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Samantha Barber, Board Mentor, Criticaleye

Samantha Barber

Board Mentor


Samantha is Non-executive Director and Chair of the CR Committee at Spanish public-multinational electric utility company, Iberdrola SA, and NED and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Scottish Water. Samantha is also Chair of The Scottish Ensemble, the UK's largest string orchestra and one of the most creative and innovative on the classical music scene. 

Samantha has worked at CEO and board level in both domestic and international companies and has extensive strategic business experience. With a particular focus on complex, multi-stakeholder organisations she has worked across sectors for over 20 years.

Samantha started her career as a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament where she worked for four years, focusing on the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee. She then became the Director of Business for Scotland, followed by nine years as CEO of Scottish Business in the Community.

She was appointed to the Advisory Board of Scottish Power in 2007, post-acquisition by Iberdrola, and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Iberdrola in July 2008. Samantha was re-elected for a second term at the AGM in June 2012 and was also appointed Chair of the Board’s CSR Committee in April 2012.