Staff & Board
CHAIR – Maureen Porch (consultant)
TREASURER – Iain McCall (independent)
SECRETARY – Fiona McClune, CEIS
Linda Andrews, BiP Solutions Limited
Paul Bott, SJOG
Marian Gardiner (independent)
Hugh Logan (independent)
Lynn McCulloch (consultant)
Darah Zahran, Scottish Enterprise
Lynn Waddell (independent)
Lisa Branter (consultant)
Rose Cawood, Glasgow Caledonian University
Oonagh Gil (independent)
Martin Avila, Group CEO
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 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.
Martin won a scholarship to Strathclyde Business School’s MBA programme through their Visionary Leadership Scholarship and has previously been part of leadership cohorts through the British Council and the Social Enterprise Academy. He is a Board Member of Community Land Scotland and SURF and was previously Treasurer of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations.
Fiona McClune, PA to CEO; Company Secretary
Fiona trained at Glasgow College of Technology as a PA and has 29 years’ PA experience, having worked across a range of industries. She has been Company Secretary of the CEIS group since 2015 and is responsible for ensuring compliance with Companies House and OSCR returns, as well as assisting the group’s Boards with governance best practice. Fiona has worked for the CEIS group since 2012.
Gerry Higgins, Director of International Enterprise
Gerry is Director of International Enterprise and Founder and Managing Director of Social Enterprise World Forum.
Formerly CEO of CEIS, Gerry took on the role of Director of International Enterprise in January 2019 to advance CEIS work globally. This is complemented by Gerry’s role in Social Enterprise World Forum who required more capacity to support its ambitious programme to build a global social enterprise movement.
Gerry is also a Director at Social Value Lab, CEIS Ayrshire, DSL Business Finance, Social Enterprise UK and Societi. Gerry has a BA in Education and a MSc in Business Studies and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Social Enterprise UK in 2017.
Gerry has many years’ experience in developing and leading social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners internationally to create 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 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.
Fiona Sharkey, interim Finance and Corporate Services Manager
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Terri Colman, Financial 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
Events & Marketing
Joanne Seagrave, Events & Marketing Manager
Joanne has over ten years event management experience in small and large scale events delivered locally, nationally and internationally for 10 – 1,200 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.
In 2018, Joanne delivered her largest project to date, managing the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018, a 10 day extravaganza welcoming 1,200+ delegates from 47 Countries. This involved complete end-to-end event management of the two-and-a half-days main conference, fringe events including 3 2-day symposiums, a policy forum, a week-long youth stream, 7 UK-wide social enterprise study tours, 2 evening receptions, a Grand Ceilidh and a civic reception.
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.
Enterprise & Communities
Roddy Stewart, Business Delivery - Interim Team Leader
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
James Finnie, New Business Development - Interim Team Leader
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
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.
Alison MacLeod, Market Research Officer
Alison Macleod joined CEIS in October 2016 and works as a Market Research Officer within the Enterprise & Communities Team.
Her role at CEIS involves undertaking market research for a range of different clients to gain an understanding of different market sectors to inform market assessments, feasibility studies and business planning/strategy documents. She has also supported the design of, and conducted feedback surveys, to measure programme outcomes.
Previous to working at CEIS, Alison undertook an internship as a research analyst at a social housing association during her penultimate year at university.
- BA (Hons) Economics & Psychology (First Class Honours) from The University of Strathclyde
- Primary research
- Secondary research
- Qualitative methods
- Quantitative methods
- Designed and produced a comprehensive tenant satisfaction survey to establish the satisfaction level of tenants
- Engaged with the public to gather primary research through one to one interviews and telephone interviews
- Carried out extensive secondary research for clients to inform decision making
Enterprise & Communities Business Advisers
Hannah joined CEIS in February 2021 as a Business Advisor, providing support and advice for social enterprises to achieve sustainable growth and be more able to deliver on their social impact. This includes work on business planning, marketing and communication strategy and income growth.
She has specific expertise in digital and ecommerce, having had several leadership positions in the private sector in these areas and also recently completed a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing. In addition, she has had experience in working with boards to develop commercial strategies which includes product launch and development, revenue growth, pricing strategy and margin management.
Nina joined CEIS in July 2018 and works as a Business Adviser in the Enterprise & Communities Team. She advises and supports a wide range of new and established social enterprises and third sector organisations throughout Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway.
Nina’s role naturally progressed from her experience as a development manager and independent consultant in urban and rural communities, from Glasgow to the Highlands & Islands. She has first-hand knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and challenges encountered by voluntary, charitable and social enterprises, in different communities and geographical settings.
Before this, Nina was a manager for an architectural practice that specialised in the design of social housing and community buildings and worked closely with RSLs and construction industry professionals. She retains an active interest in the built environment and how design can enhance lifestyles, future proof buildings and contribute positively to the economy and wellbeing of communities.
Nina enjoys using her skills and experience to support CEIS clients in the following areas:
- Business planning
- Community and stakeholder engagement and consultation
- Board development
- Market research, review and analysis
- Community asset transfers
- Developing and repurposing heritage and listed buildings
- Writing bids/tenders
- Facilitating business planning workshops
- Support to a large and established, Glasgow-based health organisation, with writing and submitting tender bids for new service development
- Market research, analysis and reporting on behalf of national charitable organisations who are reviewing their service provision and delivery
- Conducting community engagement and participation, and reporting, for large registered social landlords (RSLs) throughout Scotland.
Gary joined CEIS in January 2021 and works as a Business Adviser with our Enterprise & Communities Team. With over 12 years’ experience in business development and consultancy, Gary is a very experienced adviser capable of offering advice and support across the range of business competencies, including strategic planning, operational processes, new product / service development, branding, social media marketing, web development and digital automation.
Prior to working with CEIS, Gary worked with several exciting start up organisations supporting them with product development, marketing strategies & business planning to achieve national and international expansion.
- Advanced Diploma Visual Communications
Jennifer joined CEIS in February 2020 as a Business Advisor, working with clients to support their specific business needs including business planning, marketing and communication strategies and income generation strategies. She is also heavily involved in our workshop series facilitating workshops on ‘Understanding your Customer’, ‘E-commerce’, and ‘Introduction to Social Enterprise’ and plays an active role in supporting marketing activities within CEIS.
Prior to joining CEIS, Jennifer held a full time PhD research position at Glasgow Caledonian University where she was working on research into digital marketing strategies, specifically how social media can be integrated more effectively within IMC strategies. Her research interests span digital marketing strategies, social media marketing, consumer behaviour and customer decision making. While at GCU she lectured on topics such as digital marketing, digital business strategies, international marketing strategy and fashion branding while also acting as an undergraduate dissertation supervisor. She has presented at a number of global academic conferences and has been published in proceedings.
Jennifer likes to bring her enthusiasm for these topics to her work at CEIS and uses her knowledge to help clients to get the best out of their individual businesses. Before entering academia, Jennifer gained practical management experience in the private sector holding multiple management roles with high street fashion retail brands.
PhD candidate – Digital marketing strategies
MSc. Business Management (Distinction)
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 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