Independent, non-party business group Scottish Business UK (SBUK) has welcomed a new intake of Advisory Council members with varied experience across a wide range of business sectors.

The expanded group is intended to boost SBUK’s capacity to make a strong, positive contribution to the public debate over Scotland’s place in the UK as businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic.

The SBUK Advisory Council’s membership currently oversee business interests that together employ around 10,000 people in Scotland and 30,000 people across the UK and Ireland.

A full list of Advisory Council members can be seen at

SBUK Founder and Chairman Robert Kilgour commented:

“The vast majority of businesses across Scotland are focussed 100 percent on Covid recovery just now but many see the prospect of another promised referendum on breaking up the United Kingdom as a looming threat that creates unacceptable risk at the worst possible time.

“I’m delighted to welcome new members of such exceptional calibre to SBUK’s Advisory Council. With their support we look forward to making the case that Scotland’s business community is far better served by the support and security provided by our place in the UK.”

The following new members have agreed to join SBUK’s Advisory Council:

Charlotte Black was, for 27 years, Marketing Director of Brewin Dolphin (leading investment manager with £45 billion of funds and four offices in Scotland) and Chairman of its Stewardship Committee. She is a Fellow of the CISI and The Royal Society of Arts and in 2018 was appointed Non-Executive Director of an Investment Company. Charlotte is the founder of Artclear, a financial technology business.

Charles Ferguson is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience defending clients in high stakes criminal cases. As a solicitor he built one of the most successful criminal law firms in Scotland. Recently he became qualified as an advocate and is now a Junior Counsel with Black Chambers.

Gordon Livingstone is a Scottish Chartered Accountant, with significant experience managing businesses across the UK and overseas.  For the past two years he has been based back in Scotland running his own consulting business assisting startups and SMEs in the UK and US.

John Quinn is a Scottish businessman and entrepreneur who spent the large majority of his career establishing and growing Fasco into the country’s largest independent engineering merchants before its multi-million pound sale in 2007.

Philip Rycroft worked in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) between March 2017 and March 2019, from October 2017 as Permanent Secretary. He is now a non-executive director and an independent consultant.

Jamie Stewart is Managing Director of McDonald Water Storage and has worked for the company for over 30 years. Proud of their Scottish manufacturing and engineering heritage, this has allowed them to expand from mainly supplying Scotland, to now have an ever growing English Division.

Note to Editors

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’.

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Tuesday 16 February 2021

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