The Social Value Gathering 2018

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The Social Value Gathering 2018


SVP is proud to announce the Social Value Gathering, an event dedicated to exploring  Scotland’s future through the lens of social value.

We all want a society that is vibrant, viable and inclusive. But how do we achieve this? Through legislation, Scotland has prioritised social value as a vital component to many areas of public, private and voluntary sector activity. But putting this into practice needs the systematic collaboration of all three sectors.

We want the Gathering to tackle this challenge by creating a collaborative space and leaving with a plan of action for a more inclusive Scotland.

We are also proud supporters of The Social Bite.


The Gathering has invited a diverse range of contributors, including The Social Bite, Citizens Advice, the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence,  Balfour Beatty, SEPA, University of Edinburgh’s Design Informatics, Social Investment Scotland, Scottish Land Commission, Changeworks, Scotland’s Towns Partnerships, Cornerstone, Stirling Council and many others.

Social Value Marketplace and digital collaboration

The event will also see the launch of SVP’s Social Value Marketplace, using an interactive tool to spotlight and develop exciting social value-led initiatives.

We are looking to break new ground in terms of the format as well, with an innovative partnership with the University of Edinburgh’s Design Informatics team to create a digital social value “thread” that leads to a collaborative space at the end of the day.


Our sessions include:

How social value became our business model, with Josh Littlejohn, Founder of The Social Bite

Followed by a panel discussion with Josh Littlejohn, the Social Bite; Nicola Barclay, Homes for Scotland; Martin Valenti, Scottish Land Commission; Teresa Bray, Changeworks; Gill Henry, Business Development Director, Cruden Homes TBC

Moderator: Nick Rowan, Balfour Beatty

Housing strategy – Why the evidence points to a social-value led approach, with Professor Kenneth Gibb, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence

Prosperous & Productive Places– Can a more strategic & entrepreneurial approach to vacant & derelict land unlock sustainable inclusive growth? Professor Ken Gibb, UCCHE; Sarah Boyack, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnerships; Nicola Barclay, Homes for Scotland Discussions led by Martin Valenti SLC

Financing the Future– Can Scotland pioneer finance with a social purpose as the new norm? Louise Wilson, Abundance; Simon Chisholm, Resonance; Alastair Davis, Social Investment Scotland; Peter Ewart, Caledonian Economics

and many others

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Globally, we are moving into the era of impact finance.  What opportunities does this create for Scotland and how can initiatives such as the new National Investment Bank be used to deliver meaningful positive social impact?

Widening inequality is not just bad for the disadvantaged, but for the country as a whole.  Neo-classical models of economic growth are being shown to be inadequate as policy tools. Can a social value mindset be used to drive the right kind of economic growth? 

The Scottish Government looks set to deliver on its ambitious target of 50,000 affordable homes in this parliament and is already looking beyond this. Its Place Standard shows leadership on the question of what “good” looks like, from a planning perspective. At the same time the pattern of home occupation is changing rapidly for economic and demographic reasons. How should new places that developers create recognise the needs of the existing places that they are dropped into? Could a more strategic approach to placemaking include bold initiatives to build on previously used land that is either vacant or derelict and how could this approach help unlock opportunities for inclusive sustainable growth?

Scotland’s remote areas are key to its brand and its success but struggle to retain people and access resources. Many communities are tackling these issues and reversing decades of decline and depopulation. How can community entrepreneurialism be supported and scaled up to build a sustainable future for Scotland’s remote communities? 

What are the lessons learned and the key wins from Scotland’s community benefits strategy? How can these be built on? Is it time for Community Benefits Version 2?

Unquestionably, the digitisation of our world is having an enormous social impact. But is it net positive or net negative? How do we do something socially useful with data? Can the sharing economy be a positive driver for society? Does it matter who controls the pipes? What can Scotland do to take a distinctive, inclusive digital approach? What roles should policy-makers and business play?

Social Value Marketplace

We are inviting you to submit your project to be featured at the Social Value Marketplace! We are looking for projects that celebrate examples of social value delivered and bring social value stories to life, located in Scotland. Selected projects will be featured at the Social Value Gathering on 21st September in Edinburgh.


