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Sophy Green (Chair)

Sophy was appointed Chair of Senscot in June 2007 and is the Chief Executive of Instant Neighbour, a well-respected social enterprise operating in the North East of Scotland. Sophy is also Chair of Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, a mentor with Business Mentoring Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an alumni of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Burgess of Guild for the City of Aberdeen.

Rodney Stares (Hon Treasurer)

Rodney was a founder member of Senscot and has been the Treasurer of Senscot since its inception 10 years ago. Trained as an economist, Rodney has experience of business finance and accounting, as well as economic development policy and practice. Rodney also has extensive expertise in database software development and his caseload management software is the most widely used programme among community and family mediation services.

Laurence Demarco

In 1999, Laurence co-founded Senscot and has served as a Director since then. Laurence has wide experience of community development and a strong commitment to local empowerment and decision-making. Laurence produces the Senscot e-bulletin which goes out weekly to over 4,000 people and currently contributes to briefing papers produced by Local People Leading.

Liz Gardiner

Liz is a founder member, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Fablevision, a Govan based social enterprise that has successfully operated in the cultural sector for over 20 years. Most recently, Fablevision has launched Transform TV, a community TV channel for Glasgow, run by young people featuring their issues and ideas.

John Halliday

John is Director of Development at Community Renewal, a social enterprise lifting neighbourhoods out of poverty across Scotland. He is also a Director at Affordable Cremations Scotland CIC a new social enterprise tackling funeral poverty by reducing the financial burden on bereaved families. He previously managed business development at the Wise Group and worked at the social policy consultancy Rocket Science UK Ltd. John has a MA in Natural Science and MSci in Chemistry.

Foster Evans

Foster is the Chair of Senscot's subsidiary Senscot Legal. He also is involved in a couple of other volunteer Board roles with Renfrew Development Trust and Partick Thistle Community Trust. He was Chair of Clydeside Against Pollution, founding Sectretary of PATH(Scotland), Director of Employers in Voluntary Housing - supporting social employers, General Manager of Strathclyde University Student Association and also worked with the Housing Corporation and British Airways. Foster has been on five housing association and co-operative committees over the last 35 years. He likes music, foreign travel and would like there to be World peace.

Les Huckfield

Les has lived in Scotland for the last 10 years. His experience in policy making, funding and delivery follows a track record of delivering more than £100mn of funding packages, after a high profile political career in the House of Commons and the European Parliament. He is an active member of the Unite trade union, a Visiting Senior Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University and publishes regular "blogs" about Social Enterprise on his Leslie Huckfield Research website.

Jane Churchill

Jane has been in Scotland and working in the Third sector for 15 years starting out in the Volunteer Centre network and developing key skills and experience in volunteer best practice and volunteering development. For the last 7 years Jane has been the Assistant Director at Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust, managing its operations, leading the funding and income development along with the development of its social enterprise trading arm. Jane is involved in the Health SEN and round table, and is passionate about volunteering, social enterprise and cycling.


Aidan Pia (Executive Director)

Aidan joined Senscot in 2002 and is responsible for co-ordinating Senscot's activities on a day to day basis. In particular, Aidan oversees the development of new services and setting up new initiatives. These have included Scotland UnLtd, DTA Scotland, the Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport and Senscot Legal.

Kim Wallace (Networks and Development Manager)

Kim has experience working for the public, private and third sector. The last 10 years have been spent working in the Third Sector on a number of roles and projects, areas of work include a wide range of employability projects, development work, european funded projects including EQUAL - Social Economy Scotland Project which attracted significant funds to social enterprise development and influenced the first social enterprise strategy in Scotland. Kim joined Senscot as Networks Coordinator in October 2009.

Karina Maiden (Office Administrator)

Karina joined Senscot in May 2008 having worked previously at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Arts Council. Originally from New Zealand, Karina has been living in Edinburgh for the past 9 years. Karina is the first point of contact at Senscot and provides general administrative support to the rest of the Senscot team. She also administers the financial systems and organises events.

Sarah Cameron (Local & Cultural SE Co-ordinator)

Sarah joined Senscot in 2011. Previous roles include Procurement Officer at CRNS and manager of Clackmannanshire Tourism as well as working in the antiques trade. In her role at CRNS Sarah was involved in setting up and supporting Public Social Partnerships, providing procurement support and supporting reuse projects to connect with the homelessness agenda.

Mary Sinclair (SE & Health Co-ordinator)

Mary joined the team in April 2015 taking up the post of Health and Social Enterprise Coordinator. She has over 15 years experience of working with the third sector. In her previous roles within both the NHS and third sector, Mary has been a strong advocate for social enterprise providing a valuable contribution to the improvement of health and social care services and being key to the prevention agenda. Mary will also be supporting the Community Food SEN.

Alan Johnston (SE & Sport Co-ordinator)

Alan took up post in June 2016. He has experience working in the public, private and third sector. Most recently working with Social Enterprises to support partnership development and consortia bidding. Previously to this, he worked with a Local Authority in their Corporate Procurement Unit, managing community benefits and procurement compliance. He has worked in the third sector in a number of project development and management roles. Alan has experience of the sport sector in a CSR development role with a large PLC and as a volunteer, providing management support for a small Social Enterprise.

George McConnachie (Partnership and Procurement Support Co-ordinator)

George joined Senscot in June 2016 having spent the previous four years as Development Manager with a local development trust on the Isle of Coll. In that role George was responsible for generating significant trading income from the newly built community centre and hostel, forming partnerships and managing relationships with a number of organisations from the private, public and third sector. Previously George worked for a mental health charity in Edinburgh, delivering business support to a number of social enterprises throughout Scotland. See more info on services George can provide.

Eddie Nisbet (Research and Communications Officer)

Eddie joined Senscot in March 2017 and is now responsible for curating Senscot’s social media channels and developing their communications strategy. His background is in journalism, having worked on STV News’ online reporting team and as a sports writer for the Daily Record. His previous experience also includes two years as a media monitor and a number of years before that in the whisky industry..

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210