Stephen Paterson, GTS Solutions non-executive director

GTS Solutions CIC has strengthened its board with the appointment of corporate finance specialist Stephen Paterson.

Mr Paterson takes up the position as a non-executive director and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

For the past five-and-a-half years he has been a director with Quest Corporate in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh-based GTS Solutions was named in the UK’s top 100 social enterprises for the second year running earlier this year and chief executive Chris Thewlis has brought Stephen on board as part of the company’s strategic growth plan as it focuses on its converged security model.

Established in 2012, GTS has recently expanded into cyber security and has partnered with market leading Swiss firm Lucy Security. It is also the only social enterprise to partner with global security surveillance and IoT equipment firm Axis Communications.

Mr Thewlis said:  “We are delighted to get someone of Stephen’s experience and calibre in the industry.

“There is no question he is an expert in his field and is widely respected. His track record speaks for itself.

“He will play a key role as we continue to grow the company. Having Stephen on the board puts us in a strong position to implement our business plan going forward and I’m looking forward to us working together.”

Mr Paterson, who was named financial director of the year in 2000, said: “I have watched GTS grow significantly over the last 18 months and met Chris during that period.

“I am very pleased to be working with GTS Solutions and I look forward to the journey ahead as we build on the success to date.”

The board of GTS Solutions now sits at five with Stephen joining Chris, operations director Tracey Smith who was named in this year’s top 100 women in social enterprise, and non-executive directors Roger Horam and Brian Cameron.