The Social Value Gathering 2018

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The Social Value Gathering 2018


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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 Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform 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; Martin Valenti, Scottish Land Commission; Teresa Bray, Changeworks; Gill Henry, Cruden Group, Rob Forrest  GreenPower International

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

Launchpad: Creating Inclusive Growth by unlocking vacant and derelict land. Policy statement by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

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


Gill Henry

Business Development Director, Hart Builders

Gill has worked in affordable housing development for over 20 years. The first 12 years of her career were within the RSL sector where she led multiple affordable housing and regeneration projects of varying sizes throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians on behalf of Castle Rock, Dunedin and Hillcrest Housing Associations. Moving to the private sector, she joined Applecross Developments in 1997 and has subsequently held senior development roles with Ogilvie as Development Manager; Robertson as Head of Affordable Housing and the Cruden Group where she is Business Development Director for Hart Builders. Taking new build housing projects from inception, Gill works closely with landowners; Local Authorities and RSL clients; design teams and statutory bodies. She structures and negotiates land and development projects for a range of affordable tenures, which meet strict financial targets for Scottish Government funding. The involvement of not only clients but local people in the masterplanning and design of their communities is something Gill believes is critical in ensuring the delivery of high quality, sustainable communities. Recognising the economic benefits that new build development can bring to an area, Gill leads Hart Builders efforts to add value to the construction process through the delivery of a wide range of Community Benefits. In the last year and a half, Gill has also led the design and delivery of the Social Bite Village in Edinburgh, which took 15 months from inception.

Hart Builders

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

Barbara Morton

Director, Sustainable Procurement Ltd.

Barbara is a Director of Sustainable Procurement Limited, specialising in helping organisations to embed sustainability into their procurement and supply chain management activities.  Since 2011, she has been engaged with The Scottish Government in improving sustainable procurement delivery across the Public Procurement Reform Programme landscape.  Barbara chaired an Advisory Group on social and environmental issues as part of Scotland’s Procurement Reform Act process. She works internationally, advising national governments, procurement agencies and companies across a range of sectors, with clients including the World Bank, African Development Bank and United Nations Environment Programme.  Barbara has developed and delivered sustainable procurement training in over 40 countries over the past 10 years. Her work has included project-managing the UK’s Sustainable Procurement Task Force and she was Technical Advisor to the UN Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement.

Benjamin Napier

CEO, Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Benjamin is the Chief Executive Citizens Advice Edinburgh. The organisation has 5 citizens advice bureau in the city and a further 18 outreach sites, where they provide advice in partnership and co-location with other health and social care services. Benjamin began his career as a local authority social worker and spent 10 years working in child and adult protection and in various locations through Northern Ireland and the UK. For the last 11 years Benjamin has managed voluntary sector services ChildLine, the NSPCC, Capability Scotland and now Citizens Advice. He is also Chair of the Health Opportunities Team, a charity providing trauma informed health and wellbeing services for children and young people.

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Hamish Trench

Chief Executive, Scottish Land Commission

Hamish Trench is Chief Executive of the Scottish Land Commission. He is a former Chartered Surveyor with experience of land use policy, management and research in the public and private sectors. Hamish joined the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority where he was a Director responsible for land use, conservation and visitor experience, having previously worked in private sector land management consultancy.

Jo Mitchell

Policy Manager, Scottish Government

Jo joined the Scottish Government in 2002 after several years’ experience as a buyer in the private sector. Since joining the Government, she has worked in procurement policy on a range of topics including measures to increase access to contracts for SMEs and social enterprises and on using community benefits in procurement. Jo is the Scottish Government lead on sustainable procurement policy and was heavily involved in development of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and promoting a consistent approach to sustainable public procurement in Scotland.

Graham Box

Managing Director, Government Services Sodexo

Graham Box is the Managing Director for the Government Services Sector for Sodexo in the UK. Graham is based in Scotland and has worked in the facilities management and food services sector for thirty years. He works closely with public sector clients across the country and supports all the Sodexo business in Scotland from an ambassadorial perspective.

In addition to his role with Sodexo, Graham is chairman of the advisory board for Springboard Charity in Scotland.

