Philip Howard

Rebecca Byrne

Jan Pethick

Joanna Rowelle

The Chair, Philip Howard helped to found the Launch It Trust in 2000. He worked in Investment Banking for 25 years and was a board and panel member for The Prince’s Trust. He is currently an independent director at Schroders.

Rebecca is one of the initial founders of the Launch It Trust. She also previously volunteered as a Business Advisor and Mentor at The Prince’s Trust. She is also member of the NY State Bar/NY City Bar, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Chairman of the Byrne Charitable Trust

Jan has had many years of experience of financial services including as Chairman of Merrill Lynch International, Debt Capital Markets, Europe and as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers. He is currently Chairman of Troy Asset Management.

Joanna is a Director at Arup where she runs the City Economics practice. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Institute of Economic Development.

Anthony Marks

Michael Higgin

Michael St Aldwyn

Anthony is a non-practising solicitor. He was a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna and is now an arbitrator and mediator. He is also a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Michael is a qualified accountant and was a partner in PwC. He is now a director of EFG International AG and EFG Bank AG. Michael chairs our Finance Committee

Michael worked with the Man Group for 15 years, is a director of the Rank Foundation, a Governor of St. Paul’s School and a Patron of the Seven Springs Foundation.



David Dorward

Kirsty Thomson

Simon Rolfe

David Milne

Former Director of Finance, then CEO of Dundee City Council,  David retired in 2014. David has an in-depth knowledge of Dundee and now commits his time as chairman or director to local charities.  He is Chairperson of the Launch It Dundee Board of Trustees

David is a partner at MacRoberts LLP, whilst sitting on the management board. David has served a number of local charities in a Trustee capacity.

Simon heads the Membership team at the Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber network is such that Simon and the team are well placed to connect and promote the work of members to other organisations.

Kirsty is CEO of the successful Dundee social enterprise The Circle. She is extremely well connected locally and has a great understanding of enterprise support. In 2019, Kirsty was awarded an RSA Fellowship for her work.

Amber Wright

Amber has worked for the Launch It Trust for 12 years, first as an Enterprise Manager running a Launch It Centre in London, and now as the Out of London Development Director for the charity. 

Vivien Buchan

Vivien was Finance & Governance Director with Insights until 2018. She is now Director of the Insights Foundation, a charity established to manifest the charitable and social responsibility activities of the Insights Group. Vivien is passionate about empowering individuals to understand themselves and others better, inspiring them to make a positive difference in everything they do. .



Ian Henderson

Janet Brown

Leon  Breakey

Pat Shelley

Ian has vast experience of enterprise, and currently operates property management businesses in Scotland and Kenya. 

Ian is a great supporter of Launch It Paisley and wants to give back to his hometown. He previously volunteered to lead convoys of aid for Save the Children in Sudan and then worked for the UN through to 1995 in Africa, leading their conveys. 

Janet’s experience includes working for for Scottish Enterprise (SE) heading up their activities in technology and innovation, with her last role being Managing Director for Industries. She then became CEO of the Scottish Qualification Agency from 2007 until her recent retirement. Janet has lived in Paisley for 20 years and will use her experience in business and economic development to help guide the charity.

Leon is a Partner at Macroberts LLP. He grew up in Paisley and his parents both owned and operated small businesses locally, so  is well placed to understand the pressures facing anyone setting up on their own. Being a trustee is a new experience for Leon, and he is committed and enthusiastic and feels he can use his professional and personal experience to assist in making a success of Launch It Paisley.  

I spent 25 years in Local Government working in Portsmouth, Stoke-on-Trent, and London. During this time, I managed a range of services for young people. In 2016 I moved into the voluntary sector as CEO for Launch It. I have a passion for working with and developing opportunities for young people, particularly those who are dealing with social or economic challenges and enjoy seeing the changes Launch It can make to a young persons life.
Tel: 0208 8854 920
Launch It Charity no: 1086850

Launch It Dundee Charity no:SCO48425

Launch It Paisley Charity no: SCO49463


Scotland HQ

Dundee Enterprise Centre
Kandahar House

71 Meadowside



United Kingdom