Governance Trustees Chairman
Dave has had a successful commercial career spanning over 36 years holding senior executive positions within the Oil & Gas service industry, Security industry and latterly within the Support Services sector. Commencing his career as an accountant he quickly rose through the ranks culminating in being appointed CFO and subsequently CEO of ArmorGroup International PLC taking the lead in both its MBO in 2003 and subsequent IPO in 2004.
Dave has extensive International experience gained while working for Schlumberger and later ArmorGroup International. He is known for both his commercial and man management skills while having a comprehensive appreciation for operational issues and their challenges.
He’s subsequently been active in the Support Service industry including leading a MBO of Resource Group a £ 120m t/o security and cleaning business, a start-up FM business in the Shetland Islands and is currently in negotiations to acquire a £ 15m T/O support service business from its founder.
Dave currently splits his time between forming his new Support Service group, an advisory role with a niche M & A business, chairing a recent start up business, Vortex IoT Ltd and chairing Horseback UK.
Dave sat on Restrata (a specialist security company) Ethics committee between 2010 and 2016 and also sat on its larger sister company Olive Group’s Ethics committee for five years until it was sold in 2014.
Emma Watson Mack
Emma Watson Mack was educated at Loretto School, Edinburgh and graduated in Psychology in 1992 from St Andrew’s University. She joined the Royal Artillery as an officer in 1993, serving for eight years and completing operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Cyprus with the United Nations. Emma was selected as the first female in the British Army in 1996 to serve in a front line role as a Forward Observation Officer.
On leaving the Army, Emma worked for the Loch Lomond Shores Management Company responsible for their Operations, HR and Events – a socio-economic regeneration project initiated by the Scottish Executive.
In 2004, Emma moved to London to work at Barclays Global Headquarters in their Sponsorship Events Team, working on the Barclays Premiership and the Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race. Following this, Emma worked in private client corporate events at Barclays Wealth, working with high net worth clients based both in the UK and internationally.
In 2007, Emma moved to Goldman Sachs to head up their EMEA Event Management and Hospitality Operations focussing on supporting the business build networks and growth through effective and strategically designed client engagement programmes.
From 2012 Emma was then engaged in a variety of consulting roles primarily with the Association for Financial Markets in Europe and the Not-For-Profit sector.
Emma is now the Development Director for Entrepreneurial Scotland which aims to inspire, develop and connect Scotland’s current and future leaders to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.
Emma is a Trustee for HorseBack UK and the Officers Association, a Fellow of the Rank Foundation and a Governor of Loretto School.
Emma lives with her family in Scotland and has a passion for sports and the outdoors.
Ralph is the Chief Financial Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited and has overall responsibility for the firm’s finances and financial strength. Prior to joining GIB UK, he served various roles at Martin Currie Investment Management for over 15 years, latterly as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that he was a Finance Director at GE Capital.
After graduating from Heriot-Watt University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand, Ralph spent five years as a Senior Consultant and Financial Controller in Australia. Ralph is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.