Business Leader Coach and Entrepreneur

  • Who is Russell Dalgleish?

    Russell Dalgleish, also known as the “Tall Scottish Guy”, has had a thriving career as not only a serial entrepreneur but an Investor, Strategist, Director and member of the Advisory Board at the Scottish Government’s CivTech® Programme and to the Board of Trade. He brings the experience of overcoming adversities to build a range of successful companies, a unique and challenging insight into the world of the private investor and highlights opportunities available to entrepreneurs today.


    “The career I have followed has allowed me to develop a truly global mindset, an inner capacity to ‘do the right thing’ and resilience which has allowed me to accept both success and failure as simply milestones on the journey.”


    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.
    Today Russell sits on the boards on ten companies and organisations including the Institute of Directors Scotland, Mr Finch Limited and Remarkable. He has also recently expanded his efforts internationally by launching his co-founded Business Network, SBN, into the US and has been recognized as one of the top 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs (No.67).

  • Testimonials

    Ceteris (Scotland) LTD

    Clackmannanshire Business Week is now a fixture of the March diary in central Scotland. In addition to local businesses it attracts attendees from across Forth Valley and beyond. Every year there is one event aimed at growth businesses with ambition. This year I was given the task of sourcing speakers. Having been a business adviser for nearly 20 years, I have a large pool of very good speakers. The very first call I made though was to Russell Dalgleish. I have known Russell for many years and he has spoken at other events and also assisted many of my clients. I was delighted when he agreed to be the keynote speaker and open the event. He did not disappoint and feedback from all the attendees has been outstanding – one local entrepreneur who has been in business for over 30 years said it was the best presentation he has ever been to.


    Russell has that rare combination of skills: knowing his subject, being able to give pertinent examples, engaging with the audience and last but by no means least, giving a highly entertaining talk. I would not hesitate to recommend Russell as a speaker.

    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."


    "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."

    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."


