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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

Graeme Blackett

BiGGAR Economics

Managing Director

Graeme Blackett

BiGGAR Economics

Managing Director

Graeme Blackett is Managing Director of BiGGAR Economics, a purpose-led company that exists to deliver meaningful impact. He is an applied economist, with more than 30 year’s experience of providing economic analysis and advice to government, companies and social economy sectors, in Scotland and across Europe. His areas of expertise include the energy sector, innovation systems and economic strategy.

Russell Dalgleish

Exolta Capital Partners

Managing Partner

Russell Dalgleish

Exolta Capital Partners

Managing Partner

Russell Dalgleish is a prominent Scottish entrepreneur and investor with a notable track record in the international technology sector. As the founding Managing Partner of Exolta Capital Partners and the Founding Chair of the Scottish Business Network, he plays a pivotal role in advising and supporting business leaders and entrepreneurs in achieving global success.

With a wealth of experience in leadership roles for international companies across Europe, the US, and Asian markets, Russell now focuses on assisting companies in developing and implementing international growth strategies. His investment interests lie in early-stage opportunities, particularly in sectors such as Govtech, Smart Cities, Fintech, and climate change technology.

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.

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.

Kevin Havelock

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Regional Director, Edinburgh & East Scotland, Commercial - Mid Markets

Kevin Havelock

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Regional Director, Edinburgh & East Scotland, Commercial - Mid Markets

Joining the Royal Bank as a graduate trainee, Kevin has spent his whole career working directly with corporate businesses.

Kevin holds a Political Science degree from University of Aberdeen and an MBA from The Edinburgh Business School. Kevin is a Chartered Banker and Fellow of Chartered Banker Institute.

Kevin was a Non-executive Director of Essential Edinburgh, the city centre Edinburgh BID and was Treasurer of Families Outside, a charity supporting families impacted by imprisonment. He is currently a Governing Council member of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Edinburgh Napier University Business School Advisory Group, Vice Chair of Edinburgh’s Just Economic Transition Group and a board member of Prosper.

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.

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.

Nicole Shamier

Mott MacDonald

Director of Economics (Scotland)

Nicole Shamier

Mott MacDonald

Director of Economics (Scotland)

Nicole Shamier is a Director of Economics (Scotland) for Mott MacDonald, an engineering, environmental and advisory services consultancy. Nicole was previously Chief Economist at the St Helena Government and a senior economist within the Cabinet Office. Nicole also acts as the Chair of the Board of Connect, St Helena’s utilities company, and has a background in environmental and net zero economics. Nicole has a BA in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of Manchester and a MSc Economics from London Metropolitan University.

Alastair Sim, Prosper Board Member

Alastair Sim

Consultant

Alastair Sim, Prosper Board Member

Alastair Sim

Consultant

Jenny Stanning

OEUK

External Relations Director

Jenny Stanning

OEUK

External Relations Director

Jenny Stanning is responsible for leading OEUK’s external affairs, events, and membership teams. In this role her responsibilities include working with Governments, Parliaments, industry leaders, business and industry organisations and regulatory bodies to ensure that members’ interests are well represented.

Prior to joining OEUK, Jenny worked in politics and stakeholder management for 10 years including the Scottish Parliament and Westminster.

Anthony Thompson

56º North

Joint Managing Partner

Anthony Thompson

56º North

Joint Managing Partner

Anthony is co-founder and joint managing partner of 56º North one of the UK’s leading independent strategic communications advisory firms.

One of the UK’s most experienced corporate affairs and public policy advisers. For over 20 years, Anthony has provided strategic counsel to Boards and senior executives, including at some of the UK’s most recognised companies.

Before working in financial services, Anthony was a senior campaigner for British business during a decade-long career at the CBI. As the CBI’s Brussels Director he led the CBI’s lobbying across Europe.

Lisa Thomson

Elevate Advisory

Director

Lisa Thomson

Elevate Advisory

Director

Lisa Thomson is the Director of Elevate Advisory, working with entrepreneurs to support business growth. Lisa previously founded Purpose HR, a niche HR consultancy focused on the technology and life sciences sectors which she sold to the AAB Group in 2021 and exited in 2023 following an earnout period.

She is an experienced executive coach and NLP practitioner and an alumni of the Saltire Fellowship programme.

Lisa is a proud Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland championing women in business and a Board member of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

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.