Social Enterprise Scotland Announces New Chief Executive

Posted: 02 November 2018, in Press Release

Social Enterprise Scotland announces new Chief Executive

Social Enterprise Scotland has announced the recruitment of a new Chief Executive, to lead the organisation forward to the next stage of development.

Chris Martin, currently Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust, will take up the post in the new year. Chris was named as Social Enterprise Champion at the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017.

Chris Martin said:

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role. It is a huge privilege to be asked to be the new Chief Executive Officer of Social Enterprise Scotland. I believe social enterprise is our best chance to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. Every day social enterprises of all shapes and sizes are making a difference to local people and helping regenerate communities.

“As a business leader and market builder I believe I will be able to steer Social Enterprise Scotland into a new era, building on the positive work that has already been done. As a social entrepreneur I believe I will be able to understand the issues of our members and support them to thrive.”

Shona Sinclair, of SKS Scotland, has been newly elected as Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland by the SES Board, with Chris Thewlis of GTS Solutions as Vice Chair.

Shona Sinclair said:

“We’re delighted that Chris Martin is joining Social Enterprise Scotland to lead the organisation at this pivotal stage in the development of social enterprise and the social economy. Chris brings considerable experience and shares the vision of supporting social enterprise growth in Scotland. We very much look forward to working alongside him to deliver these aims.”

Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise, uniting social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We’re the gateway to Scotland’s social enterprise community. Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. We’re the first point of contact for the media and public and promote a positive vision for social enterprise.



1 Biography for Chris Martin: Chris is Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust and has worked with the charity for the past 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, having been recognised with a number of high profile awards, including Exceptional Employee at the 2016 Scottish Charity Awards and the 2017 Social Enterprise Champion. Chris has led transformational change in his previous post and developed a number of innovative social enterprises, including taking a failing hotel and turning into the 5 star Callander Hostel that employs young people who are furthest removed from the labour market. The hostel has welcomed over 20,000 visitors in the last four years, created 40 jobs and trained 18 young people who otherwise wouldn’t be in positive destinations.

2 What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprise is a dynamic and inspiring way of doing business. Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Read more and read about case studies here.