New Executive Director appointed to the Small Business Charter

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Ian McNaught as our new Executive Director. Ian McNaught joins the Small Business Charter team as Executive Director from 8th September and is ready to hit the ground running.

Ian was previously at Ichor Systems Ltd, and has over 14 years entrepreneurial business experience at a senior level and 25 years operations management experience. He has extensive leadership and management experience working across start-ups, SMEs, complex multi-nationals, government bodies, academia and membership organisations - within the UK and across Europe, USA, Russia, Israel and China. He is also the Scotland Board Chair for the Chartered Management Institute.

Ian McNaught said: “I am passionate about organisational excellence combined with entrepreneurial strategy. This is reflected in my MBA research of SME Entrepreneurship Innovation and Internationalisation, and I am looking forward to leading the Charter on to great success.”

Sir Peter Bonfield, Chair of the Small Business Charter Management Board, said “Ian brings a vast wealth of experience in SMEs, entrepreneurship and internationalisation of businesses. Under his leadership we look forward to further bolstering our knowledge and capacity for enterprise as we seek to further strengthen the ties between small business and business schools, and maximise the benefits for members of the Small Business Charter.”