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Sandy Alexander
Business Advisor
Sandy started out in business back in 1981 when he set up a small shoe shop on North Bridge in Edinburgh called 'Schuh'. After the store was proving to be a success, Sandy then set up more stores across the UK. The company went on to have 118 stores across Britain and employs 4000 people. The company has a turnover in excess of £230m. Sandy has since sold the company and now enjoys his beloved football team, Falkirk FC.
Owen Kelly OBE
Finance Advisor
Owen Kelly, OBE, has extensive experience of working in government and in the private sector. From 2008 to 2016 he was Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, the representative body for Scotland's financial services industry. He has contributed regularly to public debate on many aspects of economics and politics. Before that, he worked for 20 years as a civil servant in the UK and Scottish Governments. When he left in 2008, he was Director of Communications and International at the Scottish Government. He served as Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister of Scotland and as Private Secretary to a UK government Minister. His policy specialisms were EU and international affairs and communications. He holds an honours degree in Chinese (1986) and a Diploma in Social and Public Policy (1998), both from the University of Edinburgh. He is a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University Business School and a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at Edinburgh University, examining how ancient ethical ideas can be applied to modern business practice. He has written a number of commentaries on referenda and their effects on business, and on the impact of the UK's departure from the European Union on financial services. He is a trustee of the David Hume Institute, the Historic Scotland Foundation, the McConnell International Foundation and Citizens' Advice Edinburgh. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours List in 2014.
Professor Alasdair MacLullich
Academic Advisor
Following undergraduate medical training, including an intercalated BSc in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, Alasdair MacLullich completed general medical training and went on to do a PhD on glucocorticoids and cognitive ageing. He was Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine from 2000-2005 and an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow from 2005-2009. He was appointed Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2008. He co-founded the European Delirium Association in 2006 and is its current President. He is active clinically, working in acute geriatric medicine and acute orthogeriatrics. He has a keen interest in improving the detection and management of delirium and dementia in acute hospital patients and leads the regional 'Delirium and Dementia Implementation Group'.