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Brian Souter, aged 53, is Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group plc, one of Britain's largest transport operators.  Together with his sister, Ann Gloag, he built Stagecoach up from two buses in 1980 to become a major bus and rail operator employing more than 40,000 people worldwide.

He was Chairman and Chief Executive of the company until March 1998 and the architect of the Company's strategy and management philosophy. 

Stagecoach runs South West Trains, Britain's biggest commuter network, plus 49% of Virgin Rail and has recently taken over the East Midlands trains franchise, as well as twelve UK bus companies from Inverness to Devon, and substantial bus operations in America.

Mr Souter, a qualified chartered accountant, has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Scottish Business Achievement Award in 1989 and the Scottish Entrepreneur Award in 1998.  He received an honorary degree from Strathclyde University in 1997 and from Abertay University in 1999.

He still lives in Perth, where he was brought up, and is married with four children.

The evening will be chaired by John McGlynn.  John started what is now the Airlink Group as a hobby whilst at University. He has degrees in Accounts and Law. Airlink Security Park was the first company specialising in Airport Car Parking, it has enjoyed rapid growth year on year and Airlink Group is now the largest Scottish Car Park owner.

Whilst the group remains the dominant force in car parking in Scotland, its main activity is commercial property specialising in large warehousing complexes and industrial estates in close proximity to airports with over a million square feet of space. Other divisions of the group include Datastore that specialises in document storage and management, Warehousing and commercial storage, IT and Booking Agencies make up the other major sectors in the UK.

Airlink Group invests in all aspects of property development and partners with other investors in a variety of development and regeneration projects that have included an estate within Loch Lomond National Park, housing regeneration developments in towns and cities.

In life you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.

In January 2004 Airlink opened its first overseas office in Tallinn, Estonia to launch the first Scotland House, a not for profit trade house to encourage trade and investment between the Baltic States and Scotland, Scottish Capital a Baltic based venture capital fund followed this initiative and to date it has made investments in a handful of successful Estonian based companies. 

John is UK Vice Chairman of 'IAPRA' - The Independent Airport Park and Ride Association, Chairman of the sister organisation in Scotland, Member of the Strathclyde University Business School Council, the Paisley University Development Campaign Board and a keen supporter of the Schools Enterprise Initiative.

John has been a member of Entrepreneurial Scotland since 1999, has enjoyed attending many events, learning from those who have made it, and trying to help companies that are just starting. In 2002 he was awarded the First 'Exchange Special Award' at the annual conference as the best supporting member. He has also presented and chaired events for Entrepreneurial Scotland and currently serves as a member of the board.

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29 Private Members Club, Glasgow 29 Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow
G1 3AJ

0141 225 5615

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Chairman

Mr John McGlynn, Airlink Group

Speakers

  • Mr Brian Souter
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