Aidan joined Senscot in 2001 and is responsible for coordinating Senscot's activities on a day to day basis. In particular, Aidan has overseen the development of new services and setting up of new initiatives. Working with others these have included Scotland UnLtd, DTA Scotland, the Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport, Senscot Legal, the SE Voluntary Code of Practice and, more recently, the Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust (SCRT). Aidan also convened the SE Vision Steering Group which coordinated the sector’s contribution to the SE Strategy for Scotland in 2016.
Support & Finance Officer
Rachel has been with Senscot since 2014 – originally on a summer placement support SCRT. She has remained with us on a part-time basis while completing a degree in Environmental Protection and, more recently, her Masters on Sustainable Water Environments. Rachel has a wide-ranging role in finance, admin and IT – as well as particular projects such as Community Learning Exchanges and Pocket & Prospects. Rachel also provides finance and admin support for the Scottish Community Alliance.
Networks and Development Manager
Kim has experience working for the public, private and third sector. The last 10 years have been spent working in the Third Sector on a number of roles and projects, areas of work include a wide range of employability projects, development work, european funded projects including EQUAL - Social Economy Scotland Project which attracted significant funds to social enterprise development and influenced the first social enterprise strategy in Scotland. Kim joined Senscot as Networks Coordinator in October 2009.
SE & Health Coordinator
Mary joined the team in April 2015 taking up the post of Health and Social Enterprise Coordinator. She has over 15 years experience of working with the third sector. In her previous roles within both the NHS and third sector, Mary has been a strong advocate for social enterprise providing a valuable contribution to the improvement of health and social care services and being key to the prevention agenda. Mary will also be supporting the Community Food SEN.
Local & Cultural SE Coordinator
Sarah joined Senscot in 2011. Previous roles include Procurement Officer at CRNS and manager of Clackmannanshire Tourism as well as working in the antiques trade. In her role at CRNS Sarah was involved in setting up and supporting Public Social Partnerships, providing procurement support and supporting reuse projects to connect with the homelessness agenda.
Karina joined Senscot in May 2008 having worked previously at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Arts Council. Originally from New Zealand, Karina has been living in Edinburgh for the past 9 years. Karina is the first point of contact at Senscot and provides general administrative support to the rest of the Senscot team. She also administers the financial systems and organises events.
Research and Communications Officer
Eddie joined in March 2017 and is responsible for developing Senscot's communications strategy. His background is in journalism, having worked on STV News’ online reporting team and as a sports writer for the Daily Record. His previous experience also includes two years as a media monitor and a number of years before that in the whisky industry.
P4P is a new initiative which supports social enterprises and third sector organisations to build partnerships and consortia to better access public procurement and other contracting opportunities.
Yvonne brings over 14 years’ experience in economic development at North Lanarkshire Council, including social economy support. Her experience includes a range of development work, employability projects and European funded projects including the EQUAL – Social Economy Scotland project and ERDF – Business Competitiveness.
Yvonne manages the P4P team coordinating the delivery of a dedicated programme of practical support to social enterprise and third sector organisations to develop partnerships and consortia to effectively respond to contracting opportunities.
Claire’s role is to provide a dedicated programme of practical support to third sector organisations in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender and other business opportunities and support organisations to develop partnership and consortia approaches.
Claire is a highly experienced social economy adviser with Premier Adviser accreditation (SCQF Level 8 Diploma Business and Enterprise Support), previously working with Business Gateway Lanarkshire.
Neil has a number of years’ experience in business development in the third sector, most recently with the Wise Group, a large social enterprise headquartered in Glasgow. He played a key role in successfully securing funding from a range of sources including the Work Able Scotland, Glasgow and Dundee Employability Pipeline contracts and funding from the CashBack for Communities programme and Big Lottery Fund.
Jennifer was previously an Administrator and Finance Assistant with Senscot Legal where she was responsible for managing the internal workings of the office, providing administrative support for the team, and dealing with financial systems.
As P4P Support Officer she is responsible for the maintenance of systems and processes, promotional/marketing materials as well as acting as a research and support function for the team.
Sophy was appointed Chair of Senscot in June 2007 and is the Chief Executive of Instant Neighbour, a well-respected social enterprise operating in the North East of Scotland. Sophy is also Chair of Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, a mentor with Business Mentoring Scotland and Sported, a member of the Bonnymuir Green Community Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an alumni of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Burgess of Guild for the City of Aberdeen. She is married with three grown up children a granddaughter and enjoys being an active citizen.
Rodney was a founder member of Senscot in 1999 and has been its Treasurer ever since. His background is in economics, business finance and accounting and most of his professional work has focused on issues of local economic development and renewal. He also had a late and serendipitous career as a software developer for small not-for-profits and public bodies. He has served on the boards of various Senscot start-ups, such as Firstport, and spent six years as Senscot’s trustee on the board of UnLtd in London. He currently represents Senscot on the board of the Scottish Community Re-investment Trust (SCRT) and SCL Ltd.
In 1999, Laurence co-founded Senscot with others and has served as a Director since then. Laurence has wide experience of community development and a strong commitment to local empowerment and decision-making. Laurence continues to play a leading role in the production of the Senscot e-bulletin which goes out weekly to over 4,000 people. He also maintains an active interest in supporting the development of other start-up social enterprises.
Liz Gardiner is a cultural planner. She has worked as a social entrepreneur in the cultural sector for over three decades as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Fablevision, she has supported the emergence of many new social enterprises as well as local, national and international and networks. Now a Doctoral Researcher with the University of the West of Scotland she continues to work with groups and communities on the ground.
Les' experience in policy making, funding and delivery follows a track record of delivering more than £100m of funding packages, after a high profile political career in the House of Commons and the European Parliament. He is an active member of the Unite trade union, a Visiting Senior Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University and publishes regular blogs about social enterprise on his Leslie Huckfield Research website.
Jane has been in Scotland and working in the Third sector for 20 years starting out in the Volunteer Centre network and spending 10 years as Assistant Director at Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust. Jane now works freelance for a number of Island Development Trusts and the Scottish Community Alliance and is involved with several social enterprises including Glasgow Bike Station, Cinemor77 and Open Aye.
John is Director of Development at Community Renewal, a social enterprise lifting neighbourhoods out of poverty across Scotland. He is also a Director at Affordable Cremations Scotland CIC a new social enterprise tackling funeral poverty by reducing the financial burden on bereaved families. He previously managed business development at the Wise Group and worked at the social policy consultancy Rocket Science UK Ltd. John has a MA in Natural Science and MSci in Chemistry.
Ailsa established InspirAlba, a social enterprise with charitable status, in 2009. InspirAlba delivers development and management support to community-based enterprises across Argyll and the islands. She brings considerable experience of developing and delivering services and managing contracts in the public and community sector locally, nationally and internationally. Ailsa’s particular interest is in rural development and the important role social enterprise has in sustaining our rural communities.
Derek worked as an operational firefighter for 17 years followed by six years as financial administrator for a charity in Dundee. He is currently CEO of the Factory Skatepark & children’s soft-play centres in Dundee which have won a number of awards for social impact and business over recent years. Derek has worked in the social enterprise sector for 16 years during which he has been involved in establishing a number of charities and social companies and raising over £4m for these enterprises.