Interviews with Scottish business leaders

Michael Page has spoken to some of Scotland’s leading business directors to learn more about the issues affecting their industries, how to start a career and more.
Find out more by reading the full interviews below.

Interview with Mark Adderley, Human Resource Development Director at Heriot-Watt University.

Mark Adderley talks to us about how his HR team are supporting an ambitious new development strategy and  playing a central role in the continued growth of Heriot-Watt University.

Interview with Louise Rogers, Head of HR at Axcess Financial

Michael Page Human Resources interviews Louise Rogers, head of HR at Axcess Financial. Find out about her career to date and her advice for aspiring HR professionals.

Interview with Derek Cummings – HR director at Burness Paul

Michael Page Human Resources recently spoke to Derek Cummings, HR director at Burness Paull.

Interview with Maureen Ross – Group Head of HR, Scottish Leather Group

Jaclyn Needham speaks to Maureen Ross, group head of HR at the largest leather manufacturer in the United Kingdom, about her experience in manufacturing and her outlook for the future.

Interview with Matt Ritchie – dealer principal (UK and Ireland), Scotia Plant

Scotia Plant is a capital equipment solution provider that specialises in supplying machinery to the construction industry and other sectors. Matt Ritchie speaks to Stuart McRobbie, of Michael Page Sales, about his role at Scotia Plant and what the future holds for the company.

Interview with John Munro – group supply chain manager, Baxter’s

Baxter’s is a UK-based food manufacturer with operations in Canada, Australia and Poland. John Munro talks to Jamie Brown, of Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain, about his career to date, what he looks for in a candidate and the challenges affecting Baxter’s.

Interview with Craig Turnbull – managing partner, MacRoberts LLP

MacRoberts is a commercial law firm with offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Susan Black of Michael Page Legal in Scotland, speaks to Craig Turnbull, managing partner, about his career, current market conditions and his recruitment strategies.

Interview with Gerry Sweeney – group finance director, Robert Wiseman Dairies

Robert Wiseman Dairies is a major milk provider, supplying 30% of the fresh milk consumed every day in Britain. Claire Gillespie of Michael Page Finance talks to group finance director of Wiseman Dairies, Gerry Sweeney, about career progression, what he aims to get out of the hiring process and the future of the company.

Interview with Eileen Rae – director of finance, ACCA

The ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a leading global body for professional accountants. Founded in 1904, the not-for-profit organisation has grown to support 147,000 members and 424,000 students in 170 countries.
Eileen Rae is director of finance at the ACCA. She chats to Claire Gillespie of Michael Page Finance in Scotland about her career progression, the state of the market, areas of opportunity and what she looks for when hiring finance candidates.

Interview with Mark Ross – CEO, Black & Lizars

Black & Lizars is Scotland’s largest independently owned opticians, with more than 175 years experience in delivering outstanding eye care. Derek MacFeate, director of Michael Page Executive Search, asks chief exec Mark Ross 10 quick questions about his career, economic trends and views on recruitment.

Interview with Keith Sharp – IT director, CIGNA

Michael Rolland of Michael Page Technology Scotland talks with Keith Sharp, IT Director of Cigna International. Cigna is one of the largest health service companies in the world, operating internationally in 29 countries, and with approximately 66 million customer relationships worldwide. With nearly 30,000 dedicated employees.
Cigna is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CI) and has been operating in the UK market since 1983.

Interview with Michael Sloan – finance director, Tennent Caledonian Breweries

Tennent’s Lager is Scotland’s best selling lager, with approximately 60% share of the Scottish lager market. It, along with a range of other products, is brewed by Tennent Caledonian Breweries. Tennent’s were acquired by C&C Group plc in August 2009.
Michael Sloan is Tennent’s finance director. He speaks to Claire Gillespie of Michael Page Finance in Scotland about his career, challenges and opportunities for the organisation and what he looks for when hiring for his own team.