The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has appointed Shepherd and Wedderburn partner Joanna Boag-Thomson to its Board.

The expert intellectual property lawyer is the latest business figure to join the economic development body’s leadership team following a competitive selection process, together with five other prominent members of the Scottish business community.

The SCDI Board, currently chaired by former EDI Group Chief Executive Ian Wall, draws its members from across the Scottish economy, spanning the private, public and social economy sectors. Elected Board members also join the organisation’s Policy Committee, advising on policy priorities.

Last year, Shepherd and Wedderburn marked its 250th anniversary by commissioning Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute to produce Scotland in 2050: Realising Our Global Potential, a landmark study designed to help Scotland compete in a rapidly evolving global economy.

The firm is now building on that work by contributing to the development of the SCDI’s latest economic blueprint looking at the Scottish Economy to 2030.

Commenting on her appointment to the SCDI Board, Joanna said: “SCDI is a great organisation doing vital work to ensure that Scotland’s communities continue to flourish and prosper. I’m delighted to be a part of SCDI’s activities, and I look forward to our closer collaboration in the months and years to come.”

Sara Thiam, Chief Executive at SCDI, commented: “The membership of the SCDI Board is significantly enhanced by our recent appointments, and we very much look forward to working with Joanna and with our other new board members as we continue to work towards sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Scotland.”