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Colette Grant

Colette is the co-founder of Grant Management, the largest and fastest growing property and investment company in the UK. At Grant Management, Colette and her partner Peter renovate and lease properties for landlords and private investors across the UK, and have a shareholding in a £100m property fund in a Joint Venture with the Bank of Scotland. 

Grant Management has won many accolades over the last 5 years including The Professional Services Company of the Year, The Bright Business Award and Entrepreneur of the Year in the National Business Awards. A true bridge builder with a keen attitude to foster education and knowledge, such skill sets are evident in developing environmental initiatives, encouraging companies to go carbon neutral by planting trees (www.globaltrees.co.uk).  Other initiatives include educational, not for profit businesses, helping budding entrepreneurs to start businesses aiming to inspire, give advice and practical help for starting and running a business. An NLP master practitioner and CPCP internationally qualified Business and Life Coach, Colette works with her management team to promote a cohesive approach to managing people and has a strong ethos for ‘paying it forward’ into the community. Colette also has an active role within Scotland’s Entrepreneurial Exchange which has a membership worth approx. £16bn, as well as an active role within its Enlight venture.

Colin Manson, CEO of Xodus Group 

Colin launched Aberdeen-based Xodus Group in September 2005 with a mission to create a truly integrated energy consultancy with a dynamic culture. 

In just under five years he has grown the company to be the leading energy consultancy with world class expertise in oil and gas and renewables. The company boasts six divisions and employs 270 people with offices in Aberdeen, London, Edinburgh, Orkney and Perth, Australia. 

With a degree in chemical engineering from Heriot Watt, Colin started his career as a process engineer at Rohm and Haas in Grangemouth. He later worked at the Wood Group and then Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants where he and his business partners Steve Swindell and Richard Heard had the idea of setting up a multi-discipline consultancy with a can-do attitude. 

Now with a turnover of £28 million, Colin has his sights set on continued organic growth and strategic acquisition led growth. He is aiming to increase turnover to £100M by 2015, which would see staff numbers increase significantly to 750.  

With the recent addition of wells and subsurface, the six divisions include integration technology, technical safety and risk, process and facilities, subsea and Xodus Aurora, offering clients a full service portfolio from reservoir to refinery. 

The reputation of Xodus Group has been key to the consultancy’s growth so far and Colin has cultivated a culture of encouraging ideas and getting the most out of people.  Staff are involved in a huge variety of sport and fundraising activities with the Xodus Group trophy cabinet growing all the time. Colin is also backing two sporting stars of the future, sponsoring swimming champion Hannah Miley and rugby talent Jason White. 

Colin is married with three children and lives in Aberdeen. Although work and family life can be all consuming, Colin still finds time to watch as much football as is possible.  He is a season ticket holder at Aberdeen and a  true member of the prawn sandwich brigade with his season tickets at Manchester United.  With both his boys playing regularly, Saturday and Sunday can be described as football, football, football followed by football.

John Anderson 

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 as Chief Executive of The Entrepreneurial Exchange.

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 healthcare industry training.  As a CA in professional practice he worked with many of Scotland's most exciting growth companies after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989.  

An experienced non-executive chairman and director in growing businesses, currently with two appointments, he is a regular contributor to the media on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Enterprise "Local Heroes" project, based in part on his own MBA thesis "Local Heroes - Scotland's Entrepreneurial Role Models".

John is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, a founding GlobalScot member, a Saltire Foundation Fellowship advisory board member and sits on the boards of PSYBT, Stirling University Innovation Park and the Scottish Programme for Entrepreneurship.

John runs a small shoot in Perthshire and formerly served as chairman of the Tayside and Fife Regional Committee of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.  He is a Governor of Morrison's Academy in Crieff.

 

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Venue information

Howard Hotel 34 Great King Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6QH

0131 557 3500

Chairman

John Anderson, The Entrepreneurial Exchange

Speakers

  • Colette Grant, Grant Management, www.grantmanagement.co.uk
  • Colin Manson, Xodus, www.xodusgroup.com

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