Board

Peter Shakeshaft

Chair

Peter Shakeshaft became the Chair of Firstport in June 2017.

Peter Shakeshaft qualified as a chartered accountant and held several senior executive roles before becoming chief executive of the Drambuie Liqueur Group in 1990. In 2000, Peter became chief executive of Archangel Informal Investment Ltd., a post he held until August 2005. Awarded Scottish Business Insider Dealmaker of the Year in 2004, Peter has continued to act as non-executive director or chairman on a number of boards, including the RSNO, LINC Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank Edinburgh IFS as well as a number of early stage companies.

Angela McCusker

Board Member

Angela has over 25 years experience working in the private, public and third sectors. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, she worked in the sports industry for 15 years, initially as Financial Controller for Reebok UK Limited and latterly as International Finance Director for Ellesse International Ltd, part of The Pentland Group plc.

Since leaving Ellesse International, she has developed a portfolio of interests, including Non Executive Director positions including 6 years at The Student Loans Company. She has worked with many Boards of Directors facilitating Strategic Planning, and working with them through coaching and mentoring to help them implement their visions. She is passionate about leadership and is at the leading edge bringing values based and mindful leadership to her clients.

Ian Dommett

Board Member

Ian is the director of Cor Agency, a specialist marketing communications agency in Edinburgh. He is among the most experienced Marketing Communications Project Directors currently working in Scotland and is respected by both clients (including senior politicians, military leaders and board directors) and his peers. Ian brings strategic insight, creative understanding and a safe pair of hands to complex, time sensitive projects. Ian became a board member of Firstport in June 2012 after becoming fascinated by the role and potential of social enterprises.

Leona McDermid

Board Member

Leona is Executive Director of Aberdeen Foyer leading on strategic business development for Aberdeen Foyer including the successful social enterprises Roadwise Driver Training, Foyer Graphics and Foyer Works. The Foyer is committed to inspiring people who face challenges in their lives to develop their strengths through offering engaging services and opportunities that affect real and lasting change, enabling them to achieve independent living, learning and work.

Prior to joining the Foyer, Leona was the Chief Executive of Social Firms Scotland.

A psychology graduate, she has also worked in community mental health, managed a forest monkey rehabilitation project in Nigeria and grew up in the family business.

Find out more at www.aberdeenfoyer.com

Lisa Tennant

Board Member

Lisa has over 20 years leadership experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Lisa started and sold her own company, before setting up a management consultancy. This led to a number of roles including CEO of a commercial property company and leadership of one of the first community land buyouts in Scotland. Lisa has been given a Vodafone World of Difference Award for her work on community resilience and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA. She has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director with roles on the Boards of Ombudsman Services, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, The Ethical Property Company and the Scottish Land Fund.

Nicolas White

Board Member

An award-winning communicator, Nicolas’s professional experience spans two decades across roles in journalism, public relations, policy, campaigns and service development and delivery. Currently the Head of Scotland at Breast Cancer Care, he oversees the development of the health charity in the country. Nicolas has also held senior communications roles at social care charity Quarriers and Action for Children. Prior to moving into the third sector he worked as a communications consultant and a national newspaper journalist, covering general news and sport for a decade.