• Russell Dalgleish

    Serial Entrepreneur | Board Advisor | Strategist |

    Co-Founder of Scottish Business Network |

    Keynote Speaker | Chairman

  • About Russell

    The Tall Scottish Guy

    Serial Entrepreneur | Board Advisor | Strategist | Keynote Speaker | Chairman | co-Founder of Scottish BUsiness Network |Opportunity Optimist

    As one of the most connected Scottish businessman, Russell is a high-profile influencer and connector, as well as a serial entrepreneur. He is the founding Managing Partner of the advisory group, Exolta Capital Partners as well as angel investor. In his earlier career he has held board leadership positions with International companies achieving turnover in excess of £200m.
    Russell believes that there is untapped potential within Scottish businesses which can be realised by encouraging an increase in international business and export. His passion for this subject was recognised by the Scottish Government who have appointed him to the Scottish Board of Trade.
    Today Russell sits on the boards on ten companies and organisations including Institute of Directors Scotland, Startedin and ScotlandIS. He is an active member of Merchant Company of Edinburgh , Asia Scotland Institute and supporter of organisations championing female business leaders Changing the Chemistry and the Association of Scottish Business Women.
    Regularly appearing on lists of top 100 most influential entrepreneurs, he was also recently named on the Maserati 100 – a list of Britain’s business leaders doing the most to promote and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.
    An experienced speaker, Russell has delivered entrepreneur focused events in Abu Dhabi, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Shenzhen, China.
    Russell’s success has been commemorated in a number of ways, but most notably by sculptor Anthony Gormley. He was turned into a living statue, fully kilted, on a plinth in Trafalgar Square for charity.


    Linkedin / @RussellExolta / russell@sbn.scot



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    Russell Dalgleish is one of the foremost speakers on Entrepreneurship in the UK today. He not only inspires others by providing an insight into the world of the Entrepreneur, but he personally remains very active in the world of business through a range of investments and advisory positions. He’s described as an ‘Opportunity Optimist’


    He operates across a range of sectors, taking the role of Investor, Advisor, and Entrepreneur to a portfolio of SME and Start-Up businesses. Home is Linlithgow but his career has primarily been based from London & Overseas.


    His talks cover a wide range of issues including his personal experience of overcoming adversities to build a range of successful companies, a unique and challenging insight into the world of the private investor as well as highlighting opportunities available to entrepreneurs today.

  • Testimonials


    Miriam Adcock

    Project Manager at Zero Waste Scotland

    I attended Russell's talk about Business Growth at a Business Gateway event last week in my role as marketing assistant to my husband's business www.cleikum-mill-lodge.co.uk. Russell was so inspirational, giving really practical tips that could apply to a multi-national as much as to a small self-catering business like ours. He also went above and beyond expectations by giving personalised advice by email - with some great tips that we hadn't even considered before. A great figurehead for Scottish business around the world.

    Phillip Bruner

    Founder & CEO

    I was passed Russell's contact details by a trusted friend who had successfully exited one startup and was beginning to build another. We had reached a point in our early development where a critical decision had to be made about whether or not to pivot fully away from our original demonstration prototype and adopt a much more ambitious outlook. Russell took my call and without any hesitation provided me with the most insightful guidance on the very specific challenge we faced. His willingness to pay it forward, without any expectations, was remarkable and inspirational. There are a small number of people in this busy world who will make time for a stranger in need of advice. Those who do without hesitation we call leaders.

    emma Herdman

    Sales Executive at Delta Energy and Enviroment

    I met Russell at a Business Gateway Master Class. He asked immediately what I did and somehow worked out within 30 seconds the advice I needed!! His talk to the group went on to provide clarity, insight and inspiration. I picked up some tips and actions to do straight away. All delivered in the true Scottish style of humour and energy. Thank you Russell!

    Gregory Chauvet

    Founder & CEO

    Russell not only provides the most insightful Linkedin posts, but is also always ready to help and to bring the business community together.
    Russell is forward-thinking and a thought provoking individual.

    Ellen Kerr

    CEO at DCB Project

    It was a privilege to have Russell Dalgleish, inspiring serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker join us at the Mayor of London’s Digital Roadshow. I have had the pleasure of working with many of the brightest minds but Russell ranks among the very best speakers I’ve ever encountered. His speeches on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship have influenced industry leaders in many parts of the world. Russell gave fundamental advice and guidance to our future digital leaders, on top of spending the whole day at our event he gave an inspiring motivational speech at the key speaker’s summit. We really enjoyed having Russell on board and we look forwards, to welcoming him back on the 7th July at the Copper box in the Olympic Park.

    Benedetto Bordone

    Founder & Creative Director of the Loft

    Russell is a truly potent and inspirational speaker.
    He really gets people, what drives them, what motivates them and what makes them tick - all crucial in building successful businesses. He understands the importance of the human element and is a rocket-ship of wisdom and energy. Highly recommended.

    Stuart M.

    President at BDGCC

    I had the privilege to see Russell in action as a speaker at a recent event in Abu Dhabi. His message and delivery was truly inspirational and the audience enjoyed the experience immensely. Russell has a charming and persuasive manner which engages the audience and leaves them feeling inspired.

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