Staff & Board

Board Members

CHAIR – Maureen Porch, consultant

TREASURER – Iain McCall (independent)



Alan Davidson, Glasgow City Council (Alternate)
Mary Allison, Breast Cancer Now
Marian Gardiner, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd
Gerry Higgins, CEIS
Iain McCall (independent)
Lynn McCulloch, consultant
Ian Mitchell, Scottish Government

Gerry Higgins, CEO

Gerry is Chief Executive Officer at CEIS Group and is a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, Big Issue Invest Scotland and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. He brings many years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop supportive social enterprise ecosystems. His current work includes oversight of major programmes to develop public sector markets for social enterprises, to build the capacity of social enterprises to create sustainable and effective businesses and new forms of social investment to support business start-up and growth.


Gerry leads a team of over 50 people to deliver business support, employability services, project consultancy, social research, social investment, business finance and event management. Gerry joined CEIS in 2006 having previously worked across the UK as the founding Chief Executive of Social Firms UK for 7 years. During this period Gerry was a founding director of the Social Enterprise UK and worked with the DTI to draft and introduce the first UK Social Enterprise Strategy in 2002. Gerry is interested in social change and committed to social justice and has spent over 30 years working in the social enterprise sector to assist individuals, communities and enterprises to fulfil their potential.


Key expertise: Social enterprise policy and strategy; public procurement; social investment; employability services; social enterprise business support; international social enterprise.

Fiona McClune, PA

Fiona joined CEIS in January 2012 as the PA to the Chief Executive. Fiona has 16 years of PA experience at Director-level, having previously worked for Capability Scotland, Reliance Monitoring Services, Chivas Brothers Limited and Price Waterhouse.


  • HND Secretarial Studies at Glasgow College of Technology

Anne-Marie Allan, Operations Manager

Anne-Marie joined CEIS in July 1995 as a Consultant and became Enterprise support Manager in January 2001. Anne-Marie manages the consultancy team as they engage with around 70 client organisations. Her particular responsibilities are for project planning and management, quality assurance and client satisfaction.

She also has responsibility for coordinating the Scottish Executive’s Women Entrepreneur Women Managers programme delivered by CEIS and Glasgow’s LDCs.

Corporate Services

Gemma Gillespie, Finance Manager

Gemma joined CEIS in March 2016. Her role involves the creation of financial management information, accounts and budgets for the different companies within CEIS group.


LLB (Hons)


Terri Colman, Finance Administrator

Terri joined CEIS Corporate Service department in April 2006.  She has many years’ experience in finance and accountancy both within the third sector and also the private sector.  Terri provides financial and administrative services to the entire CEIS group of companies ensuring accurate, efficient and effective financial operations.  Her responsibilities include dealing with VAT, HMRC and direct communication with bankers.  She adheres to the guidelines, timescales and deadlines required by these organisations.

Outside of work Terri likes to visit family and socialise with friends.  She also enjoys travelling, visiting new places and reading.

Patricia Sweeney, Bookkeeper

Pat joined CEIS in May 2011 as a Bookkeeper/Payroll Administrator and brings over 35 years’ experience working in both the private & public sector processing payroll and maintaining accurate reporting & accounts.


Pat’s main responsibilities are the processing of the monthly/weekly payrolls for all 5 companies and maintaining accurate records and accounts for HMRC as well as liaising with other external bodies.

Pat’s secondary bookkeeper role covers a wide variety of duties including Bank reconciliation, purchase ledger, sales ledger, credit control and many other ad hoc duties, as well as assisting the Finance Manager with timeously prepared reports and working as part of a team to ensure the smooth running of CEIS and the other associated companies.

Pat’s main hobbies and ways of relaxing are to walk, take part in keep fit classes and socialising with friends and family.

Keith Melvin, IT Manager

IT Manager

Events & Marketing

Joanne Seagrave, Events & Marketing Manager

Joanne has over eight years event management experience in small and large scale events delivered locally, nationally and internationally for 10 – 500 delegates including study visits, workshops, executive dinners, gala dinners, conferences, trade shows and online events. She also has an extensive portfolio of inward visit programme management to the UK, including delegations from America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Joanne has been involved in end-to-end event management, locally and remotely, including venue management, speaker management, sponsor and exhibitor management, delegate registration and management, task scheduling and supply chain management including caterers, AV and instalment.