    Springfield Road, Linlithgow




    Data Protection Policy
    RTPL Limited (Parent of Russell Dalgleish)
    Note about this policy template: Lots of template policies are unhelpfully long and simply reiterate large portions of the legislation. This template is different: it aims to provide a concise and practical document that can be used by trustees of small charities as the foundation for a working Data Protection Policy. If you have any doubt about your legal obligations you should always check with a lawyer. 
    Last updated	31.05.2018
    RTPL	Means RTPL Limited
    GDPR	means the General Data Protection Regulation.
    Responsible Person	means Scott Dalgleish
    Register of Systems	means a register of all systems or contexts in which personal data is processed by RTPL.
    1. Data protection principles
    RTPL is committed to processing data in accordance with its responsibilities under the GDPR. 
    Article 5 of the GDPR requires that personal data shall be:
    a.	processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals;
    b.	collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;
    c.	adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed;
    d.	accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay;
    e.	kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals; and
    f.	processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.”
    2. General provisions
    a.	This policy applies to all personal data processed by RTPL. 
    b.	The Responsible Person shall take responsibility for RTPL ongoing compliance with this policy. 
    c.	This policy shall be reviewed at least annually. 
    d.	RTPL shall register with the Information Commissioner’s Office as an organisation that processes personal data. 
    3. Lawful, fair and transparent processing 
    a.	To ensure its processing of data is lawful, fair and transparent, RTPL shall maintain a Register of Systems. 
    b.	The Register of Systems shall be reviewed at least annually. 
    c.	Individuals have the right to access their personal data and any such requests made to RTPL shall be dealt with in a timely manner. 
    4. Lawful purposes
    a.	All data processed by RTPL must be done on one of the following lawful bases: consent, contract, legal obligation, vital interests, public task or legitimate interests.
    b.	RTPL shall note the appropriate lawful basis in the Register of Systems.
    c.	Where consent is relied upon as a lawful basis for processing data, evidence of opt-in  consent shall be kept with the personal data. 
    d.	Where communications are sent to individuals based on their consent, the option for the individual to revoke their consent should be clearly available and systems should be in place to ensure such revocation is reflected accurately in RTPL’s systems.  
    5. Data minimisation
    a.	RTPL shall ensure that personal data are adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed. 
    6. Accuracy
    a.	RTPL shall take reasonable steps to ensure personal data is accurate. 
    b.	Where necessary for the lawful basis on which data is processed, steps shall be put in place to ensure that personal data is kept up to date. 
    7. Archiving / removal
    a.	To ensure that personal data is kept for no longer than necessary, RTPL shall put in place an archiving policy for each area in which personal data is processed and review this process annually. 
    b.	The archiving policy shall consider what data should/must be retained, for how long, and why. 
    8. Security
    a.	RTPL shall ensure that personal data is stored securely using modern software that is kept-up-to-date.  
    b.	Access to personal data shall be limited to personnel who need access and appropriate security should be in place to avoid unauthorised sharing of information. 
    c.	When personal data is deleted this should be done safely such that the data is irrecoverable. 
    d.	Appropriate back-up and disaster recovery solutions shall be in place. 
    9. Breach
    In the event of a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data, RTPL shall promptly assess the risk to people’s rights and freedoms and if appropriate report this breach to the ICO (more information on the ICO website). 
    Privacy notice
    Russell Dalgleish
    Purpose of privacy notice
    The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the GDPR). This legislation will replace current data privacy law, giving more rights to you as an individual and more obligations to organisations holding your personal data.
    One of the rights is a right to be informed, which means we have to give you even more information than we do now about the way in which we use, share and store your personal information.
    This means that we will be publishing a new privacy notice so you can access this information, along with information about the increased rights you have in relation to the information we hold on you and the legal basis on which we are using it.
    This new privacy notice came into effect on May 25th 2018. 
    Who are we?
    RTPL are the parent organisation for Russell Dalgleish, and we are the data controller. This means we decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.
    You can contact RTPL by getting in touch with Russell Dalgleish at russell.dalgleish@gmail.com or +44 (0) 792 000 8187
    Whose information does this privacy notice apply to?
    This privacy notice applies to information we collect from:
    •      customers;
    •      prospective customers;
    •      former customers;
    •      people who subscribe to our newsletters;
    •      visitors to our website;
    •      job applicants and our current and former employees.
    What is personal data?
    Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. Examples of personal data we may hold about you include your contact and appointment details.
    Special category data is a sub-category of personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. Examples of special category data we may hold about you include your customer notes.
    How do we process your personal data?
    We comply with our obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the purposes set out below.
    Sections 1 – 3 apply to our customers, prospective customers, former customers and former customers.
    1.    We use your name, address, telephone number and email address to make and rearrange appointments. We are unable to send or receive encrypted emails so you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit. We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send us is within the bounds of the law. We store this information Electronically and in Paper Form, held in our locked Filing Cabinet at our premises.  
    2.    We use your name, address, telephone number and email address, only if we have your explicit consent, to send you marketing materials. We are unable to send or receive encrypted emails so you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit. We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send us is within the bounds of the law.
    3.    Some customers and prospective customers return questionnaires or tell us about their business or business aspirations. We are unable to send or receive encrypted emails so you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit. We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send us is within the bounds of the law.
    Section 4 applies to those who complain about our services
     4.  When we receive a complaint from a person we make up a file containing the details of the complaint. This normally contains the identity of the complainant and any other individuals involved in the complaint.
    We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide. We usually have to disclose the complainant’s identity to whoever the complaint is about. If a complainant doesn’t want information identifying him or her to be disclosed, we will try to respect that. However, it may not be possible to handle a complaint on an anonymous basis. 
    We will keep personal information contained in complaint files in line with our retention policy. This means that information relating to a complaint will be retained for two years from closure. It will be retained in a secure environment and access to it will be restricted according to the ‘need to know’ principle.
    Similarly, where enquiries are submitted to us we will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues and to check on the level of service we provide.
    Sections 5 and 6 apply to subscribers to our newsletters 
    5.  We maintain and use records of subscribers to our newsletters, only with their consent, for marketing purposes. These records will be held in paper form after client visits or electronically if collected via our website.
     6.  We use a third party provider, MailChimp, to deliver our e-newsletters. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For information, please see the MailChimp privacy notice.
    Sections 7 – 10 apply to our website users
    7.  When someone visits our website we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it. 
    8.  We use website cookies to improve user experience of our website by enabling our website to 'remember' users, either for the duration of their visit - using a 'session cookie' - or for repeat visits - using a 'persistent cookie'. 
    9.  Our website search is powered by Strikingly Search queries and results are logged anonymously to help us improve our website and search functionality. No user-specific data is collected by us or any third party. 
    10.  We use a third party service, Strikingly, to host our website including publishing our blog. This site is hosted at strikingly.com which is run by Strikingly. We use the professional Strikingly service to collect anonymous information about users' activity on the site, for example the number of users viewing pages on the site, to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the site and help us improve it. Strikingly requires visitors that want to post a comment to enter a name and email address. For more information about how Strikingly processes data, please see https://support.strikingly.com/hc/en-us/articles/214364818.