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 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.

Cllr Drew McKenzie - Inverclyde Council

Drew McKenzie has been a member of the Riverside Inverclyde Board since May 2017, joining as a partner member representing Inverclyde Council. He is an Independent Councillor representing Port Glasgow and Greenock East. 

Drew is a Master Butcher to trade with a business based in Port Glasgow. Having previously served for a number of years as Chairman of the local Trader’s Association, Drew is now currently Chair of the Port Glasgow Regeneration Forum. He was also a Founding Director of Discover Inverclyde. 

Within Inverclyde Council, Drew serves on the Health & Social Care, Planning and the Environment and Regeneration Committees. Drew is also a Director of the Innerkip Society and is a well-known After Dinner Speaker particularly in relation to Robert Burns.

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 with 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 arm's length companies and joint ventures.

Allan has over 30 years of 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.

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 the '90s 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 in 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, racehorse 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.


Ian Bruce - Community Representative - CVS Inverclyde

Ian Bruce is CEO of CVS Inverclyde, having been appointed in 2010 after initially joining as Policy and Communications Officer in 2006.  Ian was appointed as a Director of the Riverside Inverclyde board in February 2018. 

Ian got involved in volunteering and the third sector from a young age, joining the committee of his local tennis club.  His enthusiasm for it extended into his student days where he got involved in his students' association.  He got involved in the student charity group and also became a student representative.  He got his first paid job within the third sector when he was elected as a paid sabbatical of the students' association in 2001.

After university Ian extended his involvement in the third sector working first for a housing association (in "wider role" where he was able to establish an advice service) and then for a national volunteering agency. That experience helped to strengthen his strong understanding of governance, funding and planning within the third sector.


Cllr Innes Nelson - Inverclyde Council

Innes joined the Riverside Inverclyde board following his re-election in May 2017. Further bio details will follow.