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Born and brought up in Glasgow, Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970.  Financial roles in two Glasgow based groups, Turner & Co Ltd and Grampian Holdings plc led to his appointment in 1978 as Finance Director of Gilmour & Dean Holdings Ltd, a printing and packaging group of which he became Chairman and Chief Executive in 1980.  He achieved the successful sale of the Gilmour & Dean Group to John Waddington plc in 1987 and moved to Yorkshire as a Director of Waddingtons responsible for 3 of their operating divisions.

In 1990, Peter returned to Scotland to become Chief Executive of the Drambuie Liqueur Group which he left in 1993 to start up his own textile group.  Exiting that group in 1995 he managed a turn round of a merchanting company, MacGregor & Co, supplying the hotel and licensed trade sector.  Upon successful completion of that turn round, he took a number of non-executive chairmanships on behalf of 3i and other investors, including Archangels.

In 2000, Peter was asked to run the Archangel Business Angel syndicate which he did as gatekeeper and Chief Executive until August 2005.  Awarded Scottish Business Insider Dealmaker of the Year in 2004, Peter has continued to act as non-executive director or chairman on a number of Boards including the Glasgow based consulting engineering group Babtie, which was sold successfully to Jacobs in 2004.

He currently chairs the boards of LINC Scotland, Scottish Health Innovations Ltd, Adventi Ltd and Symphony Equity Investments Ltd.  In addition he is chairman of the Edinburgh integrated financial solutions centre of the Clydesdale Bank and a member of the board of the RSNO.


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.  He co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and healthcare industry training and also a new media business.  As CA in professional practice he worked with many of Scotland's most exciting growth companies after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989.  

John 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".

An experienced non-executive director in growing businesses, currently with three appointments, John is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, a founding GlobalScot member and sits on the boards of PSYBT and Stirling University Innovation Park. John is Chairman of the Tayside and Fife regional committee of the Game Conservancy Trust.

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John Anderson, The Entrepreneurial Exchange


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