Josh Littlejohn MBE

Founder, The Social Bite

Josh Littlejohn is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. Josh is the co-founder of Social Bite, a social enterprise in Scotland with a mission to eradicate homelessness in the country. Social Bite started as a small chain of sandwich shops, which shot to global fame when Hollywood A-lister George Clooney visited an outlet in 2015. Another Oscar winner Leonardo Di Caprio then visited the social enterprise in 2016. Social Bite competes in high street takeaway food, but does so for a social purpose. 100% of Social Bite’s profits are donated to good causes and 1 in 4 of their staff are people from homeless backgrounds. The organisation is by far the largest distributor of free fresh food and hot drinks to the homeless in the UK – giving away over 100,000 items each year. In 2017, Josh was given an MBE in the New Years Honours list, which he dedicated to the homeless and marginalised. He has received 3 honorary doctorates and he also made the Debrett’s list of 500 most influential people in the UK 2017. Josh concluded 2017 raising more than £4M to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland, by organising the world’s biggest sleep-out event Sleep In The Park. Over 8,000 people slept out on a cold winters night. Josh now plans to use the funds raised to help bring over 500 people off the streets in Scotland throughout 2018/19. On May 17th, the Social Bite Village in Edinburgh was opened as a purpose built development to house and support 20 people each year.

The Social Bite


Nicola Barclay

CEO, Homes for Scotland

Nicola Barclay has direct responsibility for running Homes for Scotland, the national membership organisation providing a voice for the new homes building industry in Scotland. As well as managing the Executive Team, she delivers business strategy and meets the wide-ranging needs of her member companies. With a career spanning over 20 years in the home building industry and stretching over sales, land acquisition, funding and planning, Nicola has the depth of knowledge and first-hand experience to lead the organisation at this pivotal time for housing. Nicola currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group, as well as representing the industry on the NHBC Scottish Committee, and is a Director of the Consumer Code Board. Previously HFS Principal Planning Advisor and Director of Planning before becoming Chief Executive, Nicola’s experience also includes working with Scottish Futures Trust as well as with a number of house builders. A graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Nicola became a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1998 and is also a member of Women in Property. She is passionate about encouraging younger people into the industry and has mentored many people over the years, and thoroughly enjoys seeing their careers take off.

Homes for Scotland



Martin Valenti

Strategic Director, Scottish Land Commission

Martin has extensive experience in strategic corporate engagement and innovation with over 30 years working in a variety of senior management roles. He has developed significant skills in shaping and delivering environmental, economic and regulatory policy including project managing major projects. He has successfully delivered high profile projects for the Scottish Government on climate change and a variety of environmental issues such as pollution, noise, contaminated land and transformative CSR. Martin played an instrumental role in setting up Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and co-created the award-winning 2050 Young Leaders Climate Group. He also gained extensive experience working with the highest levels of government and developing high level political and industry-focused network contacts, allowing the capturing of key decision makers to help bring about strategic beneficial outcomes. Martin is currently strategic director for the Scottish Land Commission on secondment from SEPA on a mission to transform Scotland’s approach to bringing vacant & derelict land back into productive use. As a board member of Scotland’s Town Partnerships and a Stirling City Commissioner, he can help influence great outcomes in every city and town of Scotland.

Scottish Land Commission

Professor Kenneth Gibb

Strategic Director, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Ken Gibb is a professor (housing economics) at the University of Glasgow, from where he directs the ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. He was previously Director of Policy Scotland at the University and a co-director of What Works Scotland. He is chair of Sanctuary Scotland housing association.

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence

Alastair Davis

CEO, Social Investment Scotland

Alastair joined SIS in 2009 initially to run the investment team, however in 2011, Alastair became SIS’s Chief Executive. Before joining SIS he worked with Bank of Scotland’s community banking, where he developed his broad and extensive knowledge of social investment. In 2012, Alastair completed the prestigious ‘Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management’ programme at Harvard Business School and in 2017 was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Banker Institute. Alastair is currently on the board of the North East Social Investment Company in England and the advisory boards of Big Society Capital and Scottish EDGE.


Social Investment Scotland

Phil Prentice

Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership

With 25 years economic development experience across the public and private sectors, Phil’s role as Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Programme Director for Scotland’s Improvement Districts is to drive sustainable change through collaboration, innovation and partnership.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Professor Chris Speed

Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Chris is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt and create products and services with a networked society. He especially favours transgressive design interventions, to help identify and promote the values we care about most, including the design for the blockchain, an application for sham marriages, and an SMS platform for shoplifting. Chris is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity and co-directs the Design Informatics Research Centre that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and digital architecture, as well as the PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes. Chris has an established track record in directing large complex grants with industry partners, being involved in 25 research grants (leading on 10) since 2009 across ESPRC, ESRC and AHRC totalling in excess of £15m. He is currently leading the EPSRC funded OxChain Project (£1.3m), and is Co-I to the EPSRC PACTMAN Project (£1.3m) and part of the £5m PETRAS IoT UK Hub. Chris is also a member of the EPSRC Digital Economy PAB.

