Ross has over 40 years’ experience of working with growing businesses, in various sectors, particularly in the South-East and in Scotland. This has been in different roles – as a consultant, as a lead advisor on innovation programmes, and as a Director in Innovation Centres in Scotland and London. He was a Director in his family business manufacturing bottling and packaging machinery, prior to joining the Howden Group, a global air and gas handling company. There he was Managing Director of a £11m manufacturing division with two factories in the UK, and European Sales Director for the Group, with over £100m of sales from factories throughout Europe. He has also worked with a Manufacturing Institute, providing project support to the UK’s automotive sector.