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Linda Hanna appointed as interim CEO at Scottish Enterprise


Linda Hanna has been appointed interim CEO at Scottish Enterprise and takes up this position on 15 October. Steve Dunlop will leave Scottish Enterprise at the end of October, allowing for a two week overlap to ensure a smooth transition.

Linda is currently a member of Scottish Enterprise’s Executive Leadership Team and has substantial experience working within the organisation in senior leadership roles and has a deep understanding of economic development.


Welcoming the appointment, Scottish Enterprise chair Lord Smith said: “ Linda will provide stability and continuity for the organisation in the short term, until a permanent CEO is appointed through the full Public Appointments process being led by the Scottish Government.

“I am confident that this is the best interim arrangement for Scottish Enterprise and its customers, providing strong and effective leadership for the period ahead. I look forward to supporting Linda as she settles into her new role.”

Linda added: ” I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead an organisation with committed colleagues that I know so well. I’ll give my absolute best in the time I am interim CEO, particularly at such a critical time for Scotland’s businesses and communities as we start to build Scotland’s green economic recovery.”

Linda is a member Edinburgh BioQuarter’s Strategy Board which brings together executive management from across our four public partners – the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh.

Each partner brings formidable experience and expertise in areas crucial to BioQuarter’s success and future development plans.

The Edinburgh BioQuarter team wish Linda congratulations in this new role and in leading the organisation in its work to support entrepreneurs, industries and communities in Scotland.