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)
Gerry Higgins, CEIS
Hugh Logan (independent)
Gill Low, MacRoberts LLP
Lynn McCulloch, consultant
Darah Zahran, Scottish Enterprise
Gerry Higgins, CEO
Gerry is CEO of CEIS Group and a Director of the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, CEIS Ayrshire, DSL Business Finance, 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 fulfill 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 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.
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 held responsibility for coordinating the Scottish Executive’s Women Entrepreneur Women Managers programme delivered by CEIS and Glasgow’s LDCs.
Gemma Gillespie, Finance and Corporate Services Manager
Gemma joined CEIS in March 2016 and oversees the various activities of the Finance and Corporate Services functions.
ACMA, CGMA, LLB (Hons)
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 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.
Enterprise & Communities
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
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!
Enterprise & Communities Business Advisers
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.
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
Having established, grown and sold her own successful business, Zahra fully understands the pressures and passions of business owners and enjoys helping social entrepreneurs make the most of their business opportunities in order to maximise their social impact.
With experience in marketing, product development, people management, customer service and change management Zahra enjoys working with social enterprises, charities and community organisations covering all sectors.
Zahra is CIPD qualified and a Board Member of Social Enterprise Scotland.
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
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