Fiona Godsman is a passionate advocate for student enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland. She is inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of Scotland’s young entrepreneurs and appreciates being able to support them with a bit of ‘grey haired’ knowledge. She is a powerful networker and loves to put people in touch with others who can help and inspire them.
Fiona is CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), the national organisation for promoting and supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland's universities. Her role at SIE involves managing the activities of the team, and ensuring that SIE’s activities remain relevant, effective and supportive to both student entrepreneurs and academic staff. She serves on a number of committees related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education, and is a member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and the Institute of Directors, ensuring that the organisation plays a vital connecting role between academia and business within Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Prior to her role at SIE, Fiona founded a life sciences marketing consultancy, Kelados, utilising her 18 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Fiona has held senior global positions in both small and large organisations, including Q-One Biotech, BioReliance and Invitrogen. She also has several years of research and laboratory experience.
Fiona is still an active participant in biotech/bioscience communities. She is a founding member of Nexxus, the Scottish bioscience network, headed up the organisation during its expansion, and still serves as vice-chair on the steering committee. She has been actively involved in organising several international life sciences conferences. She also served on the Bioindustry Association steering group in Scotland for eight years.
She is a strategic thinker, a quick learner, a great team player, and brings fresh insights into any role.