Ian has over 30 years experience working in the Social Sector in Community Development and Youth Work. He initiated and established a local charity in Scotland with a turnover of £500,000 before taking on a national development role. He was involved in establishing the first project in Scotland to be financed using Social Impact Investment. Using the learning from this experience Ian worked with Morton Fraser Solicitors to design the Social Impact Investment Partnership as a streamlined, community based Social Impact Investment financing structure for use across the Social Sector. Ian is passionate about getting alongside locally based Social Sector organisations and enabling them to use Social Impact Investment to deliver services which bring real change to real people in real communities and initiate transformational change to the delivery of services to the public.
With nearly 30 years of experience in the banking sector Don spent 10 years in the leadership of a national Policy and Futures Think Tank in Scotland where he linked policy makers, businesses, academics, and the wider community to bring fresh perspectives, ideas and creativity in to Parliament in a non party political manner. Taking forward design and measurement of effective public policies in a practical way driving wellbeing, educational and social finance initiatives. He has served as a Board Member and Chair of several organisations in the Public, Private and Social Sectors providing invaluable leadership and direction for growing organisations focused on ensuring the best possible future for citizens and communities.
Following a career in the travel industry, Jill moved into the Third Sector in 1995 where she managed a unique social enterprise travel agency. Delivering unique Social Enterprise activity in Scotlands Prisons, Jill enabled inmates to gain specific qualifications for careers in the community at a time when Social Enterprise was still a new concept in the Social Sector.
She has remained at the cutting edge of new activity in the sector and has established several Social Enterprises offering training and support for people with life limiting conditions to engage in mainstream employment opportunities. Jill managed and delivered Scotlands first project to be financed using Social Impact Investment. The Living Balance project delivered on its agreed Outcomes with all of its investors being repaid with interest following their investment in the project. Living Balance supported disengaged young people to progress to a stable independent life style in their local community.
After 15 years in senior positions in Corporate Finance Alex took up the position of Assistant Director of Finance for the Scottish Executive where he helped to guide the nations finances for 8 years following Devolution. He is heavily involved in the Social Sector as Board Member of a number of Charities with a particular interest in the areas of health and wellbeing. Alex is committed to a Scotland where enterprise is at the heart of individuals, communities, and organisations; where people in Scotland seize and create their own opportunities; and enterprise defines our behaviours. He is committed to the development of personal data stores which give control of personal data to the individual, patient, citizen and customer.
Kierans commitment to real change in real communities manifested in the early part of his career being spent in community development in some of Scotlands most economically disadvantaged communities. Aware of the need for systemic change Kieran spent time working in research for a number of Members of the Scottish Parliament where he developed a detailed appreciation of how the political process is manged to deliver change and enhance the quality of life of individual across communities. He currently supports the social engagement of churches in Scotland working with Government and the media at local and national levels.