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Dr Iain Graham

‘No matter what a man's general education or his adult education for management, what will be decisive above all, in the future more than the past, is neither skill nor education; it is integrity of character.’ Peter Drucker.

Iain was chairman and founder of Graham Technology, established in 1986. One of the objectives of the business was to create highly paid engineering jobs in Scotland and retain intellectual property in the Scottish marketplace. This was at a time when software engineering graduates were being lost to London and America and in particular, California.

Graham Technology grew to span four continents and was the largest privately owned software company in Scotland, employing 250 people, competing against global giants. Iain's focus on people development and participative management led to the creation of a team that regularly wins against the biggest and most aggressive companies in the world. Graham Technology was sold in April 2008 and it continues to focus on delivering the mission critical solutions to large-scale organisations.

The contribution that Iain has made to the Scottish economy and the IT industry as a whole through his commitment to people development and continual innovation was recognised by Glasgow University. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate as Doctor of Glasgow University.

Iain was educated at Glasgow Academy, followed by training in Engineering and has since worked in autonomous Managing Director roles since the age of 25.

Iain is a passionate believer in continual learning and his other interests include competitive and non-competitive yachting, aviation, farming and conservation. Married to Sheena for 34 years, Iain has 2 children Mairi and Fiona, who were both actively involved in the global expansion and development of Graham Technology.

John Quinn

John is a Central Scotland Businessman and Entrepreneur who spent the large majority of his career establishing and growing Fasco Engineers Supply Ltd. into one of the country’s largest independent merchants from its Stirling roots in 1986.  2007 notably saw the Scott Group acquire ownership of Fasco from John in a multi-million pound deal, adding Fasco’s diverse product range to the Scott Group’s portfolio of products and services.  As part of the same acquisition, Fasco’s parent company and John’s property development business ROK Holdings was also acquired by Scott brothers. 

Prior to the acquisition, John had begun to source products from Asia. This facilitated many new customers, mostly in the dairy and retail/supermarket outlets.  Although no longer holding a position of management at Fasco, John continues to successfully coordinate these imports on Fasco’s behalf. 

Since the sale of Fasco, John devotes much time to developing his two new property development ventures: Blue Water Scotland LLP with his family and MuddyFields LLP in joint ownership with John and Norman Scott.   

Local radio had been one of John’s long-running interests. His involvement in Central FM, a Falkirk-based local station, has spanned over 15 years where he has enjoyed time as a Shareholder, a Board Member and the Chairman.  However, 2008 saw John increase his involvement and became the majority Shareholder and Owner of the station in a deal reached with The Local Radio Company, Central FM’s former owners.  Before his appointment to Chairman some years ago, the Station was losing over £80,000 per annum, but has since become both a popular local media and a profitable small business.  In addition, since John’s tenure as Owner commenced, listening and revenue figures have shown dramatic increase as the Station work toward John’s vision of a ‘local media playing a crucial role at the heart of the community.’  This recipe for success has been further consolidated by Central FM’s nomination at the National 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards in the Station of the Year category.  

Still hungry for expansion, John along with Adam Findlay (current owner of Wave 102 in Dundee) and Murray Strachan recently acquired Original fm in Aberdeen. Although early days, they are sure they can work their magic on this loss making station working towards further success and eventually forming a small group.  

John is a board member of Stirling Enterprise Park (STEP), based in Stirling. He joined the board, having previously occupied the park as a tenant, upon the recognition of STEP’s invaluable contribution to the growth of small business.  Realizing its importance, John felt drawn to involvement in such a worthwhile project. John is also a board member of Stirling Business Centres Ltd, a business supplying everything from single office to a suite of offices, all based in Stirling.   

John has in the past been involved as an advisor and board member to Young Enterprise.  Married to Anne, John has 3 adult sons and lives in Bridge of Allan.

Gerry Docherty

Gerry Docherty’s early career in IT development was spent with YARD Ltd, CAP Scientific, and latterly Sema Group. He was Technical Director of CAP Scientific in the UK, and was Director of YARD USA in Washington DC, before leaving to become the founding Managing Director of Real Time Engineering in 1988. Over the following 18 years, he helped to develop the company to become one of Scotland's largest and most successful indigenous ICT organizations, before the company was acquired by French-based Sword Group in late 2006. 

Gerry is a former Chairman of the Scottish Software Federation, and in 2001 was the founding Chair of ScotlandIS, the national trade association for ICT companies. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Director of Scotland the Brand, promoting Scottish products on the international stage. He is a member of the ICT Forum for Scotland, and is Chair of the ICT Industry Advisory Group for Scottish Enterprise. 

Gerry is non-executive Chairman of New Media Partners, a strategic consultancy in the creative industries arena in the UK and Middle East, and non-executive Chairman of Conscia Enterprise Systems, a web applications developer in Glasgow.  He is a member of the Advisory Board at ICS, Scotland's most successful incubator organisation. 

He works with ITI Techmedia on the commercialisation of technology-based research, and is a member of the recently-formed Par Equity syndicate, investing in growing technology companies. Gerry is also Chair of the Advisory Group for Common Purpose, a social leadership development programme, in Glasgow. 

 

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Venue information

R34 Greenock Road
Inchinnan
Renfrew
PA4 9LH

0141 533 4069

Chairman

Mr Gerry Docherty, Conscia, www.conscia.co.uk

Speakers

  • Dr Iain Graham, Killochries Fold, www.kilochriesfold.com
  • Mr John Quinn, Central fm, www.centralfm.co.uk

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