THE CHARLOTTE STREET PARTNERS TEAM
THE CHARLOTTE STREET PARTNERS BOARD
Andrew has had a varied career as an economist, politician and now as a strategic adviser to businesses, charities and a variety of other organisations. He studied at the universities of St Andrews and Strathclyde and began his career in the civil service, before working as a researcher and economist for the SNP and as a business economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
He was elected as a member of the first Scottish parliament in 1999, serving as shadow minister for, variously: finance, economy, transport and lifelong learning. In 2003, Andrew re-joined RBS, working in a number of roles including as deputy chief economist. During the banking crisis, he served as head of group communications and was intimately involved in the bank’s high-profile engagement with the City, UK government and the media during those tumultuous times. In 2012, he joined global marcomms group WPP in a client strategy role, before co-founding Charlotte Street Partners in 2014.
Andrew is a board member and trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland, The John Smith Centre for Public Service at the University of Glasgow, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, Sistema Scotland, Motherwell Football Club and Frame PR. In March 2020, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In September 2016, he was appointed chair of the Sustainable Growth Commission, which reported to Scotland’s first minister in May 2018. He was also a member of the Independent Commission on Referendums, based at UCL’s Constitution Unit, reporting in July 2018. He is a regular contributor to both print and broadcast media on economics, business, and politics.
Malcolm Robertson is one of our two founding partners and a veteran of the UK communications sector.
He served his apprenticeship at Beattie Media, which, at the time, was Scotland’s largest PR agency. From there he moved to BAA, the airports operator, where he spent 12 lively years on the frontline of some of the most high-profile political, regulatory and operational crises of that era, advising the board and shareholders on reputation risk.
In 2011, Malcolm went it alone and spent two years managing a small strategic advisory business, representing clients in the banking and transport sectors and advising international private equity and infrastructure funds on high-profile M&A. At Charlotte Street Partners, he advises clients on long-term reputation risk management and mitigation in challenging and changing circumstances.
Malcolm is chair of Unicef’s Scottish advisory board and a non-executive director of Frame PR.
SIR ANGUS GROSSART
Sir Angus is chairman of Noble Grossart Limited, the Scottish merchant bank which he jointly founded in 1969. He has acted as financial or strategic adviser to many public and private companies and other bodies.
Sir Angus has served as a director of nearly 20 listed public companies in the UK, the USA and Canada. He is a former vice chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and a former chairman of the Scottish Investment Trust PLC and of Edinburgh Fund Managers PLC. He served as chairman of the National Museums of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, and as deputy chairman of National Heritage Memorial Fund. He is currently chairman of Lyon & Turnbull, Scotland International, The Burrell Renaissance and Edinburgh International Culture Summit.
A Queen’s Counsel, Sir Angus graduated from the University of Glasgow with degrees in both Law and the Arts before becoming an advocate and serving at the bar until 1969. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, was awarded a CBE in 1990 and then knighted 1997.
In 2014, Sir Angus – a one-time scratch golfer – told The Sunday Times that he practises by hitting balls over the 16th century castle he has spent 25 years restoring in Fife. “It costs you in windows if you don’t get it right”, he said.
Non executive director
MT Rainey is a Non Executive Director of Hays PLC. She is also Vice Chair of Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries, Co-Chair of the Development Board for WW1 Centenary arts commissioning body, 14-18 Now, and a board member of Glasgow School of Art Development Trust and Clear Channel. She was recently a Non Executive Director of AIM-listed Pinewood Group until the board took it private at the end of 2015. In the past, she has served as a Deputy Chair of Channel 4 and as a Non Executive Director with WH Smith and with STV.
Non executive director
James joined Finsbury as a partner in 1996 and is currently Managing Partner of its London office. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial communications and has handled a number of contested transactions, flotations and other high profile communications issues. He advises a range of major UK and international clients. James started his career as an investment banker at Dean Witter, where he qualified as a registered securities representative in both the UK and US. He has a degree in economics and politics.
Non executive director
Roland Rudd is Founder and Chairman of Finsbury and Chairman of Open Britain. Before founding Finsbury, Roland was a financial journalist at the Financial Times, the Sunday Correspondent and the Times. He is a former policy coordinator for Lord Owen. He studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, where he served as President of the Oxford Union. He is now a visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and an Honorary Fellow at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. He is Trustee of the Royal Opera House, the Garden Bridge Trust and Speakers for Schools. He is Chairman of the Governors of Millfield school and Ambassador to the Made by Dyslexia campaign.