Fiona Cruickshank
North East & North West
Fiona Cruickshank

OBE for services to business in the North East Entrepreneurial background in two business I started in late 90’s and subsequently exited from. Prior to that blue chip Pharma incl Wellcome and Fisons Range of SME’s include from 200k to £20m+ turnover. Sectors include technology, PR, Construction Services, Pharma manufacturing. Also charities incl Major arts organisation, and disabled services provider
SPECIALIST SKILLS Understanding relationships and challenging behaviours, increasing efficiency by improving execs self understating, giving confidence to exec teams try new things
OTHER My experience as an entrepreneur who has grown and exited businesses and has an understanding of high growth is my most useful tool.

Fiona Cruickshank
NXD Non-Exec

Fiona is a serial entrepreneur who has created significant value in businesses and had successful exits.

Fiona’s background is in operations and manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry and she used this experience to start her own manufacturing company – The Specials Laboratory – in 1999. Following a successful sale in 2008 to United Drug Plc she spun out a second specialist manufacturing company – SCM Pharma – and handed over day to day operations management to an executive team whilst she focussed on strategic direction as Non Exec Chair. The trading assets of SCM were acquired by Shire Plc in 2014.

Fiona is also an active business angel investing to date in digital companies, healthcare consumer goods and food manufacturing.

Fiona has a strong strategic mind-set that can also focus on the implementation and outcomes needed, she has an excellent understanding of corporate governance, particularly in small and medium size businesses with a focus on organisational risk management and the key performance indicators to successfully manage the business.

Fiona has a visible leadership style that is open and facilitative and thrives on providing a collaborative and transparent environment for management teams to innovate and co create solutions to business challenges.

As an NXD non-executive, Fiona aims to use her wealth of experience, skills and sector experience to assist and add value to a variety of SMEs.

  • Business Development
  • Operations and Production
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Healthcare, Medical & Pharmaceutical
  • Industrial, Chemical & Engineering
  • Manufacturing