About Us - Area Team

Meet the Area Team

This is the group of volunteers from business, industry and education who work together to plan the programme of events for Young Enterprise companies in the Grampian area.

Ian Phillips, Chief Executive, OGIC - the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre

Area Team Chair 

I got involved in Young Enterprise when my own son was a member of a company (they recorded local bands and sold music compilations – in the era of CD’s!)   I thought the concept was brilliant, and have been on the Board ever since.  I get such a buzz seeing young people learn the excitement of setting up and running a company.  As well as being chair, I am responsible for the Christmas Fairs – and I do quite a lot of presentations about Young Enterprise to schools.

Inga Milne, Teacher, St Machar Academy

Area Team Vice-Chair & Link Teacher

I was in Young Enterprise when I was at school, and really enjoyed the whole experience. When the opportunity came up at school to become the Link Teacher I jumped at the chance, and have been involved in Young Enterprise since 2002. I have been lucky to work with teams who have reached the Grampian and National Finals. We on the YEG Board are here to support the Link Teachers and Business Advisers, so if you have any questions, or want to get involved, please get in touch!

Pam Cradock, Independent Financial Adviser, McHardy Financial

Area Team Treasurer & Business Adviser

I got involved as a Young Enterprise Business Adviser in 2015 and it was shortly after that I was asked to join the YEG Board.  Working with the teams, seeing them overcome challenges and developing their products is really the best part of Young Enterprise.

Lisa Finnie, Principal Teacher Guidance, Hazlehead Academy

Area Team Secretary  & Link Teacher

I have been involved in Young Enterprise since 2005, when I became the Link Teacher at Hazlehead. I remember that first year as an extremely steep learning curve, and our company always seemed to be at the last minute with things. Since then, we have had a number of teams which have won through to the Grampian Finals. Two of our highlights were when "FabEco" sold out of stock within an hour at the Inverurie Fayre, and when "Chalk-IT" were runners up in 2015.

I have been involved with the Area Team since 2015, and I am particularly enjoying being involved in some of the IT developments. Yes, I'm a techy geek!

Jordan Rowson, Business Development Manager, Cammach

Area Team Member 

I recently joined the Area Team in May 2017, after being involved as a Business Adviser throughout 2016/2017. Fortunately for me, I had first hand experience, in 2007, of being Managing Director of the Oldmachar Academy Young Enterprise team, where we created Dinner Party and Work related ‘Survivor kits’. I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of being MD of a Team, as well as a Business Adviser.

Personally, I find that the Young Enterprise programme adds so much value in both personal and professional growth. The same challenges arise in ‘real life’ business as they did in our Young Enterprise team!



Rob Clunas

Area Team Member  & Business Adviser

Based in Aberdeen City, Rob is a keen equestrian and business man. Having previously participated in Young Enterprise and been fortunate enough to represent Scotland in the London YE Finals, he is extremely passionate about the programme. Rob is currently the project manager of a charity, overseeing all operations and putting the skills learned from YE to good practice. The RNCI’s objective is to help children and their teachers in the North-East of Scotland develop a greater understanding of farming and the working countryside. Rob says, “After having such a great experience with the Young Enterprise programme I am excited to sit on the board and help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

Karen Clark, Project Manager, Elevator

Area Team Member 

Project Manager for Elevator,  delivering programmes and events with a focus on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.   Like to see people making the most of opportunities that come their way,  working hard, playing hard  and giving something back .  Motto: Making It Happen!

Link to Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-clark-73039017/

Link to work webpage: http://www.elevatoruk.com/about/

Ann Johnson, Partner & Finance Director, Blaze Manufacturing Solution

Area Team Member & Business Adviser

Ann Johnson founded Blaze Manufacturing Solutions Ltd, with her husband, Howard, in 2006, and has grown the business from a garden shed operation to a global business with a turnover of £19 million.  Blaze is a major player in the global oil and gas industry, manufacturing and developing fire prevention and suppression systems, safety critical systems and services. Whilst Ann appreciates that a woman owning and running an engineering company is unusual, it is not impossible. Therefore, never assume she is the plus one!

Mark Skinner, Managing Director, Scotsbridge Ltd

Area Team Member & Business Adviser

With a career spanning over 30 years, Mark has built up his solid reputation globally. Before founding Scotsbridge, Mark held the position of managing director at John Bell Pipeline and helped the company achieve growth in sales and expansion internationally. He has created and implemented, successfully, a number of enhanced supply chain and cost efficiency models during his time with the company.

Mark’s passion is business. Having mentored companies through the Scottish Chamber of Commerce over the last six years, he has built upon his industry knowledge and utilised it, allowing him to support and help companies plan for expansion. He is also keen to assist the younger generations into business and has been working with Young Enterprise Scotland initiative in secondary schools.


Yvonne Walker, Shelltech Ltd

Area Team Member & Business Adviser


Karen Bilsland, University of Aberdeen

Area Team Member


Pamela Cumming, University of Aberdeen

Area Team Member 


David Rodger, Upstream Communications Adviser at Shell UK

Area Team Member 

A former civil servant, David has worked in Aberdeen for over 33 years, mostly within the energy industry. Current role includes support to Scottish Universities on the Shell Eco-Marathon, and as a STEM Ambassador he has supported various events/initiatives including Techfest and talks at schools and colleges on careers in the energy industry. David is also a volunteer presenter on local River Dee radio station and keen radio amateur.

Areas of Responsibility

Below are the Roles & Responsibilities of the Area Team for session 2019-20.

Area of responsibility
Chair Ian Phillips
Vice Chair Inga Milne
Treasurer Pam Cradock
Secretary Lisa Finnie

Lisa Finnie (Lead)

Rob Clunas

Karen Bilsland

BA/LT Event Inga Milne
Christmas Fairs

Ian Phillips (Lead)

Rob Clunas

Mark Skinner

Report Judging

Pam Cradock (Lead)

Ann Johnston

Practice Evening

Pam Cradock (lead)

Ann Johnston


Jordan Rowson (Lead)

Ann Johnston

Yvonne Walker

New School Co-ordination & Networking

Inga Milne


Lisa Finnie

Jordan Rowson

Pam Cradock

Inga Milne

Ian Phillips

PVG Processing

Karen Clark

Ian Phillips

Pam Cradock