• 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.

  • Simon Turner

    Head of Incubation

    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 started 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.

  • David Stroud

    Head of Acceleration

    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.

  • Jennifer Richmond

    Finance and Administration Manager

    Jeni joined us in 2011. She’s a freelance Administrator, PA and finance guru 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 spare time is spent at the yoga studio and with her family.

  • Phillip Reid

    Operations and Events Supervisor

    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.

  • Anna Ciborowska

    Events Host

    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!

  • Stephen Martin

    Events Host

    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 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.

  • 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’.

Board of Directors

  • Claire Carpenter

    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.

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  • Andy Corkhill

    Andy Corkhill


    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 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.

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  • Catherine Henderson

    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.

  • Roger Wilson

    Roger has over 20 years experience in human resources and corporate social responsibility, he is CIPD qualified and has a track record of delivering the people agenda in organisations gong through significant change, including a number of mergers and acquisitions.  
    Predominantly working in financial services Roger also has experience in the charity sector in both a paid and voluntary capacity.  Whilst at HBOS plc, Roger was seconded to the HBOS Foundation for 5 years where he managed elements of the organisations £8m community investment programme.  He particularly focussing on employee volunteering and its grant giving activities.  Rogers roles in the charity sector include corporate development manager in Macmillan Cancer Support and he set up the administrative and fundraising activites of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.  
    Outside of work Roger has particular interests in gardening, interior design and architecture.  He lives in East Lothian with his husband Chris and their basset hounds, Rory and Ruby.   
  • 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.