The Board & Patrons

SIS is supported by a strong Board and Chair, who come from diverse backgrounds, holding a wealth of experiences. 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.

SIS Board

Nick Kuenssberg

• Chair

Nick has over 30 years of corporate business experience in the UK and overseas and has pursued a portfolio career since 1995 straddling private and the public sectors. He has served on the boards of Coats Viyella, Standard Life and Scottish Power, the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and has chaired Dynacast International, GAP Group, Stoddard International, the Institute of Directors (Scotland), Scotland the Brand, ScotlandIS, Scottish Networks International and the Glasgow School of Art. He currently is chairman of four companies, an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow and a business angel and mentor.


Our New SIS Chair is profiled in The Scotsman.

Mark Adderley

• Board

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.

Stewart Carruth

• Board

Stewart is Chief Executive at Stirling Council. Previously Stewart was Director of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen City Council, prior to that he was Director of Corporate Services at Learning and Teaching Scotland, a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked in Turkey for three years. He has a Master's in economics and accountancy, an MBA and a postgraduate diploma in housing. Stewart also is an accredited mediator.

Morag McNeill

• Board

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.

Lynne Robertson

• Board

Director of Finance & Corporate Service, Cornerstone. Lynne is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience gained through her work for the leading Scottish Charity, Cornerstone which she joined as Head of Finance in 2006. In addition, she held responsibility for fundraising  and latterly has assumed responsibility for Corporate Services which includes information management and property management. Previously Lynne advised a wide range of organisations including entrepreneurial companies, charities and public sector bodies while working with Ernst & Young.  

Outwith work she spends many hours providing “chauffeur” services and as a technical official at swim meets as both her children are competitive swimmers.


Sandy Kennedy

• Board

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.

Celia Hodson

• board

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.

Eric Gibson

• board

Eric has over 35 years experience as a corporate banker. His career in banking included various senior director roles with Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group across Scotland. He established Eric Gibson Advisors Ltd in November 2014. They provide a range of advisory services to small/medium size businesses and organisations. This includes company financing, business development, stakeholder management and corporate governance. Eric is a Board Member of Loretto Housing Association Limited. Outside of work Eric is an enthusiastic golfer and tennis player and enjoys gardening and travelling.

Kenny Fraser

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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.

Susan Younger

• Board

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.

John Watt

• Board

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


Wendy Alexander

• Patron

Wendy was instrumental in the founding of Social Investment Scotland, whilst Minister for Communities. Wendy is now a Vice-Principal (International) at the University of Dundee.

Kenneth Ferguson

• Patron

For a number of years Kenneth served as a trustee of Social Investment Scotland. He is currently the Director of the Robertson Trust, one of Scotland’s largest funders of the third sector.

Ray Perman

• Patron

Ray was the founding chair of Social Investment Scotland,and was CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise between 1999 and 2003. Ray is now an author and journalist, commenting specifically on the financial sector.

Lady Susan Rice

• Patron

Instrumental in the founding of Social Investment Scotland and until retirement, Lady Rice was Managing Director (Scotland) of Lloyds Banking Group, one of SIS’s largest investors. Lady Rice now serves on a number of boards, including as Chair of Scottish Water.

Sarah Smart

• Patron

Sarah served for a number of years as a trustee of Social Investment Scotland and was the founding Chair of the Big Society Capital backed Social Growth Fund, managed by SIS. Sarah now serves on the board of BSC alongside a number of other non-executive appointments.

Alf Young

• Patron

Alf has served as Chair of Social Investment Scotland. Serving most of his career in the media, particularly with The Herald, he is now a respected commentator on a wide range of issues relation to financial services and the economy.


Kenny Fraser

• chair

Kenny is a board member for SIS and the Social Growth Fund, his details are above.

Donald Macrae

• board

Donald was Chief Economist, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland and is a former Director of Lloyds TSB Scotland plc, TSB Bank plc, Scottish Homes and Scottish Enterprise.

Donald was a member of the Committee of Inquiry on crofting, a member of the Rural Development Council and the Land Reform Review Group and is currently an independent member of the Skills Committee between the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; a past Member of Court of the University of the Highlands and Islands and a Trustee of the David Hume Institute.  He is a governor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a member of the advisory board of Interface and a board member of Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE).  He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to Business and Rural Development.

Christine Chang

• Board

Christine brings her international financial experience to the board, having worked for ShoreBank International within the Transaction Advisory Services team specialising in capital mobilisation for microfinance institutions. She started her career at Goldman Sachs working in the New York and London offices in the mergers and acquisitions group, advising companies on their strategic financing and merger-related options. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and degrees from MIT in biology and management science. Christine loves travelling, especially exploring new cuisines whilst on her travels!

Diane Wilde

• board

Diane has over 30 years’ experience of managing assets on behalf of investors in the institutional, wealth, and charity space. She has worked with Trust Boards on corporate reconstructions and is passionate about corporate governance and shareholder rights. In her recent role at Barclays she has managed assets on behalf of many charities in Scotland, helping them to achieve outcomes linked to their charitable purpose, and constructing mandates to effect such. Outside of work, she enjoys mentoring students in their penultimate educational years to achieve their personal goals in whatever direction they seek. That is after chasing her two children who have “flown the roost” to ensure that they are also happy in their direction.

David Gillespie

• board

After studying Modern History at Oxford University, David worked in management consulting for Oliver, Wyman & Company followed by a successful career in financial services, holding a number of senior roles including Managing Director for NatWest Offshore, Chairman of the Isle of Man Bank, Chief Executive of RBS England & Wales/NatWest Scotland and latterly Customer Banking Director for National Australia Group Europe Limited. David attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Programme in 2014 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.  He is married with three children.