Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

Jamie Hepburn MSP was appointed Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills in June 2018

Jamie was educated at Hyndland Secondary and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics and History.

He served as National Convener of the SNP’s student and youth wings, was MSP for Central Scotland between 2007 and 2011 and has been MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth since 2011. He was appointed Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health in November 2014. Jamie Hepburn was appointed Minister for Employability and Training in May 2016

Richard Hill, Head of Manufacturing & Automotive Sector at Royal Bank of Scotland

Richard Hill is Head of Automotive and Manufacturing at RBS Group, primarily responsible for the strategic development and driving growth for these sectors. 

He is a prominent figurehead in industry, representing the RBS Group and the banking sector on key bodies such as the UK Automotive Council, The Scale Up Institute and Warwick Manufacturing Group HVM Catapult which he currently chairs.

Richard is passionate about the critical need for a globally competitive manufacturing base. Graduating in Business Studies, his career has revolved around the Auto and Manufacturing sectors.He joined the RBS Group in 2005 as Head of Sales at Lombard Vehicle Management; and subsequently led the Automotive Sector in 2010 and the Manufacturing Sector from 2015. 

Andrew Minturn, Business Development & Strategic Product Management at Bosch Rexroth Limited

As Business Development and Strategic Product Manager for Bosch Rexroth, Andrew Minturn supports the implementation of Industry 4.0 for businesses across the UK. Now established as one of the key experts on the subject, Andrew has given a number of talks at leading industry events demonstrating the benefits and best practice of creating an Industry 4.0-enabled facility. 

Andrew’s career in engineering spans over 25 years, during which time he has worked across industries such as aerospace, general automation, food & packaging and medical. He began working as an engineering toolmaker for BMW Manufacturing, formerly known as The Rover Group, in 1991, where he was responsible for the manufacture of car body presses and tooling. 

Andrew remained at this company for ten years before going on to study for his ONC and HNC qualifications. He subsequently joined Bosch Rexroth as a Technical Support Engineer in 2002. While working at Bosch Rexroth, Andrew continued his formal education in engineering, graduating from the University of Bath with a First-Class degree in Engineering Systems in 2010. 

He went on to specialise in assembly technology and system sales, before moving on to his current role of Business Development and Strategic Product Manager in 2016.

Sarah Jardine, Senior Director of Manufacturing at Optos Plc

Sarah is Senior Director of Manufacturing for Optos Plc, a Dunfermline based company which designs, develops and manufactures its core ultra-widefield retinal imaging devices.  

She is responsible for providing leadership and direction for staff in the manufacturing facility, and has a strong understanding of cGMP and LEAN philosophies and methodologies. 

Sarah holds a BSc(Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics and an MSc in Laser Engineering from Strathclyde and Heriot Watt Universities respectively.  Having started her career as a Laser Engineer with Thales Optronics she joined Optos as a Senior Optical Engineer in January 2000 and progressed through  the Operations and R&D teams in to her current role. 

Since May 2015 she has been Chairperson of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board.  Sarah also sits on the Strategic Leadership Group for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) which is part of the Scottish Government’s manufacturing action plan, and she is a member of the Industrial Advisory Panel for the Heriot Watt University School of Social Sciences.  

Nick Shields, Director, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

Nick Shields has 30 years’ experience working in both SME and multinational manufacturing businesses such as Polaroid and Digital Equipment Corporation and smaller Scottish engineering businesses.

Nick’s experience has been gained through senior management roles in areas such as: operations management of high volume FMCG responsible for restructuring the global manufacturing operation across US, UK and Far East; engineering manager in a capital equipment manufacturer responsible for new product development and product development within the electronics industry.

Stephen Blackman, Principal Economist, RBS

Stephen Blackman is a Principal Economist within Strategy, Economics & Corporate Development at RBS. During his career he has worked as an academic as well as an economic advisor to the UK government. He currently advises the bank on commercial strategy arising from emerging economic trends.