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  • 1. Graham  Watson,  LLB,  CA,  FRSA   Chief  Executive     Positive  Leadership  Limited           Graham  Watson  is  a  recognised  expert  in  corporate  finance,  business  and  leadership  strategy.  His   career  in  the  UK  and  USA  has  given  him  a  broad  base  of  situational  advisory  expertise,  from  VC   backed  companies  to  FTSE  100  companies.  His  network  is  extensive.  Following  10  years  as  a   corporate  finance  partner  with  Deloitte,  he  has  for  the  past  10  years  run  his  own  strategic   leadership  and  corporate  finance  advisory  firm.  His  appetite  for  interesting  advisory  and  non-­‐ executive  work  (wherever  located),  coupled  with  a  passion  for  sharing  his  thought  leadership,   remains  undiminished.   Background   Graham  Watson  brings  over  25  years  of  board  level  corporate  advisory  experience  in  a  variety  of   industry  sectors  to  help  business  leaders,  entrepreneurs  and  investors  maximise  the  value  of  their   businesses.  He  has  particular  cross-­‐border  expertise,  which  can  be  helpful  to  clients  that  wish  to  find   international  exit  routes  for  their  investments.   Summary   Graham  Watson  changed  the  name  of  his  company  to  Positive  Leadership  in  mid  2009,  in  order  to   further  develop  and  focus  the  consulting  business  he  established  in  2004.   Positive  Leadership  is  a  strategic  leadership  and  corporate  finance  advisory  firm.  We  use  our   considerable  experience  to  provide  unique  perspectives  and  innovative  solutions  that  help  corporate   leaders  unlock  maximum  value  from  complex  business  challenges.  We  equip  high  ambition  leaders   of  today  and  tomorrow  with  the  practical  skills  and  confidence  necessary  to  win  consistently  in  a   competitive  environment  and  excel  under  pressure.   Positive  Leadership  has  developed  an  innovative  approach  to  strategy  consulting  and  corporate   finance  that  brings  the  lessons  of  leadership  in  business  and  elite  sport  together  in  a  manner  that   can  deliver  sustained  performance  improvement  for  clients.   A  qualified  lawyer  and  chartered  accountant;  Graham  is  a  highly  regarded  strategic  adviser  and   negotiator,  with  considerable  experience  as  an  international  investment  banker.  He  is  also  a  trained   mediator.  Previously  he  was  the  co-­‐founder  and  executive  director  of  Winning  Scotland  Foundation,   a  director  of  Scotland’s  leading  investment  bank,  Noble  Grossart  Limited,  chief  executive  of  the   Carnegie  Sports  International  Group  and  a  corporate  finance  partner  with  Deloitte  (in  both  the  UK   1    
  • 2. and  USA).  Graham  graduated  magna  cum  laude  from  the  University  of  Edinburgh  Law  School  in   1979.     His  business  career  has  included  over  four  years  living  and  working  in  the  US  (1999-­‐  2003).  Graham  is   a  founding  member  of  the  Scottish  Executive  backed  GlobalScot  organisation.  Graham  is  the  World   Leadership  Day  Ambassador  in  Scotland  (www.worldleadershipday.org).     Graham  is  a  non-­‐executive  director  of  North  Lanarkshire  Leisure  Limited,  a  member  of  the   International  Coach  Federation  and  a  mentor  on  the  IDEAS  accelerator  programme   (http://www.idea-­‐scotland.co.uk/).   Graham  manages  the  business  affairs  of  his  daughter,  Sally  (www.sallywatson.com)  who  plays  golf   professionally  on  the  Ladies  European  Tour.  He  also  uses  his  skills  as  a  high  performance  coach   during  his  occasional  work  as  a  caddie  for  Sally.   Graham  has  been  recognised  as  one  of  the  Top  50  Leadership  Experts  to  Follow  on  Twitter.  The   Positive  Leadership  Blog  has  been  recognised  as  a  Top  50  Leadership  Blog  by  the  number  of  pages   indexed  by  Google  and  as  one  of  the  Top  100  Most  Socially  Shared  Leadership  Blogs  of  2013.   Graham  is  a  Fellow  of  the  Royal  Society  for  the  encouragement  of  Arts,  Manufactures  and   Commerce.   