Social Investment Scotland boosts team with two new hires

Organisation appoints Derek Gardiner and Jill Barrow 

Third sector funder Social Investment Scotland (SIS) says it’s building on a strong start to 2017 with two new senior hires for its growing team.
SIS has appointed seasoned corporate banker Derek Gardiner as Investment Manager for the west of Scotland, and chartered accountant Jill Barrow as Financial Controller.
Gardiner has 26 years’ commercial and corporate banking experience with Bank of Scotland and Lloyds TSB, where he was a relationship manager.
Before entering the corporate world, Gardiner played professional football for Dundee United and East Stirlingshire FC.
As investment manager for SIS, Gardiner will focus on supporting social enterprises and charities across Glasgow, Argyll and the West of Scotland.
Jill Barrow, Social Investment Scotland
Barrow joins SIS from RSM in Edinburgh (formerly Baker Tilly) where she clocked up significant expertise in internal and external audit for Scotland’s third sector – dealing with large national charities and smaller charitable organisations, groups and academic associations.
In her role of financial controller, she will oversee the finance function SIS, managing day to day finance and governance – running the Audit & Risk and Capital & Finance Committees.
Alastair Davis, Chief Executive of Social Investment Scotland, said: “Derek and Jill join SIS at a very busy, but hugely exciting time, for the organisation. We’re supporting more social enterprises and charities than ever before and we’re keen to build on this momentum.
“With her understanding of third sector finance, Jill will help us to continue applying financial and commercial rigour to our work, while Derek’s relationship management experience in the banking sector will prove invaluable as we seek to expand our customer portfolio over in the west of Scotland.
“More importantly, both Derek and Jill bring with them a passion about the potential social impact of business and the people behind the projects, not just the numbers.”
SIS has more than doubled its headcount in the past six years as part of the organisation’s long-term strategy to better serve communities across Scotland.