Carolyn Currie - Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR)

Additional contact: Miriam Smith, Innovation and Enterprise Manager

Tel: 07872 128 688


Carolyn Currie, Chief Executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, is QMU's first ever Entrepreneur in Residence.

As a prominent champion of female entrepreneurship, Carolyn will help QMU play a vital role in addressing the gender imbalance which currently exists across the Scottish entrepreneurial landscape. She will lead on the empowerment and education of women who have the potential to develop as successful entrepreneurs, and encourage them to achieve their full potential.

  • Career Overview
  • Board Membership

Carolyn has enjoyed an extensive career at a senior level in financial services. Roles include Head of Women in Business at RBS where she co-designed, launched and expanded the women in business proposition to international acclaim. As the first woman to be Head of Business Lending, she managed the multi-billion-pound lending book and delivered new digital operating platforms. A practitioner of ethical, data-led innovation, Carolyn achieved industry recognition and awards for her work on new product development.

Now the Chief Executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, she has guided the development of global-leading standards for business support and for digital platform content. Carolyn regularly gives evidence to Parliamentary Committees on entrepreneurship and economic matters and comments in the media. Known internationally as an advocate for women’s entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals, she is a founding member of the UK Women’s Enterprise Policy Group, a member of the T20 (the think-tank aligned to the G20) and has contributed policy papers to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) was established in 2011 as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which focuses on the contribution women's enterprise makes to the Scottish economy. WES aims to create an environment where women-owned businesses can start-up and thrive, unlocking the full economic potential of women.

In 2020, WES launched the digital Women’s Business Centre to deliver gender specific support direct to women-owned businesses. The digital Women’s Business Centre will benefit from a Scotland-wide boost to its profile after WES won a share of the STV Growth Fund, allowing it to promote the platform to a wider audience across the STV network.

Carolyn is an experienced board member and advisor and currently sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. She also Chairs the Board of the Productivity Institute in Scotland.

Carolyn has an extensive network of entrepreneurs, business leaders, thought leaders and key influencers in the UK and internationally.