Diverse backgrounds. Joint purpose.
Kenneth was Chair Scotland of RBS from 2012 to 2016. On leaving RBS, he chaired the Government-initiated review of Non-Domestic Rates. Now, as well as being the Chair of Social Investment Scotland, he chairs the Scottish Children’s Lottery and The Lens, a Scottish charity that aims to create and improve entrepreneurship in the third and public sectors. Kenneth has also been a director of IPPR and Chair of its Scottish Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. During his long career, Kenneth held numerous executive positions in Edinburgh, London, New York and Hong Kong.
Carol-Ann is an experienced director with an international career spanning multiple industries. Carol-Ann’s commercially astute senior decision-making, leadership capabilities and focus on the continual development of staff have delivered sustainable improvements in organisation-wide performance during complex transformation programmes.
Carol-Ann has an exceptional track record of achievement with several industry-leading multinationals such as Intercell Biomedical (Valneva) and Aviva, where she successfully defined and implemented new operational models, driving meaningful changes in culture and integrating commercial objectives with talent management and development. Carol-Ann is currently Director of People & Culture at Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans.
Claire is the founder of Bealach Advisory, a consultancy firm providing financial advice for growing businesses, covering strategy, capital and corporate structure. Prior to that, Claire held several senior appointments. She was Head of Risk at Valad Group, where she established policies, procedures and processes to manage risk across 13 countries and 20 offices, then Chief Financial Officer for Europe for the Cromwell Property Group. Claire has also spent time on multiple corporate boards, including investment committees, risk committees and debt committees.
Louisa is the Director for Scotland for Business in the Community (BITC), working with companies in the UK and abroad who are committed to improving their impact on society. She is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh Business School, and she mentors a variety of small businesses, particularly social enterprises and companies run by women. She also sits on the Strategic Board of Interface, which connects businesses to academic expertise.
Louisa was previously the CEO of the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), the membership organisation for community-led businesses. Before joining DTAS, Louisa was Head of Economic Development at the Scotland Office and worked in energy strategy development at Scottish Enterprise.
Caroline has over 20 years of building and developing networks, partnerships and collaborations to create social impact in regions as varied as Australia, the UK, Asia, Atlanta and Turkey. Until recently, she was Chief Partnerships Officer at AVPN, and in 2022 she founded Heriot Row Advisors to support organisations and philanthropic networks to be catalysts for impact. Caroline also sits on the board of Alliance Publishing Trust and Amala Education.
Kathleen has been the Chief Executive of NCM Fund Services, who act for over 200 funds, offering a range of different fund administration and depositary services including regulated operator, accounting, depositary, administration and fund management, since 2006. She first joined the corporate finance team of Noble & Company Limited in 2003, after a spell at EY as a corporate lawyer, and was involved in corporate finance advice focussing on financial services and then consumer clients.
As well as being responsible for the day-to-day running of the NCM Group Kathleen also acts as Compliance Officer for the group. Kathleen is a Scottish-qualified solicitor and notary public.
Samantha (Sam) leads the Treasury function for Wheatley Housing Group, one of the largest social landlords in the UK, managing the Group’s debt portfolio and investor relations. Prior to joining Wheatley, Sam worked in financial risk advisory services on interest rate, exchange rate and debt/capital markets matters following a number of roles in banking within treasury and risk management teams in the UK and Singapore.
Ian recently retired from the role of Senior Manager at British Business Bank, where he focused on raising awareness of access to finance for SMEs across equity and debt.
Ian has over four decades of experience growing and strengthening customer relationships across a number of well-known organisations which include the Bank of Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.
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It’s thanks to brilliant collaborations with expert organisations, including social enterprises, agencies and funders, that we’re able to run high-impact funds and business support programmes.