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.
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.
When away from her faithful calculator, Jeni enjoys swimming and spending time with her family.
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 has recently stepped into the role of Operations and Facilities Manager to ensure the smooth running of our venues. Don’t panic Potters! He is also still here to host the space, run our venue hire services and 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.
With so many years at TMP under his belt Phillip has pretty much turned in to the ‘walking Wikipedia’ on how everything at TMP works.
George Dallimore, Sales Manager
George is a Bristol native, who has found himself up in Scotland in search of mountains and places to ride bikes. As a creative sales consultant by day and The Melting Pot’s latest addition, he’s been brought on as Sales Manager to increase the population of Potters and work with increasing projects and events across the TMP brand. Always happy to discuss ideas and solutions, or help fix a broken bicycle.
Xabier is a Community Coordinator at TMP, taking care of day-to-day hosting of the space as well as running the TMPEvents programme and our community-building activities. He has long participated in a wide range of social movements, blending his passion for economics with activism in fields like social rights, international cooperation, and the gig economy.
In addition, Xabi’s life is only complete when finds some time to play drums in metal and folk music projects.
Aleksandra joined TMP in February 2022 as a Community Host. In this role, Aleksandra takes the lead on all things hosting; including reception, answering enquiries, looking after our coworking space, servicing venue hire clients and operating our Virtual Office.
Music, travelling and meeting inspiring people give her positive energy and the desire to explore new things.
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!
Helen has worked extensively across the UK and Internationally, as a consultant and facilitator. She has worked across the Third and Public Sector for over 20 years in a range of leadership positions. 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.
Here at TMP, she is responsible for developing strategic partnerships, inspiring events and manages our Good Ideas incubation programme. She is always looking for new ways to add value for our members and the wider social innovation sector. When she isn’t busy working she can be found aboard her narrowboat on the Edinburgh canals or up a mountain!
Claire Carpenter, Founder and Chief Executive
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, Vice Chair
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, Vice Chair
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.
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.
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 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 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 is an experienced lawyer who has worked both in house and in private practice, currently
Graeme lives just outside of Newcastle with his wife and twin boys and works in Edinburgh so life is constantly exhausting!