SABA Board

The Board provides corporate governance on behalf of SABA’s members and partners. It establishes and maintains the association’s vision, mission and values, approves the strategy, annual business plans and budget.

Chairman – John Paterson

John is a former CEO with extensive international experience in Oil & Gas, Industrials and Consumer Goods working for multinationals, private and private equity owned businesses. He comes from a finance background and has extensive experience in general management, strategy development, accelerated growth, marketing and distribution, key account management, new market entry, M&A and joint ventures.

He has a passion for Africa with its diverse cultures, huge natural resources and exciting business potential and has visited the continent many times on business and pleasure including Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

John is also a Chairman of a Scotland based PE-owned technology business and an Associate of 2020 Marketing in Kenya.

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Craig McLaren, ex MD Johnson & Johnson Medical, Africa & Middle East

Brought up in the Copperbelt region of Zambia, schooled in Scotland then spent over 20 years working in the Middle East for Johnson & Johnson. Now back in the UK Craig is a Leadership and Healthcare advisor as well as an Executive Coach, Charity Trustee and a GlobalScot (Scottish Development International).

He is always looking for the next big adventure having recently climbed Kilimanjaro, and the trip to Ushuaia will also help him come to terms with recently having to sell his beloved Mustang Shelby GT500 in Dubai.

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Joyce Onuonga, Managing Director at John White & Son, CEO Kinnotech

The is the MD of John White & Son (Weighing Machines Ltd) the oldest family business in Scotland that has been with the White family for over 300 years. Joyce acquired the business three years ago after working at JWS for over 20years. Joyce’s with her two sons who work in the business are inspired is to grow the JWS legacy they have inherited into a successful Scottish- Kenyan business.

Joyce is passionate about Renewable Energy and in particular contributing to eliminating the use of toxic fossil fuel for lighting in off-grid areas. She founded Daima Energy which has offices in Nairobi and headquarters in Scotland and (Kinnotech for product development). They have delivered energy projects in Kenya; GIZ, Kenya government (REA), Last Mile Connectivity among others.

Joyce ‘s experience growing up in rural Kenya combined with working with universities on projects for the industry has used the Scottish technology to develop a modular solar lamp that will be launched soon. She has a wealth of experience in international business, HR and enjoys mentoring the youth.

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Roger Mullin – Director of Momentous Change and former Member of Parliament

Roger is an Honorary Professor at Stirling University, a Director of Momentous Change Ltd and chair of the board of Revive Campaign CIC that deals with the humanitarian consequences of explosive violence.

He is a former member of parliament and has undertaken 29 international assignments mainly for United Nations agencies, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and directly for governments. Sixteen of the assignments were in Africa.

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Susan Walsh BA (Nurs), M.Ed, M.Sc, FRSA, OBE

Susan Walsh retired in 2017 having served as a College Principal for 15 years in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Originally a nurse, she specialised in neuromedical/surgical nursing and emergency care before moving into Further and Higher Education where she maintained her interest in health and social care, through her role as national Lead Principal for Health, Social Care and Early Years.

Susan has extensive governance, strategic and operational management experience.  She has served on a number of Boards including Convenorship of the Qualifications Committee of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Quarriers Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and the Lothians and many others. She was until recently a Non-Executive Director of HIS and served as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Staff Governance Committee.

She has a particular interest in organisational health and well-being and at the request of NHS Scotland was the co-producer of the NHS Governance Framework which the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeanne Freeman, has now rolled out across Scotland.

Susan provides consultancy services, specialising in governance, strategic and organisational change and individual development.  She also provides pro bono coaching to third sector clients, including Mary’s Meals UK and International Leadership Academy.

In 2014 Susan was appointed OBE for services to Further Education.

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John Reid, ex Partner, Deloitte

John was a partner at Deloitte for 21 years until his retirement in 2016.  He qualified as a chartered accountant and followed a career in Corporate Finance latterly specialising in corporate restructurings and turnarounds across the UK.

As Restructuring Partner of Deloitte for Scotland and Northern Ireland for 16 years he headed many major assignments involving stressed or underperforming businesses. His multi-sector international experience with covered Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Agriculture, Education and Renewables amongst others. He was also responsible for running the firm’s programme for chairmen and non-executive directors.

Since retiring, John is now a non executive director and advisor to a number of businesses. He is advisor to an international leisurewear business, Chairman of 2 sports clubs and sits on the boards of 2 educational institutions

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James Crawford

James Crawford has been Kuro Consulting Services Managing Director since April 2019. Prior to this he spent time as an independent consultant for a year after leaving his role as Marathon Oil Regional Vice President in Equatorial Guinea.

James previously had a 20-year career with Wood where he served in several senior leadership roles including President of the Asset Solutions business unit for the Europe business and managing director for Wood Group PSN’s UK and Africa business.

With more than 30 years’ industry experience, he has spent the past 18 years in a variety of senior leadership, operations management and contracts management roles within the Africa region as well as in Europe, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Brunei and the Philippines.

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Upcoming Events

HMA Louise De Sousa, UK Ambassador to Tunisia, visit to Scotland 22nd & 23rd October

On October 22nd and 23rd our UK Ambassador to Tunisia, Louise De Sousa, will visit to discuss opportunities in Tunisia covering a range of sectors. On the evening of the 22nd, SABA will be hosting a meeting and reception covering opportunities in oil & gas

HE Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia, Edinburgh meeting 30th October 2019

On the 30th October SABA will hold a private round table meeting with Her Excellency Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia in central Edinburgh. Her Excellency will cover a broad range of sectors followed by a Q&A.

North African Heads of Mission Meeting Expected Q2 2020

Following the success of the African Heads of Mission Meeting in September 2018, which concentrated on Sub-Saharan Africa, SABA will host the Ambassadors and trade teams of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt in Edinburgh for two days of meetings...