Chief Executive Officer - Chris Hughes


Chris is an extremely driven and ambitious individual. He is The University of Strathclyde’s Entrepreneurial Program’s youngest ever Rising Star at only 19. By 20, Chris has gone on to receive over £200,000 in funding; winning many of Scotland's leading entrepreneurship competitions such as The Herald Digital Student Entrepreneur of the Year and receiving runner up prize in the prestigious Converge Challenge. 

Chris is a visionary, always creating new concepts, products and features. He suffers from dyslexia himself, and so brings deep insight into what would and what wouldn't be beneficial to the dyslexics' marketplace.

Chris’ drive and passion crossed with his in-depth insight into the dyslexic market will stand Estendio in a good stead for its future.


Chair of the board - Nicola Harkness

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Nicola’s key experience is with the blue chip company Schlumberger, the world’s leading oilfield services company; and Cairn Energy, one of Europe’s leading independent oil and gas exploration companies, and more recently with CompanyNet, Microsoft's leading Scottish partner, where she has overseen an award winning rebrand and heads up the marketing team through a period of transformational growth for the organisation. Nicola’s key strengths lie in project management and problem solving and she is as comfortable briefing a creative team of 27 people across 6 agencies as she is overseeing the delivery of a website, branding project or industry project. Having 2 dyslexic sons, Nicola brings a real passion to the Estendio team.




A well-known specialist in entrepreneurship and growth in Scotland, John is an experienced growth company non-executive chairman and director and brings considerable experience of emerging and high growth companies to his role as Head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde Business School.

Co-founder of Entrepreneurial Scotland and former Chief Executive of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, John was a shareholding director of a young venture backed technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of laboratory equipment and co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and healthcare industry training. As a CA in professional practice he worked with several of Scotland’s most exciting growth companies including Atlantech Technologies, Award plc and Benedetti International after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989.