With a successful record in a wide range of managerial and directorial posts – including senior roles in training and emergency planning – Stuart shares strategic oversight of Foresee with managing director Colin.
Stuart Watson Miller FRSA, PGDip
Stuart’s extensive directorial and senior managerial experience spans the private, third and public sectors, including the police service.
Over his 11 years as chief executive of Young Enterprise Scotland (YES), he increased the number of young people supported from 4,000 to 44,000, and introduced enterprise programmes to Polmont Young Offenders Institution and other secure units.
He also supported the creation of a Social Enterprise Academy in Glasgow to support modern apprenticeships and entrepreneurship courses in further-education colleges. During his tenure with YES, Stuart became a finalist in the Institute of Directors Awards in both the open and charity sectors.
Previously, while chief executive of Greater Easterhouse Development Company, he increased turnover from £2million to £4.5million. His stewardship brought the company to the finals of Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneurship of the Year awards, as well as the Scottish finals in the European Foundation for Quality Management awards at the first attempt. Stuart’s prowess earned him an invitation to lead social-enterprise symposiums in Japan.
He was also chair for nine years of the Macleod Hotel Group on the Isle of Skye, seeing the business grow from a single unit to three award-winning hotels.
Before moving to the third sector, Stuart enjoyed a 25-year career with Strathclyde Police, rising to the rank of Superintendent in just 16 years.
Among a wide variety of roles with the force, he was deputy emergency planning officer, responsible for all aspects of contingency planning as well as involvement with the UK Counter Terrorist Training team.
As a Superintendent at the Scottish Police College, he was responsible for leadership training up to Superintendent level, and introduced the first externally accredited course for Chief Inspectors. He went on to become head of recruitment on his return to the force.
Concluding his police career in an operational role as head of policing in Greater Easterhouse, he created the forerunner to the highly acclaimed Community Safety Unit.
In a voluntary capacity, Stuart served on the Scottish Government Working Party on Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG), and was a founding director of Prevention of Bowel Cancer Scotland. He has been a director of Glasgow’s Community Central Hall for 25 years.
Away from work, a wall lined with well-thumbed cookbooks in Stuart’s home testifies to his passion for cooking, especially for friends – though he happily admits he never actually follows a printed recipe!