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By Fiona Reid
Four join enterprise board

SOUTH of Scotland Enterprise Board has welcomed the appointment of four new members.

Scottish Ministers this week formally appointed Viv Cockburn, Emma Guy, Kirsten Hannay and Paul Winstanley and they will take up their roles from April 1 for up to four years.

Each brings significant skills and experience to complement those of the existing board members.

Welcoming them, Professor Russel Griggs, chair of South of Scotland Enterprise, pictured, said: “All have extensive knowledge of the south and therefore know the various exciting opportunities we have in front of us. We want the South to be bold, ambitious and different – and I think each of our appointments will help us advance our journey to achieve this.

“I wish to thank each of the four members who were co-opted on in 2020 and will step down next month. They have played a vital role over the last two years in setting the strategic direction of SOSE and contributed to our efforts to support the South of Scotland during the covid pandemic.”

Viv Cockburn is a qualified, chartered accountant and public interest director for High Wood Health (Project Co) Ltd, the company responsible for designing, building, financing and maintaining Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. She was formerly a trustee of Museums Galleries Scotland and director with Scottish Futures Trust.

A former international mountain bike athlete, Emma Guy set up The Hub in the Forest at Glentress. She was project coordinator for the Tweed Valley Tourism Improvement District and is currently destination and legacy manager for the Enduro Sports Organisation at Innerleithen, as well as working with Scotland’s Community Tourism Network.

Kirsten Hannay is the managing partner of Kirkdale Estate on the Solway Firth. Her varied role includes responsibilities for farming, forestry, rural diversification, native woodland creation and long-term property management. In addition, she set up and runs a holiday let business and has created a holiday lodge park on the estate. Previously, Kirsten established and ran a property management firm in Edinburgh and has over ten years’ experience in global publishing firms in London where she ran the global print marketing arm for The Economist Intelligence Unit, a division of The Economist Group. Kirsten has a BA Hons degree in French with Accounting from Newcastle University.

Paul Winstanley is the CEO of CENSIS, one of Scotland’s innovation centres. His early career was with UK Government, then with QinetiQ. Subsequently, Paul founded and ran a small technology business.

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