Willie Watt

Willie Watt has been re-appointed to the role of Chair at the Scottish National Investment Bank for a further four years.

Willie spent 19 years with equities investment management firm Martin Currie, as the company’s Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board, retiring in 2019. Previously Willie spent 16 years with the 3i Group, latterly as Managing Director responsible for the company’s Scottish and Irish businesses and ran investment teams focusing on venture capital, energy and mid-market buyouts.

Since 2016 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of Scottish Equity Partners, and a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the National Galleries of Scotland, retiring from NGS in November 2022.  He is now a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland Foundation.  

Commenting on his reappointment, Willie said; “I’m delighted to continue my role as Chair with the Bank.  We’re at an exciting stage of our journey, having spent the past two years building up our investments and working with inspiring and ambitious businesses across Scotland.”

“The Bank continues to focus on investing in companies who contribute to delivering our three missions of net zero, improving places and harnessing innovation.”

“I look forward to continuing to work with the Bank team, and am excited to see what can be achieved for the people of Scotland.”

CEO Al Denholm commented “We’re pleased that Willie will continue in his role of Chair.  He brings a wealth of investment banking and leadership experience and we’re looking forward to our ongoing work together.”

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