Staff

  • Claire Carpenter

    Claire Carpenter

    Founder and Managing Director

    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.

    Whenever there’s time off, Claire can be found ‘having adventures and making stuff’ – down the allotment, wild camping, or touring on her motorbike.

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  • Samantha Hulls

    Operations & Communications Manager

    Sam joined the team in a casual role from 2014, and became full-time in 2015. Overseeing the daily operations of the space and implementing our marketing, communications and social media, Sam’s background ranges from events coordination to government policy and even commercial law litigation. Originally from Melbourne she is an avid traveller and spends most of her free time planning the next weekend jaunt to Europe.

  • Phillip Reid

    Engagement and Events Coordinator

    Phillip joined us in 2010. He coordinates and hosts the 800+ public events held here every year. Always cheerful and willing to help, he’ll go the extra mile to make your event work for you. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a cracking joke or two. Out of the office, Phillip is an aspiring pool and darts player (in between pints) and pub-quiz ace.

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  • Cleo Goodman

    Engagement and Events Coordinator

    Cleo joined the team in 2016. Happy to help with anything you need to make sure your event is a complete success, she is here to make sure you get the most from our wonderful venues here at The Melting Pot. Cleo studied chemistry before moving to Edinburgh to work in events. Jack of all trades master of none she likes drawing, embroidery, writing and cinema.

  • David Stroud

    Business Accelerator

    David joined The Melting Pot in 2016 after moving to Edinburgh in 2015. Having previously set up and run his own coworking space, he is passionate about promoting and supporting the ‘quality coworking’ community, both across Scotland and around the world. In between growing The Melting Pot and the Coworking Accelerator Network using his skills in design, branding and communications, he enjoys playing drums, improving his swimming… and offsetting lost calories by eating chocolate oranges.

  • Mikaela Bain

    Events Host

    Mikaela joined The Melting Pot team in December 2016. Recently back from an amazing adventure in South America, Mikaela is an avid traveller and loves to explore as much as possible. In her spare time she can be found writing and reading and is particularly interested in script writing. Mikaela is also an animal lover and has a keen passion for the welfare and conservation of wildlife. At the weekends you might come across Mikaela doing karaoke but only after the optimum amount of red wine.

  • Jennifer Richmond

    Jennifer Richmond

    Administrator and Bookkeeper

    Jeni joined us in 2011. She’s a TMP Member and a freelance Administrator, PA and book-keeper for a range of non-profit organisations.  Jeni has over twenty five years experience in administration, business systems and financial record keeping roles and keeps TMP’s operations on the straight and narrow. Jeni’s down time is spent at the swimming pool and with her family.

  • Cathy Sexton

    Communications Strategist

    Whether your project is large or small, Cathy takes the hard work out of making it happen. Confident, highly organised and with great people skills she is helping The Melting Pot deliver our new ‘Good Ideas Academy’.

  • Julie Ellam

    Social Innovation Programme Coordinator

    Julie is passionate about working with people, learning their stories, and collaborating with them to connect with others. As a business owner and web designer she works with SMEs and social enterprises to develop and implement strategies for online marketing.

    With 18 years involvement in business Julie has a strong understanding of how business works and brings this to her work with other business owners to strengthen their online presence, generate increased awareness, and increase sales or engagement.

  • Simon Turner

    Host of Good Ideas Class 2017

    Simon is a basketball coach turned social entrepreneur who re-opened The Crags Centre, a community facility in Edinburgh that had been shut down on 2010. Simon’s innovative approach has led the Centre to sustainability and a reputation for saying ‘yes’ when other facilities say ‘no’. Simon’s entrepreneurial journey stated with a busy shoe-shine stand as a student, followed by a failed attempt at a magazine empire, before finding success with The Crags where he now supports other entrepreneurs and social enterprises to execute on ideas.

Volunteers & Interns

  • Neal Fordham

    IT support for Members

    Neal supports our members by ensuring any IT access needs are resolved, and provides staff with general desktop support.

