Say hello to our dynamic, friendly and dedicated team! We’re passionate about supporting positive change for people and the planet. We might host you at our Edinburgh premises, help you start your own social business, or advise you in setting up a new coworking space.

  • Chief Executive Officer
    Helen Denny
    Helen is an entrepreneurial and empathetic leader with 20+ years’ experience across sectors.
  • Chief Operating Officer
    Jennifer Richmond
    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.
  • Sam Ross
    Business Development Manager
    Sam Ross
    Sam joined the Melting Pot in January 2024, bringing along an established enthusiasm for growth and challenge.
  • Operations and Facilities Manager
    Phillip Reid
    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!
  • Community Coordinator
    Xabier Villares
    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.
  • Administrator and Finance Assistant
    Aleksandra Klis
    Aleksandra joined TMP in February 2022 as a part time community host and she has been the go-to person for all hosting tasks.
  • Community Host
    Millie Ashworth-Ritch
    Millie started working at the Melting Pot since August 2022 as a host for our out-of-hours venue hire bookings.


  • Jess Gildener
    Jess Gildener
    Jess is a warm, pragmatic facilitator supporting individuals, organisations and communities to turn ideas into action and make sense of the complexity they’re working with.
  • Susanne Mueller
    Susanne Mueller
    Susanne is a skilled professional with a background in community engagement, facilitation expertise, and behaviour change.
  • Lucinda Jeffery
    Lucinda Jeffery
    Lucinda of Roseberry Marketing has been responsible for our marketing strategy since October 2021.
  • Anna Brow
    Anna Brow
    Anna has volunteered with and worked alongside The Melting Pot and its members since 2018.


  • Chair of the Board
    Lisa Paris
    Lisa has worked for the last 20 years in senior leadership roles envisioning strategy, developing operational plans and delivering cultural transformation, sustainability, innovation and efficiency across different teams.
  • Alice Paterson
    Alice is an accredited coach, former management consultant and investment analyst.
  • Felicity Rylands
    Felicity is an experienced head of international programmes with a demonstrated history of consulting, developing and delivering strong programmes and innovative partnerships into new geographies and sectors worldwide.
  • Niall Shannon
    Niall is the founder and director of Baroudeur Consultancy, specialising in stakeholder engagement, consultation and research across the education, outdoors and sustainability sectors.
  • Cleo Goodman
    The Melting Pot gave Cleo her first full time job, during her time working with the team she contributed to a variety of business areas from operations, business development, social impact measurement to marketing and communications.
  • Evie Simkins
    Evie works for the Social Enterprise, Verité where she has been employed for eight years.
  • Sarah Jackman
    Sarah is an experienced senior executive legal Counsel, Chair, Board advisor and recognised employment lawyer, she works across a broad range of organisations from privately owned and listed companies to public sector institutions.
  • Catherine Henderson
    Catherine has over 25 years of third sector experience, specialising in fundraising, cause engagement, lobbying and operational and strategic management.
  • Mark Anderson
    Director of The Europe Office within Glasgow Caledonian University and a champion for social innovation within the university sector.
  • Andrew Richards
    Andrew started his career as a videogame developer, before starting a high-tech specialist computer software company.
  • Hanoz Mirza
    Hanoz has over a decade experience in accounting, finance and treasury.


  • Founder
    Claire Carpenter
    Claire founded The Melting Pot – one of Europe’s first coworking spaces – in 2007, in her adopted home city of Edinburgh, Scotland.