Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, Scottish Government

Born in Paisley in 1985, Tom Arthur was first elected to the Scottish Parliament for the seat of Renfrewshire South at the 2016 election, holding the seat in 2021.

Mr Arthur was raised in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, where he was educated at Cross Arthurlie Primary and Barrhead High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music then later Master of Music from the University of Glasgow. Before entering politics, he worked as a company director, freelance piano teacher and keyboardist.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-arthur-9056a8a6/ 


Martin Avila, CEO, CEIS Group

Martin is a champion of social enterprise and passionate about their ability to help strengthen our communities and help tackle inequality. An inspiring and motivational leader, Martin enjoys developing people, projects and new ideas.

He was previously the Director at the Kinning Park Complex (KPC), a multi-use community venue in Glasgow with a track record of innovative partnership working and for supporting others to develop new programmes of activity. Under his leadership the KPC conducted a flagship buyout of their centre, delivered a multi-million-pound renovation project and launched one of Scotland’s first Local Place Plans.

He is a Board Member of Community Land Scotland and SURF and was previously Treasurer of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-avila-8542a588/ 


t s Beall, Founder, Protests and Suffragettes

dr t s Beall is a socially-engaged artist, researcher, and consultant based in Dumfries and Glasgow. Her creative practise focuses on working with diverse communities on durational projects to recover marginalised histories. For the last decade she has developed projects in post-industrial urban environments, collaborating with under-represented communities across Scotland and internationally.

She is Lead Artist and Director of Protests and Suffragettes, an organisation investigating women’s historical activism which is currently working on a national campaign to increase education and awareness of Scotland’s suffragettes.

She consults with organisations working to increase their engagement with local and/or minoritised communities, and the agency of those communities within institutional structures. Recent consultancy on engagement and participation includes work with Historic Environment Scotland (2022), Sleeping Giants (2021), Allanton Peace Sanctuary (2020), Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust (2018-19).

Her practice-led PhD with University of Glasgow (CDA 2017) collaborated with the Riverside Museum and Glasgow Museums to develop more inclusive practices. Her research developed new engagement strategies for heritage institutions through co-curation and participatory performance.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tsbeall/


Andy Brogan, Founding Partner, Easier Inc

Andy Brogan is Founding Partner of Easier Inc. Providing training, coaching and consulting services across sectors, his work focuses on removing the everyday frictions that arise between people and institutions; frictions that make working well and working well together harder than it needs to be.

Since starting Easier Inc, Andy’s work has received growing interest and credit. More recently, Andy has supported the development of Wellbeing Teams; a self-managing healthcare startup identified by NESTA as one of the New Radicals. This work was also nominated for 2 Guardian Public Service awards, winning for Best Recruitment Initiative.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-brogan-2b948540/


Ailsa Clark, Development Manager, InspirAlba

Inspired by the passion, energy and determination within rural communities Ailsa established Inspiralba, a social enterprise with charitable status, in 2009 to deliver development and management support to community-based enterprises across Argyll and Bute.

This work is informed by previous experience; developing and delivering services, generating income and managing contracts in the public and community sector locally, nationally and internationally. Ailsa has a particular interest in rural development, and the important role social enterprise can play in sustaining our rural communities. The range and diversity of enterprise activity across rural Argyll and the Islands, continues to provide learning, where significant social impact is delivered by a broad range of, often small, social enterprises. This gives an insight into the challenges and opportunities from a rural perspective and Ailsa regularly advocates for the rural perspective of social enterprise to be recognised with a range of stakeholders.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ailsa-clark-0b133526/


Helen Denny, Founder, Not9to5

Helen is the founder of Not9to5, and works within the changing nature of work, ensuring others have the tools and skills needed to thrive within a flexible world of work. An experienced leader, consultant and facilitator, she has worked extensively across the UK and internationally supporting Start-ups, SME’s, Charities and the Public Sector. She is passionate about working with organisations that are seeking to make change and create impact.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helendennynot9to5/


Gael Drummond, Deputy CEO, Firstport

Gael joined Firstport in 2014 and has held several roles within the organisation, leading on key work strands including operations, finance, people development, and resourcing. Prior to joining Firstport, Gael worked in the public sector at the City of Edinburgh Council and latterly as Legacy Manager at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with both roles focused on using the power of sport to create social change and positive impact.

