THE Herald’s Power 100 list is not just about who holds power in Scotland but also about how power has shifted – and in the year since the last Power 100, it has shifted profoundly. 

The greatest change can be seen in politics where the consequences of the referendum and the General Election are there for all to see. The top of the list is now dominated by the leading figures of the SNP with Labour politicians sliding down the list or disappearing altogether.


Here we list the entrants from 75 to 100 - follow the links below to find the rest.

76 Michelle Mone

Her critics might wish she would disappear, but Michelle Mone’s profile has risen relentlessly in 2015. 

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First, the 44-year-old lingerie entrepreneur was made a business start-up czar by Prime Minister David Cameron; then she was made a Tory peer (and she even guest edited Women’s Hour on Radio 4).

The trolls on Twitter will never like her, but no-one can doubt Mone’s ability to stand up for herself.

Watch out for: Early signs of success for her role as start-up czar.

77 Jackie Killeen

As the Scotland director for the Big Lottery Fund and the woman with responsibility for distributing money to charities across the country, Killeen has the potential to influence thousands of lives for the better. In what is arguably the most powerful job in the voluntary sector, she also engages with the Scottish Government and develops the Big Lottery Fund’s policy.

Watch out for: The fund’s stated priorities for the years after 2015 when the current funding plans end.

78 Larry Flanagan

As general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), 52-year-old Mr Flanagan has profound influence over the working lives of teachers and the school lives of children.

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Partly this is because the EIS is Scotland’s largest teaching union and has the power, if it should want to, to shut schools and colleges down (Scotland’s college lecturers are about to be balloted for industrial action over pay). But partly it is because Mr Flanagan plays a pivotal role in the development of educational policy. Many of the tweaks and changes made to Curriculum for Excellence came from him.

Greatest achievement: The former teacher is a defender of comprehensive education, having worked in it his whole career.

79 Donald Shaw

The celebrated musician, producer and composer is popular as one of the co-founders of Capercaillie, but his influence on music, particularly live music, extends around the world.

As artistic director for Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, the 48-year-old has massively expanded the event and has looked overseas for new potential. Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Karine Polwart are among the top names taking part in 2016’s festivities.

Watch out for: His plans for Celtic Connections 2016 – around 2,500 musicians from around the world will take part.

80 Stuart Campbell

Probably the most divisive name on the Power 100 list, but the influence of blogger Stuart Campbell among many supporters of Scottish independence is undeniable (for many, his Wings Over Scotland site is a must-read every day).

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Campbell is a curious figure – he is based in Somerset and styles himself “Reverend”. His site was recently fined by the Electoral Commission for failing to provide receipts and invoices relating to campaign expenditure

Watch out for: More Campbell-style campaigning during next year’s Holyrood elections.

81 Professor Pamela Gillies

In a sector critical to Scotland’s economic success, Pamela Gillies is one of the most important figures.

Last year, it was revealed the principal and vice-chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) was one of only two university leaders in Scotland not to take a pay rise, marking her as out as politically astute, although she was among principals criticised recently for the level of their expenses.

She also has new ideas: GCU was the first Scottish university to have a campus in London and in 2014 became the first British university to have one in New York, although the cost of running the campus has come under scrutiny and it is still waiting for its degree licence from the American authorities.

Watch out for: The first students in New York.

82 Professor Michael Keating

One organisation that has done more than any to make sense of Scotland’s ongoing constitutional wranglings is the ERSC Centre for Constitutional Change. It is led by Prof Michael Keating, 65, who has created an international centre of excellence on independence, devolution and their consequences. Keating has a rare and important global perspective that has made him see Scotland with a fresh eye.

A linguist as well as a political analyst (he has French, Spanish and Italian), he has taught in Canada, England, Italy, France, Norway, Catalonia, and the Basque Country.

Greatest achievement: Keating has a keen audience around the world.

83 Richard Lochhead

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment is developing a good track record for promoting Scottish food and drink abroad (and the fact he loves to eat and drink it himself always helps).

His wide-ranging portfolio means Lochhead is responsible for defending the Scottish fishing industry (which represents two-thirds of the UK industry) in Brussels. He has also said he is determined to improve Scotland’s dietary habits and has announced plans to introduce a formal target for the reduction of food waste.

