About Riverside Inverclyde

ri Board Members

Dr Gerry McCarthy

Dr Gerry McCarthy – Chair (private sector)

Gerry was appointed Chair of the Riverside Inverclyde Board in March 2014, bringing with him 30 years of manufacturing and engineering experience from his positions at Texas Instruments (UK) Ltd – formerly National Semiconductor (UK) Ltd.

After being Operations Director for 15 years, Gerry became Managing Director of the Greenock fabrication facility in 2011, a role in which he has full operational and financial responsibility for the site.

As a local person and someone who represents a significant employer in the area, Gerry has a personal and professional interest in playing a part in helping Inverclyde reach its economic potential.


Cllr David Wilson – Inverclyde Council

David has been a member of the Riverside Inverclyde Board since 2007, joining as a Councillor nominated by Inverclyde Council. David is currently Deputy Provost and Chair of Planning at Inverclyde Council and was the Interim Chair of Riverside Inverclyde from July 2013 to February 2014.

He is also a Board member at SPT, Link Housing, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and a consultative Board member for Glasgow Airport.

Prior to retirement from the private sector, David worked mainly in London with Rank Xerox and Dow Jones.


Cllr Stephen McCabe – Inverclyde Council

Born in Port Glasgow in 1964, Stephen was educated at St. Stephen’s High School.  He is a Graduate of the University of Strathclyde – BA (Hons) in Economics. Stephen is married with 4 children, and lives in Kilmacolm.

Stephen’s first job was as a Trainee Accountant with Inverclyde District Council. He was then employed at a senior level in the social rented housing sector for over twenty years, most recently as Assistant Chief Executive of Govan Housing Association.

Stephen was first elected to Inverclyde District Council in 1992, when he represented Ward 4 in Port Glasgow.  He was Private Sector Housing Convener from 1992 until 1996.

Stephen did not stand for election to the new unitary Council in 1995. He was elected to Inverclyde Council in 1999, representing Ward 6 in East Greenock.  He served as Vice-Convener of Education Services Committee and Vice-Convener of Corporate Business Committee, before being elected to the post of Convener of the Social Work & Housing Committee in May, 2000, a position that he held until May 2003.

Following Labour’s election defeat in 2003 Stephen was elected Leader of the Labour Group and Convener of the Council’s Audit Committee. He held these positions until May 2007, when he was elected as a Member for the Inverclyde East multi-member ward and as Leader of the Council.

In February 2011 he stood down from his position as Leader of the Council and was re-elected to the position in August 2011.  Following the 2012 local government elections, Stephen was re-elected to the position of Leader of the Council.

Stephen is a member of Unite the Union and Depute Leader of the COSLA Labour Group. He is a member of the Boards of Kilmacolm New Community Centre Company and River Clyde Homes, where he currently holds the position of Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.


Cllr James Clocherty - Inverclyde Council

Jim Clocherty has been a member of the Riverside Inverclyde Board since 2007, joining as a partner member representing Inverclyde Council.

Currently Deputy Leader of Inverclyde Council, Jim was a Portfolio Manager within the pensions Industry managing a team of experts dealing with Final Salary Pension Schemes.

He was also the former Chair of the Finance Sector of Unite the Union in Scotland and is also a Board member of Inverclyde Leisure and Inverclyde Community Development Trust.


Allan McQuade - Scottish Enterprise

Allan has been a member of the Riverside Inverclyde Board since 2009 joining as a partner member representing Scottish Enterprise.

Allan is currently employed by Scottish Enterprise as Senior Director of Business Infrastructure responsible for all Scottish Enterprise activity in property and infrastructure in line of the five Business Plan strategic priorities – growth companies, innovation, internationalisation, low carbon and renewables.  He has a multi-disciplinary team of 68 based across the Scottish Enterprise geographic area involved in a range of activity including leading or supporting investment in property and infrastructure for businesses involved in Scottish Enterprise key sectors particularly Life Sciences and Energy, addressing the property needs of Account Managed or Inward Investing Companies and aviation and digital connectivity initiatives.  Key transformational projects such as Clyde Waterfront, Clyde Gateway and Dundee Waterfront fall within his remit.  He currently sits on the Board of a number of arms length companies and joint ventures.

