Welcome and opening address

Maureen Porch, CEIS Group Chair

Maureen has been Chair of CEIS since May 2014, having joined the Board in August 2012. She left the post of Head of Regeneration at North Lanarkshire Council in June 2011 after almost 20 years in Lanarkshire in a variety of roles. Her responsibilities at NLC included town centre regeneration, property development, European and Lottery funding, business support development and community planning. She also led a number of high profile initiatives addressing social and economic exclusion in the area.

From the early 1990s she led the design and implementation of policy and development structures to support the growth of the social economy in Lanarkshire. She has also represented Local Authorities on a number of national fora developing employability initiatives in Scotland. Prior to joining local government she worked in publishing in both the private and third sectors.

Census 2017 – Key issues and discussions

Jonathan Coburn, Founder and Director, Social Value Lab

Jonathan established the Lab to foster new ways of thinking and working within our public services and in building social ventures.

He brings almost 20 years’ experience in social research, strategic planning, and evaluation. Prior to founding the Lab, he held the position of Director responsible for social research and community consulting at a national research agency. In previous positions in the voluntary sector and public sector, he developed a track record of delivering community regeneration, capacity building, social enterprise support, and action research programmes in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

Driven and creative, he leads on most of our research, design, strategy, innovation, and evaluation work. He also leads on our new ventures and programmes: Partners for Change; Social Innovation Scotland; Research4Change, and more.

Pauline Graham, Chief Executive, Social Firms Scotland

Pauline’s been at SFS for 9 years, although her work in the social economy spans over 17 years.  Social Firms Scotland provides support and representation for Social Firms and Work Integration Social Enterprises. SFS also facilitates an Employability Social Enterprise Network. Pauline has been a member of the SE Census Steering Group since the first Census in 2015.

Pauline is represented on the Public Procurement Suppliers’ Group, Third Sector Roundtable on Prevention, Social Enterprise & Health Roundtable and Third Sector Employability Forum. She has many years of experience of working at a transnational level and continues to connect with social economy partners as part of an EU Social Economy Network.

She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University and her career history includes 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.

Will Tyler-Greig, Head of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment (Scotland), Scottish Government

Will is Head of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment at the Scottish Government. For more than a decade, the Scottish Government has worked collaboratively with its social enterprise community to establish a holistic ‘eco-system of support’, including incubators, accelerators, specialist business support and affordable social finance.

Scotland’s first national Social Enterprise Census found more than 5,000 social enterprises operating across Scotland, contributing £1.68 billion to the nation’s economy. Through ‘co-production’, a progressive approach to designing public policy, Will and his team worked with Scotland’s social enterprise sector to design a new ten-year strategy to strengthen this innovative movement. Earlier this year, the Scottish Government announced 92 specific actions to realise these shared ambitions, including doubling the amount of seed capital available and putting social enterprise at the heart of our schools system.

Darah Zahran, Business Partner – Social Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

Having started her career in External Relations and Advocacy Project Management in a large UK-wide charity, Darah has gained experience in a range of strategic and operational roles across the third, public and private sectors, including over 10 years in Skills Development Scotland where she was responsible principally for sector strategy and partnership development. Having then spent time in the oil and gas sector as the Director of Policy and External Affairs for the key industry skills body, she moved back into the third sector through a range of strategic consultancy roles before working exclusively with social enterprises.

Darah is currently leading a European Partnership Programme for Scotland aimed at increasing competitiveness for social enterprises.  She is the primary contact for social enterprise policy and strategy within Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency. Darah is directly managing key strategic initiatives within Scotland’s 10 Year Strategy and Action Plan for Social Enterprises, including ecosystem development and supporting innovative practice within social enterprises.

Rising Stars

Andrew Bailie, Director, FreshSight Ltd

Since 2016, Andrew has realigned FreshSight to reflect its position in a world leading nation for social business. The firm has rapidly doubled its intake of social enterprise projects whilst empowering traditional third sector organisations to adopt new income streams.

In order to respond to societal challenges of a global scale, Andrew has introduced a pro-bono partnership for social innovators across the world. FreshSight is excited to begin working with its first international client, addressing refugee integration through sustainable employment opportunities.

Andrew is committed to perpetuating mounting engagement between highly achieving students and social entrepreneurship. Ambitious young people no longer perceive the sector as a stepping stone to conventional careers; awareness of complex, unresolved problems and sustainable business solutions will continue to compel fresh talent.

Social Enterprise Awards Scotland has recently shortlisted Andrew as a “2017 Social Enterprise Champion”. He plans to continue advocating for the transformative force of social business to any competent young person he can corner.

