Professor Lesley Sawers

Dr Lesley SawersProfessor Lesley Sawers is Pro Vice-Chancellor Business Innovation & Enterprise and Vice Principal at Glasgow Caledonian University, having previously held the position of Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, and also previously held the position of Chief Executive at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, as well as senior roles at organisations including Visit Scotland, Royal Mail Group and Scottish Power. She is a previous winner of the Evening Times Businesswoman of the Year award, as well as receiving the Lord Provost of Glasgow Award for Enterprise.

She is Chairperson of Business Club Scotland and the Royal Mail Advisory Group (Scotland), and has held directorships in the voluntary sector including Action for Children and Quality Scotland Foundation. 

Partner Directors

Councillor Archie Graham OBE

Councillor Archie Graham

Councillor Archie Graham has represented the Langside Ward on Glasgow City Council since the Council was formed in 1995.

Councillor Graham is currently the Council’s Depute Leader and Executive Member for Governance and Equalities. In May 2012 Councillor Graham was appointed Chair of Glasgow Life and in 2014 was appointed as chair of the shadow joint board for Health and Social Care integration.

Councillor Graham has lived in Glasgow all his life.  He left school at 16 with no qualifications and previously worked in the construction industry and the voluntary sector. He entered higher education as a mature student, gaining a BA in 1995 and an MSc (Distinction) in 1999 from Glasgow Caledonian University. 

Councillor Graham has a real passion for sport.  He has run 5 marathons and dozens of half marathons in aid of various charities. He had responsibility for delivery of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and was recognised for the success of the Games and his services to Local Government in the 2015 New Years honours list by being awarded the OBE.  

Councillor Emma Gillan

Councillor Emma Gillian 

Councillor Emma Gillan was elected as a member of Glasgow City Council on 3 May 2012 representing the Newlands/Auldburn Ward.  Councillor Gillan is Convener of the Greater Pollok and Newlands/Auldburn Local Community Planning Partnership Board.

Councillor Helen Stephen

Councillor Frank McAveety

Councillor Helen Stephen was elected as a member of Glasgow City Council on 3 May 2012 representing the Canal ward. Helen is Convener of the Canal Area Partnership

Councillor David McDonald

David has represented Greater Pollok in the south of Glasgow since 2012 and is the SNP’s Business Manager.  David previously represented Baillieston in the east end of the city and is a member of the Business Bureau, the Executive Committee and is the convener of the Operational Delivery Scrutin
y Committee.

Councillor Soryia Siddique

Councillor Soryia Siddique

Councillor Soryia Siddique was elected as a member of Glasgow City Council on 3 May 2012 representing the Southside Central Ward.  Councillor Siddique is Convener of the City Council’s Children and Families Policy Development Committee.

Chair of Glasgow Mela

Chief Executive, Dr Bridget McConnell CBE


Bridget is the Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, charged with helping to change lives through cultural and sporting activity.  Glasgow Life has a budget of c.£113 million and 2,800 staff.


Independent Directors

Sir Angus Grossart

Sir Angus Grossart is Chairman and Managing Director of Noble Grossart Limited, the merchant bank which he jointly founded in 1969.

Sir Angus has a long standing and active interest in heritage, culture and the arts. He is a former Chairman of the Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland.  He has been a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland.  He is Chairman of the Fine Art Society, London, the Scottish auction house, Lyon & Turnbull, as well as the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland.

Sir Angus is also the Chairman of Burrell Renaissance, which is providing strategic direction for the c£60-£66 million refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell Collection, including plans for international touring of objects from Sir William’s great legacy to major institutions around the world.

Mel Young

Mel Young is recognised as one of the world's leading social entrepreneurs by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. In 1993 Mel co-founded The Big Issue in Scotland and in 2003 launched the Homeless World Cup.

Mel is the author of GOAL: The story of the Homeless World Cup. He has received honorary degrees from Queen Margaret's University; Herriott Watt University, Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dilawer Singh MBE

Dilawer Singh was the first Asian and Sikh police officer in Scotland and spent over 30 years with Strathclyde Police and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate. He has raised thousands of pounds for different international charities through his sporting exploits. Dilawer SinghDilawer was also part of the 2014 Bid Team and now sits on sub committees for recruiting volunteers and planning the legacy of the games.

He has a number of prestigious awards and titles including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lord Provost of Glasgow for his contribution and service to Sport; Chair of Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association (SEMSA Scotland) and Vice Chair of the Sports Council for Glasgow.

John McCormick

John graduated with an MA (Hons) in History and Economic History from Glasgow University in 1967 and taught in a Glasgow comprehensive school while completing a MEd degree.

He joined BBC Education in 1970 and held a number of senior positions before taking up the post of Controller of BBC Scotland in 1992, responsible for all BBC activities in Scotland. John retired from the BBC in 2004 and is currently Electoral Commissioner with special responsibility for Scotland and a Director of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company.

He has been Chair of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is currently Vice-Chair of Scottish Opera. John has received Honorary Degrees from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and University of West of Scotland. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Lee McConnell

Lee is a retired Scottish and British athlete.                      

From 2001 to 2012 she competed in every major championship for Scotland and Great Britain, including 3 Olympic Games, 3 Commonwealth Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships. Winning a total of 9 major Championship medals.

She has also been involved with a number of initiatives for the city of Glasgow, including:

Part of the bid team for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Glasgow City Council Health Commission (2008-2009)

Glasgow City Councils Commonwealth Games Legacy Board (2011-current)


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