Knowledge, experience and passion.

This is what you will find within the team that delivers The Good Ideas Catalyst.


  • Jane Bruce is Director of Social Impact at Social Bite leading its work with the homeless community. Social Bite is a group of innovative social enterprises including a sandwich shop chain, corporate catering business, restaurant and pop-up housing project.

    Jane’s passion is for helping individuals and organisations reach their full potential.

    She is a Clore Social Fellow and Board Member at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh.

    Previously, Jane was Director at youth charity Venture Scotland for nine years. Venture Scotland engages young people with complex needs in a transformational development programme, known as the Journey.

    Jane 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.

  • Claire Carpenter

    Claire is the founder and managing director of The Melting Pot. Her vision for TMP was to address issues faced by social innovators and their organisations as they develop, and as a result 2011 the TMP incubator programmes was born. Ever since it has been supporting social entrepreneurs and has been helping them facilitate their social goals by creating a sustainable business.

    Claire’s expertise is in personal, organisational and community development – including building up a social enterprise / business from scratch.