Most likely to say: “Can I have some more?”

84 Andrew Wilson

Formerly an MSP and shadow minister for the SNP, Andrew Wilson now heads the young but highly influential communications firm Charlotte Street Partners.

Wilson is well connected and pugnacious, but his colleagues at the firm, which was established only last year, are just as impressive. There is Malcolm Robertson, the former director of communications and son of Labour peer and  former Nato general-secretary George Robertson; Kevin Pringle, the SNP’s long-serving director of communication; and former political journalist Chris Deerin;

Watch out for: The firm already has an impressive list of clients and is likely to attract more

85 Sir Ian Diamond

Principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Aberdeen since 2010, he has been one of the leading voices in the efficiency agenda, but he has also been an innovator. Earlier this year, his university unveiled a new £485,000 support centre for fledgling businesses.

One of his other great interests is sport – he is chairman of British Universities and Colleges Sport, the governing body for university sport in the UK. He has also unveiled plans to offer scholarships to refugees.

Watch out for: The first graduates from the Shining Lights Scholarships.

86  Nick Barley

As Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival since 2009, Barley is custodian of the largest and most prestigious book festival in world. Under his guidance, the festival continues to grow and flourish, offering an eye-watering range of writers and events.

Thanks to him, for three weeks of the year Edinburgh becomes a vortex of literary activity, drawing writers and visitors from all over the world and its own doorstep.

Watch out for: Barley’s strategy to attract writers from even more countries worldwide.

87 Rob Woodward

A member of the TV generation who has become one of the most influential figures in TV in Scotland, the 55-year-old chief executive of STV has sought to exert his company’s reach and influence in new ways with the launch of Scotland’s first local station in Glasgow last year.

He recently said the company would continue to pursue its growth strategy. He saw his annual pay package rise from £601,000 to £661,000 as a result of a higher bonus payment.

Greatest achievement: Turning round STV when it was ailing.

88 Alexis Jay

A former chief social work adviser to the Scottish Government, Alexis Jay wrote the report on the Rotherham child abuse scandal, which was published in August 2014, and is now sitting on the UK Government’s panel investigating historic child abuse in England and Wales.

She chairs the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, which is based at Strathclyde University, but is influential and respected across Scotland, the UK and Europe. She was appointed an OBE in 2012 for services to children and families.

High point: She has just been awarded an honorary degree by Strathclyde University.

89 Jamie Byng

Publisher Canongate may have recently reported a £1.3million loss, after two years of £1m-plus profits, in what owner Jamie Byng called a difficult and dispiriting year, but Scotland’s most exciting publisher is determined to keep innovating.

Byng, the second son of the eighth Earl of Strafford, turned what was a bijou Scottish company devoted mainly to classics into one of the most innovative and successful publishers in Britain.

An early triumph with Yann Martel’s Booker-winning novel The Life of Pi bolstered Canongate’s bank balance as well as its reputation, since then it has shown itself to be canny, forward-looking and a little bit glamorous.

Greatest achievement: Publishing Barack Obama’s autobiographies.

90 Paul Bush

The Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn... the 56-year-old chief operating officer of EventScotland had an integral role in them all. Using his extensive list of private and public, national and international partners, he is responsible for attracting, bidding for and securing major sporting, cultural and business events worldwide and over the past decade has brought some of the world’s biggest events to Scotland.

Earlier this year, he was appointed the new chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS).

Watch out for: His attempt to build the legacy of Glasgow 2014.

91 June Andrews

Dementia is one of the leading social issues of our time and June Andrews is one of the leading experts on it.

A huge figure on the international lecture and policy circuit, she is director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University, and works constantly and passionately to transform dementia in the UK. With an ageing population, her influence will be felt by thousands of families across the country.

Watch out for: The results of her centre’s recent survey on dementia.

92 Stewart Regan

As chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, 51-year-old Regan has had his critics, but he is now being given credit for his thoughtful innovations.

Previously chief executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, he arrived in the job in the tumultuous period during which Rangers went into administration then liquidation, but he has been determined to bring change to Scottish football. He declined to consign Henry McLeish’s 2010 review to a locker-room drawer and is serious about doing more to encourage young domestic talent.

