Chris was previously Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust and worked with the charity for seven years. Chris is a social entrepreneur who has a background in both formal and informal education. Chris has received national acclaim for his work at the youth project and has been recognised with a number of high profile awards including Exceptional Employee at the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards as well as being named 2017 Social Enterprise Champion.
Kim has spent the last 20 years working in the Third Sector, with a focus on social enterprise. Her areas of work include developing and supporting networks; a range of employability projects; policy and development work including a number of European funded projects.
Kim has had a leading role in developing Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) – 20 place based and 7 thematic SENs that have connected around 1,500 social enterprises across Scotland.
Kim has also been involved in the co-production of the 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy and in developing a number of Place Based SE Strategies with Local Authorities and Place Based SENs.
Jayne has worked in the social enterprise sector in membership organisations since 2003. In that time, she’s carried out a variety of roles, including managing and maximising engagement with the membership, supporting social firms, ensuring good governance and managing the finances for organisations.
Jayne also established the Employability SEN, a national network of social enterprises that support people who face significant barriers to work, growing membership to 330. She takes a hands-on approach to membership management and is always keen to learn more about the amazing work of our social enterprise sector.
Outside of work, she is a Liverpool FC fan of over 45 years and has a Welsh Terrier called Arthur who is very terrier!
Onie’s career reflects her passion for environmental sustainability, community support and mental and physical wellbeing. She has first-hand experience in developing a small business from sole trader to a thriving community-focussed practice. As Co-Director of KnotStressed, an Edinburgh-based wellbeing centre, Onie can relate to many of the issues faced by SES members when establishing their own businesses. She is also co-founder and Co-Director of Agnostic Scotland, a not-for-profit celebrant training organisation, and she is a Life Celebrant.
For nine years, Onie worked in the environmental sector in a community engagement role. Her background is in conversation science and zoology. She has also worked in production logistics and event management in the film, digital and publishing sectors.
Onie lives near Gairloch. When she’s not supporting members at SES or leading ceremonies across Scotland, Onie is usually found hiking, cycling and swimming in the beautiful Highlands.
Janice joined Social Enterprise Scotland in July 2022 as Business and Enterprise Manager. She has worked in the social enterprise sector since 2003, initially setting up and establishing a furniture recycling project in Angus before moving on to work with Social Firms Scotland in several business development and advisory roles. She joined SENScot in 2020 as Development Manager, supporting the work of the Employability SEN and Local SENs. She has extensive experience of assisting people and organisations to establish sustainable social enterprises with a focus on employability.
Jamie has worked in senior executive positions in the Third Sector for nearly 20 years, leading and developing sizeable manufacturing and service offering Social Enterprises in Scotland, Ireland and Poland.
With a passion to embrace the power of Procurement to support the sector, Jamie is keen to support and influence organisational policy and strategy that facilitates and encourages sustainable procurement opportunities for Social Enterprises.
Out with work, Jamie is a passionate supporter, volunteer, and fixture secretary at his local rugby union team.
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Kate joined Social Enterprise Scotland in 2007. Prior to this she was working at the Scottish Government as a temporary Policy Officer. Her background is in publishing and she worked at Elsevier for 10 years producing medical textbooks and journals.
Duncan works on all policy and public affairs for SES, from engagement with The Scottish Government, Parliament, local authorities and think tanks through to policy articles and blogs for the media. Duncan is a Journalism graduate of Edinburgh Napier University. He previously worked as a Journalist, as Communications Officer for a charity, as well as for a political magazine and events company. Duncan has worked extensively in The Scottish Parliament, firstly as media officer for an MSP group and then as a parliamentary aide to two MSPs.
Andy is a graduate from the University of Stirling. He studied politics and has specific interests in policy around equality, poverty, and health. He previously worked with campaigner Peter Krykant advocating for policy change, as well as Universities UK in creating their drugs harm reduction strategy for universities. He has a keen interest in news and current affairs and football.
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Douglas has been CEO of Community Enterprise for 15 years, combining his role as chief officer with a portfolio of projects connecting him with grassroots issues. He has grown a range of initiatives to support to the sector – from Accelerate which supports non-trading community groups to flourish, to Bold, the successful social enterprise branding and design agency. Douglas also has a particular interest in the impact of digital and has developed a range of digital initiatives. Community Enterprise is a 100% sustainable social enterprise.
Douglas has worked in the enterprising third sector and with social enterprises in Scotland for more than 25 years. He is particularly skilled in community regeneration, including both urban and rural with a particular interest in areas of industrial decline such as coalfield communities. Over recent years he has built significant experience in more remote rural areas and has good links and relationships right across Scotland.
Irene is the Founding Director of I’mPerfect Foods. A social enterprise whose mission is to innovatively and responsibly reduce waste in the food supply chain for enhanced societal, economic and environmental benefits. Irene has a number of years’ experience in a variety of social projects and matters. She has a strong background in community and cross-cultural engagement. In addition to I’mPerfect, she also leads Knowledge-Bridge which is an organisation that promotes cross-cultural exchanges, inclusion, diversity and race relations.
