Our Team

Diverse backgrounds.
Joint purpose.

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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.

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Alastair Davis

Chief Executive

Alastair Davis

Chief Executive

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.

Alistair Johnstone

Chief Credit & Compliance Officer

Alistair Johnstone

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.

Brian McNee

Investment Assistant

Brian McNee

Investment Assistant

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.

Chris Jamieson

Lead Fund Manager

Chris Jamieson

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.

Darrin Nightingale

Chief Customer Officer

Darrin Nightingale

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.

Debbie Zima

Chief Operations Officer

Debbie Zima

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.

Eileen Gardiner

Investment Manager, Highlands & Islands

Eileen Gardiner

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.

Fin Quinn

Operations Assistant

Fin Quinn

Operations Assistant

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. Fin 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.

Jill Barrow

Financial Controller

Jill Barrow

Financial Controller

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!

Joanne Karatzidis

Investment Manager

Joanne Karatzidis

Investment Manager

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.

Rob Halliday

Lead Fund Manager

Rob Halliday

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.

Lindsay Wake

Business Support and Development Manager

Lindsay Wake

Business Support and Development Manager

Lindsay joined SIS in April 2018, bringing with her 16 years of experience advising and supporting businesses, social enterprises, community organisations and charities. Lindsay has supported many organisations in Scotland, and across London and the South East, to build sustainability, supporting them either directly or through partner organisations. Lindsay previously managed a small grant-making trust and brings expertise in creating social impact communications, frameworks and measurement tools.
Lindsay’s role involves managing SIS’ business support activities including our workshop programme, one-to-one support and social enterprise academies. Lindsay and her team are often the first people new customers talk to when they get in touch with SIS.
Lindsay loves living in East Lothian and visiting the beautiful beaches and countryside nearby. In her spare time, you’ll find Lindsay at the cinema, reading, swimming or playing the piano. Lindsay has previously volunteered with Oxfam and a community woodland.

Sean Nugent

Business Systems Administrator

Sean Nugent

Business Systems Administrator

Sean is the Business Systems Administrator. As our IT and systems guru, he oversees the implementation of our CRM and loan system and fixes small in-house IT issues. Alongside this, he is responsible for all the system documentation. Previously, Sean worked for SIS’s IT provider where he operated in a very similar role and managed a project.

Sean travelled to Edinburgh in 2012 to attend university, where he studied Business Management. During his studies, he volunteered as a Street Assistant where he helped local students by providing welfare and first-aid in Edinburgh city centre.

In his spare time, Sean loves drinking copious amounts of tea, travelling abroad and running. Sean also enjoys learning new languages and can speak Spanish and German.

Theresa Sharp

Investment Manager

Theresa Sharp

Investment Manager

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.

Thomas Gillan

Chief Officer, Finance & Strategy

Thomas Gillan

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.

Tracy Drummond

Investment Manager

Tracy Drummond

Investment Manager

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.

Laura Malcolm

Management Accountant

Laura Malcolm

Management Accountant

Laura joined SIS in May 2018 as a Management Accountant. Laura has over 20 years experience in Financial Services where she covered a wide range of responsibilities from income and costs, staff management to major international projects. Her more recent project roles have focused on improving systems, processes, procedures and as a result she hopes to embed some of this experience within SIS as the company continues to grow. In her spare time Laura is an assistant leader at a local girl guide unit, is a qualified yoga teacher and has an interest in alternative therapies.

Steph Smith

Marketing Manager

Steph Smith

Marketing Manager

Steph joined our team in May 2018, bringing with her much experience of working with Scottish SMEs as well as her integrated marketing proficiency. Previously ‘agency-side’ at a marketing company, Steph’s background centred around advising SMEs on their marketing strategies, in addition to creating, implementing and measuring marketing activity for her clients.
In her previous role, Steph worked with several social enterprises and mission-driven organisations who inspired her to become more involved with the sector. Now, Steph’s role sees her develop and deliver the SIS proposition to our stakeholders, in an engaging way that can be understood and digested by all.
In her spare time, Steph can be found playing hockey, enjoying leisure activities or spending time with her family and friends. Steph has also volunteered with Marie Curie Cancer Care, Relationship Scotland, Girlguiding Scotland and as a Student Mentor while at University.

Louise Vaughan

Events Assistant

Louise Vaughan

Events Assistant

Louise joined SIS in April 2018. Louise has over 12 years’ experience in hospitality and events and began her career with Macdonald Hotels. Since then, Louise has gained further experience working on a wide range of events, in addition to weddings, hospitality, city centre venues and Stadia; including Hearts F.C. and BT Murrayfield. Louise hopes to bring her established organisational and planning skills to SIS, ensuring every event runs perfectly.
In her spare time, Louise loves to travel and looks to jet off as much as possible. When she is at home, Louise enjoys spending time with her family and little puppy Alfie.

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