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Social Enterprise Policy & Practice Conference 2021

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Zahra Hedges

Director of Operations, Samtaler

Martin Avila


Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Scottish Government

Kirsty Thomson

Founder and CEO, Circle Scotland CIC

Scott Mackay

Executive Director, Midsteeple Quarter

Jonathan Coburn

Director , Social Shifters

Jesse Audubey

Marketing & Communications Manager, Social Enterprise Scotland

Michelle Ferguson

CEO, Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company

Linsay Chalmers

Development Manager, Community Land Scotland

Sarah Cameron

Development Manager, Senscot

Louisa Macdonell

CEO, Development Trusts Association Scotland

Morven Lyon

Interim Programme Manager, Community Shares Scotland

Kimberley Guthrie

Strategy & Relationship Consultant, Scotland's Towns Partnership

Calum MacIver

Communities Director, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Julie McLachlan

Senior Manager - Economic Policy, North Ayrshire Council

Rhoda Meek

Founder, Isle Develop CIC

Matt Buchanan

Venue Manager, Montrose Playhouse

Peter Kelly

Director, The Poverty Alliance

Manda Brookman

Founder and CEO, Permanently Brilliant

Yvonne McBride

Manager, Partnership for Procurement (P4P)

Laura Goodfellow

Head of Business Engagement, Interface

Dr. Poonam Malik

Non-Executive Director, Scottish Enterprise & Firstport

Mairi Breslin

Director, Coorie Creative CIC

Joan Lawrie

Development Manager, Thurso Community Development Trust

Claire Carpenter

CEO, The Melting Pot

Gail Irvine

Senior Policy & Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

Thiago Carmo

Thiago Carmo – Passion4Social Proud to be Different! Marketing with Diversity and Inclusion!

David Capperauld

Founder, Saorsa 2030

Sean Kerr

Director, Sustainable Thinking Scotland CIC

Kieran Daly

Head of Market Building, Social Investment Scotland

Kathryn Pierce

Founder, Somewhere

Adele Prendergast

Founder, Your Pay Your Way

Aneela McKenna

Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager, Scottish Parliament

Abbey Allen

Founder, Borders Sensory Hub CIC

Mhairi McCann

Founder and CEO, Youth Stem 2030

David Anowu

Founder, Sustainable Genius CIC

Evie Strange

Founder, Ullapool Unpacked

James Finnie

New Business Development - interim Team Leader, CEIS

Mike Shucksmith

Business Development Officer, Sleat Community Trust

Jim Hope

Development Officer, Barmulloch Community Development Company

Kevin Smith

Business Advisor, CEIS

Laura Worku

Senior Policy Officer, Regional Economic Development, Scottish Government

Roddy Stewart

Business Delivery - interim Team Leader, CEIS

Pauline Hinchion

Director, Scottish Communities Finance Limited

Mark Taggart

Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands

Mary Sinclair

Development Manager, Senscot

Michael Cook


Sam Hulls

Head of Collaboration, The Melting Pot

Nina Graham

Business Advisor, CEIS

Rachael Quinn

Business Services Officer, CEIS Ayrshire

Tosin Ogunlesi

Data Scrum Master & Global Co-Chair, Black Professionals Scotland

Humera Rafique

Jennifer Murray

Business Adviser, CEIS

Kirsty McIntosh

Head of Partnerships, Scottish Tech Army

Jane Churchill

Strategy and funding, Pianodrome

June Dickson

Director, Environmental Health CIC

Alex Walker

Trustee, Development Trusts Association Scotland

Aimee Ritchie

Director, S'Wheat

Naomi Johnson

Consultant, Social Enterprise Scotland

Sacha Dench

Ambassador for the UN's Convention on Migratory Species

Jackie Robertson

Community Member, Knoydart Old Forge Community Pub

Susan Clark

Chair, Glenurqhart Rural Community Association

Rachael Brown

CEO, Creative Entrepreneurs Club

Emma Liddell

Advisor, Social Value Lab

Steve Hartley

Chair, Newcastleton & District Community Trust

Lisa Lowthers

Learning Manager, Common Good Solutions

Alisa Clark

Founder and Development Manager, Inspiralba

Ganesh Neelam

Executive Director, Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI)

Joy Tony

Founder/Director, Durian Nigeria

Nana Adjoa A. Sifa

Lead, Guzakuza

Sally Reynolds

Development Manager, Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust)

Dissa Syakina Ahdanisa

Founder, Fingertalk

Kristi Fairholm Mader

Director, Initiatives and Innovation, Scale Collaborative

Carly Mohamed

Board member, First Australians Capital

Jane Millar

Development Manager, The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust

Dr. Wanda Wuttunee

Professor, University of Manitoba

Katja Rinne-Koski

Researcher, University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute

Janet O'Toole

Community Development Manager, Connemara West plc

Matt Pfahlert

Cofounder and CEO, Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship

Dirk Rohwedder

Regional Director, School for Social Entrepreneurs

Alyce Maclean

President, Common Good Cape Breton

John Kay

CEO/Chair, Realize Strategies Co-operative/Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Kelly Marie Redcliffe

Manager, Wolfville Farmers' Market

Mackenzie Akin

Executive Director, Carleton Road Industries Association

Brady Cronin

Project Officer, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Pete Ekstedt

SENVIC Regional Manager, The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE)

Teresa Lomas

Consultant - Accountant, LCT Consulting & Accounting

Robert Nichols

Consultant, Common Good Solutions

Alyson MacGillivray

Development Manager, South Islay Development

Michael Cook


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Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF)

SEWF is the leading organisation for the global social enterprise movement. Our vision is to create a new global impact economy.

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Scottish Government

For over a decade, the Scottish Government has been working with the social enterprise sector to establish a holistic ‘eco-system of support’.

Just Enterprise

Just Enterprise supports the growth of Scotland’s enterprising third sector - helping it maximise impact and sustainability.

Social Investment Scotland

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) was established in 2001 to provide a new finance model for Scotland’s charities and social enterprises. Since then, SIS has invested over £100 million.

Point and Sandwick Trust

Point and Sandwick Trust is a Scottish social enterprise that promotes and funds community projects in the villages of Point and Sandwick on the Isle of Lewis. The Trust built and operates the UK’s biggest community wind farm, Beinn Ghrideag, one of the most successful income generators in the Western Isles. The £14 million project is 100% community owned and currently produces £800,000 a year in net income for the local community. Once capital costs have been repaid, it is expected to generate £2 million a year for support of projects in and around the local area.

Community Resources Network Scotland

Community Resources Network Scotland is a membership organisation dedicated to supporting the establishment of a circular economy in Scotland.

The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Limited

We help out in the community, and during covid we provided some essential services