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  • The Melting Pot

    Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation.

    The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation. We promote social innovation by providing practical resources, knowledge, support and networks to diverse enterprises aiming to generate social impact across Scotland. We do this through our pioneering co-working community, our Good Ideas Academy and a programme of inspiring events.

    We invest significant resources into the ‘Good Ideas Academy’ and work to constantly improve what we do to better support founders of new non-profits.

  • The Scottish Government

    The Third Sector Division of the Scottish Government is a long-time supporter of our work to promote social innovation.

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Good Ideas Academy Partners

  • Claire Carpenter

    The Melting Pot

    Claire is the founder and managing director of The Melting Pot. Her vision for TMP was to address issues faced by social innovators and theirorganisations as they develop, and as a result 2011 the TMP incubator programmes was born. Ever sine it has been supporting social entrepreneurs and has been helping them facilitate their social goals by creating a sustainable business. Her expertise is in personal, organisational and community development – including building up a social enterprise / business from scratch.

  • Simon Turner

    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 stated 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.

  • Katie Banham

    Learning to Flourish

    Katie Banham is a chartered psychologist who specialises in strengths-focused approaches to resilience and courage. Past chair of Occupational Psychologists in Scotland and BBC Scotland expert on the psychology of potential, she has spent half of her career in Asia-Pacific, where she ran Psychology Consultancies in Australia and India. Katie set up Learning to Flourish in 2012 to bring together positive psychological research and 25 years’ experience in education and business. The DRIVE™ framework of strengths enables entrepreneurs to harness their distinctive talents to push their boundaries and navigate the complex demands of their enterprise.

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  • Jenni Inglis


    Jenni Inglis, MDes, MSc, FRSA, specialises in design and delivery of participative processes, workshops and evaluations for public and third sectors. She tailors her response to each situation by drawing on approaches such as action research, human-centred design and impact evaluation. She also has broad knowledge of the social innovation space thanks to experience of working with a range of clients, from start-ups to central government, on many different issues. She offers her services through her company, VIE.

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  • Jane Bruce

    Jane is the former CEO of youth charity Venture Scotland and is now working on the launch of a new social enterprise to employ young people on the margins. As well as leading fundraising and business development at The Melting Pot Jane is a Board Member of Social Bite and Children 1st and a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme. She loves supporting individuals and organisations to fulfil their potential.

  • Shirley Otto

    Shirley Otto

    Shirley Otto is a specialist in governance and management development in charity and not-for-profit sector. She has worked as an independent trainer, facilitator and consultant for the last thirty three years, the last twenty years in Scotland. Shirley has a particular interest in the dynamics that shape the functioning and relationships of founders, staff, managers and boards. She has written academic articles, toolkits and a series of short stories about the principles, practice and soap opera that constitute life in charitable and non-profit organisations in Scotland

  • Jay Lamb

    Jay Lamb

    Social Enterprise Academy

    Jay Lamb is a social entrepreneur, having co-founded Re-Union Canal Boats Limited in 2004, and is an Associate Tutor with the Social
    Enterprise Academy. Jay has vast professional experience across a number of Third Sector organisations. In addition to Re-Union Canal Boats, he was previously employed at Firstport as their Active Account and Exchange Manager, helping social enterprise start-ups
    progress to trading levels. Whilst knowledgeable in his subject area, Jay’s talent lies in an ability to empathise with learners and
    present subjects in an engaging and imaginative way directly linked to their experience, which engenders
    a sense of exploration and curiosity that lasts well beyond the programme ends.

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  • Neil Flemming

    Neil Flemming

    Challenges Worldwide

    Neil is Business Development Director and part of Senior Management Team at Challenges, having moved full time from the Investment Banking sector 5 years ago. He started out at Morgan Stanley before working for other global investment banks including Barclays Capital and BNP Paribas. In 2011, he took a Sabbatical to work in Malawi for 12 months on a clean cook stove project in rural applications and this began his career journey into Private Sector Development within emerging economies. At Challenges he oversaw a portfolio of work with 500 SMEs across Sub-Saharan Africa with a large focus on renewable energy & clean technology. He is responsible for overseeing CW’s business training services and wider strategies along with building greater links for Scottish Social Enterprises to access African markets.

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  • Cassian Hall

    Tin Can Telephone

    Cassian Hall, MSt Oxon, is founder and director of Tin-Can Telephone LTD and TCT Literary Agency. He specialises in effective communication through story telling. Having studied at York and Oxford, Cassian went on to work at Cambridge University, directing excavations in the Middle East and Europe before writing led him into television. He worked as a screenwriter for the BBC, then independent TV producer before moving into publishing and communications. Working across all media, from video to traditional print, Cassian utilises vast experience of story craft and an empathetic approach to clients and their audience to develop exciting, engaging and value-driven communication.

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  • Cathy Sexton

    Cathy Sexton is an experienced project and programme manager. Having managed built environment, specialist exhibition, event and campaign projects Cathy will share her experience with Awardees of how to make good things happen.

  • Senscot legal

    Kirsty Noble

    Senscot Legal

    Kirsty Noble, Legal Services Advisor at Senscot Legal, in conjunction with MacRoberts LLP,  will be delivering a workshop on legal structures. Kirsty joined Senscot Legal in April 2015.  She has an LLB Law (Honours) degree from Strathclyde University.  Before joining Senscot Legal she had a number of roles which developed her interest in the third sector, most recently volunteering as an advisor at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Glasgow.  Kirsty assists her clients with a wide range of issues including charity set up; social enterprise set up; governance; employment law and HR; leases; equality law and intellectual property.

  • Robin Fallas

    Robert Fallas

    MacRoberts LLP

    Robin Fallas from MacRoberts in conjunction with SE Legal, will be introducing the various legal structures available to the Awardees in their journey of establishing a more than profit organisation. Together they’ll help our Awardees chose and adopt the best choice for them.

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