Joan Ingram OBE



Joan Ingram graduated from Dundee University in 1981, with an MA in Politics and Jurisprudence. Joan then embarked on a career as a journalist, becoming one of Scotland’s leading television politics presenters; hosting a variety of high profile programmes such as Crossfire, and Scotland 500. Embarking on an MBA at Aberdeen University, Joan decided to move into the business world, and established The Fifth Business Ltd.

The company now turns over £10m and has offices in Europe and the USA, with Joan working as a full time director. While growing the company Joan has led a variety of international assignments, working with the company’s blue chip clients in the field of change communications; she now takes particular interest in the application of social media in a business context. Joan was a finalist in the Association of Scottish Businesswomen’s Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year Award 2000. Joan has recently returned from studying at Harvard Business School.

Joan is actively involved in a voluntary capacity as a member of the NHS Scottish Diabetes Group, and JDRF Type 1 Voices Council. Joan is married with four children.

Appointed: February 2012 (reappointed in March 2015)
Term ends: March 2018

Register of interest are disclosed here.


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