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The Alternative Board Aberdeen

Business success without the burnout.

Running a business is unlike anything else. The weight of responsibility can be overwhelming.

We bring leaders together in a group setting who provide challenge, support, and accountability. 

This peer support empowers leaders to thrive through quicker and better decisions for themselves and their businesses.

We have 5 boards in Aberdeen-shire, representing a range of sectors and there could be a space waiting for you...

Business success without burnout.

Running a business is unlike anything else. The weight of responsibility can be overwhelming.

We bring leaders together in a group setting who provide challenge, support, and accountability. 

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Discover the benefits of advice from others like you

Start with you

Focus on what you want in life and how your business can help get you there.

Increase profitability

Be held accountable to meet your business targets.

Improve decisions

Take control of your decisions through peer support and proven planning tools

Make better time choices

Spend your time well by utilising the experience of others.

Become a better leader

Motivate your people with the guidance of peers and an expert coach.

Plan a successful exit

Get the best result for you with tailored, hands-on support.

Our members are stronger together

How TAB gave me a new lease of life
by Anna-Marie Eardley

Anna-Marie Eardley, Owner of Waterloo Quay Properties, tells us her story and how TAB gave her a new lease of life.

Time to think more independently
by David Scalley

David Scalley, MD of AJT Engineering shares how TAB has influenced better financial management, reporting, and people improvement in his business.

Peer support energised my business ambitions
by Skylar Atkinson

Customer success story about Skylar Atkinson at Belvoir Aberdeen, who has strengthened her business and brand after being part of a TAB board.

Businesses we work with...

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There's more with TAB Aberdeen. 

Our proven business transformation program, designed for management teams.


Get a comprehensive report which evaluates how ready you and your business are for exit.

Start your TAB journey

Get in touch with us by booking an introductory call or making an enquiry.

We'll contact you to arrange an introductory meeting.

During which, we'll chat about whether TAB is right for you and your business.

Attend your first TAB board meeting and experience the power of peer support.

There’s no obligation, only an opportunity to find out more.

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Your Aberdeen facilitators

Originally trained as an engineer, Helen has a passion for taking new products and services to market. She spent 10 years at NCR as product designer for cash dispensers and later worked in the oil and gas sector for Schlumberger and PII Technomarine designing forecourt equipment and pipeline isolation tools, eventually taking on the role as strategic product manager.

She lectured at Strathclyde University in Design and Manufacture before establishing a product development centre in Tayside, providing hands on guidance to small companies in development, prototyping and intellectual property management before moving to Robert Gordon University where she managed the research and technology transfer function and, laterally, all commercial activity for a period of 16 years.

During this time she was involved in supporting companies to be investor ready and in negotiating investment deals on behalf of the University. She has been on the board of a number of spinout companies and is educated with 4 degree awards including MBA and LLM Commercial Law.

Jonathan is a Partner for The Alternative Board in Aberdeenshire East.

He has expertise from many years in Shell, plus SMEs, public and 3rd sectors in UK, Europe, Russia, Middle East and globally. His specialist areas are Leadership, Governance & strategy, Organisation Development, Change and Talent Management. He has a successful track record in oil and gas, distribution, aviation, chemicals, manufacturing and research, as well as delivering in many cultures.

Jonathan focuses his work on what he most enjoys: helping organisations and people thrive. The Alternative Board is a great fit.
He is on the board of a number of private and 3rd sector businesses. He also provides consultancy services. He was given the award of Inspirational Mentor of the Year 2019 for his work with SMEs.

He lives in Aberdeen with his wife, their two teenage children and Bobby, their border terrier.

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A new office for TAB Aberdeen!

13 April 2022 | 2 minute read

Read more about the new office of TAB Aberdeen and how they are supporting business owners in their local area.