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A wealth of expertise
Everyone who works for SIS across Scotland draws on wide-ranging experience relevant to the needs of the sector. That can be in previous jobs or how they spend their free time in community activities. Their understanding of how organisations really work means they’re best placed to tailor social investment to your specific needs.
Alastair joined SIS in 2009 initially to run the investment team, however in 2011, Alastair became SIS’s Chief Executive. Before joining SIS he worked with Bank of Scotland’s community banking, where he developed his broad and extensive knowledge of social investment. In 2012, Alastair completed the prestigious ‘Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management’ programme at Harvard Business School and in 2017 was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Banker Institute. Alastair is currently on the board of the North East Social Investment Company in England and the advisory boards of Big Society Capital and Scottish EDGE. Whilst not at SIS or on holiday on the high seas, Alastair enjoys spending time in the kitchen working on his latest culinary creations.
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Chief Credit & Compliance Officer
SIS’s Chief Credit and Compliance Officer is Alistair, who started in 2011. He is responsible for the company’s investment activities and credit compliance. Alistair provides strong direction and support for credit risk compliance across SIS. Alistair is able to support all types of organisations through SIS due to his extensive financial and relationship skills. He is eager to let organisations know that SIS is here to help and occasionally attends conferences outside of the office, providing credit support. Before his career at SIS, Alistair joined Bank of Scotland where he worked for over 20 years in various roles. His most memorable and enjoyable was the role of Relationship Manager. In his spare time, Alistair enjoys playing football and walking his border terrier.
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Brian is an Investment Manager here at SIS. Originally from North Berwick in East Lothian, he’s come from a 30 year career in banking where he found his passion for building lasting relationships and coaching and mentoring organisations and businesses to achieve their goals.
Here at SIS, he supports charities and social enterprises to secure investment, supporting them every step of the way enabling them to develop and grow their business and their impact. Previously, Brian was a Relationship Director for SMEs across the East of Scotland, a Business Mentor for start-up organisations and roles in Business Development.
Brian loves the sea and sports such as golf, kayaking and body boarding. In his spare time, Brian is also a qualified Scuba diving instructor and acts as an instructor at Edinburgh Napier University.
Working closely with the Investment Managers, Brian our Investment Assistant, supports customers through the smooth and simple process of taking on investment. This involves securing and administering all the legal and formal paperwork required to draw down their loan and a variety of investment activities across the team.
For 12 years, Brian worked at Royal Bank of Scotland in various roles. Most laterally as a Portfolio Manager within Credit Delivery, Brian was responsible for completing financial analysis and credit reports for new and existing business lending requests. For 7 years he worked within the retail branches of RBS and then progressed to Commercial Banking where he supported local businesses across a variety of sectors.
Out of the office, when he’s not at the football club, he spends time with his family and looks after his two children.
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Lead Fund Manager
Chris joined the SIS family in 2016 as the Lead Fund Manager for the Social Growth Fund. Following 19 years working extensively in corporate and business banking with Royal Bank of Scotland. Chris is passionate about building new relationships as well as supporting high growth and impact for social enterprises across Scotland. By taking time to provide voluntary support to charitable organisations and social enterprises, Chris has developed strong commercial experience through writing grant applications and providing an insightful perspective during meetings. With this experience, Chris has combined his financial and business expertise with his passion to make a measureable and sustainable social impact. Chris is a keen sportsman, taking part in competitive golf and fencing.
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Chief Customer Officer
SIS’s Chief Customer Officer is Darrin, who joined us in 2017. Darrin ensures that SIS deliver the best experience possible for SIS customers, working with the investment and development teams. He makes sure that SIS is a delight to work with and that no matter how much the organisation grows, SIS delivers their exceptional values. Darrin relishes being close to our customers and ensuring SIS deliver them the best experience. He has always worked predominately within the financial sector, working in various roles within asset management, investments, insurance and banking as well as local government. In the past, he trained as a first aider for the Red Cross, has helped organise a school rugby tour to South Africa and has volunteered with a PSA. Outside of work, Darrin enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dog.
