Ali Shaw


Meet Ali

Ali has over 20 years’ experience in recruitment, partnering with some of the world’s best-known brands to build successful leadership teams. Previously MD of Hudson Scotland, Ali leverages his extensive personal leadership experience to advise organisations in the Manufacturing and Technology Sectors on how best to set up their leadership teams to thrive in current and future market conditions.

Ali graduated in Business & IT from Edinburgh Napier University where he still returns to advise on one of the business school’s professional steering groups.  Following an analyst role with a global high-tech manufacturing firm, Ali worked in the recruitment sector for FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 businesses.  Here he built his strong network of contacts before moving into his more operational leadership roles in recent years.  Ali is passionate about reducing the digital skills and gender gap in Scotland’s tech sector.  He’s been working with business leaders on the Digital Technology Education Charter to inspire school pupils to choose computing science and also supports the charity dresscode.

Ali leads on our D, E&I strategy and sees his role as an important one in which he can support organisations to develop authentic diversity initiatives by appointing the best modern leaders.  He has worked as a trusted advisor to Scottish Development International’s inward investment team and has supported many organisations looking to set up their global business services in Scotland. 

Outside of work, Ali enjoys spending time with his two children and playing tennis and golf. Although he does not profess to be the best, he has sometimes had his moments. Coaxed into running by his wife, Ali is always keen to throw himself into 10k’s to raise money or awareness for different charities.

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Can Do Innovation Summit: Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact

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