Board of Directors
Will Whitehorn, Chairman
Will joined the Virgin Group in 1987 and spent the next 20 years in key roles including Director of the Virgin Rail Group, Brand Development and Corporate Affairs Director, President of Virgin Galactic and latterly special advisor to Sir Richard Branson.
Will has held senior non-executive positions including Chair of Next Fifteen Communications Group and various government science, technology and transport task forces and bodies. He has recently been appointed to President of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
In April 2017 Will was appointed as Senior Non Executive Director at GVC Holdings PLC, A FTSE 250 gaming and software company.
He joined the board of the Scottish Event Campus (formerly known as the Scottish Exhibition + Confererence Centre) in 2010 and became Chairman in 2014. He is also Chairman of Clydespace, The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, Speed Communications and sits on the board of Purplebricks Group plc and is Deputy Chairman, Stagecoach Group plc. He is a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society and The Marketing Society.
Gary Hughes, Non-Executive Director
Gary is a senior member of the Operational Excellence team at Apax Partners, the global private equity firm. In addition he is a non-executive director of Booker Group Plc, BMI Healthacre, Majid Al Futtaim Retail LLP, SEC Limited and the Scottish Football Association. His previous roles include Chief Financial Officer of Gala Coral Group, Chief Executive Officer of the largest operating division of United Business Media plc and Group Finance Director of Emap plc. Gary qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney, now Ernst & Young.
Carole Forrest, Non-Executive Director
As the Director of Governance and Solicitor to the Council at Glasgow City Council, Carole is the head lawyer in Scotland’s largest local authority. She has a varied remit which includes being the Senior Responsible Officer for the Council’s £1.7b capital programme. Carole was also the Council’s lead officer for the Commonwealth Games and had an integral role in their successful delivery, including the delivery of the £1.2b capital programme on time and on budget.
Tom Turley, Non-Executive Director
Tom Turley has been Assistant Director of Development and Regeneration Services (DRS) at Glasgow City Council since 2012. DRS is the Council’s in-house agent for securing economic development and regeneration in the city. Tom is currently working with government and the private sector on activities that will ensure the city’s continued regeneration. Glasgow’s successes include winning the prestigious TSB Future Cities Demonstrator Project, delivery of the Glasgow Fort, International Financial Services District and Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme.
Morag McNeill, Non-Executive Director
Morag McNeill is a qualified solicitor. She was a partner with McGrigors – now Pinsent Masons LLP – for 14 years specialising in corporate finance before becoming General Counsel at Forth Ports plc from 2005 to 2012. She holds several non-executive positions including Aberdeen Harbour Board, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. and Social Investment Scotland. She also sits on the board of several charities.
Pauline Lafferty, Non-Executive Director
In addition to being a non-executive director of the SEC, Pauline is the Group HR Director of The Weir Group PLC, a global engineering company with more than 15,000 employees operating in over 70 countries.
Before joining Weir, Pauline spent 13 years in executive search with Miles Partnership and Russell Reynolds Associates in the UK and Australia. Prior to becoming a headhunter Pauline held business planning and operational roles for 11 years with Motorola and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Scotland, Australia and Hong Kong, ultimately becoming Asia Pacific Director of Supply for DEC. She is a graduate in mathematics and has a post graduate qualification in marketing. Pauline is a member of the Weir Group Board and is Remuneration Committee Chair at SEC Ltd and a Trustee and Secretary to the Board of Playlist for Life, a charity encouraging the use of personally meaningful music in the care of people with dementia.
Peter Duthie, Chief Executive
Appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Event Campus Limited (Formerly Scottish Exhibition Centre Ltd) in April 2014, assuming full responsibility for the entire business operation of the SEC. Peter maintains relationships with the all key shareholders and stakeholders of the business.
Having been with the Company since its inception in 1984, Peter played an integral part in all aspects of its evolution with extensive experience gained across all sectors of the business. From a sports management background, he was initially responsible for sporting events and concerts at the Centre. He has been a member of the senior management team since 1991 rising to the position of Commercial Director in 2008 with responsibility for all commercial activity on the campus including sponsorship, hospitality, strategic partnerships and joint ventures.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Non-Executive Director
Susan Aitken became Leader of Glasgow City Council when the SNP became the largest party on the Council and formed a minority administration in May 2017. She was elected as a councillor for the Langside ward, where she lives, in 2012 and has been leader of the SNP group since 2014, having previously served as the group spokesperson on health and social care. She is the SNP’s national Local Government Convener.
Before being elected, Susan worked in a variety of policy and research roles in the Scottish Parliament and the third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor specialising in health and social care policy. She grew up in Biggar in South Lanarkshire, moved to Glasgow aged 17 and is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.
Billy McFadyen, Corporate Services Director
Billy joined the SEC as Finance Director in August 2008 bringing his technical skills and expertise in the construction industry to aid the QD2 Masterplan project going forward, working closely with the project team and assisting the company in an overall strategy to focus on business improvement. Billy now oversees Finance, Legal, Company Secretariat, Live Entertainment, Ticketing, Commercial and Hospitality departments.
Billy was the Regional Managing Director for Robertson Homes Limited responsible for leading the region to successfully grow their site business from £7m to £40m turnover. He joined Robertson Homes as the Finance Director in April 2002 and was responsible for the major development of Companies Systems as well as overseeing all financial functions.
Previous roles include Finance Director, George Wimpey West Scotland and Financial Accountant with Keyline Builders Merchants Ltd.
Councillor Frank McAveety, Non-Executive Director
Councillor McAveety was born and raised in Glasgow and has served as an elected representative of the city since 1988.
First elected as a member of Glasgow District Council, he served as Convenor of the Arts and Culture Committee, which led on the development of the Gallery of Modern Art and initiated plans for the large scale development of the Kelvingrove Gallery, solidifying it’s position as one the UK’s top tourist attractions.
Councillor McAveety served as Leader of Glasgow City Council from 1997 to 1999, establishing the first ever Local Authority Standards Committee.
He was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, serving in the Scottish Executive in a number of Ministerial positions, including Deputy Minister for Local Government (1999-2000), Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (2002-2003) and as Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (2003-2004). During his tenure as Minister he established the National Theatre of Scotland.
In 2012, he was elected to Glasgow City Council for the Shettleston ward, convening the Sustainability and Environment Policy Committee and taking on special responsibility for cycling.
Councillor McAveety was again elected as Leader of Glasgow City Council in September 2015 and Leader of the Labour Group in May 2017.