With a career that includes qualifying as a chartered accountant and a chartered marketer, Lesley has worked across a wide range of industries and sectors. These include education, consumer goods, drinks, retail, financial services and investment trusts. Having completed her training as a chartered accountant with KPMG, she was assistant director at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, in the Technical Department. In this role, she worked specifically on the development of new accounting standards and governance rules.
Following a career move into marketing, Lesley became a brand manager for United Distillers before moving across to the financial services sector. Initially taken on as marketing manager for Edinburgh Fund Managers, she was later appointed as marketing director, where she assumed full responsibility for the EFM marketing function. Whilst at EFM she was a director of Edinburgh Unit Trust Managers Limited and a pensions trustee for the Edinburgh Fund Managers Pension Scheme.
More recently, Lesley established and continues to manage a successful retail business based in Edinburgh. With previous experience as a lecturer in accountancy at Napier University, and a life-long passion for the Scottish Education system, she has recently lectured in marketing at both Edinburgh College and Napier University. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two teenage sons.