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

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

Kirsty Thomson

Simon Rolfe

David Milne

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 10 years, first as an Enterprise Manager running a Launch It Centre in London, and now as the Regional Fundraising and Development Manager 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. .