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By Sian Brown and Mary Few

Sustainability is a defining issue of our time. Addressing the world’s major societal and environmental challenges requires urgent action from all businesses. How organisations are led, governed and act will determine the pace of progress towards a more sustainable future. Business leaders must take action to integrate sustainability across the organisation, and our ambition at Saxton Bampfylde, is to support leaders to respond successfully to these most significant of issues.

As we think about creating a more sustainable future in Scotland, there are varying interpretations of what this can mean and we have selected three individuals who are helping to drive forward positive change in their organisations to help preserve our economy, society and communities now and in the future.

For Sarah Willis, Chief Financial Officer of Intelligent Growth Solutions, the pandemic brought a new role and a new sector in agritech, and a very clear link to helping build a more sustainable future for food production in the UK and internationally.

Glen Gribbon, Non-Executive Chair of the Cabrach Distillery and Marketing Director of The Macallan, highlights the importance of community and continuity in building a sustainable future for a beautiful Speyside region central to the history of malt whisky.

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, the former Chief Executive Officer of digital skills academy CodeClan, emphasises the opportunities and the barriers to building a genuinely sustainable skills programme in Scotland. But anything and everything is possible, she tells us, when technology is the key enabler.

Furthermore, we share some insights from our recent Talent Dinner, held in collaboration with the Scotch Whisky Association, as we consider how to build a more sustainable and diversified talent pool across the highly valuable whisky sector in Scotland.

In other exciting news for Saxton Bampfylde, we are delighted to announce in this issue our recent appointment of Philip Rodney as Senior Advisor as we expand our advisory work in the professional services and legal sector across the UK. Here Philip shares his reflections with us on his new role and building and embedding sustainable leadership across strategy, talent and culture.

We do hope you enjoy this edition of CANVAS.

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