Dawn Muspratt

Founding Chief Executive, Our Power

Dawn worked on Our Power from its earliest stages and has a strong background in social enterprise and senior manager of public, private and voluntary organisations. Dawn has proven achievements in delivering business and social enterprise start-up and development; complex operations and organisational change; and significant income generation through a blend of leadership, policy knowledge, technical skills and stakeholder management. Dawn has deep experience in the energy sector with a focus on retail supply and renewable generation.

Dawn started her career as a community development worker.

Richard Whatman

Project Lead, Place-Based Work, Corra Foundation

Richard is a kiwi, former lawyer and civil servant, who has been living and working in Scotland for the past 6 years as a consultant. He has occasionally achieved the improbable, and done a lot of thinking about why it doesn’t always come off. System thinking and system change are his broad areas of expertise and interest, the boundaries between government, community and private sector in particular.

Corra Foundation

Nick Rowan

Director of New Business, Balfour Beatty

With nearly 25 years’ experience in the UK Construction Industry, Nick currently focuses on the winning of work but also the innovation that leads the industry and Balfour Beatty’s business within Scotland and Ireland. Nick proactively leads on the social and economic impact of the business in the local community and is an active promoter of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Procurement Act since its inception in 2014. Nick is a chartered surveyor and a non-executive member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland Board.

Sarah Boyack MSP

Head of Public Affairs, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Sarah is Head of Public Affairs for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. She started her professional life working as a Town Planner in the London Borough of Brent, then as Senior Planner in Central Regional Council.  She was then a Lecturer in Town Planning at Heriot Watt University. From 1999 to 2016 Sarah was an elected Member of the Scottish Parliament.  She served in Donald Dewar’s first Cabinet as Minister for Planning, Transport and the Environment.  She was Convenor of the Environment and Rural Committee in the second term of the Parliament and was a member of Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet for Environment and Rural Affairs, Local Government and Planning and then Environmental Justice. In 2016-17 she was a Visiting Lecturer at Heriot Watt University teaching Planning and Environmental Studies

Martin Finnigan

Managing Director, Caledonian Economics

Martin Finnigan leads Caledonian Economics, a consulting firm that advises the public sector and international development agencies on the preparation, procurement and implementation of social infrastructure projects. We encourage our staff to take an active role in third sector organisations, finding places where our knowledge and skills can help build resilience and catalyse growth. In this capacity, Martin is a Trustee of Tiree Community Development Trust and a Director of Tiree Community Marine Assets Ltd, both based on the Hebridean island of Tiree.

Caledonian Economics

Sophie Stephens

Balfour Beatty, Head of Social Value and Sustainability (UK)

With over 16 years’ experience in the construction industry, Sophie now leads on social value and sustainability strategy within Balfour Beatty in the UK. She has played a key role in shaping the companies approach to social value, engaging with public and private sector customers to ensure boundaries are continuously pushed to maximise positive social value outcomes. Sophie is really driven by the opportunities the construction industry has to unlock benefits for local communities.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Minister for the Environment, Scottish Parliament

Roseanna Cunningham was born in Glasgow in 1951 but spent most of her early years in Edinburgh and East Lothian. In 1960, she travelled to Australia with her family and subsequently completed her schooling in Fremantle, Western Australia and obtained her first university degree from University of Western Australia. She became interested in politics while still a teenager and in fact first joined the SNP in 1969 as an overseas member. Ms Cunningham returned to Scotland in 1976 and, within only a few months of her arrival, was working full time at SNP HQ, while also being involved in branch and constituency politics in Edinburgh. In 1980, she returned to university in Edinburgh and obtained a Law Degree followed by a Diploma in Legal Practice from Aberdeen University. From her graduation in 1983 to 1988, she worked as a solicitor in local government. After a brief period in private practice, she became a member of the Faculty of Advocates. She was elected to the House of Commons in the Perth and Kinross by-election in 1995, was re-elected in 1997 and subsequently stood successfully for the Scottish Parliament in 1999. She stood down from Westminster in 2001. Ms Cunningham held a number of local and national offices in the SNP, including Deputy Leader from 2000-2004.

