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Sandy Finlayson practised as a Corporate and Commercial Solicitor at Partner level for about thirty seven years and co-founded the successful niche commercial law firm of MBM Commercial in 2005. He retired from MBM in 2016 but still plays an active ambassadorial role for the firm.
Sandy had the good fortune to introduce the two founders of Archangels to each other in 1992 and introduced them to many of their successful early investments, including Optos.com. Over the years they have evolved to become one of the biggest Business Angel Syndicates in the world.
He has recently retired from chairing Converge Challenge, which is the leading pan Scotland programme for University spinouts. He is currently the Board Observer for HIE on ODX Innovations and a Director of grassmarket.org, a highly successful award winning charity working with people suffering from deep social exclusion. He sits on the Advisory Board of CivTech, which is an inspiring public/private collaboration to solve IT issues and is a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Tech Army. I am on the Advisory Boards of or mentor three technology start-ups and on the Investment Committee of one Business Angel Syndicate.
He received the first ‘Local Hero’ Award EIE Invest in 2016, was awarded an OBE for services to entrepreneurship and voluntary activities in 2017 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2018.