Consultant Profiles

Mark Taylor

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As founding director of Eriskay Associates, Mark is responsible for developing new business and delivering consulting, training and coaching services to businesses and organisations in Scotland and across the UK and Europe. This includes:

  • Supporting businesses and organisations in the review, design and implementation of new strategies;
  • Developing and delivering internal training programmes as part of the PwC Core Consulting Skills programme;
  • Delivering a range of consulting interventions developing strategy, operational effectiveness and management capacity across a range of organisations;
  • Co-creating ambitious and effective business plans, financial models and supporting documentation;
  • Analysing cross-functional problems and developing lasting solutions.

Mark places emphasis on the role of knowledge and learning in helping people and businesses achieve their ambitions and potential. His ultimate aim in life:

“To help people bring out the best in their businesses and help businesses bring out the best in their people.”

Key Qualifications

1990 Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Economics and Politics (University of St Andrews)

1996 MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies with Distinction (University of Stirling)

2007 MBA with Distinction (University of Strathclyde)

Recipient of the Chris Hill MBA Prize 2006-7

Key Specialisms

Strategy

Learning and Development

Analysis and Problem Solving

Business and Financial Planning

Funding Strategies for Growing Businesses and Third Sector Organisations

Jane Kerr

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Jane Cook is a highly experienced Project Manager and Fundraiser and has spent the majority of her 30 years career in the field of Tourism and Leisure. Her career has also included Business Planning and Development both on projects and as Director and owner of two companies.

A graduate from Dunfermline College of Physical Education (B.Ed. Hons) and Strathclyde University Business School (MBA) Jane has worked both in the public and private sector, managing sports centres and theatres, large events including the last Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and Glasgow Garden Festival and project managing multi-million pound developments for Scottish Enterprise, such as Glasgow Design Initiative, Stranraer Waterfront Development and Loch Lomond Shores.

Jane’s experience in managing large projects involved raising the capital funding to deliver them, from Glasgow Science Centre to the Glasgow Rotary International Convention.  She has experience of both sides of the ‘funding table’ as a member of European grant awarding groups for many years at advisory group and at national programme level and, until recently, sat on the LEADER Approvals Group for the Highlands and Islands Area.

With the benefit of this fundraising experience Jane is currently working within the Third Sector raising funds for social enterprises, community groups, local authorities and sports groups in the development of new community and sports facilities. In 2004 Jane took part in ‘The Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race’ which she describes as the challenge of a lifetime “… the most expensive and most successful course I’ve ever taken in project management, fundraising and developing high performance teams.”

Lesley Hetherington

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Lesley Hetherington develops individuals and teams to uncover their potential and strengthen their actual delivery. She is strong believer in the power of aligning personal strengths, values and vision with work roles and business opportunities.

For the past 16 years, Lesley has worked in the field of enterprise start-up and development as an independent coach and consultant alongside teaching in Higher Education. She taught at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship from its launch in 2000, to 2010 and then was Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Skills at the University of Aberdeen from 2010-2014. At Aberdeen she led the Scottish Programme for Entrepreneurship, a £1.1m. Scottish Government investment in developing entrepreneurship teaching capacity across Scotland. She has mentored on the Cambridge, Judge Business School, Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2011.

As a bio-chemical engineer (University College, London) she loves processes that work. She specialises in the application of theory and models to deliver real-life value, improving productivity, clarifying strategy and streamlining both vision and process. Her early career was spent as a water-treatment plant design sales engineer, with Egypt as her major territory. She has worked in production management and new product development (Mars Group), recruitment and assessment (Interexec and DDI (Toyota start-up)), management training and development (IBM, Ordinance Survey). She studied her MBA at London Business School and has recently launched her second business.

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