to work together and help develop the business case for keeping Scotland in the UK. I look forward to working with them as we argue that case in the months ahead.”

SBUK Chief Executive Struan Stevenson added:

“It is brilliant to have yet another new injection of talent and insight for the SBUK Advisory Council. I would urge other business leaders to get involved if they agree that the ongoing campaign to take Scotland out of the Union is the last thing our economy needs at this most challenging of times for companies.”

The new SBUK Advisory Council appointments include:

  • Professor Jim Gallagher – Scottish former civil servant, academic and company director.
  • Fred Hallsworth – Scottish Chartered Accountant with a 30-year career in Professional Services where he held a number of senior management positions in Cambridge and Scotland.
  • Tom Harris – Former Labour MP and minister and now columnist for the Daily Telegraph, a member of the board of HS2 Ltd and founder of his own public affairs company.
  • Dr Azeem Ibrahim – Scots-born international policy expert, named one of the Top Global Thinkers by the LSDP European Social Think Tank and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
  • Brian Monteith – Campaigner, writer, former Scottish Conservative MSP and Brexit Party MEP and Chief Whip.
  • Tim Morrison – Co-founder and Chairman of Morrison Glasgow Distillers, established in 2015 to create a new distillery on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow – The Clydeside Distillery.
  • Kenneth Richards – Businessman with over 40 years’ experience (over 33 years as a Director) with five commercial print/graphics companies in East Central Scotland.
  • Ken Russell – Third generation of a well-known Edinburgh entrepreneurial family with interests in construction, property and the automotive sectors.
  • Katherine Sangster – National Manager for Scotland of The Fabian Society, Britain’s oldest political think tank.
  • Eben Wilson – Economist, telematics specialist and leader of a project consortium, based in Ayrshire, developing a mid-mass industrial UAV system.

Full details of the SBUK Advisory Council are at:


Scottish Business UK (SBUK) is an independent, non-party voice for business leaders who want to see Scotland thrive economically as part of the United Kingdom.

SBUK is a registered company known as ‘SB Supports the Union Ltd’.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

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