Joanne has a BA (hons) in European Business Management with Spanish and French.

In her spare time, she likes to read, go to the theatre, socialise with friends and family and keep fit, this has included running, going to the gym, swimming, outdoor bootcamp classes and ice-skating lessons up to silver award.

Jonathon Henderson, Events & Marketing Officer

Jonathon joined CEIS in July 2014 and is a MSc International Events Management graduate, also holding a honours degree in IT Management for Business. He has hands-on experience from multiple volunteering opportunities throughout his postgraduate course, which allowed him to bring a wide array of theoretical and practical skills to CEIS.

Since joining CEIS Jonathon has managed small and large scale events delivered locally and nationally for 10 – 250 delegates including conferences, inward study visits, trade shows and workshops.

Working in the Events and Marketing team Jonathon has been able to gain experience in end-to-end event management, including delegate registration and management, speaker management, sponsor and exhibitor management, supply chain management (including caterers, AV and instalment) and venue management.

These practical skills combined with skills acquired from his higher education, such as E-Branding, events bidding, events policy, media communication and public relations, project management, IT Analysis and design, web, database and computer systems development Jonathon is able to approach events and marketing based challenges from a multitude of disciplines; ensuring that all aspects of the challenge are completed to the highest level of quality.

In his spare time Jonathon enjoys socialising with friends and family, going to the gym and keeping a healthy lifestyle, being an avid fan of mixed martial arts and all things cinema, music and technology. Summed up by one word? Geek.


Enterprise & Communities

Sally Gallery, Development Manager

Sally Gallery

Sally joined us in March 2015 as Business Development Manager for the Enterprise and Communities (E&C) team. Sally will promote the E&C team in support of the Glasgow City Council Integrated Grant fund contract and will be responsible for the promotion of the Just Enterprise programme.

Sally joined us on 26th March having spent the previous 6 months as Sales and Market Development Manager for Spruce Carpets, the Govan based flooring social enterprise. Prior to this Sally worked in both Sales and Marketing roles in Academic Publishing and Educational Technology and also spent several years as a Financial Advisor for Abbey National (now Santander).

Emma Stratton, Administrator

Emma joined CEIS in 2008 as the Administrator for the Enterprise & Communities Team. She is responsible for providing general administrative and programme management support for the team and assisting the Operations Manager in ensuring the smooth day to day running of the department. Previously employed within the private sector, Emma has several years experience working in a variety of administrative and project management roles.

Judith McVinnie, Development Consultant

Judith joined CEIS in 2014. Judith’s experience is in community engagement and project management. Judith delivers outcomes in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland by strengthening community capacity and empowering local people. Prior to working at CEIS, Judith worked for Abu Dhabi Music and Art Foundation where she was responsible for a programme of events enhancing access to the arts for communities across the United Arab Emirates.


  • MA Creative and Cultural Studies University of Glasgow 2006
  • MSc International Events Management Glasgow Caledonian University 2010

Judith is a keen traveler and loves to go trekking in the great outdoors!

Lauren Tuckerman, Market Research Officer

Lauren started working for CEIS in 2015 having previously worked with Jobs & Business Glasgow’s Enterprise Team. Lauren has experience in legal information and social science research having worked in libraries and having obtained a Masters in Library and Information Science.

The research from her Masters thesis is currently being edited for publication in the Journal of Documentation and part of the work has been published at the 2015 International Federation of Library Associations conference.

Since starting with CEIS, she has been involved in market research for a variety of clients covering information to be included in business plans, marketing plans and feasibility studies. She has supported the design of, and conducted, feedback surveys to measure programme outcomes. Lauren has also been involved in the co-ordination, gathering and analysis of community consultation data for the Big Lottery funded Our Place initiative.

Qualifcations/ Memberships

  • MSc Library & Information Studies (distinction)
  • MA (Hons) English Literature


BUCHANAN, Steven and LOUDON, Katherine and TUCKERMAN, Lauren (2015) Reaching the disadvantaged and disengaged in times of crisis: towards an understanding of information behaviours to inform interventions. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 – Cape Town, South Africa in Session 137 – FAIFE.