Design Informatics

Nathan Goode

Head of Strategy and Consulting, The Social Value Portal

Nathan is one of the founding directors of the Social Value Portal and is leading the development of its work in Scotland. He is interested in effective strategies for the delivery of social value and inclusive growth through collaboration between all sectors. He has worked with public and private organisations over 2 decades and latterly was Head of Energy & Sustainability at accounting firm Grant Thornton.

The Social Value Portal

Simon Chisholm

Chief Investment Officer, Resonance

Simon is Chief Investment Officer of Resonance, a UK social impact investment company founded in 2002 to connect capital with social enterprise and help show that investment can be a positive force for good. Over the last 6 years, Simon has developed Resonance’s impact investment fund activities, including creating and managing eight UK focused impact investment funds across varied themes including homelessness, local community assets and the dismantling of poverty through social enterprise. Much of Resonance’s work has focused on developing social investment solutions focused on the needs of specific city regions around the country. Its funds have provided capital to social enterprise in diverse forms including property, secured lending and growth capital, and have been backed by diverse investor groups including Foundations, High Net Worth individuals and Local Authorities. Prior to joining Resonance in 2012, Simon was a Director at Rothschild & Co, where he focused on corporate finance advisory work in Europe and Asia for 16 years, and trustee of a London homelessness charity. Simon is currently also a Trustee of the Transformational Business Network, an international organisation supporting purpose-driven entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia to accelerate their businesses and attract impact investment.


Agnese Mizia

Head of Research, The Social Value Portal

Agnese is Head of Research and the Social Value Portal, a social enterprise that provides measurement and management solutions for social value. As Head of Research, Agnese leads the analysis and design work on social value measurement: she develops the methodology to measure and monetise social value within and beyond the scope of evaluation, producing economic models that capture the impact of social and environmental changes. She also works on designing strategies and processes that aim to maximise the co-delivery of social value by organisations and communities, embedding stakeholder engagement and building capacity and a sense of ownership. Agnese has previously worked as an economist in academia, during post-graduate studies at Bocconi University, and as a visiting researcher at Harvard University – and as an innovation consultant for public, education and third sector organisations across Europe and the U.S. She has led the technical design of the National Social Value Measurement (TOMs) Framework.

The Social Value Portal

Louise Wilson

Founder and Joint Managing Director, Abundance

Louise Wilson is a co-founder and joint MD of Abundance which provides debt capital to infrastructure projects for different stages of their development, and regular capital and income to investors.  With a strong focus on both the financial and societal contribution of the investments on its platform, Abundance lets individuals, both local and national, invest directly in specific projects of their choice from as little as £5. Abundance has launched fund-raisings for over 30 projects for a total of over £75m and was the first crowdfunding platform to offer both an ISA and a pension (SIPP) product.

Before Abundance, Louise was Head of Equity Capital Markets at UBS Investment Bank. Louise is on the Advisory Board of Imperial College’s newly formed Centre for Climate Finance & Investment.


Mairi Martin

Leader (Cornerstone Central), Cornerstone

Mairi is the Leader of Exceptional Service for Cornerstone Central. Having studied HR at Strathclyde University, and gaining qualifications in IT and project management, Mairi joined Cornerstone as Director of Human Resources and Learning and Development in August 2013. Mairi was previously the Executive Director (Resources) at Irvine Housing Association and then the Riverside Group. Prior to that, she was Head of IT for Credit Consultants International. Her career has spanned working in both public and private sector organisations. During Mairi’s career, she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in back office support functions and thrives on making a difference. Her biggest achievements have been working on and successfully delivering transformational change projects. Her current role includes project managing the innovative and transformational change to a new model of care, Local Cornerstone, which addresses the vast array of challenges facing the care sector. Another key achievement was attaining 23rd position of the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For in the Not-For-Profit sector. “I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in both public and private sectors and am exceptionally enthusiastic and love working,” said Mairi. “As well as ensuring we deliver exceptional services at Cornerstone Central, my other aim is to build on the existing good practices within the organisation whilst introducing Local Cornerstone, bringing with it a wealth of benefit”



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