Scotland Excel


Our Senior Management Team support the Executive Team with developing and managing Scotland Excel.  Each manager leads a team responsible for a key operational area of our business.  

Lorne Campbell

Lorne Campbell, Corporate Services Manager

Lorne is an experienced business manager with extensive knowledge of local government.  He joined Scotland Excel in March 2019 to manage the newly formed Corporate Services Team encompassing the organisation's finance, HR, ICT and office services functions.  Prior to joining Scotland Excel, Lorne was a Business Manager with KA Leisure in North Ayrshire, and has previously worked with West Dunbartonshire, Midlothian and Argyll & Bute Councils in a variety of corporate services roles. Outside of Scotland Excel, Lorne is the chairman of Shire Housing Association, a Residential Social Landlord in East Ayrshire which manages 1,000 homes in some of Scotland’s most socially and economically deprived communities.

Sharon Christie 

Sharon Christie, Lead Account Manager

Sharon has been with Scotland Excel since its launch in 2008.  She initially worked as a marketing and communications specialist before joining the Customer Account Management team in 2014 and being promoted to her current role of Lead Account Manager.  She leads a team of four customer account managers and business change project managers responsible for establishing and implementing effective stakeholder management, building relationships with local authorities, and supporting engagement with procurement, learning and development, business change and transformation projects.  Sharon has worked in procurement organisations for over 20 years.  Prior to Scotland Excel, she worked with Strathclyde Regional Council Central Purchasing and the Authorities Buying Consortium (abc).

Jennifer McKerrall 

Jennifer McKerrall, Strategic Programme Manager 

Jennifer is responsible for the development of Scotland Excel’s contract portfolios in social care and construction.  As a senior manager, she leads four category teams and 26 people working across these two strategic procurement areas. Jennifer joined Scotland Excel in 2009 as a Graduate Trainee which allowed her to gain her masters degree in supply chain & procurement management and membership of CIPS. During her time with Scotland Excel, Jennifer has worked in various roles in social care and construction as a contract lead and category manager.  She led many of the new developments in the expansion of these areas before being promoted to her current role in 2018.


Ian McNaught, Strategic Organisational Development Manager 

Ian is an experienced business manager who joined Scotland Excel in 2016.  He leads on the development and delivery of the Scotland Excel Academy, our award-winning learning and development service for the public sector.  His role also encompasses organisational development initiatives and development opportunities for Scotland Excel staff.  Ian has extensive experience of leading and supporting operations and enterprises globally. Before joining Scotland Excel, he was the Executive Director of Small Business Charter, facilitating engagement between UK university business schools, SME communities, Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and national parliaments. Ian represents Scotland Excel on the Scottish Government’s Professional Practice & Development Strategic Forum.

Billy Murray Procurement Development Manager

Billy Murray, Procurement Development Manager 

Billy has been with Scotland Excel since 2009 and is responsible for the development, implementation and governance of procurement policy and process.  He also leads the data team within Scotland Excel.  Billy is our lead officer on the strategic direction of procurement at a national level, representing Scotland Excel at the Scottish Public Procurement Policy Group and the Scottish Local Government Procurement Forum. His awareness and understanding of relevant UK and EU legislation makes Billy an essential source of advice and guidance on these subjects. Prior to joining Scotland Excel, Billy was a Procurement Manager for Scottish Airports and BAA plc.

Lesley Richard Strategic Procurement Manager

Lesley Richard, Strategic Procurement Manager 

Lesley joined Scotland Excel in 2009 as a Senior Procurement Specialist, and was promoted to her current role in 2015. She manages a team of 14 staff responsible for a wide range of corporate, facilities, education, ICT, fleet, roads and waste contracts. Lesley has established close working relationships with strategic partners such as Food Standards Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland, Publishing Scotland, Transport Scotland and Scottish Prison Service.  She also works in partnership with the health and education sectors to ensure knowledge and processes are shared to benefit the wider public sector. Prior to joining Scotland Excel, Lesley worked as a Buyer with BAA plc.


Maureen Robertson, Marketing and Communications Manager

Maureen joined Scotland Excel in 2009 and leads the small marketing and communications team responsible for corporate events, campaigns, publications, media relations, public affairs, digital media, recruitment marketing and customer research.  Having joined the organisation at an early stage, she is proud to have played a part in establishing Scotland Excel as a valued public sector partner by promoting brand awareness and communicating success.  Maureen also plays a lead role in the development of corporate strategy, planning and reporting, and has more than 25 years business experience with public and private sector organisations such as Scottish Screen, VisitScotland and United Airlines.


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