Our Board is led by our independent chair Jo Armstrong. Other members are Graham Smith, who represents our public sector client shareholders; Nial Gemmell, who represents the Scottish Futures Trust, and Iain Marley and Kevin Doyle. Iain and Kevin represent The Development Partnership (Scotland) Limited, our employee-owned private sector development partner.
Jo is one of Scotland’s leading business economists whose extensive professional career spans financial services, the Scottish civil service and the charitable sector. An experienced Non-Executive Director and Chair, she is currently Chair of the Wheatley Housing Group and Chair of the Accounts Commission. Jo is also a current Panel Member of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.
Previously, Jo chaired OFGEM’s expert panel for its Electricity Network Innovation Fund; was a budget advisor to two Scottish parliamentary committees; an honorary professor of Public Policy at Glasgow University and is a former chair of ENABLE Scotland. She holds two degrees in economics from the University of Strathclyde.
Graham is the Head of Investment, International and Innovation at Glasgow City Council, and has worked in Economic Development for almost ten years. He has a broad range of experience and expertise, having led a number of key areas in the division, including Business Gateway, with his current remit including Invest Glasgow, the Glasgow Film Office, the Green Economy and Climate Finance as well as the Innovation Economy.
Nial joined Scottish Futures Trust (SFTi) in late 2017 to look after SFTi’s portfolio of investments in the hub programme. Prior to SFT Nial worked for a number of banks during which time he carried out a variety of roles. Latterly Nial worked alongside bank clients structuring debt and solutions for projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors.
Iain Marley (B. Acc, CA.)
Iain is a graduate of Glasgow University and a Chartered Accountant who began his career at Price Waterhouse Management Consultants. He has held senior roles in finance; consulting; manufacturing; broadcasting; technology; education, and property sectors.
He has led the delivery of complex and award-winning business transformation, infrastructure investment and outsourcing programmes with a capital value in excess of £2 billion. These include the transformation of the BBC’s property estate and the delivery of the City of Glasgow College’s Riverside and City campus developments which were shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.
Non-executive roles include the Board of the National Library of Scotland and Chair of the Library’s Audit Committee, and membership of the Finance and Audit Committee at SCIAF.
Kevin is part of the Executive Management Team and is responsible for all operational aspects of project delivery. As a graduate in Civil Engineering, Kevin has over 20 years’ experience within the private sector including bid management and project management of major design and builds projects for various main contractors. Before joining the team he successfully delivered numerous new build developments within the Aviation, Energy, Education and Commercial Sectors.