Alex works for Mydex, a Community Interest Company (CIC), which provides identity and personal data services to citizens and organisations across the public, private and third sectors in the UK. Alex has worked in technology, food and drinks industries, in the third sector and the public sector in Scotland, UK and Europe and has an MA from University of Edinburgh. Alex is also a Board Member of Birthlink.
Kieran Daly is a social investor and social innovation specialist and is Head of Market Building at Social Investment Scotland. Prior to this, Kieran was Scotland Manager for Big Issue Invest, where he delivered a multi-agency partnership, engaging the private, public and third sector in mentoring and lending money to early stage social ventures. Kieran is also a director of MsMissMrs and the TIE Campaign and was previously Chief Operating Officer at FoodCycle. He’s worked in the social sector for over 15 years for social enterprises in London and Scotland.
Neil has been Chief Executive of the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) since December 2007. During this time, SEA has become the largest Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Centre in Scotland, and has shared its model internationally, with partner hubs established in 12 countries. Neil was previously MD of an IT Consultancy firm. He also developed the idea for a social enterprise in 2004, Quit&Save, to support people to quit smoking.
Clarrie works for social enterprise HISEZ, also known as Impact Hub Inverness. Impact Hub Inverness runs a co-working space in Inverness and supports the development and growth of social enterprises across the Highlands and Islands. Clarrie’s main roles include delivering the Just Enterprise business support programme as one of the key delivery partners and supporting the organisation’s other contract work. Prior to working for Impact Hub Inverness, Clarrie worked for social enterprise Communities Housing Trust as its Marketing and Communities Assistant.
Melanie is leading Big Society Capital’s work to support social enterprises to engage with social investment. Formerly Chief Executive of Social Enterprise West Midlands CIC, Melanie led it from a publicly funded project to a sustainable social enterprise through four years of trading and growth. With a background of 20 years in retail Melanie has also deployed her commercial skills to run her own consultancy working with community organisations and charities to raise funds and to look at new ways of sustainable income generation.
Gareth has been the Chief Exec of Giraffe Trading and Checkin Works (known locally simply as Giraffe), in Perth since 2016.
As a social enterprise, Giraffe ‘does good with food’ – supporting trainees with Autism and learning disabilities towards inclusion, attainment, and, if appropriate, in to employment, through a programme of socialisation, skills development, team building, accredited training, supported work experience and social activities. The supported work experience happens across Giraffe’s café, training kitchen, outside catering activities and through innumerate community food activities via the Giraffe Community Kitchen.
Before starting the best job in the world, Gareth ran national programmes with Prince’s Trust, managed Scottish Government 3rd Sector Enterprise Growth funds and worked in employability with the Wise Group.
As well as SES, Gareth is the Chairman of the Perth and Kinross Anti-Poverty Taskforce and holds voluntary roles with a number of other organisations:-
Whenever he has the audacity to have free time, he loves to spend time with his two kids, one wife and two dogs!
Jim’s knowledge and experience, built over 30+ years, in both the private and public sectors includes founding the existing Community Interest Company Respite Now CIC in 2012 – present delivering a range of training, employability support services and related e.g. Health & Safety, Mindfulness, Wellbeing, Yoga, Mobility. I was a director and board member of Social Firms Scotland for 5 years. My private experience covers running a national team for Smith & Nephew [ Elastoplast ] with a £5million annual budget and creating Mediscot health & safety supplies who supplied major client customers including Channel Tunnel, Plumb Centres, SSE along with local businesses and created over 30 jobs. My experience has also supported third sector and public organisations such as Enable Scotland, SPAEN, DWP, Fife – East – North Ayrshire – Borders councils. Last but not least I’m co-founder of the Peace of Mind social enterprise which to date is supporting 50 people and has created 6 jobs via a Fife Council service level agreement which has just recently been renewed for 2023/24.
Michelle Sutherland, originally from Paisley, Scotland and now residing in Paisley after spending over a decade in Australia. This “Scozzie” has been helping people and businesses change for the better for over 15 years.
A Social Entrepreneur, Coach, Consultant and Change Maker. Michelle made the transition from full time employee to full time Social Entrepreneur from 2007 to 2014. In her corporate career she became an expert in change management, employee engagement, communications and social responsibility.
In 2009 she started her “side hustle” with Arbonne, a Social Marketing B Corporation who specialise in empowering people to flourish through sustainable healthy living. Michelle reached the top 1% of Arbonne consultants in 2018 and is an extremely proud National Vice President.
In the middle of the lockdown in June 2020, Michelle asked herself what more she could do for her community and our planet.. that is when Definitii was founded and born! It is a purpose driven change consultancy & social enterprise, with the double mission of 1. empowering people & businesses to improve their social & environmental impact through the B Corp community & standards and 2. educating young people how to be for the greater good through Social Entrepreneurship.
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