GlobalScots help Unlock Ambition

by Stephanie Anderson, Scottish Enterprise

GlobalScot panel

The SE Unlocking Ambition companies were lucky enough to meet with three GlobalScots for a GlobalScot Panel & Q&A as part of their Values-Based business international connections visit to London in November.

After a fantastic discussion with Gregor Mowat, Graeme Cook and Philip Smillie, the UA companies came away with some invaluable advice, new connections and opportunities for tangible follow up. Ever generous with their time, the three GlobalScots took to the camera to share their top tips for entrepreneurs and those starting out in business today.

Watch and share the videos below.


Gregor Mowat, Investor & CFO, Nooli

With more than 20 years of experience as a public accountant, most of which was spent with KPMG in different countries around the world, Gregor moved to England and became an angel investor, focusing on financial technology.

Bringing his business admin and finance experience as a former senior partner in KPMG, his network and funds, he helped businesses go from start-up to successful, well-funded enterprises. Nooli is a start up based in Cambridge which fits well with purpose driven entrepreneurship.


Graeme Cook, HR Director, Keller Group plc

Graeme brings to Keller 25 years’ experience in both finance and HR leadership roles across a number of blue-chip companies. Most recently at EnQuest, a FTSE oil and gas production company where, as Group HR Director, he helped the company acquire the key capabilities to deliver an ambitious growth agenda.

Prior to this, Graeme was Group Head of Talent and Leadership for Legal & General, HR Director, Mediterranean Basin and Africa region for BG Group, and spent most of his early career with Schlumberger in various HR and financial controller roles whilst living and working in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.


Philip Smiley, Kantar

Philip has held a wide range of retail roles including merchandising, buying, marketing, store operations and supply chain. He joined Kantar Retail UK/Europe in 1999 and moved to USA in 2003 as part of Kantar Retail’s US start up. Philip moved from the USA to Bangkok in 2006 to run Kantar Asia Pacific Region, and then on to Shanghai in January 2010.

Key Clients including leading consumer goods and retail companies across the Asia pacific region. Philip’s focus areas are: Go to Market Strategy, Consumer and Shopper Strategy, Capabilities Development and Retail Consulting.

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