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Scotland’s Economy – Dinner with Benny Higgins

Scotland’s Economy – Dinner with Benny Higgins

@ Macdonald Holyrood Hotel 81 Holyrood Road EDINBURGH Midlothian EH8 8AE

4th September, 2019 17:30-20:30 Event 55.00
In our first Dinner series of the year, we welcome Benny Higgins, Strategic Adviser to the First Minister on the establishment of the Scottish National Investment Bank.
 
Benny was appointed by the First Minister to develop an Implementation Plan for the Bank and subsequently to advise on its establishment as a cornerstone institution in the Scottish economy. He will provide attendees with an update on  progress and thinking around the Bank and answer your questions.
 
This is an excellent opportunity to share your views to shape and inform thinking on proposals for the Bank, including its mission-orientated approach to investment to tackle key societal challenges and proposals for an Advisory Group for Ministers

 
Benny began his career at Standard Life in 1983 where he joined as an actuarial student and went on to become a member of the Standard Life Group Executive Committee in 1996.  In 1997 he moved to RBS to become Chief Executive of Retail Banking.  He was with RBS until 2005, during which time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking – one of the largest hostile takeovers ever undertaken in banking.  He became Chief Executive, Retail, HBOS in 2006 before joining Tesco Bank as Chief Executive in 2008, a position he held until February 2018. In 2015 appointed Group Strategy Director Tesco plc and Group Executive lead on Diversity and Inclusion.
 
In September 2017 Benny was asked by the Scottish Government to develop an implementation plan for the creation of a Scottish National Investment Bank.  Subsequently he was appointed as Strategic Adviser to the First Minister on the building of the Scottish national Investment Bank.  
 
Benny is Executive Chairman of the Buccleuch Group, Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland, Chairman of Sistema Scotland, Non Executive Director of Glasgow Life, Trustee of Burrell Renaissance, Non Executive Director of Arabian Centres, Chairman of Forster Chase Advisory and Chairman of Kyckr.
 
Held in the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, this event includes a two course meal with wine and ample networking opportunities with some of Edinburgh's biggest leaders in business.

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