Allan has over 30 years property development and regeneration experience in urban and rural areas gained from working in the Public Sector across Scotland and in Hong Kong.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Fay Rogers - Community Representative – Inverclyde Alliance

Following a period of study at Glasgow obtaining a BSc in Physics and Radio, Fay started her career at the Patent Office, London sitting further examinations and qualifying as an Administrative Civil Servant.

Returning to Glasgow to study medicine she specialised in anaesthesia in Glasgow and Greenock until her retirement some 35 years later.  She is a former Person of Work Association Representative (POWAR) and former member of the British Medical Association in both London and Glasgow.

Currently a member of Soroptimist International since 1960, including serving on the National Board, she is also a member of the Inverclyde Association of Women Graduates.  As a member of Gourock Community Council for over 25 years it is Fay’s intention to remain an active member for the community of Inverclyde.


Anne McGregor – private sector

Anne McGregor has been a member of the Riverside Inverclyde Board since March 2014, joining as a co-opted member representing the private sector.

Anne is a Partner in the Commercial Real Estate Group in Anderson Strathern LLP, dealing with all aspects of commercial real estate acting for UK Funds, financial institutions, pensions and private investors.

She has extensive experience of leasing transactions, advising landlords and occupiers in the office and retail sectors. Anne also acts for developers in the acquisition of development sites, the negotiation of development and joint venture agreements and the disposal of completed developments.

Anne is recommended as a Commercial Property Expert by the Legal Experts directory and is a member of the Investment Property Forum and the British Council of Shopping Centres.

She is a director of Glasgow School of Art Enterprises and a volunteer at Glasgow City Mission.


Gavin McDonagh  -  Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce representative

Born, raised and educated in Greenock, Gavin McDonagh joined Holt Leisure Parks Ltd in 1982, where he has been Managing Director since 2004.

The employment with Holt Leisure Parks provided experience in the tourism industry through the Group’s three Holiday Parks, three Marinas, and variously Skibo Castle and their holiday cottages, Isle of Gigha holiday cottages and Hotel, and Craobh Marina holiday cottages.  The group’s other concerns included farming both arable and livestock units at Skibo Castle Estate in Dornoch, Cowford farm Perth, Ruckmans Farm Surrey, three farms in South Africa, and involvement in fish farming with Salmon on Gigha in 90’s and currently with the Award winning Gigha Halibut.

On the group’s, and also the founder’s behalf,  sales and purchases of businesses and properties both foreign and domestic became a major occupation. This included nearly a year of personal involvement on the sale of the Isle of Gigha to the community, the first sale under the Land Reform Scotland Act.

Throughout the three decades plus with the group from Company Accountant through Company secretary to Financial Director and ultimately Managing Director, a varied experience was gained through involvement in many areas including over 40 Television documentaries and one feature film, race horse stud, livestock and arable farming, wine farm, property development most recently with the conversion of farm buildings into a small estate in Perth, and the master plan for a 100 property development at Craobh Haven with a mix of affordable self-build, plots and commercial, Commercial and residential property leasing, commercial pier operation, bars and restaurants, treasury management plus management and administration of our self-administered pension scheme, works of art, antiques, rare books and other extraneous ventures.

Current and past directorships and interests include : Holt Leisure Parks Ltd South African co; Holt Leisure Parks Trust Ltd 1992-current; Holt Fish Farms Ltd 1992-99; Holt Fish Farms Ltd  New 2012-current; President Leisure Ltd 1982-current; Sail Scotland Ltd 2006-current; Saltire Films and Television Productions Ltd 1999-2008; Fairlie Pier Ltd 2001-current; Alma Leisure Ltd 2004-current; Alma Craobh LLP 2005-current; Alma Trustees Pension Fund 1987-current; Ruckmans Ltd 2008-current; Cowford Estate Ltd 2012-current; Erigmore Estate Ltd 2012-current; Cloch Caravans Holiday Park 1982-current; Greenock Chamber of Commerce 2014-current.