Board of Directors

  • Claire Carpenter

    Claire Carpenter

    Founder and Managing Director

    Claire is a social entrepreneur by nature, philosophy and background. Having worked in many ways in Scotland’s ‘more-than-profit’ sector, her energy and expertise focuses on organisational and personal development. Ultimately, she is concerned to create connections that help to build sustainable and empowered communities. She is an MSc Graduate and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology.

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  • Andy Corkhill

    Andy Corkhill

    Chairman

    Andy is passionate about growth. Having spent the last 30 years successfully supporting large international businesses to grow in the retail, technology, utilities and healthcare spaces, he is now using his experience to support smaller local businesses to chart their own path to success.  He has amassed a wealth of real world experience, seeing the good, and also the bad. And he’s gained a good few xxxl t-shirts along the way!  An avid coffee (or tea) fan, means the offer of a good “free” cuppa is usually too hard to pass and enough to secure his attention!

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  • Roger Horam

    Roger Horam

    Vice Chairman

    Roger has over 25 years experience in business development and business start-up advice and support. He heads up Red Lynx, a private sector consultancy that doesn’t quite manage to keep its social aims in check.  He is also a “Dragon” without money, throwing his drive and expertise into start-up social innovation organisations to get them up and running, investing up to 2 years in their gestation, incubation and flight.

    He is hardworking and passionate, quite ingenious and offbeat, and always good for a surprise.

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  • Mark Anderson

    Mark Anderson

    As Director of The Europe Office within Glasgow Caledonian University and a champion for social innovation within the university sector, Mark has been instrumental in transforming the University’s environment to create a unique institutional strategy dedicated to social innovation. His international networks are vast. He a Member of the Global Council of the Social Innovation Exchange, and in 2013 co-organised Social Frontiers, the first truly international social innovation conference with representatives from 17 different countries.

     

  • Jane Bruce

    Jane Bruce is Director of Social Impact at Social Bite leading its work with the homeless community. Previously, Jane was Director at youth charity Venture Scotland for nine years. Jane’s passion is for helping individuals and organisations reach their full potential.

    She is a Clore Social Fellow and completed the sector leading Cancer Research UK graduate trainee scheme in Fundraising, Marketing and Communications where she specialised in volunteer development, running programmes for the organisation’s 30,000 volunteers. Jane has a passion for the outdoors and all sports, having played football in the Scottish Women’s Premier League. Jane is married with two young children.

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  • Andrew

    Andrew Richards

    Andrew started his career as a videogame developer, producing hits like Pete Sampras Tennis, before starting a high-tech specialist computer software company. He has been the CEO of Codeplay for the last 13 years, a company that develops and researches software for computer graphics and high performance computing. Andrew also chairs and participates in groups defining the industry standards that drive technology forwards towards higher performance and lower power consumption.

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  • Hanoz Mirza

    Hanoz has over 10 years’ experience in accounting, finance and treasury. He has held different roles at Bowleven plc and currently works as Corporate Accountant and Finance Analyst. He started volunteering with ‘TMP’ in January 2015 as an honorary adviser to the Board, scrutinising our finances and systems.  Hanoz has completed Bachelor of Commerce from H.R. College, Mumbai University and Masters in Financial Management from The Robert Gordon University. He is a member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and an avid cricket fan.

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  • Jamie Cooke

    As Head of RSA Scotland (the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Jamie works to bring people together to put ideas into action.  Fascinated by Enlightenment values and the potential of Scotland’s population, he works across a broad range of topics, including education, social enterprise, entrepreneurialism, civic engagement, design and leadership.

    Prior to working at the RSA, Jamie’s background included working with ethnic minority communities in Scotland, voter engagement and managing some of Glasgow’s biggest cultural venues.  He has been involved in the boards of several organisations, and values the importance of the board within a dynamic setting such as The Melting Pot.  He has published research into civic engagement in Scotland, is an experienced public speaker on a broad range of topics and is currently a member of the impartial Commission on School Reform being chaired by Keir Bloomer.

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