Business interviews

Business interviews

Interview: Jim French, chairman of Flybe

IT'S been a bumpy ride these past seven months and Jim French, chairman and chief executive of Flybe, is the first to admit it.

Interview: Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

IT MAY be because he has just spent the afternoon chatting with food and drink entrepreneurs at the Royal Highland Show or it may be the prospect of returning that evening to his home in Aviemore, but something has brightened Danny Alexander's mood.

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Interview: Robert Graham, chief executive of Graham's

THE sun splits the sky as Robert Graham prepares to officially open the latest extension at Airthrey Kerse Farm, where his grandfather laid the foundations for the family dairy business 72 years ago. The 41-year-old chief executive is reviewing his welcome speech and, although guests are due to arrive in less than two hours, he takes a break to give an interview.

Interview: James Barnes, chief executive of Dobbies

THERE'S no argument over who has the greenest fingers in the Barnes household. James Barnes, chief executive of Dobbies, the Scottish garden centre business, freely admits his wife's horticultural knowledge exceeds his own.

Interview: Rick Eggleston, head of REpower

RICK Eggleston, the managing director of wind turbine manufacturer REpower UK, used to have a much easier time of it when he worked in the defence industry.

Interview: Gavin Miller, head of the Centre for the Moving Image

IT MAY BE hard up for cash, but the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), the body which is driving the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Filmhouse, is not being forced into prostitution.

Head of Institute of Directors has his own take on Scotland's election promises

THOUGH keenly interested in politics and current affairs since he was a boy growing up in Kilmarnock, David Watt is holding out little hope that the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections will have any significant impact on the economic climate.

Interview: Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK

Malcolm Webb is not an angry man, but he is certainly dismayed. The chief executive of industry trade body Oil & Gas UK has spent nearly every waking moment locked in discussions since the Chancellor's Budget bombshell last Wednesday, yet the full impact of the latest tax rise on the North Sea sector remains impossible to gauge.

Interview: Patrick Elsmie, managing director of Gleneagles

THE lounge on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong commands a breathtaking view over Victoria harbour and is a major gathering place for the discerning cosmopolitan traveller.

Interview: David Nish, chief executive of Standard Life

STANDARD Life chief executive David Nish has a nasty-looking bruise and healing cut on his right cheek when we meet. The timing is not particularly good as he is presenting the life assurer's annual results in the heart of the City of London.

Interview: Stephen Crawley, MD of the Caledonian Brewing Company

Brewery aiming for its beers to reach the parts that others can't

Background - Bill Munro

After suffering a childhood accident that kept him out of school for about four years, Bill Munro left education at the age of 17 to work as a trainee bank teller.

Interview: Mark Powles, Business Stream chief executive

IT'S a rain-soaked Monday morning and Mark Powles, the chief executive of Business Stream, has just fought his way through the traffic gridlock that normally dogs the Gyle area of Edinburgh between 8am and 9:30am on a work day.

Interview: Derek Shepherd - Carrying a torch for new generation of wind power

AS SOUVENIRS go, an Olympic torch isn't a bad memento to hang on your wall. For Derek Shepherd - former managing director of the international division of temporary power supplier Aggreko - the sceptre brings back memories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which he oversaw for the Glasgow-based company.

Interview: Les Montgomery, Highland Spring chief executive

HIS company's sponsorship of tennis star Andy Murray has just come to an end, but Les Montgomery is counting himself and his company fortunate for a long association with one of Scotland's top sportsmen.

Tide turns for Dundee waterfront

The city's regeneration is at 'tipping point', the man behind the masterplan tells Scott Reid.

Interview: Steve Robertson, chief executive of Openreach

IN THE 30 years since he joined the telecommunications industry, Steve Robertson has witnessed nothing short of a revolution, and he doesn't see any sign of this slowing down.

Interview: Fiona Logan, chief executive of Loch Lomond

RUNNING a national park sounds like one of the dream jobs in Scotland - the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park especially.

Interview: Ben Thomson, founder of think tank Reform Scotland

RUNNING a think-tank can be a dangerous business. When Ben Thomson, at the tender age of 43, announced his semi-retirement from merchant bank Noble Group where he was chief executive, with a twinkle in his eye he said he wanted to cause "all sorts of mischief".

Interview: John Glen, head of the business operations at Duke of Buccleuch

A LITTLE over two years ago, John Glen was looking for a change. The Edinburgh University graduate, who has an MA in economics and a chartered accountancy qualification, had spent the last decade based in Paris with a job that took him around the globe.

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