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The composition of SENScot’s Board allows for 12 Directors.

At its first AGM, the members of SENScot will elect its Board of Trustees (12 maximum).

This will include representation from Social Enterprise Networks (SENs); individual social enterprises; as well as two co-optees from the associate membership.



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 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.


John has been Chair of Social Firms Scotland since 2010 and was appointed Co-Chair of SENScot in July 2020. John has spent most of his working life supporting the development of local communities and has worked across Scotland on a range of economic and social regeneration activity. This has included undertaking key roles within the Public and Third Sector, as well as successfully operating a highly regarded consultancy service for over 25 years. John retired in 2015 but continues to play an active role in the development of social enterprise in Scotland, and is committed to supporting SENScot to grow and develop and extend the impact that it can make in local communities.


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.


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.


Carol Montgomery - Head of Hansel 3e (Employment, Education and Enterprise) – Senior Strategic Planning Manager with strong leadership skills. High level of experience in the development and delivery of Social Enterprises/ Supported Businesses, Educational Programmes and Employability Programmes. Carol came onto the board of SFS in Summer 2017. I have had significant experience of Developing and Management of Key Strategic Partnerships, operation delivery and business development within the Welfare to Work and Scottish Government employability programmes. Maintaining relationships with commissionaires and prime contractors. Procurement, Development and Delivery of Employability Programmes across Scotland for people who have health conditions or disabilities. I have also worked in the Third sector, Local Authorities and Private Sector. On the Board of Director for SUSE and an active member of BASE.
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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.