The Board is responsible for five key areas: strategy; performance; risk management; people; and organisational profile. It meets four times a year, and has one sub-committee which is the Audit Committee. It will also draw on the expertise of Fund Advisory Groups. All Board members are unpaid.

Professor Niall Lothian OBE

Niall has spent his career in higher and executive education. Having qualified as a CA he joined Heriot-Watt University where, latterly, he occupied the chair of accounting. In the mid-nineties he moved on to focus on executive education and management development for companies and business schools globally. For over twenty-five years INSEAD, Fontainebleau has been his main stamping ground but visiting appointments at the European School of Management and Technology, Berlin and Duke Corporate Education have widened his geographical reach.

Niall is a member of the Executive Committee Edinburgh International Festival. In addition he is former Chairman of the Advisory Audit Board of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Of his role at Inspiring Scotland Niall says ‘When you see a new organisation in your own back yard design a highly innovative model which harnesses the most pressing social issues in Scotland to the big-hearted generosity of the country’s philanthropists, how could anyone stay on the sidelines? It’s a privilege to support the executive team in making it work and to show the world just what’s possible.’ Grandparental pleasures and annoying the rest of the family take up the slack in his schedule.

Ian Small

After graduating from Glasgow University Ian began his career as a teacher and lecturer before moving to Strathclyde Regional Council’s press office in 1988. A role as Communications Officer for the region’s Education Department preceded him joining BBC Scotland 's press office in 1995. Ian then worked in PR, marketing and international relations in the Middle East before returning to BBC Scotland in 2000 to work on BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay project.

In the ensuing years Ian oversaw the organisation’s governance and accountability functions as Secretary to BBC Scotland and to the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, before becoming Head of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs. As well as being a Director of Inspiring Scotland Ian is also a member of the Board of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Commenting on his role with Inspiring Scotland, Ian says, ‘I believe Inspiring Scotland offers a unique opportunity to tackle some of Scotland's most pressing social issues in a way that will make a real difference to the lives of so many. It's a challenge, and a commitment, that unites everyone connected with Inspiring Scotland.

Robert Gordon CB

Robert graduated from Aberdeen University with a degree in Italian. He joined The Scottish Office in 1973 and early in his career had a number of administrative postings in the Education, Industry and Development Departments. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland (George Younger and Malcolm Rifkind) in the mid-eighties. He then worked in the Agriculture Department and held various posts until 1997 when he took charge of the Constitution Group responsible for giving effect to the proposals for a Scottish Parliament.

He was promoted to Head of the Executive Secretariat in 1998. In 2000 he became head of Finance and Central Services Department before being appointed Chief Executive of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Head of Legal and Parliamentary Services in 2002. He was then appointed Head of the Justice Department. In 2007 he became Director General Justice and Communities, was made a member of the Strategic Board and chaired the Corporate Resources Group. Robert retired from the Scottish Government at the end of April 2010. Robert believes that Inspiring Scotland, bringing together philanthropic giving and public resources, has huge potential to address some of the most challenging social needs in Scotland. His outside interests have been family centred for years – he is married with four children and one grandchild. He also enjoys coarse gardening preferably with a chain saw, food and travel.

Joyce Lishman

Having graduated with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, Joyce went on to postgraduate study, gaining Diplomas in Social Study and Social Work before later being awarded a PhD by the University of Aberdeen. She began her career as a practising social worker in child and adolescent psychiatry, firstly at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and then at the Young People’s Unit at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. She then moved into research in the Department of Social Work at the University of Aberdeen. After taking time out to care for her children she briefly took on the post of Malcolm Sargent Social Worker at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen.

In 1985 Joyce took up her first teaching post as Lecturer in Social Work at the Robert Gordon Institute of Technology, Aberdeen. She became Senior Lecturer in 1991 and in 1993 became the first female Chair of the Robert Gordon University when she was made Professor and Head of School of Applied Social Studies. The recipient of numerous Research Grant awards Joyce is also extensively published in her field. She is a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland, was Trustee of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, chaired its Partnership Drugs Initiative and is a Fellow of the R.S.A. Now retired, her interests include her family and friends, her cats, garden, reading and the theatre.

John Farmer

John has a commercial background in the technology sector and a long standing interest in Scottish charities. His involvement with Inspiring Scotland comes from a belief in the need for a long term support and funding option as a means of meeting some of the key needs of charities in Scotland to develop as organisations. John also has a particular interest in investor and fundraising activities at Inspiring Scotland.

Kenneth Chrystie

Kenneth is a commercial lawyer with McClure Naismith LLP working out of their Glasgow office. He has been with that firm for over 40 years, latterly as Senior Partner and now as an active consultant. Apart from his specialist interest in Intellectual Property, he has worked for many years for leading companies in the engineering, chemical and whisky sectors and represented some of Scotland’s most prominent companies. For over twenty years Kenneth has chaired the Hugh Fraser Foundation, a substantial charitable trust with very wide trust purposes.

He is also a non-executive director of Murgitroyd plc, a public company with patent offices both in the UK and throughout Europe. Kenneth is a director of The Glasgow Science Centre and the Strathclyde University Incubator. Although still a very active lawyer, Kenneth enjoys the fact that he is now able to get involved in a wide range of activities which are not fee related and which involve putting something back into the community. He enjoys playing golf even more!

David ShawDirector

David Shaw graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh before qualifying as a Scottish Chartered Accountant in 1974.

David began his private equity career at 3i in Aberdeen before moving with 3i to the US to establish their US office in 1982. He returned to London in 1987 to head their Management Buy-out business.

David joined County NatWest in 1989 to head the private equity division and built a substantial business within the framework of County NatWest plc. In 1998 he raised their first independent fund of €1.6 billion for investment in western European mid-market private companies. In 1999 as Chief Executive and Chairman he successfully led the Buy-out of the business from NatWest to form Bridgepoint Capital. Since then Bridgepoint has raised three further funds in excess of €9 billion. David retired from Bridgepoint in December 2009.

In addition to his Bridgepoint activities, David has served as Chairman of Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust and retired in early 2010 but continues to retain the position of Chairman of Dyslexia Scotland, is a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Equity Partners, Glasgow and was appointed to the Board of F&C Private Equity Trust plc in November 2009.