Ashley Scotland, Founder and CEO, Thriving Survivors

After experiencing complex PTSD and Agoraphobia due to many adverse experiences Ashley had faced, she went on to gain a degree in Psychology with the open university.

From there, she decided to apply to Entrepreneurial Spark with her idea to set up an organisation that would help people like her move on into a meaningful life.

With a lot of hard work, sacrifices and sheer determination she set up Thriving Survivors in March 2016 and, with no prior business acumen, in less than 18 months she had secured over £150,00 grant funding, securing the future of the organisation with 3 years core funding from the Scottish Government to grow and develop innovative training programmes.

Since starting on her journey in business she now has faith in her own abilities and lives by the motto ‘if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you’.

Jim Bennett, Co-Founder, Freedom Bakery CIC

Jim, alongside Matt Fountain, is a co-founder of Freedom Bakery CIC.

Jim has 30 years’ experience in leading social change initiatives. He is a Director of SKS Scotland CIC, through which he offers consultancy to other social enterprises. His skills include: business and organisational development; finance and funding; strategic and operational management. These skills and experience were mainly developed amongst social enterprises.

He was also a founder senior member of staff of the £100 million charity, UnLtd, a co-founder of the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition. Additionally, Jim is a Director of SKS Scotland CIC which creates social impact by promoting the employment of people with long term conditions. He has also been a:

  • Specialist advisor with Cooperative Development Scotland
  • Sector Expert with Social Investment Scotland
  • Highlands and Island Enterprise SME specialist advisor

Jim is a competent baker, would be poet and passable dad.

Jean Langhorne, Director, The Shieling Project

Jean has recently completed a Masters degree in Environment, Culture and Communication with Glasgow University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her main area of interest and expertise is in experiential outdoor learning.

She works independently with a variety of artists and educators to explore creative and collaborative approaches in developing outdoor learning projects. In particular, projects which can bring new perspectives to the relationship we have with the natural world and which provide catalysts for change at a personal level.

Chris Martin, Managing Director, Callander Youth Project Trust (CYPT)

Chris started working with CYPT 6 years ago.  He is a social entrepreneur who has a background in both formal and informal education.  Chris studied English Literature at the University of Dundee and subsequently completed his degree in Community Learning and Development whilst managing his own business.  Chris has received national acclaim for his work at the youth project having been recognised with many high-profile awards including Exceptional Employee at last year’s Scottish Charity Awards.  Chris has led transformational change at the project and developed various 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 15,000 visitors in the last three years and trained 18 young people who otherwise wouldn’t be in positive destinations.

Angela Moohan, Founder and Manager, The Larder Cook School

Angela set up The Larder in August 2011 and has grown it to a turnover of c£130k for 2016/17,  employing 7 members of staff and providing training opportunities for over 60 young people from 14 yrs +.  Angela has over 25 years’ experience of working in and with communities, including adult education, youth work and community work. She has worked in Social Enterprise since 2005 and previously was a key contributor to the Community Food movement in Scotland with a particular interest in collective buying.  Angela is a ‘gardener in training’ and enjoys spending time in with friends and family in her spare time.

John Grieve, Founder and Programme Manager, Staged for Life

After graduating with a degree in Music Design, John began his career in community education, designing and delivering training programmes throughout Scotland for organisations such as Drake Music Scotland, Artlink and NHS Lothian. He then became involved in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as an operations manager, overseeing the delivery of performances across several venues.

John then moved into workforce operations for the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, particularly enjoying the process of developing staff and volunteer training programmes.

In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre, John set up a community recording studio and audio training programme in Soweto, South Africa in 2014. Inspired by his experiences he returned to Scotland to establish Staged for Life in 2015, a youth training initiative for unemployed young people to gain practical skills and work experience in the arts, events and media industries.

Collette Norval, Managing Director, Social Stuff Ltd

Collette heads up Aberdeen based social start-up, Social Stuff Ltd, creators of SQUAD. The social enterprise manufactures multifunctional performance snoods for sports supporters and outdoor enthusiasts with the aim of giving 100% of profits to charity.

On leaving school at 17, Collette was selected to take part in the inaugural Hunter Leadership Programme funded and facilitated by Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation. She graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2013 and joined the oil and gas sector as a Commercial Graduate at Wood Group PSN having previously completed a summer internship with the organisation in Houston as a Saltire Scholar Intern.

At WGPSN she fulfilled a one-year secondment at Aberdeen’s Glencraft; a social enterprise that manufactures beds and mattresses, providing employment opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people.

In 2015, Collette was made redundant and soon after was head-hunted by Aberdeen social entrepreneur and former oil executive Duncan Skinner to establish and take over the helm at Social Stuff.

