Diverse backgrounds. Joint purpose.
Chief Executive Officer
Alastair joined SIS in 2009 to run the investment team and became SIS’s Chief Executive two years later. Alastair is currently on the board of the North-East Social Investment Company in England, an Investment Committee member at the Access Foundation and the advisory board of Scottish EDGE. In 2021, he was named SCVO Director of the Year – Third Sector by The Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland.
Before joining SIS, Alastair worked in community banking for the Bank of Scotland, where he developed his broad and extensive knowledge of social investment. In 2012, he completed the prestigious Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management programme at Harvard Business School and in 2017 was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Banker Institute.
When not at SIS or on holiday on the high seas, Alastair enjoys spending time in the kitchen, working on his latest culinary creations.
Senior Investment Manager (maternity leave)
Meet Siobhan, an Investment Manager within SIS Ventures.
Siobhan is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience. For over seven years, she provided strategic advice and guidance to clients at all stages of the business lifecycle in the Johnston Carmichael Corporate Finance department, before joining us from Finsbury Food Group.
She enjoys helping budding entrepreneurs realise the growth potential of their business. Luckily for her, Siobhan gets to do this every day with the existing SIS Ventures portfolio.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with friends and family, including her two young sons who keep her busy. A bit of a foodie, Siobhan’s always on the hunt for new places to eat and drink. She’s even had to take up running recently to offset the impact of this pastime!
Data and Insight Manager
Selassi joined SIS in August 2022 as a Data and Insight Manager in the Impact and Communications team. Selassi brings with her a decade of experience in the asset management sector, having worked in a variety of roles in data management, operations and client support.
She holds a Diploma in Investment Management (ESG) from CFA UK and recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Sustainable Business with the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
When not working, you’ll find Selassi enjoying delicious food with family, going to live music events or travelling.
Finance and Operations Manager
As SIS Finance and Operations Manager, Oliver oversees the organisation’s day-to-day finance operations.
He is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. Following his training at Aberdeen, Oliver moved to Edinburgh to further his career with Chiene + Tait and specialise in external audit. Here, he became familiar with numerous small- to medium-sized charities in Scotland, including some customers of SIS.
Passionate about providing opportunities for learning and development, Oliver spends his spare time mentoring University of Aberdeen students looking to kickstart their careers. He also volunteers for the Edinburgh South Community Football Club and is a keen fan of his hometown football team. He tells us his ability to watch is far superior to his playing!
Investment Support Manager
Ling provides essential investment support to our customers. She brings with her more than ten years of experience with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Initially in retail banking at RBS, she shifted to business banking where she became a Relationship Manager Assistant – helping customers throughout the loan drawdown process.
More recently, Ling worked in the healthcare sector as a business administrator, making sure all enquiries and transactions were dealt with in a professional and timely manner.
Outside of work, she enjoys catching up with friends over good food and drinks and planning her next holiday.
Head of Impact
Lindsay joined SIS in April 2018, bringing with her 16 years of experience in 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 become more sustainable, either directly or through partner organisations. Lindsay also previously managed a grant-making trust and therefore has expertise in creating social impact communications, frameworks and measurement tools.
Lindsay’s role involves managing SIS’s 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.
Head of Market Building
Kieran started his career as a youth worker at The Prince’s Trust, devising and delivering training programmes. He has held senior management roles in business development for a range of arts, volunteering and youth organisations for over 15 years.
Kieran was Chief Operating Officer at food waste and food poverty fighting organisation, FoodCycle. While there, he grew the organisation’s presence from 14 to 30 locations around England in under two years, through a social franchising model. He was also responsible for FoodCycle’s income generation and operational functions.
Most recently, Kieran was Scotland Manager for Big Issue Invest, where he delivered a multi-agency partnership, engaging the private, public and third sectors in mentoring and lending money to early-stage social ventures. He is a keen cyclist who enjoys giving back by being on the Boards of Scottish social enterprises, MsMissMrs and the TIE campaign.
Head of Finance & Operations
Karen joined SIS in 2022 as Head of Finance and Operations. Karen is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), working predominantly within the audit sector. Before joining SIS, she was an Audit Director with Johnston Carmichael LLP.
Karen has extensive experience of working with key stakeholders to deliver on their strategy while managing budgets. Her approach is to develop a deep understanding of how an organisation operates and the unique challenges it faces. Karen is passionate about helping social enterprises achieve their purpose.
Karen has spent periods of time working in both New York and New Zealand, combining work with her passion for travel. In her spare time, she enjoys planning her next adventures and catching up with family and friends over good food and drinks.
Market Building Manager
Since joining the SIS family in 2020, Julie has executed her passion for supporting projects that make a real difference to communities and charities.
Planning and implementing large- and small-scale events is what Julie does best. Prior to joining us, she spent more than 30 years with the Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, overseeing arts and sports community sponsorships, as well as other stakeholder events.
Julie has collaborated with a number of notable organisations, including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Great Scottish Run and the Scottish Football Association.
In her spare time, Julie loves travelling, going to the gym and walking with her dog, Frank
Jenny joined the SIS team in 2020. With a background rooted in finance, Jenny has worked with a variety of organisation types in the UK and overseas. Now, she is excited to focus her skills exclusively on the third sector, an area she has already worked in and enjoyed (most recently for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland).
Beyond her experience, Jenny also benefits SIS and its finance function with her positive attitude and all round good energy.
In her free time, Jenny loves spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, food (both cooking and eating!) and planning her next travel destination.
John establishes and nurtures relationships with organisations looking to pursue growth opportunities. This includes walking his portfolio through lending processes and available finance opportunities, as well as other business support.
Prior to joining SIS, he worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland for more than 34 years – advising personal, business and commercial banking customers.
When not working, John enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, and he’s a keen cyclist and football fan.
Digital Content Manager
Jason joined the SIS team with over a decade's experience in the hospitality and drinks industries.
Our customers now benefit from an improved website experience thanks to his expertise. Jason spends the majority of his time creating engaging content, developing our websites’ functionality and optimising SEO. He also assists the SIS Marketing and Events team, making sure SIS continues to deliver a high quality service while we grow.
In his spare time, Jason pens his own whisky blog and writes for other publications. He’s also a cinema fanatic and looks forward to weekends with his young family.
Work with us
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.