New Chair for Firstport board

July 13, 2017

Peter Shakeshaft has taken over as chair of Firstport from Martin Dorchester who has left the board after four years.

Peter, who joined the Firstport board in 2014, qualified as a chartered accountant and held several senior executive roles before becoming 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.

Martin Dorchester said: "It's been an honour and pleasure to chair Firstport these last four years. It has firmly established itself as the premier organisation for Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland and the wider UK. I wish Peter every success as its new chair".

Peter Shakeshaft said: "Martin will be a hard act to follow since he brought so much to the table and steered the organisation through an important growth phase. I am honoured to be asked to be chair of Firstport and will strive to continue the good work that Martin accomplished. Social enterprise is an increasingly important part of our economy and Firstport does a first class job in supporting a whole range of early stage social entrepreneurs. I look forward to supporting that work."


Further information from Carol Stewart,, 07944 060322.