Vicky Di Ciacca (Chair)
Vicky is a co-founder and director of Be Positive, a specialist Business Analysis consultancy. She has over 20 years’ experience working with companies to deliver organisational change – balancing the need to operate in changing commercial and regulatory environments with the need to ensure good governance. Vicky has worked with a range of organisations – from international corporations to educational establishments, from Financial Services companies to charities.
First Job: I started working in a high street jewellery shop aged 16. I became an expert in changing watch batteries and watch straps.
Strongest memory of your first job: The really fiddly springs in watch straps that used to ping across the tiny workshop when I was trying to change them. And the patience of my first manager when I had to ask her (yet again) for more springs.
Susan is currently a business and talent consultant with clients in the private, public and third sectors. She was previously Director of Corporate Development for Lumesse, an HR SaaS (software as a service) organisation where she was responsible for M&A and strategic projects. Prior to this she has been a Head of Consulting and earlier in her career a Client Services Director for a recruitment process outsourcing business working with large corporates like Amazon, BP and Microsoft on their school leaver and graduate recruitment. She started her career with a firm of clinical and occupational psychologists and with a background in HR and psychology she has specialist expertise in talent acquisition and management, organisational development and programme management.
First Job: Whilst still at a school I worked in a local convenience store.
Strongest memory of your first job: Going to the cash and carry with the store owners and getting to choose what I thought would sell well to the ‘kids’ in the town. I was right. This was my first experience of buyer profiling and understanding your target market.
Euan is a Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand specialist who has over 10 years’ experience working across public and private sectors throughout the UK and across the globe. Previous roles saw him work as a senior consultant providing recruitment solutions to social and healthcare clients across Scotland, followed by operating as a Senior Recruitment Manager at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This role saw Euan work on “The best games ever”, delivering a suite of solutions to ensure the Operating Committee delivered the largest, most complex movement of people in Scotland since the second World War. Since completion of this Euan has operated within a global Oil, Gas and Ship Management specialist and Financial Services. He is currently works for the leading asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen where he leads on Talent Attraction and Employer Branding, positioning the organisation as a multi-generational, diverse, reward destination for talent on a local and global stage. He has a passionate for Psychology, HR, Marketing and Digital.
First job: Front of house at a well-known Swedish flat pack furniture shop
Strongest memory of first job: The opening weekend of the Glasgow store (and the bright yellow shirt!), I had never seen so many people flock to a shop before and was very much out my depth. My manager led by example, made sure I learned something each day and made work fun. Be it pushing trollies, working in a book shop while at university or in my current role, I have always remembered this and try to instil it in everything I do.
Maggie is a Business Transformation consultant who works as Portfolio PMO lead on large and complex business transformation projects. Her background was in the financial services industry, where she became qualified through Chartered Banker MBA, though these days she has branched out to other sectors and is currently supporting NHS and Scottish Government on part of their Covid response. Maggie has also trained as a Transformational Life Coach and provides 121 coaching and business mentoring for individuals and small businesses. Outside of work, Maggie enjoys the creative arts and the great outdoors.
First Job: I started at Safeway’s supermarket on my 16th Birthday as a checkout girl.
Strongest memory of first job:Although I was shy I enjoyed customer service, because you met so many interesting people. I was NOT so keen on the nylon striped shirt dress and American tan tights we were made to wear! I have been fortunate to have some fantastic managers and mentors in my career and recognise the enormous impact and encouragement that comes from having someone ‘on your side’.
Sara is Director for Impact at Entrepreneurial Scotland, a Scottish charity who aim to inspire, develop and connect the entrepreneurial community. Within her role, she’s responsible for measuring and articulating the impact of the charity’s work. She also leads the charity’s fundraising and grant management activities. Prior to this role, Sara ran the organisation’s Next Generation function, supporting international businesses to recruit, retain and develop entrepreneurial talent. Sara has a passion for supporting businesses to realise the value of investing in teams to support growth.
In 2018, Sara took part in the prestigious Saltire Fellowship programme which saw her travel to Boston for three months to study at Babson College, the number 1 entrepreneurial university in the world. Whilst at Babson, Sara learnt from great business leaders on topics such as strategy, leadership, financing for growth, innovation, sales and marketing.
When she’s not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and recently became a mother for the first time in 2020. She also enjoys cooking, baking and travel literature.