Alastair Davis has been Chief Executive of Social Investment Scotland since September 2011; he has completed the Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management executive course at Harvard, and has been the BSC nominated director of North East Social Investment Company since 2013. Alastair demonstrates drive, energy and imagination in expanding the SIS role and influencing the third sector in Scotland; SIS has grown from 6 to 16 people since 2013 and has become self-financing with 2014/15 revenues of c £1.2m.
Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of skills and experience to the organisation. Our current Directors are:
Alistair Grimes’ first job was in 1979 on a Government job creation programme working for Age Concern in Scotland. After that he worked in local government (social work) and the voluntary sector before becoming Funding Controller of a social enterprise, the Wise Group in 1988, and building it from a £4.5 million company to a £14.5 million company in nine years. He then became Chief Executive of Community Enterprise in Strathclyde, supporting over 60 social enterprises a year, and taking over Developing Strathclyde, a CDFI meeting the financial needs of social enterprises and small local businesses. From 2005 – 2014 he was a Director at the consultancy Rocket Science and specialised in financial inclusion, employability, social enterprise and urban regeneration.
At various times he has been an expert adviser to the European Commission, chair of the Scottish Credit Union Partnership, chair of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum, on the Board of Communities Scotland and a member of the McFadden Commission to reform charity law in Scotland. For seven years he was on the BIG Lottery Committee for Scotland. He has been chair of the Yorkshire based Key Fund which invests in social enterprises across the north of England and is currently on the board of two social enterprises – Forth Sector and Space Unlimited.
Arthur joined Finance For Enterprise (formerly Donbac) in 2009 when it was re-launched to meet increasing gaps in finance created by the credit crunch. Finance For Enterprise is based in Doncaster and offers business loans across South Yorkshire and the north Midlands. Arthur comes from a banking background (is ACIB qualified) and enjoyed 23 years in Willaims & Glyn’s / RBS Head Office roles as well as portfolio and branch management. He subsequently worked for 12 years in Business Link (Sheffield & South Yorkshire), before spending two years as a self-employed adviser. Arthur has held a number of other board positions, including at Sheffield Business Club and Sheffield Young Enterprise.
Debbie has a strong track record of delivering multi-million pound initiatives for Government and in funding and supporting organisations and individuals. Until recently, Debbie was the Chief Executive at Local Trust and responsible for the £200 million Big Local programme across England which supports resident-led change to transform communities, socially, environmentally and economically.
Debbie has extensive experience of grant, programme and contract management and of social investment. Debbie is values driven, with a passion for equality of opportunity, especially so that people grow in confidence and skills to make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. Debbie was until recently a member of the Community Investment Coalition, keen to increase access to fair finance and to build more resilient economies.
In summer 2016 Debbie stood down as a Chief Executive due to personal commitments which meant she needed to work less. In her earlier career Debbie was the Deputy Chief Executive at the Community Development Foundation, Director of Children’s Services at Whizz-Kidz and an Assistant Director with The Scout Association.
Debbie is actively involved in a range of community activities. She is a chairing a review of the UK Scouts Development Grants Board; she is a volunteer fundraiser and mentor with Age UK, Waltham Forest and a trustee and chair of the resources sub-committee at Elfrida Rathbone, Camden; a local charity working to achieve independence, empowerment and personal development for disabled people, children and young people, parents and families.
Debbie is a fellow of the RSA, a fellow of CIPD and a member of CIM. She has an MBA and MSc. She is also Chair of the Regional Growth Fund Investment Panel.
Michael has worked nationally within the UK responsible finance sector for 20 years as a trainer, consultant, innovator and entrepreneur. He has published numerous reports on responsible finance and publications for the new economics foundation. He strongly believes in the need to evolve a different kind of economy based on equality and social justice, and is keen to grow the responsible finance sector in Wales. Michael is CEO for a Welsh responsible finance provider, lending to consumers and businesses. He has been evolving a specialism within renewable energy, building a loan book mainly around domestic installations.
Patrick is Chief Executive and Board member of The Charity Bank Limited, a deposit-taking bank with a social purpose. It was founded in 2002, is authorised by the PRA and regulated by the FCA and the PRA, and a Certified B Corporation. Patrick is a trustee of The Caxton Trust which provides interventions to improve literacy and numeracy for struggling learners in schools. Between 2004 and 2012 Patrick was Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of UK Export Finance, the UK Government’s export credit agency. He has been a non-executive director of UK Trade and Investment and Crossrail Limited. He was Managing Director of Emerging Africa Advisers at Standard Bank London between 2002 and 2004. These roles followed a twenty-six year career in international trade finance and limited recourse project finance at Morgan Grenfell & Co. Limited/Deutsche Bank AG London.
Sharon MacPherson was appointed as CEO of Scotcash in May 2013 following her role as the Business Development Manager.
Her main tasks are to oversee the organisation, grow business opportunities and ensure future success through providing excellent customer services for those largely ignored by the financial mainstream.
Before joining Scotcash, Sharon previously worked for over 8 years in Glasgow City Council developing and delivering a city wide Financial Inclusion Strategy. This involved modernising services, promoting collaborative funding models and developing strategic plans.
Stephanie joined the Board in July 2017. She has worked in the delivery of public services for over 30 years. She was a CEO in the charity sector for 15 years managing community and residential services for people recovering from substance misuse, people with disabilities and people living with HIV and AIDS. She then entered local politics as a Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark in 1995, becoming Chair of Education in 1998 and then Leader of the Council in 1999.
During her tenure Stephanie drove forward the Council’s transformation programme and personally attracted significant investment to the borough for new schools, housing regeneration and developments such as The Shard. She led the Council’s management of a number of high profile issues such as the tragic murder of Damilola Taylor and the ‘Wobbly’ Millennium Bridge.
Stephanie retired from local government in 2002 and was later invited by Serco Group PLC became to join the company as a senior Director, to support its Board and Senior Executives in raising the company’s profile in government and business. She was a member of the company’s Global Management Team and helped shape the company’s business strategy.
Stephanie left Serco in 2012 to establish a new consultancy business, Stephanie Elsy Associates, an business consultancy specialising in public sector services and the government contracting markets. She lives in Emsworth in Hampshire where she is Chair of the local Neighbourhood Forum which is developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the town.
Stephen joined Enterprise Northern Ireland in 2006 as Financial Controller and has significant experience in dealing with the management and delivery of responsible finance programmes. He has been responsible for overseeing both the strategic and operational management of Aspire Micro Loans for Business, the ENI Loan Fund and the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund. Stephen was previously Financial Analysis and Planning Manager at GE Capital TLS Vehicle Rental, which had a turnover in excess of $200m. Following a two year spell as Financial Controller for a group of start-up businesses which grew to turnover in excess of £2m within two years he relocated with his family to Ireland. Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.