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Meet the Team

Here’s the Firstport team, all working to ensure you have the social enterprise guidance you need to get started!

Anna Lynch – Business Advisor

As a business advisor at Firstport, Anna provides support to social entrepreneurs in the north of Scotland and the Highlands and Islands.

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Anna Lynch – Business Advisor

Brian McMillan – Business Advisor

As our most experienced Business Advisor, Brian provides support and advice to social entrepreneurs through the Just Enterprise programme.

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Brian McMillan – Business Advisor

Colin McMillan – Investment and Growth Manager

Colin is our Investment and Growth Manager. He managers Firstport’s accelerator programmes, including LaunchMe, which develops Scotland’s high growth social enterprises.

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Colin McMillan – Investment and Growth Manager

Daisy Ford-Downes: Head of Group Investment Programmes

As Head of Group Investment Programmes, Daisy oversees repayable investment programmes across the Firstport Group, which includes delivering the Catalyst Fund, Firstport’s innovative social investment fund.

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Daisy Ford-Downes: Head of Group Investment Programmes

Elaine Ogg – Executive Administrator

Elaine is Executive Administrator at Firstport and works across the organisation overseeing the administration of each programme.

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Elaine Ogg – Executive Administrator

Dr Emma Ives – Business Advisor

As a Business Advisor, Emma works directly with clients through the Just Enterprise programme.

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Dr Emma Ives – Business Advisor

Gael Drummond – Deputy Chief Exec

As Deputy Chief Exec of Firstport, Gael oversees all operational activities and leads on people development at Firstport.

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Gael Drummond – Deputy Chief Exec

Jacky Tjivikua – Relationship Manager

Jacky joined the Firstport team in summer 2021 bringing with her a wealth of experience in Environmental, Social and Governance as well as the Sustainable Development Goals from an African, United Nations and Finance perspective. Jacky holds an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security which, combined with her experience in both the private and […]

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Jacky Tjivikua – Relationship Manager

Josiah Lockhart – Firstport Group CEO

As Group Chief Executive, Josiah is responsible for governance and strategy work across Firstport, FirstImpact, and Impact In investment Partnership Scotland. He represents the group in national and international forums as well as liaising with the Scottish Government on sector outcomes.

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Josiah Lockhart – Firstport Group CEO

Julie Smith – Relationship Manager

As a Relationship Manager, Julie works with people who have been awarded Start It or Build It, supporting them in starting up and growing their social enterprise.

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Julie Smith – Relationship Manager

Karen Fitzsimmons – Relationship Manager

As a Relationship Manager, Karen works primarily on the Start It and Build It programmes, supporting both applicants and awardees.

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Karen Fitzsimmons – Relationship Manager

Kirstie Penman – Head of Programmes

Kirstie is responsible for overseeing the delivery of Firstport’s awards programmes. She works closely with both our programme managers and our relationship management team who support applicants and awardees across the country.

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Kirstie Penman – Head of Programmes

Maggie Frazer – Business Advisor

Maggie’s role as business advisor involves supporting new and established social enterprises with advice, business support and training.

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Maggie Frazer – Business Advisor

Maria Ashley – Head of Communications and Digital

Maria is Head of Communications and Digital at Firstport, overseeing all marketing, digital and communications activities within the organisation.

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Maria Ashley – Head of Communications and Digital