Staff

  • 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.

    Claire’s LinkedIn profile

  • 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.

  • Naomi Lillie

    Head of Accelerate

    Naomi joined in 2018 to head up the Coworking Accelerator, helping emerging and established coworking businesses take a faster and safer route to coworking success. A generalist with 20 years’ experience across the 3 UK sectors and internationally, Naomi has worked alongside entrepreneurs, innovators, educators and activists, and developed skills in management (of people, projects and events), communication and facilitation, organisational development, and – not to be taken lightly – remote working.

    If not immersed in a book, you may find Naomi walking around Edinburgh or pretending to know about wine.

  • 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 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

    Business Development and Impact

    Cleo has recently taken on a new role developing our services and increasing and effectively measuring TMP’s social impact. Cleo also organises the TMPEvents programme and delivers a lot of TMP’s marketing and communications, so if you have something to share get in touch([email protected]org.uk)! 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 on the board 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!

  • Stephen Martin

    Events Cordinator

    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.

  • Megan Fraser

    Good Ideas Coach

    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.

  • Helen Denny

    Helen Denny

    Good Ideas Coach

    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!
  • Naomi Johnson - Good Ideas Growth

    Naomi Johnston

    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.

  • Anne Nielson

    Administrator

    As the Administrator for the Coworking Accelerator, Anne provides support to emerging and established coworking businesses, thereby enabling them to establish their own coworking businesses within their local communities. Anne is an experienced Administrator, having previously worked for Edinburgh charities Health in Mind, Children in Scotland and Clan Childlaw, before commencing her role with The Melting Pot in November 2018. Originally from Denmark, Anne has lived in Scotland since 2003 and in Edinburgh since 2008.

    Anne spends her spare time studying for a language degree and also enjoys football, running and fitness, as well as spending time with her partner and cats.

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.

    LinkedIn profile

  • Andy Corkhill

    Andy Corkhill

    Chairman

    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!

    LinkedIn profile

  • 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.

    LinkedIn profile

  • 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.

    LinkedIn profile

  • 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.

  • 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 a Legal Director at Skyscanner and advises the business on its global operations.  Prior to that, Graeme was 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 and works in Edinburgh so life is constantly exhausting!