Former WES Chief Exec Awarded OBE for Services to Enterprise in New Year’s Honours List 2017

Margaret Gibson, the former Chief Executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), has been awarded an OBE for services to Business and entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honour’s list announced on 30 December.

Margaret Gibson joined WES in May 2013, after 21 years with The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. She was WES Chief Executive until her departure in October 2016, when she joined the EY Foundation as Scotland Hub Leader, Jackie Brierton MBE, Vice Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland said; “I have been privileged to know Margaret professionally for twenty years, and this award is a well-deserved accolade for her dedicated service to enterprise development in Scotland. Margaret has mentored and inspired many entrepreneurs over the years, and through her work with Women’s Enterprise Scotland, has encouraged female business owners, whatever their background or sector, to believe they could succeed.” Margaret Gibson was born in Glasgow in 1962 and has carved out her career running businesses and supporting entrepreneurs and young people to build careers and start their own enterprises. She is the only woman in Scotland to have received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, which she was awarded in April 2015. Commenting on her OBE. Margaret said; “I have worked with and been inspired by so many people in my life and this accolade is both unexpected and humbling to receive.” During her time at Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the organisation launched the ‘Women in Enterprise’ Framework and Action Plan. The only Framework of its kind in Europe, its objective is to increase the contribution of women’s enterprise to the Scottish economy, creating a framework for action involving all the key stakeholders in the enterprise eco-system.


Lynne Cadenhead, Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland said; “We are all delighted that Margaret’s considerable contribution to enterprise promotion in Scotland has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Margaret has done an enormous amount of work during her career to encourage and inspire Scottish entrepreneurship. Not least of which is her work with Women’s Enterprise Scotland, where her contribution to closing the gender gap in enterprise cannot be underestimated. There is still much to be done but we have made considerable progress in the past few years in championing the importance of gender appropriate support and the need for serious action to improve the current level of just 20% of Scottish SMEs being majority owned by women.”

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