Alumni profiles

Alumni profiles

Jianliang He meets First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Malcolm McArdle

Former student Malcolm McArdle at his desk

Based in Scotland, Malcolm McArdle is a social entrepreneur who is dedicated to creating a more equitable and responsible economic model for the future. Having received a BSc in Rural Resource Management from SAC/Napier University of Edinburgh, and a MBA from the Adam Smith Business School, Malcolm is committed to leading the development of commercially viable social enterprises both in Scotland and globally.

Following successful careers in retail, publishing and economic development, Malcolm joined Alloa Community Enterprises (ACE) Ltd. as Group Managing Director in 2007. This was somewhat of a career gamble as ACE had been experiencing financial difficulties since 2005 and they were not expected to survive another three years. However, thanks largely in part to Malcolm’s understanding of adversity and his determination to support homeless households and improve environmental behaviours, ACE has stood the test of time and is still here today. Malcolm also currently serves as the Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland and the Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface.

Despite losing over 85% of their core income in 2009/10, and making loses of over £650,000 between 2010 and 2016, ACE, a registered charity, continues to deliver social benefits whilst providing commercially-sound resource management services and support to increase environmental awareness and improve employability in the area. In 2011, ACE employed 28 full time staff, many of which joined as trainees or supported employees. Today, ACE employs 63 full times staff and is currently pursuing a high growth strategy that includes key developments with global partners in Asia and Australia.
With a willingness to learn from others, Malcolm understands how he can use these influences to help communities and individuals to embrace, strive and drive change. Having established two business incubation programmes in 2004 Malcolm has enabled many long term unemployed individuals to determine their own future by becoming self-employed and in turn  secured a positive economic return in their own local community. Malcolm has also established two of Scotland’s first Business Improvement Districts.

With support from the Board of ACE, Malcolm established a new charitable enterprise ‘For Carers’ in 2015. His aim is to create a global trust fund that provides support to young adult carers that will enable them to pursue personal and vocational development that will enhance and change their lives.

Malcolm has had a significant role in shaping  the development of strategic bodies having been Chairman of Community Recycling Network Scotland and as an advisor to the Government’s Farm Business Diversification programme and the Scottish European Social Fund partnership. He has also sat on the Board for the Leader Rural Development Network, Social Firms Scotland, Clackmannanshire Business Improvement District, and Young Enterprise Scotland. Malcolm’s commitment is to ensure that we all have a strong, self-sustaining social enterprise sector in Scotland that is resistant to political and funding shocks.

Jianliang He

Jianliang He meets First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

I want to be the bridge between Scotland and China. I believe it would be a beautiful and meaningful thing if one person could be the bridge in any aspect between his birthplace and his second hometown where he studies.

I joined the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School to study an MBA in July 2005 and graduated in November 2006. Following my graduation, Scottish Network International (SNI), part of Scottish Enterprise, asked me to help J&D Wilkie Ltd, headquartered in Angus, extend their business to China by establishing a factory in China. Without any hesitation, I said “Yes”, as I believed that this job could offer me the opportunity to be a bridge between Scotland and China in the textiles industry. In 2008, with the support from the parent company, I set up Wilkie Technical Textiles (jiaxing) Limited (Wilkie China) in Jiaxing, a beautiful city near Shanghai. To me, it is an unforgettable experience, an experience that has become part of my life.

Currently, Wilkie China is the logistic centre of the Wilkie Group, purchasing raw materials from China and supplying all their high temperature technical textiles yarns to the weaving unit of Wilkie Scotland. With this critical function, Wilkie China has become the core business for the Wilkie Group.

Alumni profiles, Jianliang He, New Factory, Wilkie China

I appreciate the knowledge I learnt from the Adam Smith Business School MBA programme and I am happy to have the chance to apply it and contribute to the economics between Scotland and China.

I have always been looking for ways to give back to the Glasgow MBA programme. One volunteer opportunity came up at the beginning of 2016.
Having received an invitation from Dr Xiang Li,  Adam  Smith  Business  School  Alumni  Manager, and Dr. Yee Kwan Tang, Lecturer in Management, I delivered a guest lecture on an MBA elective, Internationalisation Strategy, via Skype in March 2016. This was an unforgettable experience and I enjoyed every moment I interacted with the students. I am very glad that I can pass my knowledge and experience onto the next generation of students and I hope they will be doing the same for future MBA graduates.

I now have two children, one boy and one girl. Every time I’ve brought them onto the campus, they have told me how much they love here. There is no doubt in the foreseeable future I will be sitting in the guest seat watching my children graduating from this beautiful and prestigious university.

Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson, BAcc, Alumni ProfilesMy mother did an MA at Glasgow in the late 1930s and my brother did B.Acc in the early 1970s, so  there was no doubt in my mind which university I  was going to! I also did B.Acc and then went on to qualify as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1981 joining Shell the same year. Since then I have been in nine different tax and finance roles in Shell and have lived in London, The Hague, Kuala Lumpur and Aberdeen.

During my time in Aberdeen as Tax Manager of Shell UK, I was a member of the UK Oil Industry Taxation Committee Steering Group, the UK Offshore Operators Association Fiscal Committee and Chair of the UK Royalty Committee. I am now based in Houston, Texas, leading a team of some 160 tax professionals across North & South America as VP Tax for the Americas. My global responsibilities in Shell have included upstream oil & gas tax, mergers & acquisitions, indirect tax, employment tax and transfer pricing.

Internally at Shell, I am quite active in talent development. I am a member of the Finance Skills Group with responsibility for promoting professional finance qualifications in Shell, the Finance D&I Leadership Group with responsibility for communications and moderator of the group “Shell Tax Past & Present” with over 1,200 connections on Linked In.

Externally I am actively involved in professional organisations. I am on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and chair  of the academic board of the Advanced Diploma  in International Tax of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation. I am a Director of the International Tax and Investment Center, which is an independent non-profit research and education foundation with offices in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States. I am a member of the International & Large Business Tax Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the Professional Development Curriculum Committee of the Tax Executives Institute and its Chief Tax Officer group, the conference committee of the Norwegian Petroleum Association and board member of the Houston branch of the International Fiscal Association.
I very much enjoy external speaking engagements. In the past I’ve spoken about Global Tax Trends at the CIS Fiscal Conference in Kazakhstan; Transfer Pricing and enhanced taxpayer relationships at Norwegian Petroleum Institute conferences in Oslo and Reykjavik; Managing Taxes at the Universities of Milan and Aberdeen; Permanent Establishments at the OECD/Asia Development Bank conference in New Delhi; North American Property Tax at the IPTI conference in Calgary; personal development at the American Accounting Association convention in Atlanta; enhanced taxpayer relationships at the Western States Association of Tax Administrators in Denver and various seminars on SOX404; transfer pricing; tax accounting and oil & gas taxation.

I’m married with two children aged 22 and 25. My interests include sailing, Scotch whisky and coin collecting. I intend to move back to Scotland when I retire from Shell, but probably to Edinburgh rather than Glasgow!