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 takes the role of chairman as hub North Scotland continues the development of a number of its ongoing 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.
John is Investment Director for Scottish Futures Trust (SFT). John joined SFT in 2010 and currently manages SFT’s growing investment portfolio. In addition John represents SFT as a director on a number of hub and infrastructure company boards. Until recently John had responsibility for leading the Hub Community Infrastructure investment programme which since 2012 had grown to over £2bn of live projects. Prior to this, John helped to deliver the first phase of the National Housing Trust initiative, commenced the development of the surplus asset disposal programme with the NHS and managed the Schools for the Future investment programme.
John is a Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years’ board level experience across both public and private sectors. This has been gained in the property, construction, PFI/PPP and automotive sectors together with the NHS.
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.
Mark Baxter joined Galliford Try as Managing Director of the Investments Division in February 2014 having previously worked for Miller Construction where he spent the last 12 years developing and growing their Investment portfolio and joint venture capability.
Mark has also been keenly involved in new markets and was involved in developing traditional PPP, Lift, BSF and NPD models. Latterly he was involved in bidding for Hub territories and once Hub North was established Mark joined the board in 2011.
To date Mark has led teams who have closed in excess of £3bn worth of funded infrastructure projects with private and public sector clients and key government agencies. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of ICAS.
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 and is a Chartered Civil Engineer.
Derek is currently Director of Finance 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.