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:
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.
Dr Steve Walker is a founder shareholder and has been Chief Executive of Art Business Loans (Aston Reinvestment Trust) since launch in 1997, raising funds through grants, equity and loans to support growth. From 2000 to 2006 he was a member of the Small Business Investment Taskforce, advising the Government on matters relating to finance for businesses and has become one of the leading UK practitioners in the Social Finance sector. He is a member of the West Midlands Regional Finance Forum and is a member of the Access to Finance sub group of the GB and Solihull LEP. He is the current Chair of Fair Finance Consortium, a group of responsible finance providers working in the West Midlands.
Hugh is Director of Innovation at Locality, which has over 600 members from across the UK. Current members have a combined turnover of £430m and own assets valued at £750m. Hugh is a founder partner and Director of the Key Fund, which is investing in social enterprises across Yorkshire and the Midlands. Hugh was also a founder partner of the Adventure Capital Fund and an advisor to Communitybuilders Investment Panel. He led on an action learning research programme into Community Shares and Bonds backed by Communities and Local Government and the Office of Civil Society. Hugh is very active in his local community and is a director of ACCENT Regeneration, a leading housing association, and Manningham Mills Community Association.
Jonathan is CEO of Enterprise Ventures and brings a wealth of business and finance experience to Responsible Finance. He has spent over twenty years in public and private sector co-investment and managing of venture capital funds. At Enterprise Ventures he has taken funds under management from £20m to £130m by successfully investing in regional SME’s, for the most part in the North of England. Jonathan spent 11 years as a Managing Director at Murray Johnstone Private Equity where he managed around £360 million in private equity and venture funds. A solicitor, Jonathan is a highly experienced company director; he sits on the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Member Services Committee and is a former Member of the Council of the BVCA. Jonathan is the current Chair of Responsible Finance.
Katy is the Chief Executive of Foundation East, a small business lender based in Suffolk and lending across the east of England. She joined Foundation East in February 2004 at its inception initially taking on the role of Finance and Investment Manager and became Chief Executive in March 2009. Her primary role is to lead the strong staff team to deliver the vision and mission of the Responsible Finance provider, and to ensure the values of the company are embedded at every level. She is also responsible for fundraising, building and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders, including members, funders, bankers and auditors. Prior to joining Foundation East, Katy managed the treasury department for insurance broking firm Marsh Inc in Guernsey for 14 years.
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.
Nicholas has over 15 years’ experience lending to SMEs and is a Prince2 Practitioner. Since his arrival, GLE has won contracts for four local authority, two pan-London, one UK-wide charity and one national DWP fund – with a total capital value of almost £18m. In addition, Nicholas leads GLE’s Enterprise Agency, which is integrated with its lending activity. Nicholas has a keen interest in and understanding of the responsible finance industry, its strengths and opportunities for the future.
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.
Rob is a qualified public sector accountant and was a partner with PwC for 20 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience of public sector organisations and has worked with senior executive and non-executive directors as a trusted business adviser. Rob’s areas of expertise include helping clients to improve performance, reviewing the effectiveness of governance arrangements and advising on strategic and operational matters. Rob is currently a non-executive director for a number of organisations and runs his own management consultancy business.