Since launching in 2016, the social enterprise has produced SQUADs for several Scottish Premiership football clubs, the Scottish FA & Scotland Rugby as well as manufacturing custom designs for well-known brands such as BrewDog, Northlink Ferries, and Kiltwalk.

Social Enterprise in Schools – Presentation and feedback

Mark Macmillan

Mark Macmillan is a public policy and political engagement specialist. He is an advisor to Kibble on their policy and strategy. Over the years, Mark has also worked with many 3rd Sector organisations that help to look after some of the most disadvantaged young people in UK.

Mark is the former Leader of Renfrewshire Council, stepping down from the Council in May this year. During his time as Leader he was at the forefront of the development of the Glasgow City Region Deal and Paisley’s Bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021. He was awarded the Scottish Local Politician of the Year 2016.

An Army of Problem Solvers

Ailsa Raeburn, Head of Community Assets, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Ailsa heads the Community Assets Team who has offices across the Highlands and Islands and the Central Belt. They work with communities who are interested in acquiring assets of all types from large crofting, forestry and sporting estates to local shops, hotels, housing and amenity/ recreation uses. Historic buildings are often at the centre of a community and HIE are now working with a number of communities looking to find viable new uses for these buildings that address wider needs within the community.  Highlands and Islands Enterprise also deliver the national Scottish Land Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, in partnership with Big Lottery Scotland. This £10m pa fund underpins the financial, legislative and policy commitment of the Scottish Government to the empowerment of communities through asset ownership.

Shaun Loney, Author, An Army of Problem Solvers

Shaun is from Winnipeg, Canada.  He has co-founded and mentored 11 social enterprises focusing on providing employment to Indigenous Canadians.  These enterprises lower utility bills through insulating, water retrofits, and ground source heat pumps both in cities and rural areas across Canada.  He also co-founded a social enterprise focusing on healthy food in a diabetes-plagued Indigenous community that had no road access.  Shaun is the first prairie Canadian to be awarded an Ashoka Fellowship (2015).  His second book, An Army of Problem Solvers:  Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy is a 2017 provincial best seller.  While in Scotland, Shaun is visiting the Melrose area where his ancestors are from and the Orkneys that has a special relationship to his province due to the fur trade.

Maintaining momentum – next steps

Yvonne Strachan, Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector, Scottish Government

Yvonne Strachan is a Deputy Director in the Scottish Government and leads its work on the Third Sector.  She is also the Head of Equality and Human Rights.

Yvonne’s responsibilities include work to support and strengthen social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in Scotland; to support the third sector to play a full role in public service design and delivery; to work with the sector in supporting and empowering communities and to enable it to play its part as a social partner.

Yvonne joined the Civil Service in 1999 to take up the then new post of Head of Equality supporting Ministers to build a strategy and programme of action on equality. In 2011 she took on the role of Head of Third Sector and in 2012 took on responsibility for Human Rights.

Alex Baker, Strategic Planning and Implementation Manager, Social Enterprise Scotland

Alex works for Social Enterprise Scotland, the national Scottish body for social enterprise, which she joined earlier this year. Alex’s role is to lead SES’s contribution to Scotland’s 10-year strategy for social enterprise and to deliver new initiatives that enhance the policy and operating environment for social enterprises, create opportunities and enable them to become stronger organisations.

Before SES, Alex worked for PwC, one of the world’s largest professional services firms, in the UK and Australia, as part of its policy advisory team. At PwC she supported government policy teams, not-for-profits and social enterprises in a range of different sectors including early education, social care and justice, helping them with strategy and policy development, research and analysis, evaluation and impact measurement.

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.

Neil McLean, CEO, Social Enterprise Academy

Neil has been the CEO of the Social Enterprise Academy since 2008.  During this time the Academy has become the largest Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Centre in Scotland, annually supporting around 1,200 people from across Scotland to develop their leadership and entrepreneurship skills.   The Academy is now expanding internationally and works closely with Scottish Government and the British Council in India, Pakistan and Malawi in addition to centres in Australia and South Africa.

In addition to adult learning and development, the Academy runs a Social Enterprise in Education programme which is based on a “learning by doing” approach. Social enterprises have now been established in 500 schools across Scotland, all developed and run by pupils with support from the Academy.

Gerry Higgins, CEO, CEIS

Gerry is CEO at CEIS Group and a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, CEIS Ayrshire, DSL Business Finance, Indigo Childcare, Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. Gerry has a BA in Education and a Masters in Social Enterprise and Co-operatives.

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 support social enterprise development and to contribute to social enterprise policy at home and abroad.

