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Our People

Full contact details for all staff are here. Members of the Board have to meet an established membership criteria but are present as individuals and do not represent the organisations they work or volunteer for. To contact a Board member or to ask questions about Board membership please email:

SES Staff

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Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive

Fraser joined Social Enterprise Scotland in July 2011. With a career that benefits from private, public and third sector experience and includes over 20 years working in economic regeneration, Fraser describes this role with a mixture of excitement and privilege, working on behalf of an outstanding collection of member organisations, with a highly committed and experienced Board. From 2004-2011 Fraser held the post of Chief Executive with Castlemilk Economic Development Agency and Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency Ltd and prior to that worked as Head of Economic Development at Inverclyde Council. Fraser is a Board member of BHA and Resilient Scotland. / 07501 221 582

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Duncan Thorp, Policy and Communications Manager

Duncan works on all of Social Enterprise Scotland's policy and communications, from the website and social networks, to engagement with The Scottish Government and Parliament, the media, local authorities and public. Duncan is a Journalism graduate of Edinburgh Napier University. He previously worked as a Journalist, as Communications Officer for Planning Aid for Scotland, as well as for a political magazine and events company. Duncan has worked extensively in The Scottish Parliament, firstly as media officer for an MSP group and then as a parliamentary aide to two MSPs. / 07501 221 581.

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Kate Walshaw, Administrator

Kate joined Social Enterprise Scotland in November 2007 as Administrator, responsible for membership, administering events, and acting as PA to the Chief Executive. Prior to this she was working at the Scottish Government as a temporary Policy Officer. Her background is in publishing and she worked at Elsevier for 10 years producing medical textbooks and journals. Previous to this she studied Geography at Edinburgh University.


SES Board Members

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James Dunbar, Chief Executive, New Start Highland (Chair)

James Dunbar is the founding Chief Executive of New Start Highland. He developed it from an organisation with a single employee in 2000 to one with 70 employees and a multi-million pound turnover. New Start provides training and support to over 3000 people. Additionally James has created a range of services including; furniture recycling, a retail chain, bikes, removals, horticulture, landscaping and decorating in the rural Scottish Highlands. James has a principle centred leadership style that develops and empowers a high performing team to achieve a shared vision for creating opportunities to Transform Highland lives. He is a 2 time Institute of Directors “Director of the year” winner. Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year awards 2013 recognised him as Scotland’s current leading social entrepreneur. He also led New Start to win the SCDI business excellence award for environmental sustainability.

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Claire McLaughlin, Business Advisor and Trainer, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services (Vice Chair)

Claire is a Business Advisor specialising in Social Enterprise for Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (LESL). LESL is a social enterprise that provides specialist business support services including Business Gateway. Claire has been providing business advice to new start and growing Social Enterprises in Lanarkshire for the past 10 years. Prior to this Claire worked for TLC The Learning Company, developing and delivering bespoke business and management skills training. Before this she worked in various European funding roles, writing bids and managing and administering European Funded projects for FE Colleges and the Wise Group.

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Alex Stobart, Business Development, Mydex CIC, (Treasurer)

Alex works for Mydex, a Community Interest Company (CIC), which provides identity and personal data services to citizens and organisations across the public, private and third sectors in the UK. Alex has worked in technology, food and drinks industries, in the third sector and the public sector in Scotland, UK and Europe and has an MA from University of Edinburgh. Alex is also a Board Member of Birthlink.

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Karen Bruce, Finance Manager, Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ)

Karen has been Company Secretary and Finance Manager of Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ) since 2007 and during this time has overseen the expansion of the company from 2 staff to 6 staff as well as fulfilling the HR role. Prior to joining HISEZ, Karen worked in the Finance Industry as a Bank Manager where she gained significant experience in financial planning and management, human resources and customer care.

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Conor Lanigan, Community & Business Initiative Manager, Dunedin Canmore Group

Conor has worked at a senior level within Dunedin Canmore since 2007, and his business development role involves finding creative and innovative ways of delivering added value services that benefit the business and local communities. Prior to this, Conor's business management expertise has evolved from working in the manufacturing industry, private sector sales, the voluntary sector, housing and property.

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Chris Thewlis, Director of Operations, GTS Solutions CIC

Chris Thewlis is the founder and director of GTS Solutions CIC, the only independent social enterprise to operate in Scotland's private security industry, he has a wealth of experience in security and safety with both an operational and training background, and a strong knowledge of business process, compliance, quality assurance and public procurement.