Meet our teams

HQ Team

Collaborate Team

Incubate Team

Accelerate Team

Board of Directors

Claire Carpenter Samantha Hulls Naomi Johnson Claire Carpenter Meet the Board
Jennifer Richmond Phillip Reid Julie Ellam Jennifer Richmond  
Samantha Hulls James Gray Claire Carpenter Anna Ciborowska  
Julie Ellam Paul Allen Helen Denny Samantha Hulls  
Cleo Goodman Stephen Martin Joe Trodden Julie Ellam  
Subhi Hashwa Anna Ciborowska Megan Fraser    

Our Staff

Claire Carpenter, Founder, CEO and Social Innovator

Claire Carpenter, Founder and Chief Executive

Award-winning social entrepreneur Claire Carpenter founded The Melting Pot – one of the world’s first coworking spaces – in 2005 in her adopted home city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Now a leader in her field, Claire tours internationally providing expertise and thought leadership on quality coworking, incubating social change, leadership, and social enterprise development.

Claire’s expertise is in personal, organisational and community development. She is an ideas and action oriented person. In 2016 Claire received the inaugural “Social Enterprise Champion” Award at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the UK Social Enterprise Awards’ “Women in Social Enterprise” category.

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Samantha Hulls, Head of Collaboration

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.

Jennifer Richmond, Finance and Operations Manager

Jeni joined the team in 2011.  Bringing over 30 years experience in finance, administrator & PA roles, she helps keep The Melting Pot’s operations on the straight and narrow.


Phillip Reid, Operations and Events Supervisor

Phillip joined us in 2010 as part of a Community Jobs Fund for a 6 month post as an Events Assistant, and loved TMP so much that he decided to call it home! Phillip helps with the day-to-day Hosting of our coworking and venue hire spaces ensuring all of our members and clients are well looked after, always willing to go that extra mile (even if it’s just a chat). With so many years at TMP under his belt he has pretty much turned in to the ‘walking Wikipedia’ on how everything works.

Phillip  has recently stepped into the role of Operations and Events Supervisor to ensure the smooth running of our venues at TMP HQ on Rose Street and The Studio @ The Crags Centre. Don’t panic Potters! He is also still here to look after you lot, so you can still depend on him for everything, from setting up the printers to a wee laugh at the kettle.

Cleo Goodman, Communications and Social Impact Manager

Cleo has recently taken on a new role managing our communications and effectively measuring TMP’s social impact. She has a keen interest in the “future of work” which has been inspired by working with the diverse coworking community at TMP since she joined the team in 2016. She is also Director of Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland a volunteer run charity dedicated to opening up the conversation about basic income in Scotland.

James Gray, Engagement and Events Coordinator

James joined The Melting Pot’s team in November 2018, taking on the (very busy) role of Engagement and Events Coordinator. In this role James is responsible for providing TMP’s trademark top quality services such as venue hire, coworking memberships, virtual office service and TMPEvents programme.

James also studied behavioural science and loves running.

Anna Ciborowska, Engagement and Events Coordinator

Anna joined The Melting Pot team as an Events Host in July 2017. With strong beliefs in the value of community and innovation she felt at home from the word ‘go’, and would love to hear your story. Having studied philosophy she will also happily chat for hours about obscure topics, so beware!

Paul Allen, Events Coordinator

Paul joined The Melting Pot team in October 2019 as Events Coordinator, in this role he looks after venue hire and helps to look after our members in the coworking space.

Paul graduated from university in 2016 and has worked for different arts venues around the UK. Dabbling in documentary film making and throwing a series of outrageous disco parties!

Stephen Martin, Venue Hire Coordinator

Stephen joins The Melting Pot from a wedding events management background. Having created and delivered over 250 weddings he comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience on centre pieces and getting emotional brides down the aisle. Stephen is also the director of an Edinburgh based kids theatre company, SJM Creative, and in October 2017 became the owner and principle of Edinburgh Acting School. Always on the go and always liking to keep busy, you may find Stephen cleaning the kitchen or reorganising the files!

Julie Ellam, Good Ideas Coordinator

Julie is passionate about working with people, learning their stories, and collaborating with them to connect with others. As a communications and events specialist she works with entrepreneurs and social innovators to develop their impact.

Julie coordinates Good Ideas and is the glue that holds it all together. She’s also pretty handy at Graphic & Web design and manages The Melting Pot’s digital, print and product design.

Helen Denny, Good Ideas Facilitator

Helen has worked extensively across the UK and Internationally, facilitating group and individual learning. She has worked across the Third and Public Sector for over 20 years in a range of leadership positions. She is passionate about working with organisations that are seeking to make societal change and brings her expertise in this area to support start ups through to larger organisations as they explore their impact.

She is an energetic and skilled facilitator, ensuring that she brings the best out in the individuals or groups she is working with. When she isn’t busy working she can be found aboard her narrowboat on the Edinburgh canals or up a mountain!

Joe Trodden, Good Ideas Facilitator

Joe Trodden, Good Ideas Facilitator

Joe has worked with around 300 entrepreneurs over the last 5 years, from idea stage through to seven figure turnover businesses. He is passionate about the power that entrepreneurship has to make us a world leader in sustainability, equality of opportunity and global impact.