Watch out for: His strategy, Scotland United, a 2020 Vision, bearing fruit.

93 Hugh Andrew

The publisher of Birlinn Books, which he founded in 1992, Mr Andrew has single-handedly raised the profile of Scottish history, culture and popular fiction.

The son of a Paisley vet, and educated at Glasgow and Oxford, he has transformed the nation’s bookshelves with works on everything from art to maps and cookery. Birlinn now encompasses the imprints Polygon, Mercat Press and John Donald. Between them they produce around 100 titles a year.

High point: Publishing Alexander McCall Smith.

94 Willie Rennie

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats may head up a party much reduced from the status and influence it had in recent history, but Mr Rennie is a clear voice in the Holyrood debates.

One issue where he has repeatedly proved his influence is policing. The Scottish Liberal Democrats were opposed to the creation of a single police force from the start, but Mr Rennie has kept up the pressure on stop-and-search, armed patrols and public trust.

Most likely to say: It’s time to move on from the referendum.

95 Alasdair Gray

The writer and artist is still recovering from a fall outside his home earlier this year, but his cultural influence is undimmed.

There was a major retrospective of his art at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and, at the time of his accident, he was working on a new large religious commission for Glasgow Museums.

In August his most famous novel, Lanark, considered to be one of the finest and most influential books of the last century in Scotland, was also adapted for the stage for the Citizen’s Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival. The production was written for the stage by David Greig.

His fingerprints are all over Glasgow, in his distinctive murals, on the underground, and elsewhere, and his influence is all over Scotland.

Watch out for: His artistic steps after his recovery.

96 John Scott

A successful lawyer who has practised in the criminal courts for 30 years, John Scott chaired the independent advisory group that examined the practise of police stop and search.

Scott’s group reported earlier this year and found that ending the searches would not prevent officers carrying out their duties effectively. It was later announced that Police Scotland would stop carrying out non-statutory stop-and-searches of adults and children. Scott is a former chair of the Scottish Human Rights Centre.

Watch out for: How the stop-and-search recommendations work.

97 Chris and Colin Weir

The influence of the lottery-winning couple on the referendum campaign was undeniable but the influence on the political scene continues.

Just before the vote in September, the couple from Largs in Ayrshire, who won £161 million in the EuroMillions draw in 2011, gave £1m to the SNP, taking the total they have donated to the party to £3million. They donated a further £1million to the party this year.  They are also likely to exert their influence through their charitable trust which funds health, sport, cultural, recreational and animal welfare projects.

Least likely to say: “How much?”

98 James Kelman

Scotland’s foremost literary figure, Kelman’s highly distinctive work was electrifying from the start. Books such as Greyhound for Breakfast and The Busconductor Hines ushering in a new style of writing that continues to influence the likes of Irvine Welsh and the face of Scottish fiction.

The Glasgow-born author is the only Scot ever to win the Booker Prize, with How Late It Was, How Late, and he regularly appears on the shortlist of the Man Booker International Prize as the sole British writer of that calibre.

Watch out for: He should be nominated for the Nobel Prize.

99 Joanna Blythman

Joanna Blythman is the author of the seminal books such as Shopped: The Shocking Power of the Supermarkets, Bad Food Britain, and How to Avoid GM Food, and is at the centre of the national debate about how and what we eat – and where.

The food campaigner and journalist, and sometimes excoriating restaurant reviewer of The Sunday Herald, was born in Springburn in Glasgow’s East End.

Blythman is the daughter of the late socialist campaigner and republican songwriter Morris Blythman, so questioning the British food culture is definitely in her DNA.

Least likely to say: “Every little helps.”

100 Pete Irvine

Such is the influence of the writer and event organiser, you will probably have been to an event organised by him or visited a place recommended by him in his iconic guide, Scotland the Best.

It was Irvine, 67, who created the concept of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, which has gone on to become one of the biggest parties in the world. He is the managing director of Unique Events and has close links with government, councils and the private sector.

Least likely to: Receive an invitation to Aberdeen any time soon. He controversially left the city out of his 100 must-see sights of Scotland.