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Jayne has worked in the social enterprise sector since 2003, initially with Social Firms Scotland (SFS), then SENScot. She had a varied role at SFS which included managing and maximising engagement with the membership, supporting social firms and managing the finances for the organisation. Whilst there, Jayne also established the Employability SEN, a national network of social enterprises that support people who face significant barriers to work and continued to manage this network at SENScot, growing membership to 330. She takes a hands-on approach to her policy and representation work, consulting regularly with members and using their experience and intelligence to inform policy positions and responses.
Previously she has worked in Accommodation Services at University of Edinburgh, and with a number of organisations in IT recruitment.
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Chris was previously Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust and worked with the charity for seven years. Chris is a serial 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.
Janice has worked in the social enterprise sector since 2003, initially setting up and establishing a furniture recycling project in Angus before moving onto work with Social Firms Scotland in several business development/support and advisory roles and more recently within SENScot: supporting the work and development of the Employability SEN and Local SENs. The main focus of Janice’s work has been to respond to member and sector needs; providing tailored support while brokering additional specialist support and services to assist social enterprises to set up, establish and grow their business activities to meet their social purpose.
Janice has extensive experience in supporting organisations who create real employability and job opportunities for people who find it difficult to enter the world of work or retain jobs due to ill-health, disability or being marginalised in society. Her drive is for sustainable social enterprises to make a real, lasting difference to people’s lives and their communities.
Georgie has recently joined Social Enterprise Scotland as Policy Officer, working to help inform, develop and undertake policy and research projects that will deliver the policy objectives of SES. She previously worked at SENScot as Project Support Officer, and before that in an administrative role for a Social Enterprise in Devon, that supported people living with dementia. She recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MSc in Human Rights and Politics and holds a BA in Politics and History.
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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.
Kim has spent the last 20 years have been spent working in the Third Sector with a focus on social enterprise – 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 connecting circa 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.
Kate joined Social Enterprise Scotland in 2007 as Administrator, responsible for membership, administering events, and acting as PA to the Chief Executive. 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. Prior to this she studied Geography at Edinburgh University.
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Shona is the founder of SKS and an experienced senior manager who specialises in setting up and growing organisations, providing feasibility studies, research and business planning. Shona brings together the breadth of experience gained from thirty years of successfully working both within the commercial business sector, integrated with the cultural ethos of the public and not for profit sector. Shona has a strong focus on employability and health and well being projects.
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.
Angela founded Resonate Arts House in 2010 as a self funding social enterprise. Resonate Arts House is now a welcoming environment that is accessed by 300 people per week. Resonate now has 3 industrial units housing; two gallery spaces; a shop; wellness room; functional office; a printing trading arm (Resonate Press); and a printing press for publications (Resonate & Blue). Angela is also a Board Director of ACOSVO.
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.
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.
BUSINESS ADVISOR, HISEZ CIC
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.
Senior Director, Social Sector Engagement, Big Society Capital
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.
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