The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 31 March 2008


Praise for Evelyn McCann on her departure from Scottish Enterprise

By: Murdoch MacDonald

AS a result of the reorganisation of Scottish Enterprise and the winding-up of the local enterprise companies into six regional operations, Evelyn McCann has resigned from Scottish Enterprise with effect from today 31 March 2008.


Evelyn McCann (pictured above) joined Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire as Chief Executive in January 2001 and as CEO was responsible for the effective delivery of the agency’s contribution to the Scottish Executive Economic Development Strategy “Smart Successful Scotland”.

In addition she had a key responsibility for the development of new economic opportunities for Ayrshire, in partnership with the private and public sector.

Prior to that, Evelyn operated in the UK training and education field for some 18 years. During that time she was involved in the policy development and operational implementation of Scottish Enterprise's education and training provision to individuals as well as industry and commerce.

Evelyn is currently a member of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire Board, Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company, the Court of the University the West of Scotland and a member of Strathclyde European Partnership Board.

Evelyn, who was born and educated and lives in Ayrshire, gained an MBA from Glasgow University in 1995. She participated in the World Bank Executive Development Programme at Harvard University in 1999.

Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre managing partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle founder member Willie Mackie said today: "My colleagues in Clydesdale Bank and the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and I wish to place on record our admiration and appreciation of Evelyn's unstinting efforts and substantial contribution over the years to the growth of the Ayrshire economy.

"Evelyn is an outstanding ambassador for Ayrshire, and our sincere hope is that her full-time talents will not be lost to the area for long."

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