Board of Directors
Chair – Eleanor Cannon
Eleanor is a highly qualified director with an engrained passion for golf. A graduate from the University of St Andrews, Eleanor started her career with Marks & Spencer PLC, before serving nine years at Tesco PLC where she became a General Manager and then Global Head of Customer Service.
Eleanor joined Scottish & Newcastle PLC in 1997 and held various Board positions during a nine-year spell, latterly as Group HR and Corporate Affairs Director. Since 2008, she has run an Executive Coaching business that specialises in enabling Chief Executives and Managing Directors deliver change within their organisations.
Eleanor, who has also held Trustee and Director positions in five charities over the past 18 years, has a strong golf background and pedigree, with her mother, Netta Matthew, and father, Rennie Matthew, past Ladies and Club Captains at Ralston Golf Club and her father going on to become President of Glasgow Golf Union. A former Girls champion at Ralston, Eleanor is currently a member at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club.
Championships – Neil MacDonald
Neil served Central Scotland Police for 30 years and progressed through the ranks to the rank of Chief Superintendent prior to his retiral in 2006. With the majority of his service in the Operational arena, he developed effective leadership skills and fostered relationships with key partners and stakeholders. Neil has also been heavily involved in golf administration, particularly since retiring from the police service.
Neil has held various roles at Glenbervie Golf Club, and is past Chairman at the Stirlingshire club. He is a former member of the Stirlingshire Golf Union Executive Committee and the SGU Championship Committee. Neil has also refereed regularly since 2010, including at SGU events, the European Amateur Championship, the Home Internationals, Open Championship Regional Qualifying and the PGA Scottish Championship. In 2008, Neil was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in the Lieutenancy of Stirling and Falkirk areas.
Commercial – Roz Cuschieri
After graduating from Aberdeen University with a Pure Science degree, Roz started her commercial career with United biscuits. Based in Scotland and then London, she held both account management and marketing roles. A five-year spell at Scottish and Newcastle followed, with Roz holding the position of Director of Marketing – off trade. She then spent 12 years with Warburtons, seven of those spent on the Board as Commercial Director. During that time the Warburton brand grew to hold the No 1 grocery food brand position, by value in the UK.
In 2010, Roz and her family head back to Scotland with a move to Genius – the privately owned, leading gluten free bakery business. She was appointed CEO in Jan 2012 , a role she held until the end of 2016. Roz is Chairwoman of Emily Crisps Ltd , Non – executive Director for Lightbody Ventures Ltd and Non – exec Director and Trustee for the Worldwide cancer research trust.
Communications – Malcolm Robertson
Malcolm Robertson is a Founding Partner of Charlotte Street Partners, a strategic communications company based in Edinburgh and London. Malcolm began his career at Diageo where he spent six years, before joining Beattie Media in 1996. He was appointed Head of Public Affairs at BAA Scotland in 1999. He then enjoyed a sustained and successful career at the airport operator, where he served as Director of Communications for BAA Scotland, before taking a number of broader, group wide roles, including group public affairs director, deputy director of group communications and latterly, Director of Communications.
Most recently, Malcolm has run his own strategic advisory company, representing clients in the banking and airports sector, as well as international private equity firms and infrastructure investors. Malcolm is a main board director of the influential Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), and Chairman of its London Committee. He is a member of Dunblane New Golf Club.
Finance – Malcolm Kpedekpo
Malcolm is a qualified chartered accountant and Founding Partner of Panoramic Growth Equity, an investment business formed in 2009 and now one of the UK’s leading equity investors in fast growing, entrepreneurial companies. He is an experienced board member with an extensive local and national business network, having previously held positions with KPMG (in Aberdeen and Sydney, Australia) and the venture capital arm of the Bank of Scotland. Malcolm’s understanding of investing in and working with SME’s is supported by significant experience in Financial Management and the core accountancy disciplines of Audit, Transaction Services and Corporate Finance.
During an initial career as a professional footballer with Aberdeen FC between 1992 and 1998, Malcolm was the only player to play top level football in the Scottish Premier League while completing a full-time university degree. The passionate sportsman has been an active golf club member for over 25 years.
Participation – Stewart Darling
Stewart has extensive plc Board experience and thrives on creating, managing and developing high performing businesses in challenging situations. His experience has been gained through a breadth of senior commercial, customer facing and operational roles in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA.
Stewart joined Vianet Group plc, a strategic insight and cloud based technology business as Group Commercial Director in 2008. He became Chief Executive Officer five years later, with primary responsibility for developing and driving the group’s growth strategy through the development of new products and services in existing and new markets. Stewart is an engineer by profession but spent the majority of his career working for Scottish & Newcastle plc where, during the rapid growth of the business, he held several senior commercial roles including Sales Director and Customer Service Director. Stewart brings sound strategic thinking ability to the Board combined with the ability to implement and execute change rapidly through strong decision-making and impactful Board level leadership.
Performance – Stephen Docherty
Stephen is Head of Global Equities for Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, a position he has held since December 2002, managing a team of 16 people. Stephen is involved heavily with engagement and interaction with professional golfers across both the men and women’s game in which Aberdeen Asset Management have a sponsorship agreement, such as the Scottish Open on the European Tour.
The University of Aberdeen graduate has a strong golf pedigree and has previously represented Scotland at schools, boys and youth level and also Great Britain & Ireland at boy’s level. Stephen, who is a member at a number of clubs, brings experience to his role having previously been a Non-Executive Director on the SGU Board, responsible for areas of performance, including academy structures, coaching and team selection.
General – Keith Macdonald
Keith started his marketing career with Royal Mail, before moving into the the financial sector with RBS Group in 1997. A qualified marketing professional with an MBA from Edinburgh University, Keith held a variety of positions at RBS / NatWest, starting in Credit Cards before moving into the main Retail Bank as Head of Direct Marketing.
Keith left RBS in 2010 and set up as a marketing consultant, then moved to Tesco Bank as Senior Marketing Manager in 2011, where he led the launch of the new service for Mortgage Intermediaries for Tesco Bank in 2016. As well as extensive experience in marketing communications, Keith has a strong background in digital marketing, website development and service design. In 2016, Keith also started to advise Castle Community Bank on how to grow their business. Following start up in 2015, this new online Bank is providing finance and financial education to help local communities in Edinburgh. Keith is a member of Craigielaw Golf Club, where his daughter Gabrielle has played golf for the last 10 years, developing her game to international level.
General – Addi Spiers
Addi is a Partner in the Business Support and Restructuring department at law firm HBJ Gateley, based in their Aberdeen office. She is a dual qualified lawyer in Scotland and England & Wales, with 15 years experience in the Finance and Property sectors. She specialises in real estate finance, distressed debt and distressed real estate and regularly advises clients on risk management.
Addi has come through Girls’, U21 and Ladies’ Scotland ranks, and continues to play County golf for Galloway Ladies. She comes from a strong golfing pedigree. Her father, Edward Shamash, represented Scotland and played in The Open several times as an amateur. Her brother, Ben Shamash, represented Scotland at Boys’ level and reached the final of the Scottish Amateur Championship in 2005. Addi was a Scotland Selector for the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association for three years, and latterly sat on the Board of the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association in the run up to amalgamation. She has served on the Performance Committee of Scottish Golf since the amalgamation was completed. Addi also has a keen interest in coaching and fitness, and she is a Level 1 PGA qualified coach, a Level 3 Personal Trainer and holds a level 1 Titleist Performance Institute qualification.