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 established Social Firms UK and he was one of the founding directors of the Social Enterprise UK. Gerry is 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.



Social Procurement – International and Local Dimensions

Robin Fallas, Senior Associate, MacRoberts LLP

Robin is a Senior Associate with MacRoberts solicitors. Robin has a considerable focus on the topic of social considerations within procurements, having been involved in: providing extensive training and support, advising the public sector and those bidding for contracts; authoring articles and taking part in working parties and focus groups as well as comparing approaches internationally. Robin is recognised for his expertise in both public procurement and charity advice by Chambers & Partners, where descriptions include that he “totally understands the challenges of working in the third sector and is genuinely passionate about it” and is “highly regarded for his involvement with charities and third-sector service providers”.

Mark Daniels, Head of Market and Sector Development, Social Traders

Mark plays a key role in opening up new opportunities for social enterprise by introducing institutional buyers to the benefits of social enterprise. He also works with social enterprises to build capacity in winning contracts and finding customers. Mark was one of Social Traders Founders and first employee. He has led and developed a range of initiatives, most recently the establishment of Social Traders Connect, a social enterprise that exists to create employment for disadvantaged groups by linking hundreds of certified social enterprise to over 20 buyers with a combined spend exceeding $100 billion per annum.

Mark has wide ranging experience in social enterprise across program, advocacy, policy and project development. Prior to joining Social Traders in 2008, he was Social Enterprise Manager for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, managing a number of social enterprises aimed at assisting people into mainstream employment as well as providing expertise to other agencies looking to establish social enterprises. Mark has also developed policy and community development activities for public housing estates in inner city Melbourne.

Yvonne McBride, Partnership for Procurement Manager, Senscot

Yvonne joined Senscot in May 2017 having worked for the last 14 years in economic development at North Lanarkshire Council on a number of roles and projects. Yvonne led on the development of social economy support in North Lanarkshire including the council’s social enterprise framework and asset transfer policy. Her experience includes a range of development work, employability projects, European funded projects such as EQUAL – Social Economy Scotland Project and ERDF – Business Competitiveness.

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.

Social Tech – Use of technology to address social issues

James Finnie, Business Adviser, CEIS

James is an experienced Consultant with experience ranging across a range of business competencies. James specialises in delivering intervention work on behalf of some of Scotland’s main public sector agencies including the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. In recent years, he has played a key role in the creation of two >£1M Social Enterprise start-ups in Glasgow, one of which was a technology based Social Enterprise. Prior to joining CEIS, James worked for 13 years with Motorola, a US based technology multi-national.

Dr. Yuval Dror, Co-Founder, Minga

Yuval is a scholar and consultant to senior management teams on organizational business development and change.

Yuval was one of the founders of ‘Minga- The arena for Social businesses’ and is involved in initiatives dedicated to social responsibility, social businesses and ethics.

Together with Tech For Good, Minga created TechForGood Rally, which is a unique social tech accelerator that aims to support technological startups addressing social issues. Through collaboration with leading experts in various fields, partnerships with some of the largest corporations in the country, and harnessing knowledge and resources from all sectors – the 4-month program offers a powerful engine enabling social entrepreneurs to make a huge leap forward.

An overview of Growing Social Economy programmes and Aspiring Community Fund

Fiona Malcolm, Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector Division, The Scottish Government

Fiona  joined the Scottish Government in April 2008.  She works in Equalities, Human Rights and Third Sector Division, heading up a team that supports the delivery of two Scottish Government-led Tackling Poverty ESF Strategic Interventions – Growing the Social Economy and Aspiring Communities.  Previously, Fiona has worked for Communities Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Social enterprise and socially responsible businesses

Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland

Alastair has been Chief Executive since September 2011, although has worked with SIS since 2009 when he joined to run the investment team. Before joining SIS, Alastair worked with Bank of Scotland community banking and therefore has extensive experience of social investment. In 2012, Alastair completed the prestigious “Strategic Perspectives Non Profit Management” programme at Harvard Business School. He is also Big Society Capital’s nominee on the board of the North East Social Investment Company in England and serves on the board of the Community Development Finance Association.

Aidan Pia, Executive Director, Senscot

Aidan joined Senscot in 2002 and has been responsible for co-ordinating Senscot’s activities on a day to day basis. In particular, Aidan oversees the development of new services and setting up new initiatives – where Senscot has sought to contribute to creating a support infrastructure for social and community enterprises in Scotland. These have included local and thematic SENs, Scotland UnLtd, DTA Scotland, the Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport, Senscot Legal and the Scottish Community Re-Investment Trust (SCRT).