We’re delighted to be welcoming an outstanding line-up of speakers to the COVID-19 Awards on 9th July.  We’re immensely grateful to them for giving their time to join and inspire us.



Having presented the very funny and eventful MacAulay and Co. on BBC Radio Scotland for almost 18 years and with a string of tv appearances, Fred’s on air witticisms and on screen reputation are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.

Arriving late to the world of stand-up comedy in the early 90’s, he has gone on to be a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and at comedy festivals worldwide.  Appearances on many Radio 4 comedy panel shows including I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just A Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz guarantee an audience for Fred’s Live stand-up tours.

He has successfully featured in and presented many programmes for BBC Scotland: he hosted the talk show McCoist and MacAulay and presented Life According to Fred, Hoots, Simply Fred and Scots on the Box, as well as the 2014 On The Road magazine programme with Martell Maxwell.

On national BBC Television he has been a panelist on shows including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You. In addition, in the US he was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and his performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival has been shown coast to coast in North America as well.

Before his comedy career took off, he studied at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA in Accountancy and Jurisprudence. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from the same University in 2006 in appreciation of his time there as Rector.

Firmly disproving the myth that accountants are a humourless bunch, this former number-cruncher has a calculated wit – always intelligent, but never overly taxing. He even survived 7 out of 11 nights when he sang on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy! He is much in demand as an after-dinner speaker and awards presenter, which has taken him to Australia, Hong Kong, America, Iceland, France and Spain.



Bob is passionate about leadership, culture, values and communication and believes that these areas – sometimes called the “soft skills” are really the “hard” ones that make the difference. He is an engineer by background so wants to know why things work and how they operate. He has won lots of awards for entrepreneurship and business leadership. Bob is an experienced Chair and CEO and has a wide and deep business background.  He is former CEO of Wood Group and chaired Scottish Enterprise for 3 years.

He spends four days each week, unpaid, helping organisations in the private, public and third sectors. He works with lots of larger ambitious companies, many medium sized companies that want to grow, and a raft of earlier stage businesses. He also works with several Scottish charities and several Local Authorities. Take a look at his TEDx Talk “Doing Core Values” if you want to know more.


‘Marketing in a Post-COVID World’

Leela is Chief Marketing Officer of SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading online survey platform. Previously, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at Lever, Inc., a recruiting software startup, from series A through series C. Prior to that, she served in marketing leadership roles at OpenTable and LinkedIn. Leela also spent three years in management consulting at Bain & Company in San Francisco and London, and five years in sales at Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Leela holds an M.A. in history and English literature from the University of Edinburgh and earned an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she serves on the M.B.A. Advisory Council. Leela lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three beautiful daughters, and she returns to Scotland whenever she gets the chance.


Gavin won our Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012.  Since then he has gone on to achieve phenomenal success in several spheres.  He has continued in his role as Managing Director of Tree of Knowledge, one of the UK’s most exciting people development organisations, but in true Gavin fashion, that was only the tip of the iceberg for him.  Working with some of the largest organisations in the world, he is now regarded as one the most talented and sought after speakers, regularly delivering keynote speeches at conferences and exhibitions around the world, as well as being a best-selling author of 4 books.

Gavin is a firm believer that we, as adults, can be every bit as inspired by young children as they can by us grown-ups. Gavin transports his audience back to when they were just 5 years of age, a time when we feared nothing and embraced everything. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel and you will never eat broccoli in the same way again!  Just what we all need as we emerge from lockdown!

Click HERE to visit Gavin’s page on Amazon.

Tickets cost £12.50 + VAT each, including a £5 donation to our charity partner

My Name’5 Doddie Foundation