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Malcolm Cannon is an ambitious and experienced leader who has worked in 6 different market sectors and held CEO positions in 4 diverse companies.  He joined the IoD in September 2019 as Director Scotland.

“With only 45 days until the Brexit deadline, businesses have never faced such confusion and uncertainty – and this is without the ongoing discussions currently taking place in Westminster. Having been involved with some of Scotland’s and the UK’s best-known businesses over the last 20 years, and in my various roles on boards, I can appreciate the struggle being felt by all those in leadership roles in Scotland.”

In 2006, after a decade apiece in the whisky & pharmaceutical sectors, he was head-hunted in 2006 to become CEO for the then ailing Hunter Boots which was bought out of administration. In 2 years, Malcolm helped steer its successful revival as an iconic fashion brand worn by the likes of supermodel Kate Moss.  Hunter’s revenues went from £6M to £19.5M within two years as he repositioned the wellies from an outdoors tool into a fashion accessory. 

In 2009, Malcolm moved to ESPC for four years working with 170 firms of solicitors to deliver exceptional growth in a poor economic landscape.

“Turning around ESPC was a huge achievement because of the economy at the time,” he says. “This was 2009 and the depths of the recession. We managed to turn it round to what it is today from the edge of the abyss.”

He next headed up a new entrant into the residential sales and lettings market in Edinburgh, Braemore, combining Property Management, Mortgages, Estate Agency and Insurance services.

In 2015, Malcolm joined Cricket Scotland as CEO where he managed a team governing, developing and growing the game of cricket at grassroots level and on the international stage.  Ranked 11 in the world for men and women, Scotland’s iconic (and first-ever) victories in 2017/18 against four different Test Members (including England) propelled Scotland into the upper echelons of global sport. He was honoured to have been selected to be part of the small International Cricket Council (ICC) Global Leadership Academy.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Partick Thistle Football Club,  Board member of the Scottish Sports Association, Director of Shirt By Hand and was previously a Non-Executive Director of The Property Ombudsman Scotland as well as sitting on the Law Society of Scotland Future of Conveyancing working party.

His energy and competitive spirit stems from a lifelong passion for team sports and he derives great excitement from developing a strong team ethos and sharing in the success that this tends to deliver. 

“I love watching and playing most sports, I did athletics very seriously as a youngster and even faced off with my hero Daley Thompson several times in the late 1970s and early 80s. While I never competed against him at decathlon, I did at high jump and pole vault.  I think we competed four times. I beat him every time at high jump and he beat me every time at pole vault. I’ve played rugby for 46 seasons now!”

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