Board of Directors
|Claire Carpenter||Samantha Hulls||Helen Denny||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||Megan Fraser||Samantha Hulls|
|Cleo Goodman||Anna Ciborowska||Joe Trodden||Julie Ellam|
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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!
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 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 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 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.
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!