Sir Tom Hunter is a seasoned entrepreneur and philanthropist. Tom made his first fortune when he sold the sports retail chain he built up from scratch, Sports Division, for £290m in 1998. He set up his private equity business, West Coast Capital in 2001 and combined this opportunity with a significant commitment to philanthropy, having invested in excess of £50m to date into social causes through The Hunter Foundation. Tom sits on the Presidential Advisory Council for President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Tom was knighted in 2005 for services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy and was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2013.
As CEO of venture philanthropy, The Hunter Foundation, Ewan is responsible for managing a $200m portfolio of philanthropic investments. Responsible to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation including Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter and President Vartan Gregorian, he provides strategic advice to a number of charities supported by the Hunter Foundation.
Mark Harvey is EY’s Senior Partner for Scotland. He has worked for EY for 20 years in Belfast, Glasgow, London, California and Edinburgh. He previously led EY’s audit practice and the Entrepreneur of the Year programme in Scotland. Mark lives in Dollar, is married to Karen and has 2 children, Sophie (10) and Jack (7). He enjoys playing tennis and golf and raising money for Leukaemia Research.
Sean is an honours graduate of Caledonian University and Alumni of the Year. He has worked in the leisure industry for over 20 years and stepped down as Chief Executive of Powerleague Europe’s largest small sided soccer operator after 13 successful years leading the company, both as a private and public company. He is currently a mentor for start-up businesses in Ayrshire, and is also a fundraiser and supporter of the Gillian Saltire Appeal which offers respite accommodation in his home town Largs, for families from all over Scotland who suffer from the impact of cancer.
Our CEO Paul Cooney joined The Kiltwalk with 35 years of experience working in media and public service.
Paul is a former Managing Director at Bauer Media, owners of Radio Clyde, Forth, West Sound and Borders and launched Capital FM for Global Radio in 2011. He was involved in the successful Cash for Kids Appeal and served as Chairman for two years. In his spare time, he was Chairman of the all-party Scotland Against Drugs and a director of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. Paul has 4 children and 8 grand-children who all joined us at the Kiltwalk in 2016.
Lynn has worked for over 16 years within and alongside the not for profit sector. She has worked with the Hunter Foundation since 2006 and in that time managed a range of projects focused on education and wider service reform in Scotland. The Foundation partners with a number of broadcasters including STV and BBC to raise awareness of the issues associated with child poverty and invest in interventions which enable change at the root cause.
Nela started her career as an Operations Manager in Museums and Galleries in London. 15 years on she shifted her focus to large events starting with the London 2012 Olympics at one of the most complex venues in the history of the Olympic games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where she managed a cluster of venues and first ever European Games in Baku where she worked as an International Event Services Consultant. Nela thoroughly enjoys working at Kiltwalk due to the nature of its charitable work and the difference it makes in the local community.
Stuart had built up over 10 years experience within the Finance Industry in Scotland before deciding he wanted a fresh challenge in his professional career. Stuart joined the Kiltwalk in 2013 and has built up good relationships within the Charity sector and is looking forward to continuing in playing his part and making The Kiltwalk a huge success.