Meet the Team

Neil Cuthbert

Neil Cuthbert has over 20 years of public policy experience in the government, private and third sectors. After five years in the civil service, he joined the Food & Drink Federation to represent the interests of members to regulators in the UK and Europe. He then moved to a policy role, representing the interests of Further Education Colleges in Scotland. In 2011, Neil was appointed Associate Director at a leading Scottish public affairs agency, with a focus on commercial property development, renewable energy and leisure & tourism.

Neil is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) with Accredited Practitioner status and is Treasurer of CIPR Scotland. His spare time is spent with his family of two young daughters and visits to the Scottish mountains for hill walking and skiing.

David Lee

David Lee worked in daily newspapers for 20 years, latterly as Assistant Editor of The Scotsman. He set up David Lee Media Events Ltd in 2009 and has worked with Public Affairs Co-Op since 2014. David is an expert event host and organiser, as well as a writer, editor and media adviser. He has organised 100+ conferences and hosted around 250 events, from two-day policy conferences to award ceremonies. He has produced 100-plus high-quality reports and documents, including election manifestos.

Away from work, he is a father of four children (plus two dogs) and is a passionate coastal rower and enthusiastic and highly vocal footballer of declining ability.

Ben McLeish

Ben McLeish is a Chartered Accountant and Director of 22Ten Business Advisors, offering a range of Finance Director and Financial Policy services to clients. He has worked across the public and private sectors, specialising in tertiary education, early years education, public public finance policy and governance. Ben was Assistant Principal (Finance and Resources) at Edinburgh’s Telford College, 2002-2010, and was Director of Policy and Communications at Scotland’s Colleges before setting up his own consultancy in 2011.

Away from work, Ben is a member of the Action Porty Board (Scotland’s first Urban Right to Buy project), and a member of St Aloysius College, Audit Committee. He is a father of three (twin boys and a wee girl) and enjoys playing tennis and watching football.