Pauline Graham, Chief Executive, Social Firms Scotland

Pauline heads up Social Firms Scotland – the national support agency for Social Firms which provides advice, business support and representation for the Social Firms sector. Pauline is also a founding director of Ready for Business LLP which is leading a consortium to deliver the Scottish Govt’s Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme. Pauline principally leads on strategic engagement – and alongside KPMG, she supports a range of Public Social Partnerships across justice, social care, health and community transport.

Pauline represents social enterprise on the Public Procurement Reform Board, the Third Sector Roundtable on Prevention, Social Enterprise & Health Roundtable, Scottish Leaders’ Forum and Third Sector Employability Forum. She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and her career history includes over 15 years supporting social economy initiatives in Scotland in addition to marketing management within further education, community arts and regeneration. In a voluntary capacity, Pauline is Chair of Partick Thistle Community Trust – combining her love of football and community development.


Karen McGregor, Chief Executive, Firstport

Karen is Chief Executive of Firstport, Scotland’s development agency for start up social entrepreneurs. They stimulate the development of new social enterprises to start something good, with a vision for social enterprises to play a key role in society transforming lives, community and the economy. Since 2008 Firstport has provided free business advice, seed funding, practical tools and access to expert mentoring to new start social entrepreneurs.
Karen brings over 15 years experience of developing the skills, capacity and potential of the third sector. She originally joined Firstport in 2009 to implement and deliver its start up seed funding programme which launched the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

Bill Morris, CEO, Blue Star Recyclers

Bill Morris co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with Autism and other disabilities possess innate talent for tasks involved in the recycling and refurbishing of electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is a nationally recognized social enterprise and e-Stewards certified recycler with a mission of creating jobs for people with disabilities, and providing refurbished computers for low income families.

Bill was named Colorado Recycler of the Year, Colorado Springs Small Business Person of the Year, ARC Employer of the Year, and was a finalist in the White House Champions of Change program. Blue Star Recyclers received the 2014 Samaritan Award from Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, and was most recently named Colorado’s 2016 Social Venture of the Year.


Roddy Stewart, Manager, Ready for Business

Roddy joined CEIS in 2009 as a Business Adviser within the Enterprise & Communities Team. A qualified accountant, Roddy currently manages the Ready for Business programme, a partnership of private sector and third sector organisations, which works with public sector bodies across Scotland to encourage engagement with social enterprise suppliers. This involves advising the public sector on a number of procurement models and tools including the Public Social Partnership approach and community benefit clauses.

In addition Roddy advises clients on how to access public sector procurement opportunities and how to write effective tenders as well as providing general business planning and finance advice.
Prior to joining CEIS worked in the private sector in a number of roles including, finance, manufacturing and most recently management consultancy where he supported a range of clients in the leisure and service sector.


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