Gillian MacAulay, Director and Gatekeeper

Managing Director, SUI Limited and Upstarts UK Limited

Since the birth of Scotland’s first business incubator in 1990, Gillian has established the Strathclyde University Incubator (SUI) as one of the leading environments for young companies looking to develop and grow. Gillian was instrumental in establishing the unique Upstarts investment programme for young technology-based pre-start businesses.

As well as providing start up and business development advice, primarily in the areas of finance, grant assistance, business planning and marketing for young companies, Gillian is also involved in advising on exit strategies for her clients.

As MD of SUI and Upstarts, Gillian has helped nurture over a hundred young businesses and implemented a strong office and client support system. In her role at Upstarts, she seeks pre-start technology investment opportunities and was closely involved in the successful investment in Cascade Technologies, SpaceandPeople plc, Centeo Biosciences and more recently Deliverics Limited and Treegreen.

John Anderson, Chairman

Chief Executive of the Entrepreneurial Exchange

A well-known specialist in entrepreneurship and new venture creation in Scotland, John brings considerable experience of emerging and high growth companies to his role at Gabriel.

A founder member of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, John was a shareholding director of a young, venture backed technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of laboratory equipment, and co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and health industry training. As a CA in professional practice John worked with many of Scotland’s most exciting growth companies after returning from Chicago in 1989.

John is a Visiting Professor at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, a founding GlobalScot member and a Saltire Foundation Fellowship advisory board member. He sits on the boards of Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust, Stirling University Innovation Park and the Scottish Programme for Entrepreneurship