Former WoodMac man to lead peer-to-peer support and advisory group in Edinburgh

A global peer-to-peer support and advisory organisation for business leaders is expanding its Scottish footprint with a new Edinburgh operation.

Andy Todd, a former senior vice-president at Wood Mackenzie, the energy and renewables research consultancy better known as WoodMac, is to lead The Alternative Board’s (TAB) launch and growth in Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson Photography

Andy Todd, a former senior vice-president at Wood Mackenzie, the energy and renewables research consultancy better known as WoodMac, is to lead The Alternative Board’s (TAB) launch and growth in the capital.

The TAB network was launched in Scotland in 2017 and has seven boards – four in the North-east and three in the Glasgow area.

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Each board is said to provide a “trusted space” for entrepreneurs to share experience and knowledge at monthly online meetings. Those meetings were previously held face-to-face.

Todd, who lives in Balerno near Edinburgh, said: “The Alternative Board is a stand-out for me as a business advisory organisation.

“I’m passionate about passing on the lessons I’ve learned from a 30-year career in business, and look forward to doing so in a peer-to-peer support environment which is both powerful and authentic.

“The pandemic has put an incredible amount of pressure on the shoulders of business leaders and I’m aiming to work with them to find solutions.

“We’ll focus on what is important to the business and its customers – on what needs to change – and help them to enjoy running their business despite the challenges of Covid-19.”

Todd set up WoodMac’s Middle East office in Dubai and led a team of 70 as senior vice-president, head of sales EMEARC (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Caspian) on his return to Edinburgh.

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