Future Leaders with Nicola Thomson

Life is a Spectrum

Edrington, 15 January, 12pm to 2pm

The programme includes a series of lunchtime sessions with senior Business Leader members and Fellows of the Marketing Society including:

★ Malcolm Roughead, CEO, VisitScotland
★ Rob Woodward, CEO, STV
★ Juliet Simpson, CEO, Stripe Communciations
★ Glen Gribbon, Marketing Director, The Macallan
★ Jo Coomber, Marketing Director, National Galleries
★ Iain Valentine, Managing Partner, Whitespace
★ Steven Pearson, Marketing Director, Whyte & Mackay
★ Pauline Aylesbury, Head of Marketing and Insight (Deputy Head of Communications), Scottish Government 
★ Julie Ashworth, Chair of the Edinburgh & Lothians IoD Committee 
★ Richard Simpson, Joint Managing Director at Tayburn
★ Pam Scobbie, Creative Director and Lee Beattie Strategy and Culture Director at Wire
★ Petra Cameron, Head of Advertising & Content at Royal Bank of Scotland 
★ John Booth, Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing at Scottish Enterprise

Each speaker gives an inspirational presentation on their career to date, how to be a great leader, challenges and opportunities they met along the way and the hardest decisions they've had to make.


Our next Future Leaders session will be with Nicola Thomson, Global Marketing Capability Lead at Edrington on Wednesday 15 January in Glasgow. Over the last 25 years Nicola has worked on a wide range of global brands from Nike and Adidas to Pedigree at Mars and skin care brands at Unilever.She worked at the investment business at Standard Life before more recently joining The Macallan team at Edrington.

She has worked both agency and client side with a focus on brands and their reinventions, managing this both internally and externally from strategic repositioning through to successful implementation and the delivery of robust and measurable marketing programmes.

Nicola has worked in various international markets including Amsterdam, USA, Tokyo and Melbourne.

At our Future Leaders events our guest speakers cover their career to date and the key learnings from both successes and failures as well as opening up a discussion on effective leadership.


Our Future Leaders programme is now open to all members who are aspiring leaders – no matter their age or current level in the organisation. This reflects the growing trend for young professionals to make a later start in their career or to take a career break at some point.

Sign up now by emailing us here.


Nicola Thomson

Global Marketing Capability Lead, The Macallan


100 Queen Street, G1 3DN, Scotland
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