Dr Marie Macklin CBE

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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Scottish Business Woman of the Year, Marie Macklin is executive chair and founder of The HALO Urban Regeneration Company and Macklin Enterprise Partnerships.

An urban regeneration initiative, The HALO revitalises vacant land in communities experiencing economic challenges. Marie is founder and director of The HALO Kilmarnock, a redevelopment of the former Diageo bottling plant, which is expected to generate £53m in GDP for Kilmarnock and £65m for Scotland. She is founder and director of HALO Belfast.

Committed to the development of young people,

Marie supports entrepreneurship by advising, investing in, sponsoring and supporting schools, colleges and arts and community organisations. With the Association of Scottish Business Women, she developed Women in Enterprise, which supports entrepreneurs with sponsorship, mentoring and building networks. Before establishing Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, Marie overhauled Klin Group, a construction business founded by her father, into a property development company specialising in economic and social transformation. After acquiring Klin Group in 2003, she was the first developer to bring a Morrison’s supermarket to Scotland as part of an £85m regeneration development.

Marie was made a CBE for services to economic regeneration and entrepreneurship and was BQ Female Business Leader of the Year 2016. She received the Association of Scottish Business Women’s Outstanding Contribution to Business Award in 2013 and was Women of Influence to Others in the Business Community Awards 2015. She was named non-executive director of the year by the Institute of Directors Scotland and Scottish Businesswoman of the Year by Business Women Scotland in 2017.

A former board member of Ayrshire College, Marie is a patron of Centre Stage. She is on the board of the Scottish Property Federation, the Economic Leadership Board of Glasgow City Council and Clyde Valley City Deal, and is Commercial Advisor to Northern Housing Consortium and East Ayrshire Council Business Leaders Enterprise in Schools. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Women’s Enterprise Scotland – Women’s Business Mentoring.

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