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’s impact across Scotland’s communities. In addition we have six patrons who have supported SIS over many years.
Kenneth Barclay previously held the role of Chair, Scotland for the Royal Bank from 2012 to 2016. During his career he undertook numerous Executive positions in Edinburgh, London, New York and Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.
On leaving RBS he Chaired the Government initiated review of Non Domestic Rates.
He currently Chairs The Lens, a SCIO Registered Charity, which aims to create and improve entrepreneurship with the third and public sectors. He is Chair of Social Investment Scotland and the Chair of Scottish Children’s Lottery.
Carol-Ann is an international and multi-sector experienced Director who has consistently provided critical leadership during complex transformation programmes, commercially astute senior decision making and the continual development of staff capability to deliver sustainable improvements in organisation-wide performance.
Currently, as Head of People for the National Trust for Scotland, Carol-Ann holds responsibility for the entire People function; including HR and Volunteer processes for the multi-million pound charity.
Her career incorporates an exceptional track record of achievement with several industry leading multinationals such as Intercell Biomedical (Valneva) and Aviva – successfully defining and implementing new operational models, driving meaningful changes in culture, and integrating commercial objectives with talent management and development.
Claire has recently established Bealach Advisory, a consultancy firm providing finance advice for growing businesses on strategy, capital and corporate structure. Claire has held a number of senior appointments in a variety of roles, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for Europe for the Cromwell Property Group. Before that Claire has spent time on multiple corporate boards including investment committees, risk committees and debt committees. Before Claire’s role at Cromwell she was Head of Risk at Valad Group where she established policies, procedures and processes to manage risk across 13 countries and 20 offices.
Following the birth of her son, Aberdeen based Collette has recently taken up a CSR role with Gary Walker Wealth Management. Before maternity leave, Collette was involved in the founding and subsequent sale of Squad Scarf, a clothing based social enterprise that participated in the first retail academy with Asda. Before university Collette participated in the inaugural Hunter Leadership Programme and has been a Saltire Scholar. Collette also serves on the Board of SIS customer, Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd.
David has twenty-five years of investment banking experience, having worked for Samuel Montagu & Company, Noble Grossart, Bank of Scotland Corporate and Noble & Company (Haitong Securities), where he was Head of Investment Banking in Scotland. In 2010, David was a founder partner and subsequently CEO of Invercap, an investment boutique based in Edinburgh. He joined Archangel Investors as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and has responsibility for the management of the Archangels’ business and has invested across a number of the portfolio companies.
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 sport sectors.
In addition, John is on the Board at Zero Waste Scotland, Inspired Education and Scottish Cycling Union.
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 start-up can afford. Kenny is an active Non Executive Director, board level advisor and mentor to several technology start-ups. Kenny is an active member of the Scottish start up community and provides advice and expertise to start-ups in the US, Africa and Europe. He is a recognised speaker and writer on mobile and digital topics.
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. 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.
Morag is a Member of the Law Society of Scotland, on the Board of Family Action in Rogerfield & Easterhouse and Aberdeen Harbour Board, and a Trustee at Social bite Fund. Morag also holds non-executive positions Caledonian Maritime Assets, Scottish Event Campus and The Rowatt Research Institute.
Outside work Morag sings in an amateur choir and spends Saturday and Sunday mornings on the touchline watching her son play rugby.
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. Sandy is also on the Advisory Boards at Scottish EDGE and Reform Scotland.
He is passionate about unlocking Scotland’s latent potential wherever this may be.
Sheila has, following a long career with PWC, established a portfolio career which includes a part time role as CEO and co-founder of Social Enterprise Accountancy Scotland CIC, providing accountancy services to charities and social enterprises. Until 2019 Sheila served on the Board of Turning Point Scotland, laterally as Board Chair. From her time at PWC, Sheila has extensive audit experience across a variety of corporate structures, including funds.
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.