She has remained a member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to present and has been a Committee Convener for the Justice Committee, the Health Committee and the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee. She became Minister for the Environment in 2009 and Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training in November 2014.

Paul Dodd

Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust

As an Associate Director within Scottish Futures Trust, Paul leads on a variety of workstreams to enable the improvement in infrastructure delivery within the public sector. Paul currently leads the Building Information Modelling Delivery Group on behalf of the Scottish Government. Through his work of the review of public sector procurement in construction, Paul led the creation of Scottish Governments Community Benefits Toolkit for Construction as well as other national tools and guidance. His experience to date has involved in a variety of public and private sector projects which have ranged in terms of value, procurement and complexity. Paul is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and spent 10 years delivering cost management services within an international construction consultancy before joining Scottish Futures Trust in Aug 2012.

Naila Akram

Balfour Beatty, Community Investment Manager

Naila is an enthusiastic and dedicated community development professional. Naila has been actively working in the Scottish CSR and Public Affairs arena in excess of 15 years and has in turn built up a strong network of contacts working across all sectors. Naila supports communities in a number of areas including: school/college engagement; STEM and Construction workshops; recruitment and management of apprentice programmes, employer supported volunteering, charitable giving and supporting social enterprise initiatives.

On a practical level Naila ensures that the community benefits targets that are in place on Balfour Beatty projects are properly implemented and to the mutual benefit of all stakeholders.

Gregor Paterson-Jones

Independent Fund Establishment Expert

Gregor Paterson-Jones is an independent fund establishment expert in the Climate Finance and Social Impact sectors. He acts as a Board member and investment committee member and advisor with clients including the European Investment Bank, the European Union, the UNCDF, Mergence, The African Development Bank and a number of Sovereign Wealth Funds. With a robust career that spans over 23 years and many proven successes as a principle investor in renewable energy funds and infrastructure  investment banking sectors, he now focusses on advising development banks, governments and international organisations on fund establishment and deal execution across several key industries. He was previously managing Director the UK Green Investment Bank, and CEO of Sterling Waterford

Lesley Martin

Consultant and Doctoral researcher

Lesley Martin has a background in senior management in local government, in city and rural contexts, managing strategic development plans and economic strategies. She led the five-year economic strategy, ‘A Strategy for Jobs’ for the City of Edinburgh Council and the associated research programme and performance framework.  Her work has involved her in such related fields as sustainability; community planning; responsible business/CSR; and inclusive growth.  She now pursues these interests through various channels including consultancy, corporate membership of the RTPI Scottish Executive Committee and her work with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).  She plays a leading role developing the Scottish Network for the RSA’s Building Inclusive Growth initiative. Lesley is also involved in a range of other voluntary activities including trusteeship with Positive Prison? Positive Futures – a charity focussed on reduction of offending and re-offending; and membership of Pilotlight, which provides free business support and coaching to charities. 

Complementing her professional roles, Lesley is studying part-time towards a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Glasgow Caledonian University; her doctoral research focusses on the implementation and translation of national economic policy into localities. Lesley was born and brought up in Glasgow but has lived in Edinburgh for many years. She enjoys the arts, philosophy, hillwalking and being away in her beloved camper van.

Professor Kenneth Gibb

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence

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

Joy Lewis

CEO, Adopt An Intern

Joy joined the Centre for Scottish Public Policy in January 2009 and spun out Adopt an Intern (AAI) a year later. AAI quickly became the voice for paid graduate internships in Scotland, and attracted support from the Scottish Government to fund paid internships in growing businesses. The company has since gone from strength to strength, placing over 1500 graduates and returners, from all social and economic backgrounds, into valuable paid work. It has worked with over 900 cross-sector businesses who come to AAI keen to improve their talent pipeline and diversity in the workforce. Now a self-sufficient not-for-profit organisation, Adopt an Intern has won various awards over the years for Customer Focus and Social Impact. Joy continues to fight against the culture of unpaid internships, encouraging social mobility through fair and transparent employment methods within SMEs and multi-nationals, whilst staying true to AAI’s roots – supporting and empowering startups, charities and social enterprises across the UK.

