Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship

Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship
– a game-changing opportunity!




The Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship programme is searching for Scotland’s most ambitious and entrepreneurially-minded individual from the licensed trade to secure a fully-funded place on Entrepreneurial Scotland’s prestigious Saltire Fellowship Programme.
The six month, world class leadership development programme is designed to grow and connect the talent driving the Scottish economy. It is led by Entrepreneurial Scotland in partnership with Babson College in Boston, USA and Strathclyde Business School at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

The Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship panel of judges are:

•    Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society Diageo GB. Mark is also President of The Scottish Beer and Pub Association

•    Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland

•    Peter Lederer CBE, an expert in Leisure, Travel and Tourism

•    Gillian McKenzie, Editor of the Scottish Licensed Trade News

•    Paul Waterson, Chief Executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association


Sandy Kennedy, Paul Reynolds and Mark Baird.



Paul Reynolds tells us how the Saltire Fellowship transformed his life:


Paul Reynolds reflects on his time as a one of the founding class members of the Saltire Fellowship. Founder and owner of award winning Cup Glasgow Ltd, Paul created Cup Tea Rooms and the Gin71 concept bar. Cup is now a multi-million pound operation, employing over 100 people.

What did you hope to get out of participating in the Saltire Fellowship?
As we were the first cohort of the fellowship in 2009 I went in ‘blind’. However after talking to the Saltire team and meeting other ambitious candidates I felt that it was the right time for me in my career.

I wanted to break the mould of working in London for eight years, the weekly commute and I wanted to be challenged in a way that I had not been before. I wanted to be pushed out of my comfort zone. I really wanted to refine the skills and tools I was using and gain further leadership experience.

What did you learn during your time in the Fellowship?
Having worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years, I went into the Fellowship not knowing what I wanted to get out of it. I did not plan to start my own business but knew that I wanted to move career and industry altogether. We were immersed in jargon and finance and you quickly realise that the support of the other Fellows is integral to your development. These are the people that will help and assist you.

How did it help you develop as a business person and entrepreneur?
The programme was a refinement and an enabler to make me think differently. You learn to look at everything in a much more detailed manner.

There is a lot of business and engagement in the wider entrepreneurial community that I would not have had before. My confidence developed and I now felt that ‘I can do anything!’

Why would you recommend people apply to the Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship?
The hospitality industry is very much a “school of knocks” career. I think that many of us do not choose it, it chooses us. The programme provides an amazing opportunity to take your preconceived thoughts of business and mix it with some of the world’s best academics and some of the best business leaders in Scotland.

It’s a real game changer, equipping you with new skills to benefit the organisation you’re in right now, or to start your own business.


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Email your CV and a letter to:

Or to find out more phone Michael McCourt on: 0141 548 4417

March 5, 2017
Closing date for applications
March 10-24, 2017
March 31, 2017
Shortlisted candidates notified
April 11, 2017
Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship
Judging Day
More information can be found at:



September 4-7, 2017
Kick off week Scotland
September 11 – November 3, 2017
Learning Module 1 Babson College, USA
November 4-11, 2017
Learning Journey, Silicon Valley, USA
November 13, 2017 – February 23, 2018
Project Work, Scotland
January 15-26, 2018
Learning Module 2
Strathclyde Business School, Scotland
February 24, 2018
Graduation Ceremony