Scotland’s responsible business charity Board further strengthened by new recruits

Business in the Community Scotland has added a wealth of new talent to its Advisory Board, strengthening its position as the authority and voice of responsible business in Scotland.

  • 11 senior figures join Business in the Community Scotland’s Advisory Board
  • New members increase board reach and diversity 
  • Growth of board reflects growing ambition and influence of membership body

The new recruits come from a wide range of sectors and locations across Scotland and each member has a senior role within their business or organisation.  They are: David Bates, Head of Region Scotland West, Marks & Spencer; Su Cox, Sales and Communications Director, The Scottish Salmon Company;  Jo Dow, Chief Executive, Business Stream; Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Scotrail Alliance; Mark Hoskyns-Abrahall, Office Senior Partner Edinburgh, PwC; Brian Pettigrew, Regional Managing Director, Places & Communities, UK & Ireland, Engie; Ray Riddoch, Managing Director UK & SVP Europe, Nexen Petroleum, and also The Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassador for Scotland; Maureen Robertson, Head of Office Glasgow, Marsh; Colin Stewart, Country Head Scotland, Citi; Ronnie Taylor, Chief Distribution Officer, AEGON; and Alan Turner, Chairman of Turner & Co (Glasgow) Ltd.

The Advisory Board plays a central role in the strategic direction of BITC Scotland as well as supporting the organisation in achieving its objectives. BITC aims to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart. In Scotland, there is a focus on inclusive growth through building better workforces and widening access to lifelong learning and skills training; sustainable economic development; enabling businesses to work together to regenerate local places; and helping businesses measure their impact. 

Alan Thornburrow, Director at BITC Scotland, said:

“These accomplished leaders bring a wealth of experience, insight and expertise to our Advisory Board as we continue to drive responsible business behaviour in Scotland. The events of the past decade, including the financial crisis, a widespread loss of trust in business, the growth of automation and increasing political instability all make clear that business must lead in a way that puts community at the heart and ensures an economy that leaves no one behind. Such change is only possible when progressive businesses collaborate, show leadership and push boundaries – we very much look forward to working with our new board members to realise our ambitions to make responsible business the new norm.”

Mike Still, Chair of BITC Scotland’s Advisory Board, commented:

“We’re incredibly proud to have an Advisory Board made up of such high calibre individuals who are personally committed to supporting a more sustainable and resilient Scotland through their businesses. We want business to be a force for good - and having reach across many different sectors and industries enables us to do just that.”

These appointments join the existing board members: Mike Still, Chairperson, Trustify Ltd (Chair); Esther Black, Head of Corporate Operations, Crown Estate Scotland;  Sarah Davidson, Director General, Organisational Development, The Scottish Government; Susan Fouquier, Head of Transaction Banking Product Franchise, NatWest Holdings Ltd;  Dr Jim McCormick, Associate Director for Scotland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Diane Mulholland, General Manager/Vice President, Scotland and NI – Enterprise Holdings ; and Stephen Pearson, Senior Adviser CEO Office - Virgin