Firstport, Scotland’s social enterprise development agency, has announced the appointment of four members onto its Board of Directors.
The appointment of Dr Poonam Malik, Yvonne Grieves, Chris Hellawell and Ailsa Raeburn mark an important step as Firstport enters a period of strategic review. The new Board Members bring diversity and experience in sectors including finance, rural issues, technology, the sharing economy and gender equality to the charity.
Two existing board members, Ian Dommett and Angela McCusker, are stepping down after six years.
Dr Poonam Malik is an academic research management leader with extensive experience of working in global partnership development within healthcare, industry and academic sectors. She is a Director of the World Health Innovation Summit, a social enterprise supporting community and health care organisations around the world, as well as an angel investor, mentor and active member of Scotland's only Women Angel Investor Community.
Yvonne Grieves is Head of Women in Business for NatWest, The Royal Bank of Scotland & Ulster Bank. She is responsible for the Women in Business Strategy and a member of both the Women and Girls Sports Advisory Board and the Women in Enterprise Advisory Council for the Scottish Government, to help drive policy change at a national level around female equality.
Chris Hellawell is the founder and director of the Edinburgh Tool Library (ETL), which he set up in 2013 to use resource sharing to address both social and environmental challenges in his community.
Ailsa Raeburn is a chartered surveyor with many years’ experience in property development, management and regeneration. She is the former Head of the Community Assets Team at Highlands and Island Enterprise.
Peter Shakeshaft, chair of the Firstport board, said: “On behalf of the team and board, I would like to welcome our four new members to Firstport. We will benefit tremendously from their experience and insights, especially at this crucial time of review and reflection. I would also like to thank Ian and Angela for their invaluable input and support over the last six years”.
Josiah Lockhart, Firstport chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ailsa, Chris, Poonam and Yvonne and look forward to working with them. They all bring a wealth of expertise that will positively influence how Firstport develops and grows over the coming years. With our strategic review now underway, our board is well placed to give us the outward perspective we need to ensure that our future work aligns with the changes taking place in our sector and beyond, but most importantly, that it responds to what the next generation of social entrepreneurs in Scotland needs”.
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