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Chief Operations Officer
With 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Debbie is seen as the ‘matriarch’ of SIS. As the Chief Operations Officer, Debbie has responsibilities in all day to day operations and leads on social impact. With a passion for travel, Debbie adventured around the world and settled in Chicago where she worked for 10 years at IFF, the largest CDFI in the Midwest of America, as Director of Operations. This is what embedded her curiosity in the social investment sector. During her free time, Debbie likes to spend time with her loved ones and is food obsessed.
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Derek is an Investment Manager. His role requires him to travel all around the country including the Highlands and Islands, Argyll and the West of Scotland. During his travels, he regularly meets organisations face to face to discuss funding opportunities. With a strong financial background, he is able to develop business plans and financial information in order to support social enterprises and charities, allowing them to become more financially savvy and access investment. Previously, Derek worked at Bank of Scotland in Relationship Management, as well as TSB. As a lover of football, Derek used to play professionally for Dundee United and East Stirlingshire FC. He is always keen for a charity match.
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Investment Manager, Highlands & Islands
Based in Inverness, SIS Investment Manager for the Highlands and Islands is Eileen. Eileen has strong networks across all sectors and is a wealth of practical and personal advice and support to develop community and social enterprises across the region. Having worked previously with the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for 20 years, where she was involved in various Community and Business projects, Eileen brings SIS both public and private sector experience. In 2002, she joined Bank of Scotland where she worked in both the Business Bank as well as in Wealth and International as a Private Banking Manager for 6 years. In her spare time, Eileen enjoys travelling and spending time with her grandchildren.
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Fin is the Operations Assistant. Her focus is to ensure the smooth running of the SIS operations and provide admin support to Alastair Davis and the senior management team. Finn brings her acute administrative and organisational skills to SIS and is enthusiastic about the future of social investment and social enterprise in Scotland and beyond. Previously, Fin worked as a Youth Worker in Birmingham, where she helped to run a local youth club for disadvantaged kids in the community. She has worked extensively in both the private and public sectors with Xerox and latterly with Police Scotland. Fin has been involved with charities both in the UK and overseas, and in her free time loves to travel and experience new cultures.
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Marketing & Events Assistant
Hannah is our Marketing and Events Assistant. At SIS, she assists the development team with any communication tasks, website management, newsletters and social media. She also supports in the organisation of any events such as the Social Investment Insights workshops. Originally from Aberdeen, Hannah moved to Edinburgh in 2015 to study Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. Throughout her degree, Hannah fashioned and assisted in the creation of communication strategies for various local charities such as The Open Door and The Canongate Youth. Hannah also completed an internship with Charlie House in Aberdeen, where she realised she wanted to commit her skills to supporting the third sector. Before her degree, Hannah worked in various freelancer roles within the creative industries – mainly television production and camera operation. With a passion for photography, she will often be wandering the countryside trying to find wildlife photo opportunities.
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Isla joined SIS in 2013, starting in operations before moving into the development team. She looks after the marketing, communications as well as organising and delivering events and workshops with a variety of partners. She is often the first port of call when customers contact SIS with an enquiry and is always keen to discuss the impact and the plans and how SIS can help with investment or connect an organisation with other support available. Passionate about good food and food justice, she is on the management committee of Dig-In Bruntsfield, Scotland’s first community-owned greengrocer and is an active volunteer with Take One Action Film Festival.
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Jill is the Financial Controller who looks after the day to day finance and supports the governance at SIS. Jill helps with the running of both the Audit and Risk and Capital and Finance committees, as well as managing relationships with key external stakeholders. Jill is a vital member of the financial team using her knowledge of the third sector, as well as her commercial awareness skills. Before joining SIS, Jill trained with RSM in Edinburgh, becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant. During this time her focus was internal and external audit for the third sector across Scotland. She worked with large national charities as well as smaller organisations, groups and academic associations. Outside of work, Jill volunteers as a financial mentor for the charity Sported and is currently an executive committee member for South East Scotland Scouts. Jill is also a budding triathlete!
