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Our Board

Our Board

Our volunteer Board of Trustees is made up of recognised leaders across many different areas of expertise. Please read on to find out a little more about each Board member.

Allan Dick - Chair

Allan Dick - Chair

Allan is semi-retired doing business mentoring for the Scottish Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee in third sector organisations. Previously he was owner/partner in a management consultancy following a corporate life with a global packaging company. He is married with three grown-up daughters.

Gillian Thomson- Vice Chair

Gillian Thomson- Vice Chair

Gillian runs GT Limited, a consultancy providing HR support, leadership & team development and conflict resolution. Previously she held senior HR roles in Centrica, RBS & Mars. She joined the Inspire Board in 2014, and as well as being Vice-Chair, also Chairs the people committee. Gillian is a Chartered member of the CIPD, and holds a masters degree in Engineering, as well as post graduate qualifications in HR and conflict resolution. She is also a member of the Scottish Mediation Network, the SCDI and the AGCC.

Derek Baxter

Derek Baxter

Derek retired from the Police last year after 30 years service and is currently working in an Emergency and Crisis Management role in the Oil industry. He joined the Inspire board in August 2014 and chairs the Service Provision Committee.

Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown is Head of SME Banking for Barclays in Scotland. His role in managing a division within a global Business which includes managing people, governance, new business development and managing Financials. He provides strong value add to the Inspire Board. He is also involved in supporting Social Business and Entrepreneurs in growing their businesses across the UK. He holds key relationships with Entrepreneurial Scotland, IoD and the Chambers of Commerce.

John Chessor

John Chessor

John is a Chartered Accountant, formerly financial director of the John Clark Motor Group. He served on the Inspire Board some years ago until work commitments prevented him from continuing, but was delighted to be re-appointed in 2014 after he retired from full-time employment. John chairs the Property and Finance committee and serves on the people committee.

Martin Dear

Martin Dear

Martin lectures at North East Scotland College specialising in supporting people with a wide range of learning difficulties. He joined the Inspire board in August 2014 and is also a board member at North East Scotland College. Previously, Martin spent 20 years in a managerial role with a Prudential Assurance Company.

Rob Hamilton

Rob Hamilton

Rob is CEO of technology service provider Dynamic Edge, a business he started in 2009. Dynamic Edge have supported Inspire since 2011. He joined the Inspire board in March 2013.

Colin Hawkins

Colin Hawkins

Colin retired from his position of Chief Executive of Osprey Housing Association in 2017 following a varied career within the affordable housing sector in Lewisham, Clackmannan and Aberdeenshire. Colin has served on the Board for over a decade and currently is chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Service Provision Committee.

Dave Lynch

Dave Lynch

Bio coming soon!

Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray

Douglas is contentedly retired after a career in the legal profession initially in Edinburgh but principally in Aberdeen. He has been a Board member for a number of years and he is also involved in other charity work. Outside interests include travel, walking, reading, bridge and other similar pursuits.

Skerry Read

Skerry Read

Bio coming soon!

Sally Shaw

Sally Shaw

Sally Shaw was previously interim Chief Officer at Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership and is the current Chief Officer for Orkney Health and Care - the Integration Joint Board that commissions and oversees community health and social care services in the Islands. Sally began her career more than 30 years ago as a nurse before moving into social work and has extensive experience at a senior level in health, social care and the Third sector. She joined the Inspire Board in November 2018.

Peter Blackledge

Peter Blackledge

Peter Blackledge is a qualified social worker who joined Partnership Housing (Inspire’s original name) in 1989. As General Manager from 1992 to 2001, Peter oversaw the establishment of Partnership services in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. He subsequently undertook a variety of tutoring, research and development work in social care and higher education until he retired in 2015. He joined the Inspire Board in November 2018.

Brian Minty

Brian Minty

Brian Minty has over 20 years of executive leadership experience within the energy, consulting and foreign aid development sectors, and is currently a Director of Europa Energy.

Marie O'Hanlon (picture coming soon)

Marie O'Hanlon (picture coming soon)

Marie O’Hanlon, has held a number of senior, strategic roles with BP during her 30 year career and was previously a Board member of Inspire Ventures – the social enterprise arm of Inspire – working closely with the organisation on its Café Academy programme which provided employability training to young people with learning disabilities. She joined the Inspire Board in November 2018.

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