Turtle Pack is delighted to announce that Dr Lena Wilson CBE, former chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, has been appointed as the company’s Chair.
Lena has had an international career working in over 60 countries in both the private and public sector. She was a senior advisor at the World Bank in Washington DC working with developing countries on private sector growth. Following an early career in the electronics industry, she moved into economic development culminating in 4 years as CEO of Scottish Development International and 8 years as CEO of Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency, where she led a network of 30 locations around the world. She now has a wide-ranging portfolio of non-executive, advisory and academic roles. She serves on the Group Board of RBS plc, Intertek Group plc and Scottish Power Renewable Energy Limited. She acts as an advisor to leaders and organisations on transformation and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde Business School.
Lena said: “Ryan Carenduff, chief executive, Michael Harkins, founder, and the team at Turtle Pack have made great progress turning an initial idea into a patented product which has great potential and is loved by parents and children alike. Turtle Pack is working to help children around the world learn this key life skill in a way that’s fun and efficient.
I am excited to be working with a start-up business with global potential where I can make a real and tangible difference.”
Lena is an active ambassador and fundraiser for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow and advisor to the Beatson Cancer Charity. She is a member of the National Advisory Board for MCR pathways which supports young people on the edges of the care system to realise their full potential and has served as a Trustee on many not for profit organisations including over 10 years with the Princes Youth Business Trust.
She was appointed by The First Minister, Nicola Surgeon, to form and Chair Scotland’s Energy Jobs Taskforce, the Scottish Government’s main response to the Oil price crisis and for 8 years served on Scotland’s Financial Services Advisory Board.
Lena was awarded a CBE in the Birthday Honours List in 2015 for services to the economy and also holds Honorary degrees from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Glasgow. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015.
Ryan Carenduff, Turtle Pack’s CEO added: “Turtle Pack is revolutionising the way that children learn to swim. Lena’s experience will be invaluable to us as we grow and expand our overseas markets. Her experience within the entrepreneurial ecosystem has seen her shape the way that Scottish businesses compete on the world stage.”
To find out more about Lena, Ryan and the work we’re doing behind the scenes at Turtle Pack, please get in touch!