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  • The Melting Pot

    Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation.

    The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation. We promote social innovation by providing practical resources, knowledge, support and networks to diverse enterprises aiming to generate social impact across Scotland. We do this through our pioneering co-working community, our Good Ideas Academy and a programme of inspiring events.

    We invest significant resources into the ‘Good Ideas Academy’ and work to constantly improve what we do to better support founders of new non-profits.

  • The Scottish Government

    The Third Sector Division of the Scottish Government is a long-time supporter of our work to promote social innovation.

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Good Ideas Academy Partners

  • Claire Carpenter

    The Melting Pot

    Claire is the founder and managing director of The Melting Pot. Her vision for TMP was to address issues faced by social innovators and theirorganisations as they develop, and as a result 2011 the TMP incubator programmes was born. Ever sine it has been supporting social entrepreneurs and has been helping them facilitate their social goals by creating a sustainable business. Her expertise is in personal, organisational and community development – including building up a social enterprise / business from scratch.

  • Simon Turner

    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.

  • Katie Banham

    Learning to Flourish

    Katie Banham is a chartered psychologist who specialises in strengths-focused approaches to resilience and courage. Past chair of Occupational Psychologists in Scotland and BBC Scotland expert on the psychology of potential, she has spent half of her career in Asia-Pacific, where she ran Psychology Consultancies in Australia and India. Katie set up Learning to Flourish in 2012 to bring together positive psychological research and 25 years’ experience in education and business. The DRIVE™ framework of strengths enables entrepreneurs to harness their distinctive talents to push their boundaries and navigate the complex demands of their enterprise.

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  • Jenni Inglis


    Jenni Inglis, MDes, MSc, FRSA, specialises in design and delivery of participative processes, workshops and evaluations for public and third sectors. She tailors her response to each situation by drawing on approaches such as action research, human-centred design and impact evaluation. She also has broad knowledge of the social innovation space thanks to experience of working with a range of clients, from start-ups to central government, on many different issues. She offers her services through her company, VIE.

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  • Jane Bruce

    Jane is the former CEO of youth charity Venture Scotland and is now working on the launch of a new social enterprise to employ young people on the margins. As well as leading fundraising and business development at The Melting Pot Jane is a Board Member of Social Bite and Children 1st and a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme. She loves supporting individuals and organisations to fulfil their potential.

  • Charlotte Halliday

    Noble Ox

    Noble Ox Marketing is built upon a solid foundation of over twenty years’ brand marketing experience across cultural, corporate and third sectors. More often than not, we work with people who aim to enhance quality of life for people and the planet. Noble Ox supports social innovation through its programmes of brand and digital marketing workshops and mentoring.  Charlotte is a Melting Pot member and Noble Ox has been a partner in the Good Ideas Academy since its inception in 2011.

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  • Jackie Scutt

    Jackie Scutt is an experienced CEO, consultant, educator, coach and change agent in Scotland’s third sector.
    She was most recently Director of YWCA Scotland between 2013 – 16, where her remit was to re-focus an organisation that’s been around for 160 years, honour that past and yet bring it to life in the 21st century. Prior to this, Jackie was the founding Director of the Social Enterprise Academy where she designed an extensive and accredited portfolio of programmes for social entrepreneurs and social businesses. Jackie also spent some years running her own consultancy Time & Tide, facilitating leadership development, offering executive coaching and supporting organisational change.

  • Duncan Wallace

    Duncan has a breadth of experience working as a organisational consultant and facilitator in Scotland and internationally. His experience includes supporting organisations on  governance development, leadership, restructuring, team building, planning and evaluation. In his coaching practice he has a particular focus on supporting leaders through times of rapid transition, such as when founding and re-shaping your organisation.

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  • Gill Dolphin

    Social Enterprise Academy

    Gill has been a tutor at the Social Enterprise Academy since 2008, and delivers programmes focusing on entrepreneurial leadership and enterprise development. She has a diverse background in developing, supporting and leading enterprising community projects across Scotland. She was instrumental in setting up and providing ongoing support to The Loft Youth Project, a social enterprise in Leith. Since moving to Lanarkshire she has supported the board of a local initiative ensuring the resilience and sustainability of their community, and has also mentored organisations through The Plunkett Foundation.

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  • Cassian Hall

    Tin Can Telephone

    Cassian Hall, MSt Oxon, is founder and director of Tin-Can Telephone LTD and TCT Literary Agency. He specialises in effective communication through story telling. Having studied at York and Oxford, Cassian went on to work at Cambridge University, directing excavations in the Middle East and Europe before writing led him into television. He worked as a screenwriter for the BBC, then independent TV producer before moving into publishing and communications. Working across all media, from video to traditional print, Cassian utilises vast experience of story craft and an empathetic approach to clients and their audience to develop exciting, engaging and value-driven communication.

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  • Cathy Sexton

    Cathy Sexton is an experienced project and programme manager. Having managed built environment, specialist exhibition, event and campaign projects Cathy will share her experience with Awardees of how to make good things happen.

  • Senscot legal

    Helen Turner

    Senscot Legal

    Helen Turner paralegal at Senscot Legal, in conjunction with MacRoberts LLP,  will be delivering a workshop on legal structures. Prior to joining Senscot Legal Helen had in-house legal roles with two well-known charities where her focus was on drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, employment issues, dispute resolution, intellectual property and data protection as well as compliance and risk management.


  • Robin Fallas

    Robert Fallas

    MacRoberts LLP

    Robin Fallas from MacRoberts in conjunction with SE Legal, will be introducing the various legal structures available to the Awardees in their journey of establishing a more than profit organisation. Together they’ll help our Awardees chose and adopt the best choice for them.

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  • Stanley Wynd

    Stanley Wynd Accountancy Services

    Stanley Wynd, an experienced accountant with a vast experience in working with 3rd sector organisations examines the ‘administrative’ side of creating any business, ranging from tax, VAT, legal obligations, etc.