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Joanne joined SIS as an Investment Manager after a 20 year career in banking. She enjoys supporting organisations to achieve growth and continues to support local communities through Social Investment Scotland. She supports social enterprises to secure investment and enabling organisations to deliver impact and grow their local economy. Previously, Joanne worked with Lloyds Banking group within the Corporate and Commercial sectors and latterly at TSB Business Banking. In her spare time, she enjoys meeting friends and watching her son develop his football prowess.
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Social Impact Analyst
Lucia joined SIS in summer 2017 as our Social Impact Analyst. Working part-time, Lucia’s role supports and measures SIS’s social impact. Currently, she is working through her 4th year at the University of Edinburgh studying Sustainable Development, where she plans on writing her dissertation on social impact measurement methods.
Passionate about understanding the wider impact of business, she has a part-time job with a local café, Pumpkin Brown, where she has loved learning more about their supply chains and how to reduce waste in the hospitality industry. During her free time, Lucia is a passionate cellist and is fluent in English, German and Czech.
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Lead Fund Manager
Rob is a Lead Fund Manager and works closely with everyone in the investment team. He has worked with SIS for four years. Rob’s role involves the assessment of new lending proposals and relationship management of a portfolio of SIS’s customers. He has experience of making and managing social investments to wide range of sectors including community renewables, arts and culture and consumer products. Rob is a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining SIS he worked at Deloitte advising on the sale of Scottish businesses to both corporate and institutional investors. In his spare time, Rob enjoys the outdoors and is a keen climber and mountain biker.
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Sue is the Finance Assistant at SIS, where she supports the day to day activities within the finance team such as the production of management accounts and payroll, archives daily banking activities and helps build relationships with customers and investors. In the past, Sue worked within finance teams for companies such as Heineken in Scotland and Newcastle, as well as, BES which took her from the UK to New York City. With her solid background in finance, her first-hand knowledge is extremely valuable to the finance team at SIS. Sue also has voluntary experience as a treasurer at a playgroup as well as various sporting clubs. Out-with the office, Sue enjoys cooking and enjoys long walks.
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Theresa has just joined the Investment Team where she will be supporting and assisting our customers to secure investment. She is passionate about the third sector and this shines through. For 10 years, Theresa enjoyed her role as a Commercial Relationship Manager at Lloyds Banking Group where she managed a portfolio of 200 customers. Over her career she has worked at HSBC, RBS and recently the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.
Theresa volunteers at her local church and attends various charity walks. Previously, she volunteered at a soup kitchen in Glasgow, where she served meals and socialised with those suffering from homelessness. Alongside this, she takes part in Race for Life every year with her friends. In her spare time, Theresa loves to read, goes for regular 5k walks and spends time with her family.
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Chief Officer, Finance & Strategy
Thomas is responsible for the financial management and strategic planning within SIS; working closely with The Chief Executive to deliver the overall vision and mission of the organisation. He is passionate about mission-led entrepreneurship, connecting organisations with investors to support inclusive growth and social impact. Prior to joining SIS, Thomas worked in the corporate finance team at RSM Tenon in Edinburgh. Thomas sits on the board of Broxburn United Sports Club, a SIS investee and an excellent example of a thriving sports organisation delivering wider social and economic impact. Thomas’ favourite sport is golf and he regularly plays to try and improve his handicap of 8.
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Tracy, one of our Investment Managers, spends her time supporting organisations and local communities to achieve growth, enabling organisations to deliver impact and support their local economy. She specialises in community sport social enterprises and helps them to secure investment.
Previously in her career, Tracy focused on the distribution of Scottish Government funding to community organisations and charities. She was Community Safety Development Manager for 6 years and an Investment Manager for Museums Galleries Scotland for 4 years. Tracy is an integral part of the team due to her experience and sector specific knowledge. In her free time, Tracy spends most of her time with her young family.
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