As Deputy CEO of Firstport, Gael has oversight of all operational activities and leads on people development. This involves ensuring that Firstport delivers a range of high-quality and client-centred programmes and services, on time and on budget.

Gael has a proven track record of designing and delivering complex, fast-moving projects, most notably two Scottish Government COVID-19 grant programmes – the Third Sector Resilience Fund and Adapt and Thrive.

Gael will take up the role of CEO of Firstport at the end of September.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gael-drummond0/


Colin Lee, CEO, CEMVO Scotland

Colin Lee has been the Chief Executive of CEMVO Scotland since 2003, which is a national intermediary organisation that provides capacity building support to a network of over 600 ethnic minority voluntary sector organisations across Scotland, and support to Public and Third Sector organisations in addressing Institutional Racism.  Colin has worked in the voluntary sector for over 30years and has considerable experience within race equality, having also managed a mental health project for ethnic minority men, an anti-racist project in Edinburgh, and equalities standards officer for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colin-lee-a4b58836/


Chris Martin, CEO, Social Enterprise Scotland

Chris Martin is Chief Executive Officer at Social Enterprise Scotland.  Chris is an experienced social entrepreneur who launched a number of social enterprises including Engage Youth Project and, more recently, the Callander Hostel.

Chris has a background in both formal and informal education and as convener of the Callander Social Enterprise Network was responsible for Callander becoming Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Town.  Chris has an interest in impact investment and is Chair of Impact Investment Partnership Scotland who recently launched a £15M Catalyst Fund to support early-stage social enterprises.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-martin-980731143/


Pauline Smith, Chief Executive, Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS)

Pauline is the new Chief Executive of Development Trusts Association Scotland and brings a wealth of direct experience and skills to the post.  Having been CEO of Connect Community Trust in Easterhouse, Glasgow for 17 years, Pauline was the first employee of the development trust and grew the organisation to 50+ employees delivering community-led services, trading and enterprising activities/contracts.   Pauline is also one of the founding members of Glasgow’s Empowering Communities Consortium and Total Homes Co-operative and has a passion for local decision making and community empowerment.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pauline-smith-8a13833b/


Naomi Waite, Interim Employment Manager, Inclusion Scotland

Naomi is passionate in equity, diversity and inclusion. She has worked for Inclusion Scotland for 6 years; began supporting the Access to Elected Office and Access to Politics projects then moved onto developing the Employment projects in 2017.

An expert in accessible recruitment practices and workplace adjustments, Naomi manages the national We Can Work internships programme, which aims to make employment more accessible for disabled people, led by lived experience and the Social Model of disability. In 2021 Naomi supported the development of Employerability training for employers to create inclusive and accessible workplaces for disabled people.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naomi-waite-729240153/

Lindsay Wake, Head of Impact, Social Investment Scotland

Lindsay has been Head of Impact at SIS since October 2019. She worked within and alongside businesses, social enterprises, community organisations and charities across Scotland, and London and the South-East for over 20 years.

Working with the SIS team Lindsay is responsible for defining, managing and measuring SIS’s impacts using globally recognised frameworks and best practice, and working directly with enterprises to measure, articulate and improve their impact. This includes helping customers develop their diversity and environmental practice.

Since 2020 Lindsay has been co-leading SIS’s work to become a more inclusive and diverse organisation. This includes activities to bring greater diversity of thought to the SIS board, team and investment committees; co-designing a social investment fund with founders from diverse backgrounds and expert partners CEMVO; and becoming a signatory to the Diversity Forum Manifesto 2.0 and the Women in Finance Charter.

Before joining SIS Lindsay led social and economic inclusion strategies and plans for affordable housing providers The Hyde Group, and Places for People Scotland (previously Castle Rock Edinvar).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsaybwake/