Chief Operating Officer

Iain Burnside

Iain joined DSL as a Loan Officer in February 2018, with his responsibilities expanding in June 2022 to include Credit Underwriting. In March 2024, Iain was appointed as DSL’s Chief Operating Officer.

An accomplished banker and senior professional with extensive expertise in the Scottish SME marketplace, Iain brings with him a wealth of knowledge and skills acquired over a successful career of over 37 years, primarily with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Throughout his time at RBS, he held various roles across branch banking and senior management, making significant contributions to Business and Commercial Banking.

Moving from RBS, Iain ventured into the entrepreneurial realm, serving as CEO of an Aviation Group on a consultancy basis. This experience provided invaluable insights into the challenges of business ownership, alongside a deep appreciation for the fulfilment derived from business achievements.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB) in Scotland and a graduate of Common Purpose, Iain remains dedicated to professional development and excellence. Outside of his professional pursuits, Iain is a keen rugby follower (playing days, regrettably long gone), enjoys golf, eating out and socialising.


Call: 07384 467724


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