As well as facilitating paid positions with purpose-driven employers, Joy has recently focused on highlighting employment barriers for marginalised groups, with recent projects focused on supporting disabled job seekers, minority ethnic communities and women returners. With a growing appetite from large organisations for more tangible social impact from their CSR agenda, Joy will unveil AAI’s revolutionary new offering, ‘Graduating Communities’, at the Social Value Gathering.

Adopt An Intern

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.


Helen Forsyth

CEO, Berwickshire Housing Association

Helen Forsyth has been the Chief Executive of Berwickshire Housing Association for over 10 years during which time Helen has inspired staff to become number 9 in the Sunday Times Best Companies not for profit section and provided the innovation in order to solve the problem of how to keep building new homes, at a time when funding was in decline with the ground breaking “Fisherman Three” Community Windfarm, near Cockburnspath. Helen joined Berwickshire Housing Association from Places for People in 2007 in which her role was Regeneration Director and previously to this role Helen was the Chief Executive at Edinvar Housing Association. Helen’s background has involved working in the public sector, health and social care and not for profit organisations. Helen is the Chair of ResilientScotland and the Scottish Borders TransportAdvisory Groupand was recently appointed to represent the third sector for the new South of Scotland Economic Partnership, a new initiative which will devise a fresh approach to the economic development of Scotland.

Robert Forrest

CEO, GreenPower

Rob is the founder and CEO of GreenPower. Founded in 2000, GreenPower develops, builds, owns and operates renewable energy projects, generating clean green power from onshore wind, hydro and solar energy. The company has consented over 270MW of generating capacity and currently has over £100m of assets under management. Rob was a founding director of Scottish Renewables, which represents the renewable energy sector in Scotland. Rob was elected to Chair the Board of Directors in 2018. Rob has also represented the industry on various Scottish Government working groups, including chairing the Hydro Group under the ministerial Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland. Rob was a board member of the British Wind Energy Association (now Renewables UK) and was the founding secretary for the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SPREE). Rob is passionate about cycling, having raced in younger years. Through GreenPower he currently sponsors the Scottish Downhill Association who organise national level downhill racing events and with them has established a training academy for up and coming riders.

Peter McColl

Head of Policy, Nesta

Peter McColl leads Nesta’s policy and research work in Scotland. His work focuses on the opportunities to integrate and adapt Nesta’s work for Scotland. He has particular interests in research impact, evidence, higher education, health, citizens’ income and participatory democracy. Before joining Nesta, Peter was Director of the Policy Unit at Common Weal – a think and do tank committed to transforming Scotland. He has worked for the Royal Voluntary Service, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and in the Scottish Parliament. He was Rector of the University of Edinburgh from 2012 to 2015. He chaired Transition Scotland Support, the infrastructure organisation for Transition Initiatives in Scotland from 2008-11. He holds an MA (Hons) and MSc both in Geography from the University of Edinburgh.

Graham Precey

Co-Founder, NRG Newhaven Regeneration Group

Graham Precey has a track record of helping PLCs and not for profit distribution organisations apply the principles and practicalities of social and economic value to their business model. He has done this for 10 years at Legal & General Group PLC as their Head of Sustainability investing over £25m into social value projects. He is also Chair of the 4 Cancer Group and most recently the co-founder of Social Enterprise NRG (Newhaven Regeneration Group) who are focused upon the uniqueness of coastal community regeneration.

Teresa Bray

CEO, Changeworks

An accountant by trade Teresa worked in the social housing sector in London before moving back to Scotland in 2001 as Finance Director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. In 2008 Teresa became Chief Executive of Changeworks allowing her to combine her interest in environmental and fuel poverty issues with her wealth of experience of Third Sector Management and financial direction. Teresa has overseen the expansion of Changeworks to its position as a leading environmental organisation in Scotland, delivering a range of contract and direct services relating to fuel poverty and carbon reduction. She further expanded the reach of Changeworks in 2015 with the establishment of Warmworks, a joint venture with Everwarm and EST, which is delivering Warmer Homes Scotland for the Scottish Government. In addition to her role as Chief Executive of Changeworks she has considerable governance experience as a Director of Energy for Edinburgh and Warmer Homes Scotland Strategic Board

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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