The team are supported by a fantastic board who bring their breadth of knowledge, experience and strategic vision from a variety of sectors.
What unites them is their passion for SIS’ impact across Scotland’s communities. In addition we have six patrons who have supported SIS over many years.
Nick Kuenssberg OBE FRSE DUniv
Nick Kuenssberg is an experienced international businessman whose career straddles private, public and third sectors. Since 2013, he is privileged to be chairman of Social Investment Scotland as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2016. Alongside this, he has acted as a chair of start-up technology companies and is an active business angel and mentor.
Initially, Nick worked for Coats Viyella, both overseas and in head office. Here, he landed on the main board as chairman of three divisions including Dynacast.
During this time, he was also a non-executive director of Bank of Scotland (West Board), Scottish Power and Standard Life and subsequently managing director of Dawson International before a portfolio career starting in 1995.
As an experienced change manager, Mark has operated at board level for over ten years in the private, public and third sector as an HR, People and Transformation Director. He is a chartered director, fellow of the IOD and CIPD and accredited Coach. Mark is the HR Director at Heriot-Watt University with a passion for Social Justice and Squash. He is spending any spare time with his wife, four daughters and their various pets featuring rabbits, cats and a labrador.
Kenny is a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant with over 20 years experience advising global companies in Mobile Communications and Technology sectors.
In 2013, he founded Sunstone Communication Ltd and is the CEO of the company. Sunstone provides world class small business consulting a startup can afford. Kenny is an active Non Executive Director, board level advisor and mentor to several technology start ups. He has recently taken on the role of CEO for Triscribe, a University of Edinburgh spin-out in medical informatics. Kenny is also an active member of the Scottish start up community and provides advice and expertise to startups in the US, Africa and Europe. He is a recognised speaker and writer on mobile and digital topics.
Eric has over 35 years experience in the Banking sector. He has held various senior director roles with Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group working with SME & Corporate customers in a variety of sectors. He also ran his own business advisory business for 3 years with a focus on business development, stakeholder management & corporate governance. Eric also holds Non-Executive positions as Vice Chair of the Wheatley Foundation and at Loretto Housing Association.
Outside of his business interests Eric is an enthusiastic golfer & tennis player and enjoys gardening & travel.
Celia has vast experience working in the social enterprise sector with a career including roles as the CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia, Founding CEO for Eastern Enterprise Hub and School for Social Entrepreneurs East of England and Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise UK. Celia’s experience spans government, non-profit, private sector start up and scale and international and social enterprise development. She is motivated by building businesses, driving change and bringing commercial acumen and entrepreneurship to non-profit organisations.
Sandy Kennedy is the Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland and The Saltire Foundation. The vision of Entrepeneurial Scotland is, working with others, to inspire and develop Scotland’s people to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world. The Saltire Foundation seeks to find, fuel and spark Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.
Educated at Cambridge University he became a qualified lawyer with Ashursts in London specialising in private equity. He joined 3i, the venture capital firm, in 1996 and worked on a mix of traditional leveraged deals and tech venture capital. In 2000, he won the Chris Hill Prize for best overall MBA student at Strathclyde. Sandy’s extensive commercial background has involved the successful startup of Bowie Castlebank Group’s online and direct business, the turnaround and growth of over 600 of their physical retail stores.
He is passionate about unlocking Scotland’s latent potential wherever this may be.
Morag has over 25 years experience as a corporate lawyer. She was a partner in McGrigors for 13 years and then spent nearly 8 years as General Counsel at Forth Ports plc. Morag is a non-executive director of Aberdeen Harbour Board and a member of the Strategic Board of the Scottish Government. On leaving Forth Ports, Morag was keen to become involved in the third sector and she sits on the Board of a number of charities. Outside work Morag sings in an amateur choir and spends Saturday and Sunday mornings on the touchline watching her son play rugby.
John is a qualified chartered accountant. He retired as a Partner in the Deloitte Government & Infrastructure team in May 2012 and established his own consultancy business, Annequin Associates. Through this business he works for a number of clients delivering advice on feasibility studies, business planning, restructuring, governance, strategy, procurement, project management and review, risk management, financial and funding strategy. He has worked in the low carbon, education, transport, waste, health and port sectors.
In addition he has the following roles; non-executive director of Our Power Community Benefit Society, member of the audit committee; non-executive director of Zero Waste Scotland; non-executive director of the EDI Group Limited, the arms-length property company of the City of Edinburgh Council. Chair of the Audit and Remuneration Committee.
Susan is a fully qualified lawyer with over 27 years’ legal experience in acting for both lenders and borrowers in all forms of commercial finance transactions, and a strong background in commercial property. She led the Banking and Finance Team at Morton Fraser LLP for 14 years and has been instrumental in developing the team into one of the most highly regarded in the UK, particularly in relation to social enterprise funding of community projects. After being a Director at Cairn Mhor Childcare Partnership for 5 years she has now joined Cairn Mhor in a full time capacity as CEO to manage the company and in particular to assist with good governance and compliance of the company.