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.
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 Johnston, Non-Executive Director
Morag Johnston is Director of Financial & Business Services at Glasgow City Council. Her main role is supporting the Executive Director of Financial Services in managing the Council’s annual budget of £1.4bn. She is responsible for effective delivery of the Council’s Revenues and Benefits service including collection of Council Tax and Business Rates. Morag has taken a lead role in managing the Council’s response to Welfare Reform changes.
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.
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.