Leadership FOrum


Eric McAfee

Chair, McAfee Capital

Eric A McAfee is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist specialising in technology, agriculture and renewable energy. He co founded PC Card Manufacturer New Media Corporation in 1992, Global Digital Technologies in 1996, NetStream in 1998, Mind Arrow Systems in 1999 and CI Systems in 2000. He has co-founded and funded several VC and specialist banks including McAfee Capital, Berg McAfee, and Cagan McAfee Capital Partners. He has funded more than twenty-five companies as principal investor, and has founded seven public companies with a combined high market value of $4 billion.

Dave McCann

Dave McCann

VP AWS Marketplace, Amazon Web Services

I was privileged to land a leadership role with the undisputed global leader in Cloud Services. Amazon Web Services is building out a breathtaking spectrum of 100+ new technical services for businesses to rely on and change how they do business in the 21st century.

It’s great to be leading a highly technical organization, and developing leading edge capability covering the migration, provisioning and entitlement of software on the cloud . The scale is global and massive and the speed of innovation is breathtaking. Ultimately we want to create a great customer experience. 

Dave Farquhar


David is a transaction-oriented serial entrepreneur with a track record of delivering shareholder value, mostly recently in the turnaround, transformation, growth and exit of global enterprise SaaS vendor Workplace. In the past 25 years he has completed 28 transactions as a founder/CEO, angel investor and business mentor, including risk capital investments (PE, VC and angel), acquisitions and trade sales in Europe, North America and Asia.

David joined Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) as CEO in November 2017. IGS is a Scottish-based agritech business, and David’s strategic appointment was made to drive its global expansion, grow the senior and wider team and raise the next funding round.

David will deliver a ‘warts and all’ look at how the management team transformed Workplace Systems in 18 months, before exit to a NYC private equity house.


Chloe Seddon

Managing Director, Accenture Interactive

Chloë is a Managing Director at Accenture Interactive, working on some of the most complex digital transformations in Financial Services. She is is passionate about using digital and insight to create better experiences and is highly focused on solving human problems, enabled by tech rather than the other way round!

Kate Forbes MSP

minister for public finance and digital economy, scottish government

Kate Forbes MSP is from Dingwall, although she spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh with a focus on human migration.


As a backbencher, she has served on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. She also served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Finance and the Constitution.


As well as leading a campaign to ban plastic straws, Kate has participated in several cross party groups at Holyrood including Crofting, Gaelic, Human Trafficking, Palliative Care and Rural Policy. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history earlier this year by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber.


On 27 June 2018 she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy.