Please find below a list of our speakers…

Robin McAlpine, Common Weal

Robin McAlpine is Director of Common Weal, a Scottish ‘think and do tank’ which campaigns for social and economic equality, participative democracy, environmental sustainability, wellbeing, quality of life, peace, justice and cooperation. He has worked for over 20 years in journalism, public affairs, political strategy and policy. He writes for a wide range of sources on Scottish politics.

Favourite track of all time….PJ Harvey Rid Of Me

Calum Macdonald, Positively Scottish

Old hack turned digital native. Still believes in Scottish journalism, but lacks faith in the MSM to foster it – so is doing it himself, as founding director and pro bono editor of http://positivelyscottish.scot/ – a social enterprise which aims to help other social enterprises.

Favourite track of all time….Firework by Katy Perry

Claire Carpenter, The Melting Pot

Claire founded The Melting Pot in 2005, and in 2016 was recognised as ‘Social Enterprise Champion’ at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. Her expertise is in personal, organisational and community development. Claire often speaks at international conferences on subjects including leadership, social enterprise development, quality coworking, and incubating social change.

Favourite track of all time….Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

Ross Martin, Scottish Council for Development and Industry

Ross Martin gets around, always involved at the heart of Scotland’s economy, in the public, private and of course the social sectors. He pops up in the most unlikely of places, from engineering and science to affordable housing, whilst remaining a driving force behind the powering up of Scotland’s City Regions.

Favourite track of all time….Knockhill!

Follow him on social media, where his current Twitter tag is @SCDIchief – it’s a journey of discovery!

Linda Fay, Life Pod Clutter Management

Linda is the UK’s sole certified Hoarding Specialist. Since 2012, when Life-Pod was established, she has helped individuals across Scotland to live more safely in their home. Linda campaigns for better treatment and interventions, and is currently working with Councils to create Hoarding Policies for this complex mental health condition.

Favourite track of all time….Kid Fears by the Indigo Girls

Michelle Carruthers, Food Train

In 2002, needing a career change from nursing, I joined The Food Train as Development Officer, their only staff member at that time.  My remit was to develop the charity and expand its service across Dumfries & Galloway.  I became CEO in 2005 and have since been responsible for developing 4 new services helping older people to eat well, live well and age well, in conjunction with expanding nationally across Scotland. I am a strong advocate on reducing malnutrition and loneliness among older people.

Favourite track of all time….Dancing Queen, ABBA!

Pete White, Positive Prison/Positive Futures

Pete White is originator and Chief Executive of Positive Prison? Positive Futures… a Scottish charity representing people with lived experience of punishment working to reduce the harm caused by offending and reoffending in Scotland. PP?PF contributes to the improvement of Scotland’s justice system to reduce the harms caused by offending and to bring about changes in public opinion to support the integration of people who are, or have been, subject to punishment.

Pete sits on a number of Scottish Government committees relating to justice and prisons, the Executive Group of the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum, the External Governance Group of the Scottish Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice and is on the board of the Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2014.

Away from work Pete is a keen photographer, cyclist and cook.

Jean Cumming, Crisis

It is common for people experiencing trauma and life stressors to see their lives unravel. For over 38 years Jeans passion has been to provide easily accessible and affordable help and hope for people in distress…helping them to help themselves

Since 1996 she has lead Crisis Counselling in the support of 40000 clients and 540 student counsellors with a yearly average of 1500 new referrals.

She leads a volunteer team of over 95 counsellors, provides guidance and mentoring to student counsellors, supports and advises partner organisations, delivers employee counselling and training to businesses, sits on emergency planning committees, and has recently overseen the building of an ecopod that will provide additional income to the organisation.

Josh Barton, Upmo

Josh is the founder and managing director of Upmo, an Edinburgh-based charity that provides support and opportunity for adults with learning difficulties and autism.

Since being established in 2006, Upmo has not only been providing tailored support services but has also been delivering a widely respected curriculum of creative workshops, educational activities and vocational programmes.

Today, the charity employs around 100 people and encourages more than 150 students each week to develop confidence, imagination and life skills – and enhance their employability – through music, drama, art and other expressive and physical activities.

Trishna Singh, Sikh Sanjog

Trishna Singh B.A. OBE Founder Director of Sikh Sanjog and ‘Punjabi Junction’ Social Enterprise Community Café. The first Sikh Social Enterprise/ Family Support Charity in Scotland. With 30 years’ experience in the Third Sector, fundraising, delivering cultural awareness, influencing policy and practice. Passionate about Community Cohesion and ensuring invisible women are visible.

Favourite track of all time….Jo Wada Kiya Woh Nibhana Padega sung by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar from the film Taj Mahal

Pauline Graham, Social Firms Scotland

Pauline has 18 years’ experience in the social economy. She’s also a director of Ready for Business where she supports Public Social Partnerships. Policy experience includes Procurement, Service Reform, Health and Employability. A graduate of GCU, her career history includes marketing and community regeneration.  Pauline is also Chair of Partick Thistle Community Trust.

Favourite track of all time….This Mortal Coil – Song to the Siren (Cocteau Twins)

Lee Mannion, Pioneers Post

Lee Mannion is the Content Editor at Pioneers Post magazine, which exists both online and in print. Pioneers Post covers social enterprise, social innovation, responsible business and social investment.

Favourite track of all time …. Star 6 & 7 8 9 by The Orb.

Mike McNally, Glasgow City Council

Group Manager, Economic Development – Glasgow City Council

Mike is based within Economic Development in Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council. Mike has been in his current post for four years, where he manages the Economic Development function and has responsibility for the operational delivery of projects that support business, employment and the third sector.

In his previous roles within GCC, Mike was lead Project Manager for Glasgow’s successful bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Mike then led the development and implementation of the Council’s approach to maximise the social and economic legacy from the City’s hosting of the Games in 2014. Prior to joining the public sector in 2006, Mike spent 10 years working in operational management, change management and business improvement in a large private sector organisation.

Favourite track of all time …. Elbow – One day like this

Alan Staff, Apex Scotland

Alan took up his current role as CEO of Apex Scotland in 2010 after a long career with the NHS in England.  He is a champion of social enterprise and the third sector, speaking and writing regularly on the impact of non-strategic thinking in public service commissioning/procurement.

Favourite track of all time ….Hotel California (Eagles)

Xanthe Galanis-Hancox, Vegware

Xanthe Galanis-Hancox is the Communications Manager at Vegware, an Edinburgh-based SME that develops, manufactures and distributes eco-friendly catering disposables.

Vegware’s compostable foodservice packaging is made from plants, not plastic and makes the circular economy a reality, enabling businesses to go zero waste.

Favourite track of all time….. Cooler As Ekke by Jack Parow.

Chris Stephenson, Plan Vivo Foundation

Chris Stephenson is a carbon management professional who heads up the Plan Vivo Foundation in Edinburgh. Plan Vivo certifies land use and forestry projects in developing countries, helping protect ecosystems and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and rural communities. Previously Chris held private sector roles in London and Madrid.

Favourite track of all time….. Unfinished Sympathy, Massive Attack

Laurie Russell, The Wise Group

Laurie Russell has been Chief Executive of the Wise Group since 2006.  The Wise Group is a Glasgow based social enterprise established in 1983. It makes a positive difference to people’s lives through accessing new skills, employment, reducing re-offending, regenerating communities and tackling fuel poverty in Scotland and NE England.

Ruth Campbell, Comas

Ruth Campbell is CEO and founder of Comas, a social innovation charity that has pioneered recovery cafes and 20 More community poverty projects in Scotland. She is a Clore Social Leader Fellow and with a career spanning 30 years in the third sector, central and local government, came into the sector as an activist in the days of Urban Programme and has seen many changes since. This is perhaps why one of her favourite tracks is “I won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. She says the song is a nod to her campaigning streak rather than her stubborn streak.

Favourite track of all time….“I won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Ed Mayo, Co-operatives UK

Ed is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK. He has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice. Ed is Chair of the participation charity Involve and Vice-President of Co-operatives Europe. He recently authored Values: How to Bring Values to Life in your Business and is editor of The Co-operative Advantage.

David Wood, Scottish Forum on Natural Capital

David is Executive Director, Policy Leadership, at ICAS – The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – and is Deputy Chair of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital.   In his ICAS role he is responsible for all ICAS’ policy and representational work in the fields of reporting, auditing, company law, tax, pensions, charities, ethics, sustainability and public sector accountability and audit.  In particular, he is responsible for the reactive work and proactive initiatives in these areas, and the establishment of the broad strategic themes and policy positions.

David is a mathematics graduate from Cambridge University and is an ICAEW and ICAS member.  He worked for Ernst & Young in England and New Zealand before joining ICAS.

Favourite track of all time… two current favourites are ‘High Hopes’ by Kodaline and ‘Just at the Point of Breaking’ by Fatherson

Sylvia Douglas, MsMissMrs

Founder MsMissMrs CIC and Women’s enterprise Scotland ambassador
With a back ground in mental health Sylvia is now the founding director of MsMissMrs CIC, a social enterprise founded on Empowerment pants, personal development programmes and a newly opened community health and wellbeing hub, all in existence to serve women and girls who travel a difficult road and empower them to become the leaders in their own lives!

Favourite track of all time… Tinsel Town in the Rain by Blue Nile

Joy Mitchell, Healthy n Happy

Beginning as a community volunteer, and with stints with BBC and Social Work, Joy has extensive experience in community health and development, working across Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.  Joy has worked with Healthy n Happy in Cambuslang and Rutherglen near Glasgow,  for 12 years, initially developing and establishing a stress management service and now leading the Transforming Lives team.  The team work with individuals of all ages, and families, helping them identify and work towards their goals, for them to transform their own lives and to become transformative in their communities .  Joy’s passion is helping people to find their own voice, health generation around mental and emotional health and wellbeing, and visioning a return to a positive relationship with our natural environment.  As part of her role, Joy also co-presents a show on Healthy n Happy’s own CamGlen Community Radio.

Favourite track of all time – Andy White, Speechless

Leona McDermid, Aberdeen Foyer

Leona was appointed as an Executive Director of Aberdeen Foyer in 2008. With a background in community mental health and family business, her work with the Foyer has included the development and support of several social and business ventures including Roadwise Driver Training, Foyer Works and Foyer Graphics, alongside health, employability and recovery services. She is currently leading work to improve the Foyer’s impact measurement activity in association with colleagues from Robert Gordon University.  Leona is also a Board member of Firstport and a committee member of the Third Sector Employability Forum.   www.aberdeenfoyer.com

Favourite track of all time – Rag’n’Bone Man ‘Human’

Heidi Tweedie, Moxie Media

Heidi, director of two CICs – Moxie Media CIC and the new community coproduced Moray Wellbeing Hub CIC – is a passionate mental health activist. She believes social enterprise, founded on the untapped resource of peer support, can not only challenge the stigma surrounding mental health but transform health and social care in Scotland.

John Ayscough, BOLD Marketing

John is a creative director and brand strategist with over 20 years’ experience across the public and private sector. John has worked with some of Scotland’s larger advertising and design agencies including Leith Agency, Tayburn and Golly Slater on major projects for the Scottish Government, luxury brands such as Chanel, Glenmorangie and Louis Vuitton and a variety of national charities.

John set up BOLD, an award winning full service design agency four years ago. BOLD works exclusively with 3rd sector organisations and ethical businesses, it is it’s self a social enterprise.

In 2011 John co-founded SoLoCo, Scotland first crowdfunding platform.

Favourite track of all time….Scribble by Underworld

Nicola Dames, Vanilla Blush

Nicola Dames is the Vanilla Blush story! Former Fashion Consultant and former Intensive Care Nurse, Nicola was all about the person.

But it was her own person which became the focus when she was diagnosed with Colitis. After one-year of marriage, she found herself in 2006, at the age of 29, with the dilemma of having a huge operation which would leave her with a Stoma bag – or carry on fighting Colitis with steroids, which ultimately could leave her infertile.

The option she took was to have her large intestine removed, live with an Ileostomy bag, which would hold her poo, and get on with living her life to the full. And of course it was the latter she took.
But it didn’t end with getting on with her life – she decided to help others get on with their lives! And where better to start the day – every day – than with knickers!!!
Having noticed that Stoma underwear was largely medicalised, Nicola realized the need for fashion – after all there is a strong link between psychological and physical health.
And from there Nicola conceived and nurtured Vanilla Blush, to which she gave birth Valentine’s 2008, live on ITV’s ‘This Morning Show’!
And eight years on she is now CEO of the Glasgow-based Global-brand Vanilla Blush Ltd.

Favourite track of all time….Lust for Life by Iggy Pop

Lara Friedman, Social Enterprise Academy

Lara is a specialist in learning and development, change management and facilitation, and has worked in the public, private and third sectors. She is passionate about supporting organisational and individual growth, working closely with organisations to understand their unique needs and design interventions to enable them to thrive and flourish.

Caroline McKenna, Dundee Social Enterprise Network

Caroline is a nonprofit Leader, Trustee and Educator. Her passion for the sector is as big as her wine glass! She is the owner of Social Good HQ, the place where leaders of nonprofits come for support and guidance to start, build or grow their organisation.  Caroline’s blend of commercial and non-profit experience gives her the practical skills to offer real-world advice and support. Caroline is also the Manager at the Dundee International Women’s Centre and through her role as a Director of Dundee Social Enterprise Network – she truly practices what she preaches.

She’s walked in your shoes. She’s faced the challenges you’re experiencing. And she can help you make a difference to your organisation.

Caroline also speaks at workshops, events and conferences, helping people to build a nonprofit they love!

Outside of her professional life, Caroline is married to Colin and has two daughters that she’s very proud of. Perfect relaxation time is spent reading, or hanging out with family and friends while enjoying a glass of wine or two!

Favourite track of all time….The Calling- Wherever you will go

Will Tyler-Greig, Scottish Government

Will is Head of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment at the Scottish Government.  Most recently, his team worked with Scotland’s social enterprise community to develop and launch a new 10-year social enterprise strategy – focussed on building and strengthening the sector.  Prior to this, Will held a variety of posts at the Scottish Government, including developing a legacy plan for the Commonwealth Games.  Will is passionate about sustainable travel and is a trustee of Living Streets, a UK charity promoting walking.

Favourite track of all time….Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me).

Gina Alexander, Patient Opinion Scotland

Gina is Director, Patient Opinion Scotland, leading the organisation’s work across health and social care.

Prior to joining Patient Opinion, Gina worked across health and social services at a local level, involving people receiving mental health services in improvement activity.

She has extensive experience across private, public and third sectors in Scotland in HR, training in manufacturing and educational settings, community engagement and development and volunteering.

She is passionate about the citizen voice and the role is it has to play in public service improvement.   Gina is a proud mum, a CHAS volunteer and a knitter of things.  Twitter @po_scotland        @ginaaalexander

Favourite track of all time…. Impossible!  Currently listening to “Good to be alive”, Imelda May J

Karen McGregor, Firstport

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.
Since then Karen has enjoyed developing several new programmes including place-based incubators (Beyond the Finish Line and the Vital Spark), a unique social investment accelerator (LaunchMe) and a scaling up and replication programme (Ditto).

Lorna Baird, Social Investment Scotland (SIS)

Lorna manages the Asda Community Capital Fund and the Asda Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy – both programmes are funded from the 5p carrier bag levy and donated to SIS who subsequently invest the money in early stage and consumer facing social enterprises.

Prior to working with SIS Lorna was social enterprise adviser with Edinburgh Business Gateway where she helped clients make the most of both mainstream and specialist social enterprise support.

She is passionate about social enterprise and is particularly interested identifying and supporting potential high growth social enterprises to scale and grow.

Lorna has managed and set up several social enterprises as well as running her own marketing consultancy for over 12 years.

Favourite track of all time….Wet, Wet, Wet Love is All Around

Councillor Gavin Corbett, Greens

Gavin Corbett is the Green councillor for Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart area.  You can follow him on Twitter @gavincorbett

A native of Cumnock in Ayrshire, Gavin has lived in the area for over 20 years, with his family. He founded Shandon Local Food Group in 2009 and was chair of the Parent Council of Craiglockhart Primary School between 2007 and 2011, at the same time starting up Edinburgh Parent Councils Network.

Gavin is also Policy Adviser for Shelter Scotland, where he has worked since 1993.  He maintains a small garden in which his attempts to grow food are pathetic but charming; and is a keen camper, hill-walker and cyclist.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Labour

Ricky has been a Councillor in Edinburgh since 1999, previously representing the Parkhead ward until being elected to the Pentland Hills ward in 2007.

He served as Executive Member for Sport Culture and Tourism and Executive Member for Transport in the Council Administration 1999 – 2007. Since 2007 he has filled the roles of Labour spokesperson for Transport, Education, and currently holds the Finance portfolio and is Deputy leader of the Labour Group.

Married, with two grown up, student children, Ricky lives in the Chesser area. Ricky’s favourite pastime is working on behalf of his constituents, but he can sometimes been found cooking, listening to music, on the golf course or following Hearts.

Read Ricky’s blog here, or contact Ricky:@henderson_ricky

Councillor Cameron Rose, Conservative

Cameron is the Conservative Councillor for the Southside/Newington Ward. He is the leader of the Conservative group on the City Council and has recently been re-selected to stand for Southside/Newington in 2017.

A former police inspector, Cameron was elected to Edinburgh Council for his ward of Southside/Newington in 2007. He has been finance and education spokesman for the Conservative group. Cameron lives in the Sciennes area, is married and has five grown up children. He is a regular cyclist, a blogger, and has a passion for history.

For more local news and information, you can follow him on Twitter (@cameronrose) or have a look at his blog (cameronrose.blogspot.co.uk).

Councillor Sandy Howat, SNP

Councillor for Meadows/Morningside, May 2012 – present.  Deputy leader of the City from March ’15 – March ’16. Vice-Convener of planning and development management. Voting member of the integrated joint Board (Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership). Vice-chair of the Performance and Quality Group for the integration of health services.

Joanna Goddard, Platinum Global Resources

Consultant business owner and media advisor, Joanna is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a member of the Advisory Council to the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. Joanna also volunteers and in 2016 was appointed as a Director of The Scottish Child Law Centre. www.joannagoddard.com Twitter: @JCGoddard

Favourite track of all time….Feeling Good by Nina Simone

Ruth Dorman, Deafblind Scotland

I am an experienced health and social care professional.  I appreciate a challenge and believe that improvement can be and are ongoing. I have worked in the field of Health and Community Care since 1981, initially training as a nurse then in the early 90’s training as a social worker, working in the Public Sector until 2005 when I joined the Not for Profit sector. I have gained considerable experience within these fields, holding various senior management positions including those of Board Director and Executive Director and currently as Chief Executive Officer. My effectiveness at this level derives from my ability to apply sound judgement whilst still remaining focused on the organisation’s primary objectives and successfully building strong working relationships, both internally and externally.

As Chief Executive for Deafblind Scotland I am acutely aware of the challenges facing the third sector in Scotland now and in the coming years and I am keen to continue contributing to the discussion and influence that working together brings to the strategic development and direction of health and social care in Scotland, and to the influence that this working together can exert on the direction of travel and shape of the future.

Favourite track of all time….Roberta Flack – First time ever I saw your face.


Lucinda Broadbent, Media Co-op

Lucinda Broadbent is one of the founder members of social enterprise and workers co-operative media co-op, making award-winning digital comms for good causes.

Previously she worked for 20 years as a Director and Executive Producer of broadcast television documentaries and current affairs, winning Amnesty International’s Media Award and ECHO Human Rights Award.

She has a lifetime’s activism in feminist, LGBT, solidarity and peace and anti-racist campaigns; and has served on the Board of several charities, currently Take One Action.

Lucinda’s a big believer in democracy in the workplace – not only because it’s fair, also because it’s motivating.


Malcolm Gilles, Foxlake CIC

Malcolm was the founder and director of Eskmills the Commercial Property Company, was involved in Scottish Rugby and 6 Nations Committee, and created and was previous Chairman of the innovative and ground breaking Inch Park Community Sports Club, as well as many other projects. He currently Chairs Foxlake Adventures CIC, and mentors other community organisations.

Colin Jess, Social Enterprise NI

Colin joined Social Enterprise NI as Director in June 2016 having spent 38 years working in local financial institutions. Colin’s role involves raising awareness of the sector and representing social enterprises with private and public sector bodies as well as lobbying with political parties, and pursuing social value legislation in NI.
Previously Colin worked for Ulster Bank in Belfast where he spent 28 years, holding a senior management position in Business Banking.  Over the last three years in Ulster Bank, Colin held the post of Lead Ambassador for the Banks strategy in working with the Third Sector in NI and RI. Through this he has developed a large network of stakeholders across the charity, social enterprise and community and voluntary sector.  Colin also led the banks Public Sector strategy and particularly working with NI Local Councils in respect of their new mandate for developing social, women and youth enterprise. Colin also works with organisations such as Young Enterprise NI and Prince’s Trust.
Colin is a Non-Executive board member and Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee of Women in Business, a recently appointed ambassador for charity Start360, and a Mentor with the Entrepreneurial Spark programme in Belfast.

Favourite track of all time….a toss-up between Teenage Kicks by The Undertones or Hotel California by The Eagles.

Isla McCulloch, Social Investment Scotland

Isla works in the Development Team at Social Investment Scotland and supports organisations in their journey towards social investment. In her spare time, and as Vice Chair/ Head of ‘Shoperations’, Isla takes an active role in the development of Dig-In Bruntsfield, Scotland’s first Urban Community Greengrocer, established as a Community Benefit Society. A graduate from The University of Glasgow where she discovered her interest in international development, microfinance and social enterprise, Isla has studied and worked in Spain, Singapore and Vietnam before coming back to Scotland

Celia Hodson, School for Social Entrepreneurs

Celia has vast experience working in the social enterprise sector with a career including roles as the CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia, Founding CEO for Eastern Enterprise Hub and School for Social Entrepreneurs East of England and Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise UK. Celia’s experience spans government, non-profit, private sector start up and scale and international and social enterprise development. She is motivated by building businesses, driving change and bringing commercial acumen and entrepreneurship to non-profit organisations.

Niall McShannon, Clydesdale Community Initiatives

After 20 years working in various community development and social work roles Niall realised the only way he was ever going to get to drive a big digger was to set up a social enterprise. In 2005 He established Clydesdale Community Initiatives as a person centred, asset based resource for individuals with complex support needs that want to work but require support to so. To achieve this CCI have set up a number of businesses that try to balance the irreconcilable tensions between commercial feasibility and social impact.

In his spare time Niall is an Open University floozy, coaches a girls youth football team and is the rhythm guitarist in The Screaming Divas (all the right chords but not necessarily in the right order!)’

Julie Smith, Fauldhouse Community Development Trust

Fauldhouse Community Development Trust and The Hub Project Manager

Gehan McLeod, GalGael

Gehan is one of GalGael’s founding directors and as Programme Director has  overall responsibility for all GalGael’s operations.

Yvonne Strachan, Scottish Government

Yvonne Strachan is Head of the Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector
Division in The Scottish Government. Yvonne and her team work to support social enterprise in Scotland. Yvonne joined the Civil Service in 1999, she was previously a senior full-time offiicial with TGWU.

Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, Scottish Government

Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, Scottish Government
Born and raised in Ayr, she attended the Glasgow College of Technology and
studied sociology and politics before establishing Apex Scotland, a criminal justice employment organisation. She was also a member of the Parole Board for Scotland.
Jeane chaired the National Waiting Times Centre Board and was a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. In 1996, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the rehabilitation of offenders. Jeane was elected as the Scottish Parliament member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley in 2016.

Susan Smith, Third Force News

Susan Smith is Editor of Third Force News (TFN), Scotland’s dedicated news
outlet for charities and voluntary organisations. She is also trustee of The Sheila McKechnie Foundation. She was previously a media officer for City of Edinburgh Council and worked at the Edinburgh Evening News.

Neil Hay, Cyrenians

Neil is the Senior Manager for Enterprise with Cyrenians. With a background in retail, wholesale and training his current role includes the development of a farm, a food redistribution depot, food education services and a fl edgling training service whilst developing opportunities such as upcycling, community cafes and food service provision.

Kevin MacDonald, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

Kevin has worked for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for over 20 years, preceded by 10 years working with the Royal Bank of Scotland.  Kevin has undertaken various roles within HIE, such as finance and administration, European programmes co-ordination and currently works in the Strengthening Communities Policy Team, working closely with partners and stakeholders to ensure that relevant support is accessible to HIE clients.

Favourite track of all time….Wasteland by The Mission.

Andy Milne, SURF

Andy became Chief Executive of SURF in 2003. Since then, it has expanded its capacity, range and influence. Prior to SURF, Andy spent 10 years as co-ordinator of the Wester Hailes Representative Council; frequently cited as a model of genuinely community led innovation, representation and service delivery. He found his way into independent community development work via studying architecture and an interest in politics. He is a director of the Community Development Alliance Scotland.

David McAllister, PAS

David leads the communications brief at PAS, engaging with decision-makers and audiences at the national and local level to raise awareness of the organisation’s work supporting communities and public bodies around Scotland.

David has an MSc in Urban Planning & Real Estate from the University of Aberdeen, where his research explored the growth of the charrette model of public participation.  Starting off as a volunteer before joining the staff team, David has helped to take forward key projects such as SP=EED, Young Placemakers and Charretteplus.

In August 2014, David was joined by Jenny Wood (PhD researcher at Heriot Watt University) and comedian Susan Morrison in a 42ft yurt in St Andrew Square, where they took participatory place-making to the Edinburgh Fringe. Part of the ‘Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas’ organised by the Beltane Public Engagement Network, ‘Keep The Kids Out!’ took a playful look at the role of young people in shaping and experiencing their places.

Fraser Kelly, Social Enterprise Scotland

Fraser joined Social Enterprise Scotland in 2011. From 2004-2011 he held the post of Chief Executive with Castlemilk Economic Development Agency and Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency. Prior to that he worked as Head of Economic Development at Inverclyde Council. Fraser is a Board member of BHA and Resilient Scotland.