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Meet the team – Derek Gardiner

We’re delighted to welcome Derek to SIS and more specifically to bring additional capacity and expertise to our Investment Team. Derek’s role as an Investment Manager involves travelling around the country, working with Eileen in the Highlands and Islands and as he is Glasgow-based himself, taking a bigger role in supporting social enterprises and charities across Glasgow, Argyll and the West of Scotland.

Derek GardinerDerek has 26 years of commercial and corporate banking experience with Bank of Scotland and latterly with Lloyds TSB. He worked primarily as a Relationship Manager, visiting clients, working face to face to discuss potential funding and developing lasting relationships. He has a strong record in developing business plans and reviewing financial information and is looking forward to bringing that commercial awareness to support social enterprises become more financially savvy and access investment. He is passionate about the potential social impact of business and the people behind the projects, not just the numbers.

Derek used to play football professionally for Dundee United and East Stirlingshire FC when he was younger. He kept playing semi-professionally until he became a ‘full-time taxi driver’ for his now 7 year old daughter. He is also a keen golfer.