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Chair

Joanna Boag-Thomson, Prosper Chair

Joanna Boag-Thomson

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Partner

Joanna Boag-Thomson, Prosper Chair

Joanna Boag-Thomson

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Partner

Chair of Prosper and a partner in the Media & Technology Team at law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP.

Deputy Chair

Andrew Ritchie

Private Member

Andrew Ritchie

Private Member

Corporate Relations leader with over 25 years’ experience in Shell across 4 countries and in global roles, latterly supporting Shell U.K.’s Upstream business from Aberdeen. Leaving Shell at the end of November to pursue other opportunities. Invested in supporting Scotland’s prosperity, the energy transition and empowering people to realise their full potential.

Board Directors

Stewart Carruth

Finance Advisor to Prosper Board

Stewart Carruth

Finance Advisor to Prosper Board

Robbie Drummond

CalMac Ferries Ltd

Managing Director

Robbie Drummond

CalMac Ferries Ltd

Managing Director

Robbie Drummond is Managing Director for CalMac Ferries Limited and Executive Board Director for the David MacBrayne Group, a customer focused and multiple award winning ferries and port operations business with revenues in excess of £220m. He leads the delivery of services across 33 vessels, 51 ports and over 1,650 staff. He is passionate about leading teams through change and supporting community business. He is also Chairman of Stramash, a community based outdoor early education business.

Anna Fowlie, Prosper Board Member

Anna Fowlie

SCVO

CEO

Anna Fowlie, Prosper Board Member

Anna Fowlie

SCVO

CEO

Anna Fowlie has been CEO of The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) since 2018.

She was previously CEO of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Before joining the SSSC, which registers people who work in social services and regulates their education and training, Fowlie worked for the Scottish government, leading a team that focused on improving outcomes for looked-after children.

Rozanne Foyer

STUC

General Secretary

Rozanne Foyer

STUC

General Secretary

Rozanne Foyer is the STUC’s General Secretary with over 25 years’ experience in the trade union movement. Roz began as a workplace activist in the Benefits Agency. After leading a successful campaign against support services privatisation, she was recruited by the printer workers union as a trainee organiser, then as Assistant Secretary at the STUC. She went on to become a National Officer with the Transport and General Workers Union, later moving into Unite’s National Organising Department.

Gwilym Gibbons

The Crichton Trust

Chief Executive

Gwilym Gibbons

The Crichton Trust

Chief Executive

Gwilym Gibbons is a social impact entrepreneur and senior leader with a strong track record in culture, heritage, and education leadership within rural and social enterprise settings with a passion for whole system and circular economy development focused on enabling places to be creative and healthy for people and the planet.

Jane Grant, Prosper Board Member

Jane Grant

The Open University in Scotland

Depute Director, External Engagement and Partnerships

Jane Grant, Prosper Board Member

Jane Grant

The Open University in Scotland

Depute Director, External Engagement and Partnerships

Jane started her career in academic publishing before moving into IT business consultancy, economic development, knowledge exchange, business start-up and business development consultancy, across a wide range of sectors in private, public and third sector organisations.

She has spent many years as a senior executive and consultant advising organisations on strategies to become more competitive, innovative and reap cost benefits from technology solutions and business improvement across all aspects of their business.

Latterly she worked in the college sector consulting with a range of stakeholders and partners to help organisations develop their teams and create innovative practice.  As a senior director she has led many teams bringing training and consultancy services to many organisations.

She is a board member at Prosper, a trustee board member at Floris Books and a member of the Policy Group at Scotland IS.

Fiona Larg MBE, Prosper Highlands and Islands Committee Chair

Fiona Larg MBE

Prosper

Chair, Highlands & Islands Committee

Fiona Larg MBE, Prosper Highlands and Islands Committee Chair

Fiona Larg MBE

Prosper

Chair, Highlands & Islands Committee

Fiona Larg has held senior positions in the public and private sectors in Scotland and, most recently, in the university sector. A chartered accountant by background she has gained experience across a wide variety of industry sectors with national and international clients through her work. Playing a formative role in the creation of the University of the Highlands and Islands as Chief Operating Officer and Secretary and was awarded the MBE in 2017 for services to higher education in Scotland.

Jane O’Donnell

COSLA

Chief Executive

Jane O’Donnell

COSLA

Chief Executive

Jane O’Donnell was appointed the Chief Executive of COSLA, the voice of local government in Scotland, in March 2023. COSLA is a councillor-led, cross-party organisation which champions councils vital work to improve the lives of everyone in their communities. Jane has over 25 years experience working in and with councils and, prior to her appointment, spent two years in senior roles in Scottish Government.

Jane has a particular interest in ensuring a whole system approach to public policy and public services.  She has held senior trustee roles in several third sector organisations supporting women and girls. Jane was a founder member of the Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and is a strong advocate for the role of local government in wellbeing.

Ian Ritchie CBE, Prosper Board Member

Ian Ritchie CBE

IT Entrepreneur

Ian Ritchie CBE, Prosper Board Member

Ian Ritchie CBE

IT Entrepreneur

Ian Ritchie is the non-executive Chairman of Tern plc, Computer Applications Service, Krotos, and is a Director of Prosper and the Royal Lyceum Theatre.  He was Chairman of iomart Group plc from 2008-2018.

He founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext application development (a forerunner to the world wide web) and sold the company to Panasonic in 1989. Since then he has been involved in over 40 start-up high-tech businesses.

He serves on the board of the Royal Lyceum Theatre and Prosper.

Image of Bob Sanguinetti, Port of Aberdeen, Chief Executive

Bob Sanguinetti

Port of Aberdeen

Chief Executive

Image of Bob Sanguinetti, Port of Aberdeen, Chief Executive

Bob Sanguinetti

Port of Aberdeen

Chief Executive

Bob Sanguinetti joined Port of Aberdeen as Chief Executive in 2021, bringing an extensive background in the maritime industry. Prior to joining the port, Bob led the UK Chamber of Shipping, where he influenced Government, Parliament and global organisations to champion and protect the UK’s shipping industry. Bob was Chief Executive of the Port of Gibraltar between 2014 – 2018 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the Royal Navy, in sea and land-based roles.

Alastair Sim, Prosper Board Member

Alastair Sim

Universities Scotland

Director

Alastair Sim, Prosper Board Member

Alastair Sim

Universities Scotland

Director

​Alastair Sim has been Director of Universities Scotland since July 2009, joining from the Scottish Civil Service.

Since 2009 he has navigated the Scottish HE sector through two Scottish elections, two general elections, a referendum on Scottish independence, several spending reviews and a funding gap.

Andrew Walls, Prosper Board Member

Andrew Walls

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Finance Director & Company Secretary

Andrew Walls, Prosper Board Member

Andrew Walls

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Finance Director & Company Secretary

Andrew is the Finance Director & Company Secretary (FD) of the UK’s flagship Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, a mission led organisation with the goal of driving technical innovation in offshore energy, enhancing skills and career opportunities in the UK. Andrew is perhaps unusually for a FD, people orientated, with a particular interest in unlocking individual and team performance through collaborative ways of working. Andrew is a former Trustee (and Audit Chair) of the Robertson Trust, Scotland’s largest independent giving charity. When not at work he is keen to be outside, with a life long interest in activities that raise the heart beat and contribute to positive mental health.