Graham  has  been  widely  endorsed  for  the  following  skills:  Business  Strategy,  Leadership   Development,  Entrepreneurship,  Mergers  &  Acquisitions,  Private  Equity,  Corporate  Finance  and   Executive  Coaching.     Detailed  Experience   Chief  Executive,  Positive  Leadership  Limited   June  2009  –  Present       Positive  Leadership  Limited  (www.positiveleadership.co.uk)  is  a  strategic  leadership  consulting  firm.   Using  our  proprietary  values  based  methodology,  we  equip  leaders  at  all  levels  with  the  confidence   and  skills  necessary  to  succeed  consistently  in  high  pressure  environments.  We  help  develop   innovative,  principled  and  insightful  leaders.  We  support  leaders  who  wish  to  establish  trust,  create   new  strategies  and  implement  those  strategies  more  effectively.  Our  advice  helps  clients  solve   critical  strategic  issues,  accelerate  growth  and  enhance  financial  performance.     Non-­‐Executive  Director  and  Chair  of  Audit  Committee   North  Lanarkshire  Leisure  Limited   September  2007  –  Present       North  Lanarkshire  Leisure  Ltd  (http://www.nlleisure.co.uk)  delivers  sport,  recreational  and  health   improving  services  to  the  community  of  North  Lanarkshire.  The  £24m  turnover  Company  is   responsible  for  the  management  and  operation  of  over  200  facilities  in  North  Lanarkshire.         2    
  • 3. Strategic  Adviser  (on  secondment)   Bioflow  Sport   May  2009  –  December  2013     The  Bioflow  brand  (www.bioflowsport.com)  was  created  in  1995  and  Bioflow  has  since  grown  into   one  of  the  world's  leading  suppliers  of  magnetic  wrist  products.       Strategic  Adviser  (on  secondment)   Macfarlane  Gray  Corporate  Finance   March  2005  –  July  2013     Macfarlane  Gray  Group  (http://www.macfarlanegray.co.uk)  –  now  part  of  French  Duncan  CA  -­‐   provides  business  advice  and  services  to  the  SME  market  across  Central  Scotland.     Executive  Director  (on  secondment)   Winning  Scotland  Foundation   January  2004  –  May  2009     Winning  Scotland  Foundation  (http://www.winningscotlandfoundation.org/)  is  an  independent   business-­‐led  charity,  co-­‐founded  by  Graham,  which  is  working  to  create  a  positive  winning  attitude   amongst  young  Scots,  using  sport  as  the  catalyst.     Partner  –  Corporate  Finance   Deloitte  (www.deloitte.com)   April  1992  –  December  2003       Based  in  Edinburgh  and  latterly  in  San  Francisco,  Graham  led  many  successful  corporate  finance   transactions  for  clients  in  a  wide  range  of  industries.     Chief  Executive   Carnegie  Sports  International  Limited   1989  –  1992       Graham  founded  this  sports  management  and  marketing  company  with  the  backing  of  leading   Scottish  entrepreneur,  Sir  David  Murray.     Director   Noble  Grossart  Limited  (http://www.noblegrossart.co.uk)   1983  –  1989       Corporate  finance,  M&A,  Strategic  Advice  to  a  wide  range  of  investment  banking  clients.     Staff  Accountant   KPMG  (www.kpmg.com)   1979  –  1982         3    
  • 4. Education   Institute  of  Chartered  Accountants  of  Scotland   CA   1979  –  1982     The  University  of  Edinburgh,  Law  School   LLB,  Law,  Graduated  Magna  Cum  Laude   1976  –  1979     George  Heriot's  School,  Edinburgh   1964  –  1976   School  Captain  1975/1976     Interests   Family,  Golf,  All  Sports     Personal  Details   Birthday:  January  14,  1958   Marital  Status:  Married  with  two  daughters  (24  and  22)     References   Available  on  request     Contact  Details   Email:   graham.watson@positiveleadership.co.uk     IM:  gfwatson  (Skype)   Phone:  +44  (0)  777  488  3103  (mobile)   Positive  Leadership  Limited   Ogilvie  House   77  High  Street   Earlsferry   Fife   KY9  1AH,  UK                     LinkedIn:   http://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamfwatson       About  Me:  http://about.me/positiveleadership   Twitter:  www.twitter.com/posleadership     Website:  www.positiveleadership.co.uk     Blog:   http://positiveleadershiplimited.blogspot.co.uk 4    

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