Alan led SIO’s focus on responsible leadership in the wake of the financial crisis. SIO, whose members include Baillie Gifford, Franklin Templeton, Morgan Stanley and the recently merged Standard Life Aberdeen Group, now works to enable emerging leaders in industry to develop their skills, build networks and share best practice to help position the industry for the future.
Before joining SIO, Alan lived and worked in Toronto where he latterly oversaw a $4bn platform for a Canadian investment management company.
Alan is passionate about making a difference in society. He is an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School for Business & Society where he has worked to bring the investment industry and the university closer together.
He is a Fellow of the RSA, past Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Edinburgh and Lothians and past Vice Chairman of Career Ready in Scotland, a charity focused on widening access and opportunity for young people.
Alan Thornburrow said: “I am thrilled to be joining BITC at such an important time for building the responsible business cause. The world around us is changing rapidly and is increasingly challenging us to consider the legacy we leave for future generations. I have long believed that we personally and collectively have a role to play in the future we wish to see.
“By working to harness the collective power of business we know that meaningful and positive change is not only possible but occurs faster than on an individual basis. I very much look forward to continuing the important work of BITC Scotland in pursuit of a fairer, more sustainable Scotland”.
Jane Wood, Executive Director of Membership and Nations at BITC added: “We are delighted to have appointed someone of Alan’s calibre into the role of Director for Business in the Community Scotland. His experience spans employment, education, the economy, leadership and strategy bringing a skillset which aligns perfectly with our priorities at BITC Scotland.
“I have no doubt Alan will prove extremely capable at leading BITC Scotland and steering the responsible business agenda north of the border.”