Enterprise & Communities Business Advisers

John Black

Since moving to CEIS in 1998 John has worked with over 250 organisations and has had a very varied portfolio of clients ranging across childcare groups; housing associations and wider action activities; disability organisations; equalities and BME groups; money advice based organisations; community regeneration organisations to support lottery applications; credit unions; and working with local Councils to help them develop their  financial inclusion activities. A particular focus has been advising organisations on organisational and legal structure options to develop their social enterprise activities and enhance their economic and financial sustainability.


  • M.A. (Hons) in Politics & Economic History
  • M. Litt. (Research) Degree in Single Homeless Provision in Glasgow
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
  • Former full member of Institute of Housing

Roy Crosby


Roy joined CEIS in February 2009 as a Business Adviser in the Enterprise & Communities team following a 25 year career in the manufacturing industry in a range of senior management and board roles, including 12 office-bearing appointments. He is a management accountant with extensive experience of business growth and development in manufacturing, distribution, logistics and has worked on close to 200 assignments with Third Sector organisations.

Roy has significant commercial experience including the import/export of materials and manufactured goods with key skills in building business relationships to enhance the opportunity for business growth and sustainability through the identification of barriers to growth, and the planning and implementation of strategies to take the business forward. He has worked with a diverse range of clients with CEIS and on a number of support programmes.

Currently also a client manager with the Scottish Government’s Just Enterprise support programme, his specialist areas include practical and deliverable business solutions in business recovery and restructuring, financial planning, finance training and business planning. His extensive business diagnostic experience has helped a number of clients in the Third Sector address real issues.

In his spare time, Roy enjoys reading historical fiction, going on family holidays, drinking and eating with friends and loves visiting World War 1 battlefields.

Stephen Cullen

Stephen originates from a Blue chip marketing background having developed his career with market leaders Nestle, Britvic, and VELUX. He brings both traditional and digital marketing skills, senior negotiation, Commercial Management, training, and web design reflecting the changing demands of the employment market.  This experience was gained in the FMCG, Construction, Transportation, Local Government, Property, Financial, and more recently the Third Sector.

Since joining CEIS Stephen has added a Diploma in both Digital Marketing and Social Media to his CV including an Advanced Certificate in Social Media.

Unsurprisingly his list of interests includes “anything to do with the web”, but he is also a keen cyclist, dabbles in photography, and is an avid dog lover.

James Finnie

James joined CEIS in May 2005 and works as a Business Adviser. With over 22 years experience in business management and consultancy, James is a very experienced adviser capable of offering advice and support across the range of business competencies, including business and strategic planning; new product development; marketing; and finance. He specialises in delivering intervention work on behalf of some of Scotland’s main public sector agencies including the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.

Prior to working with CEIS, James worked for Motorola Semiconductors for 12 years, holding seven different positions increasing in responsibility up to European Management level.


  • BA (Dist) Business Economics with Marketing

Alex Rooney

Alex is one of our Business Advisers within the Enterprise & Communities Team and joined CEIS in 2000.  He currently specialises in providing support to clients within the childcare and credit union sectors. Alex is also involved in providing clients with support in all aspects of financial reporting. This includes book-keeping, financial projections and budget assistance as well as support in installing computerised accounting systems.

Previously, he worked in the electricity supply industry for 19 years with Scottish Power.  Most of this time was spent working within the Management Accounting Division, where he was involved in most aspects of financial reporting, producing both historical and forecast information.

Kevin Smith

Kevin joined CEIS in January 2005 and works as a Business Adviser. His specialisms include business planning, marketing, and learning and development for private, public and third sector organisations. Areas of interest within the social economy sector include health and social care, social firms and models of business replication. Previous to working with CEIS, Kevin had six years sales experience with NCR; 3 years as a business consultant with CCA; 3 years managing Glasgow Opportunities’ Management Development Programme; 2 years as Marketing and Production Manager with Design Corporation.


  • BA (Hons) Marketing from University of Strathclyde
  • Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing

Roddy Stewart

Roddy joined CEIS in 2009 as a Business Adviser within the Enterprise & Communities Team. A qualified accountant, Roddy currently specialises in providing business planning and finance support to social enterprises in the recycling, regeneration and community transport sectors. In addition Roddy advises clients on how access public sector procurement opportunities and how to write effective tenders. He also supports public sector procurement agencies with the development of community benefit clauses.


  • FCCA (Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants)
  • B.Acc. Glasgow University



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