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Board of Directors

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.


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. In that role he invests in and works with companies to help them grow and enhance value. He is an experienced board member with an extensive local and national business network.

During an initial career as a professional footballer with Aberdeen FC, 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 30 years.


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Stewart has extensive Board experience and is currently CEO of Vianet Group plc, a strategic insight and Internet of Things technology provider. He brings extensive experience of leading and building high performing businesses with experience gained in senior roles in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. Having played from a very young age he is a keen golfer and a member of Broomieknowe Golf Club.

 


Keith Macdonald

Keith has extensive experience in communications, digital marketing, website development and service design. A qualified marketing professional with an MBA from Edinburgh University, he has held senior marketing positions in Tesco Bank, RBS Group and Royal Mail, and is now back working as a marketing consultant. Keith is a member of Craigielaw Golf Club.

 


Addi Spiers

Addi is a Partner in the Business Support and Restructuring department at law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP. 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.


Lorna Brown

Lorna is a procurement and supplier management professional, holding a number of senior leadership roles most recently with Sainsbury’s Bank, The Student Loans Company and RBS. Lorna has a strong background in corporate and regulatory governance, having regular interaction and influence with both executive and non-executive directors. Lorna is a keen golfer, ClubGolf volunteer and a member of Dunblane New Golf Club, where she has been on The Board as a Director for 6 years.


Brendan Dick

Director, BT Scotland and Managing Director BT Regions. Brendan’s prime responsibility is to develop BT’s Regional activities across Scotland, Wales and the English regions, looking after BT’s group wide interests and driving BT’s local agenda across the BT Lines of Business.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, much of Brendan’s early career was spent in information technology designing, developing and deploying large systems across the UK.

Brendan is Chair of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Honorary President of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, a Director of Scottish Golf, a CBI Scotland Council member, a trustee of the International Futures Forum and a member of the Lowland Reserve Forces Regional Employer Support Group. Married with two children and two grandchildren, Brendan is a Past Captain of his local golf club and an enthusiastic, if slow, recreational cyclist.


Sean Duffy

Sean is the newly appointed CEO of The Wise Group, having previously held executive positions with Newsquest, National Express PLC, First Scot Rail and The Herald and Times Newspaper Group. Sean’s experience is in transformational, commercial roles and has extensive experience of working across the private, public and third sectors. He holds an MBA from Strathclyde Business School. Sean has been a single handicap golfer for many years, winning a golf scholarship to Texas as a junior. He represented Scotland at boys’ level and at county level for Lanarkshire across various age groups. Sean is a member of The Duke’s, St Andrews.


Bill Woodley

Bill’s working life has taken him across the world as a senior executive in the Financial Services industry. His career started in the Royal Navy but he spent almost 20 years with Deutsche Bank,  a journey which concluded in the role of CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas. Bill is a Board Member of Pendo Systems Inc, a software company solving complex problems in unstructured data. Bill plays off a single digit handicap at the Bedens Brook Club and sits on the Board and Audit Committee of the Tiger Woods Foundation.