JO GREEN, Board Chair

Jo Green was appointed as Chair of Adopt an Intern in July 2012. She has a strong background in both the private and public sector, working on economic regeneration, and in the last few years has largely worked on delivering change in the public sector. This has included leading a major programme of change to support the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish Government in reform of the planning system as well as leading a joint Scottish Government/SEPA programme to reform the approach to environmental regulation in Scotland.

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STEPHEN SWEENEY, Board Member (Finance Director)

Stephen is Finance Director of Campbells Prime Meat Ltd, Scotland’s leading supplier of fresh meat, fresh fish and delicatessen products into the foodservice market. He is President of the Scottish League of Credit Unions, which is the trade association for community credit unions in Scotland and has managed a credit union in his home town since 1995. Among other non-executive posts, he sits on the Board of Adopt An Intern Ltd as the representative of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy Ltd (CSPP). 

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ROSS MARTIN, Advisor to the Board

Ross is the Chief Executive of SCDI, working to strengthen Scotland’s economy through diversification and a focus on quality. Prior to this Ross was the Policy Director with the CSPP, and was part of the in house team that created Adopt an Intern, he remains an Adviser to our Board.

Ross has a wealth of experience and knowledge ranging across the public, private and social sectors spanning over a quarter of a century, he is Adviser to Business Improvement Districts Scotland and has been engaged by a number of governments to assist their development of policies with which he has been intimately involved here in Scotland.

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GAVIN MITCHELL, Board Member

Gavin joined the Adopt an Intern Board in January 2016.  He is the Managing Director at BCF Technology Ltd.  

During his 14-year career in BCF, he and his team have maintained consistent year on year growth and created a fun and rewarding place to work. Gavin enjoys the daily challenge of change and improvement and is currently focused on the worldwide development of the business and product portfolio and the strategic leadership of BCF.  He is also a founding member and trustee of Vet Charity Challenge Foundation, a foundation to create good and raise sponsorship for charities by pulling together the UK Veterinary Industry.    

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JOY LEWIS, Chief Executive and Board Member

Joy joined the Centre for Scottish Public Policy in January 2009 and spun out Adopt an Intern (AAI) a year later. The company has gone from strength to strength and she is determined to see it flourish further with future funding and support. She served for 20 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has lived and worked in Brazil, Argentina and Germany. Joy also worked for many years in retail where she recruited, trained and mentored sales managers, culminating in a successful business in Germany.

Adopt an Intern won the RBS-sponsored "Customer Focus" Award at the Scottish Business Awards 2015. Joy was also shortlisted for "Social Enterprise (UK) Entrepreneur of the year" at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015, and Adopt an Intern had two 2015 nominations at the Association of Scottish Businesswomen's Awards. In 2014 Joy was shortlisted for "Female Entrepreneur of the Year" at the Scottish Business Awards.

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RUAIRIDH WYNNE-MCHARDY, Board Member

Ruairidh joined the Adopt an Intern Board in January 2016. He is an entrepreneur and (trainee) lawyer. A self-taught programmer, Ruairidh primarily works on legal technology and takes a keen interest in artificial intelligence in the legal sector.

Alongside business interests, Ruairidh is an active member of the World Economic Forum's 'Global Shaper' program, likes to rock climb and learn new languages.

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COLIN BATTEN (Ambassador)

Colin was previously a professional services director at Percepta. While in this role Colin delivered vital support services to Percepta business including learning and development, business intelligence, project management, workforce planning, and business process. He was also the most senior technology advisor for the Europe and Asia Pacific region and combined these specialist areas to provide additional consultancy services to clients.

Since their first intake of graduates in 2011, Percepta has recruited six graduates to their intern programme across multiple disciplines - from customer research, data analytics, marketing and surveying. Each graduate embarked on a project, where they could deliver real results, see the outcome of their work and keep a diary of skills developed and their achievements. 

Graduate interns make up 11% of Percepta's non-Director Glasgow workforce, each of them were recruited through Adopt an Intern.

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PHIL PRENTICE, Scotland's Towns Partnership (Ambassador)

Phil has been a strong supporter and ambassador for Adopt an Intern since the early days. As Chief Officer at Scotland's Town Partnership, Phil has over 20 years experience in the field of Economic Development. Previously working at East Renfrewshire Council, Phil spearheaded East Renfrewshire's Graduate Recruitment Programme in partnership with Adopt an Intern, recruiting over 50 interns and counting. 

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CAROLINE DONALDSON, Kynesis (Ambassador)

One of the founding Directors of Kynesis, Caroline's background combines over 25 years of consultancy with senior line management experience in Operations, Sales, Human Resources and Retail in blue chip organisations. Caroline focuses on the development of leadership within individuals, teams and organisations to create a more empowered and accountable culture. 

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JOANNA BOWEN (Ambassador)

Since leaving the FCO in 2013, Joanna has been using her skills to connect people; in particular she's been supporting graduates by opening doors that may lead to employment. Supporting Adopt an Intern is, therefore, a very natural fit for her whilst she develops her textiles hobby into a business.

Joanna studied French and Russian at Exeter and has worked in Warsaw, Damascus and Lisbon. She developed a taste for fundraising working at CHASE Children's Hospice and for administration at Pennthorpe School.  Showing true entrepreneurial spirit she also set up a gardening and picture framing business with her husband.  Based in England, she not only brings her many skills to the table, but also her enthusiasm for helping people to reach their potential.

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LAURA PEACOCK, Investors in People (Ambassador)

Investors in People are proud to partner with Adopt an Intern. 

IIP support organisations at every stage of the Investors in People journey, helping them to realise the power of their people, optimise their performance and achieve their full potential.

Alongside the IIP Accreditation, IIP Scotland also offers advisory services around different business issues, the Health & Wellbeing Award, and the Investors in Young People Award (IIYP).

IIYP is a new Award designed to recognise and promote employers working with Young People. We recognise the challenges faced by businesses in recruiting the right people to help them succeed and have learned from the best that recruiting and developing young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce.

The IIYP Award can help employers become an employer of choice for Young People. 

For further information on Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.co.uk or contact Laura.

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MARTIN VALENTI Vice-Chair, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and Head of Strategic Partnerships, SEPA (Ambassador)

Martin is a passionate enviropreneur with over 25 years experience working in a diverse range of environment and business areas in both the private and public sector.  As a founding member and former Project Director for Scotland's 2020 Climate Group, Martin has established a solid reputation for getting things done. He has helped to establish purposeful alliances and developed effective business development collaborations and initiatives in the private and public sector. 

Martin is a trusted adviser who builds credibility quickly, excels in creating consensus among divergent groups, and communicates at all levels to manage sensitive issues and negotiate successful outcomes.

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ADAM PURVIS, Power of Youth (Ambassador)

Adam is the CEO and co-founder of Power of Youth, an Edinburgh-based global enterprise operating in over 19 countries. He started Power of Youth based on his belief that entrepreneurs can be the role models of rebuilding the business ecosystem into one that uplifts all.

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