Board of Directors
hub North Scotland Board of Directors;
Andrew has significant experience of the healthcare, stockbroking and private equity sectors and is currently a lay member of the court of the University of Dundee as well as a non-executive director of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. He is also non-executive chairman of Frontier IP, a university Intellectual Property (IP) commercialisation specialist which is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market.
He took on the role of chairman as hub North Scotland developed a number of key projects including the delivery of the new Inverness Royal Academy, Wick Community Campus and Noss Primary School as well as the new Anderson High School and halls of residence in Shetland. That has continued with the construction of the new Campbeltown Grammar School, Oban High School, Inverurie Health & Social Care Hub and the Foresterhill Health Centre.
Gavin joined Equitix in September 2012 with a background in corporate banking. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial service industry and has over 14 years’ experience in the PPP/PFI sector. Gavin is responsible for the management of investments made by Equitix Funds II and III. Prior to joining Equitix, Gavin worked for Nationwide Building Society within the Project Finance Department leading teams involved in lending to PFI clients. He hold a number of board director positions across a variety of project sectors. He is a business graduate and certified banker.
Paul was appointed to the Board in September 2014. He has also been a Director of Hub South East Scotland since it was formed in 2010. He became its Chief Executive in November 2012.
Paul is a Chartered Civil Engineer with thirty years experience at executive level in both the public and private sectors and has developed major construction projects both in the UK and overseas. Paul is also a Council Member of CBI Scotland.
Derek is currently Depute Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Resources with the Highland Council
Derek is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, and was awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) in 2016. He is also an Honours Member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV).
A graduate of Edinburgh University, with a degree in Business Studies, Derek undertook his professional training in the NHS as part of the NHS national finance training scheme. Following a couple of substantive posts with Lothian Health Board, Derek has worked in Local Government since 1987 in various positions with Clackmannan District Council, Clackmannanshire Council and Aberdeenshire Council, before taking up his current post in October 2011.
Derek is a past Chair of the Local Authority (Scotland) Accounts Advisory Board (LASAAC), and has also served as Vice Chair of CIPFA/LASAAC Local Authority Accounting Code Board and as a member of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB).
Derek is a member of a number of Working Groups with the Scottish Government and COSLA, with a particular interest in local government grant distribution, welfare reform, and health & social care integration, and has given evidence to a number of Parliamentary Committees.
Derek is a past Chair of CIPFA Scottish Branch, and received the Ian Doig Award for services to CIPFA in Scotland in 2011.
Derek is currently Chair of the CIPFA Directors of Finance Section which represents all 32 councils in Scotland.
Nial joined SFT 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
Phil is a director of Galliford Try Investments and has considerable experience in the setting up and running of revenue financed public sector projects. He was part of the original bid team when hub North Scotland was established and has been directly involved in the many of the projects delivered since then.
Phil was appointed to the board in 2016. He is a Quantity Surveyor and was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2012.