Scotland is uniquely positioned because of our talent pool, cultural connectivity and dedicated people to create something incredible, we just need to put the right people together at the right time. I’m proud to be playing a part in that as a member of the Good Ideas team and helping the next wave of social entrepreneurs to explore their ideas.

Megan Fraser, Good Ideas Facilitator

Megan has held leadership, consultative, and educational roles in entrepreneurship, small business consulting, and the Third Sector in the UK, Europe and North America.

In addition to supporting 1-1 development, Megan is passionate about contributing to wider social and environmental impact. She is a Learning & Business Coach for the EU initiative, The Journey at Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest summer school for climate innovation and entrepreneurship, where she has coached 40 young people to create start-up ideas that tackle climate change. She is also a Developer at The Lens, where she is part of a team that develops intrapreneurial culture change in the Third and Public Sectors across Scotland.

Naomi Johnson, Good Ideas Growth

Naomi has over 20 years experience in the social enterprise sector in both support and direct delivery roles and is a specialist in developing business development programmes for community impact organisations and individuals. As the first CEO of social entrepreneur organisation, Firstport, Naomi established the Social Entrepreneurs Fund and associated support having previously set up business development initiatives in England for the waste and recycling sector. Following a short career break where Naomi cycled the world and the became a full time carer for her mother she is now working freelance and in addition to work with Good Ideas she is also supporting membership organisation, Social Enterprise Scotland and delivers training and support as an associate with Social Investment Scotland.

Subhi Hashwa, IT and Network Manager

Subhi has over 20 years of professional experience in IT and technology fields with focus on driving business development through technology and currently manages the delivery of the technology needs across the Melting Pot 2 venues, serving the 3 arms of Melting Pot and the members and users of the facilities. Looking after the internet, WiFi, printers and the servers at the Melting Pot.

In the past Subhi has had a variety of roles in various industries in Healthcare, Consultancy, Financial Services, Regulatory and Charity, all the way to the position of Chairman of the Board.

Subhi started getting involved with computers at the age of 9, starting a dot com business while at university. He has travelled to 45 countries across 5 continents and is happily married with 5 children. He also has his own brand of Honey – Honeybeard.


Board of Directors

Claire Carpenter

Claire Carpenter, Founder and Chief Executive

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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.

Catherine Henderson, Chair

Catherine has over 25 years of third sector experience – specialising in all aspects of third sector business development, including fundraising, cause engagement, lobbying and operational and strategic management.  Setting up her own consultancy in late 2016 (CH Consulting), since then she has been supporting a variety of not for profit organisations.

Catherine brings with her a track record of success in delivering growth and sustainability objectives for local and national charities, is confident in leading teams and experienced in delivering change management strategies and creating meaningful partnerships which meet and go beyond defined goals.

Known for a proactive, energetic and dynamic approach which combines strategic and relational qualities for maximum effect.  Based in Edinburgh, married with 2 children, she is also in the final stages of an MBA.

Andy Corkhill

Andy Corkhill, Vice Chair

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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 fan, means the offer of a good “free” cuppa is usually too hard to pass and enough to secure his attention!

Roger Horam

Roger Horam, Vice Chair

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

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

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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.


Andrew Richards

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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.

Hanoz Mirza

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Hanoz has over a decade experience in accounting, finance and treasury. He is currently working as Financial Controller with Pyreos Limited.  Prior to that, he had held different roles at Bowleven plc lastly as Finance Manager (maternity cover). 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.

Lawrence Morison

Lawrence is a highly-experienced company director with a Human Resources pedigree combining entrepreneurial flair, business objectivity and personal integrity. He has significant experience in leading organization in both the public and private sector within UK, Europe and South East Asia. Building teams and organization to succeed within their sectors. Having started 3 companies within the Hospitality Sector Lawrence has experience of working from nothing and building small to medium sizes companies.

Outside of work Lawrence lives in Ayrshire with his wife Anne and hopefully a cocker spaniel soon. An avid football fan he is used to highs and lows with Dundee United.

Graeme Barron

Graeme is an experienced lawyer who has worked both in house and in private practice, currently  Legal Director at Sage.  Prior to that, Graeme was the Legal Director at Skyscanner and an M&A advisor at one of the UK’s leading law firms.  Graeme also sits on the board of the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland and provides free legal advice to businesses at Codebase in Edinburgh.  Graeme lives just outside of Newcastle with his wife and twin boys.

Graeme lives just outside of Newcastle with his wife and twin boys and works in Edinburgh so life is constantly exhausting!

Pauline Golden

Pauline is an experienced HR leader with a strong professional background in high-growth, global, tech organisations. She currently is UK the Head of HR for Craneware, one of Scotland’s most successful start ups. Previously she worked for Wolfson Microelectronics and assisted with their acquisition by Cirrus Logic.

A true HR generalist, Pauline has delivered projects within almost every facet of HR. She has a passion for helping others realise their full potential and making a difference to any team she is part of.

Her undergraduate degree in Quantity Surveying was a fairly unconventional route into HR, she subsequently achieved a Masters degree in Human Resource Management which helps to underpin her practical experience.

Outside of the office, Pauline is learning French, loves to travel and discover the amazing restaurants Edinburgh has to offer. This is all assuming she can find a willing babysitter to look after her toddler.