They come from across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders and have a broad range of knowledge and experience and will help SOSE chairman Professor Russell Griggs to drive forward the vision for the South of Scotland.
They are: Alastair Cameron, managing director of Scotmas Group; Professor Sara Carter OBE FRSE, vice principal and head of the college of social sciences at the University of Glasgow; Alan Daubney, managing director and owners of ADCA Chartered Accountants; Helen Forsyth, chief executive of Berwickshire Housing Association; Duncan McConchie, managing partner of Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre and GG’s Yard in Dumfries and Galloway; Lindsay McDowall, head of services at Visibility Scotland; Kate Rowell, veterinary surgeon, farmer and chair of Quality Meat Scotland; Jeremy Sainsbury OBE FRICS, director of Natural Power in Dumfries and Galloway, founder member Scottish Renewables; Hazel Smith, founder of ReTweed; and David Sulman, over 40 years experience in the UK forestry and timber sector.
Commenting, Prof Griggs said: “Those appointed have demonstrated evidence of seeing the bigger picture and have a real understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the south, which is vital to help us drive forward a new approach to economic development, growth and innovation.”
The board will meet in various locations across the Borders and this region and held its first meeting last week in Gretna to urgently discuss support for the impact of coronavirus.
The professor added: “This is a time of unprecedented challenge for business and communities.”