Helen Forsyth, Chair
Helen Forsyth is presently Chief Executive of Berwickshire Housing Association. She has been involved in Housing Associations and community regeneration since 1995 when she worked in a large sheltered housing provider in England. She was the Chief Executive of Edinvar Housing Association for seven years before becoming the Director of Regeneration for Place for People for three years.
Previously Helen worked in homelessness, with refugees, with people with mental health problems as well as working in a variety of settings in the voluntary sector, social work and the regional health authorities. She was also a member of the Scottish Committee for the Big Lottery for a seven year term. She was a member of the Scottish Committee for the Big Lottery for a seven year term and previously a member of the Board of Age Concern Scotland. She has been appointed to the South of Scotland Economic Partnership this year. She is also a member of the Scottish Committee for the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Helen’s passion and commitment is to improve the lives of people who live in affordable housing, and to work to improve the communities in which they live.
John Hibbert, Vice Chair
John is an investment and risk management professional with more than 30 years of industry experience. A graduate in economics and accounting, and then operational research, John has worked in the life insurance, asset management and securities industries before co-founding the Edinburgh-based Barrie & Hibbert risk management business in 1995. Having sold the business in 2011 he continues to be involved in a range of research activities as well as advising the firm’s clients and working with financial regulators.
In August 2008, he was appointed an Honorary Professor in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot Watt University. He is a trustee of the Hibbert Family foundation which he founded with his wife in 2006.
Jim has provided leadership in social change organisations, delivering at UK, Scottish and regional levels, over the past 30 years. He is a specialist in social enterprise and the support of social entrepreneurs.
The core of his career has been in social enterprise. This has included supporting social entrepreneurs in developing trading activities and managing their commercial income streams. It has also included assisting community organisations and social enterprises acquire and commercialise assets. He has set up, developed and led many social enterprises.
He was a finalist in the 2016 Social Enterprise Champion category of the Social Enterprise Scotland awards. An organisation which he co-founded, Freedom Bakery, won the One to Watch Award and was shortlisted in the equivalent UK award. He is also a co-founder and former Director of the Social Enterprise Academy and of the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition.
Stephen has held a number of senior positions in global financial services firm State Street Corporation’s Edinburgh office. Most recently Stephen was Chief Administrative Officer for its Global Services UK, Middle East and Africa division with particular responsibility for operational risk and regulatory governance and compliance. Stephen has had a long interest and involvement in supporting business involvement in the community and from 2001 to 2009 was on the Management Board of Edinburgh’s Telford College.
For 23 years, David was Chief Executive of Wasps Artists’ Studios, which develops and manages affordable workspace for the cultural and creative industries sectors across Scotland. Under his leadership, Wasps grew to be one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. David devised and led on c. £20m of cultural developments including the multi-award winning Briggait redevelopment and the creation of South Block, which won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland in 2013.
Currently, David is Project Director for NVA’s Kilmahew / St Peter’s project to re-imagine Gillespie Kidd Coia’s modernist masterpiece at Cardross. He is also currently Interim Chief Executive for Cultural Enterprise Office with a remit to provide leadership during a time of change.
David has served on many charity and social enterprise boards over the years and currently sits on the Credit Committee of Social Investment Scotland and is chair of Langside Hall Trust in Glasgow. Recently he established a consultancy company to provide advice and support to cultural and third sector organisations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and won the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Scotland 2014.
Tom is a partner in Turcan Connell solicitors. He advises on the establishment and operation of a broad range of charities and national institutions. Tom qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is an editor of the Scottish Private Client Law Review.
Mike is the Regional Manager of the Co-operative Banks Charity and Social Enterprise Team in Scotland, having joined them in 2010, to establish the Banks Scottish operation. Mike has a vast experience in working with Third sector Organisations in the provision of a wide range of banking facilities, from day to day banking to the provision of Loan Finance for capital expenditure or working capital.
Prior to joining the Co operative, Mike gained over 27 years banking experience in a wide range of positions, including be qualified in Financial Planning (CII), managing large strategic projects as well as working with the Third Sector over the past 6 years.
Holds youth football coaching certificates and previously coached youth football on a voluntary basis for many years.
Fraser is Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland. With a career that benefits from private, public and third sector experience and includes over 20 years working in the field of economic regeneration, Fraser describes this role with a mixture of excitement and privilege, working on behalf of an outstanding collection of member organisations and with a highly committed and experienced Board. From 2004 until 2011 Fraser held the post of Chief Executive with Castlemilk Economic Development Agency and Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency Ltd and, prior to that, he worked as Head of Economic Development at Inverclyde Council. Fraser is a former Board member of Cassiltoun Trust and Castlemilk and Carmunnock Community Windpark Trust.
John retired in 2016 after 40 years in banking the bulk of which was with Bank of Scotland. After working in the Branch Network, Internal Audit and International Division he focused on corporate banking working as a client relationship manager in New York and Seattle returning to the UK as the Head of Corporate Banking for the Midlands and East Anglia. John also gained significant experience in leading organisational change and programme delivery while running large-scale operations in consumer finance, business banking, corporate banking and wealth management.
John first became involved with Resilient Scotland as a volunteer providing business mentoring support to investee companies, which he continues to do. John is also a volunteer with Inspiring Scotland as part of its pro-bono network.
Ella is the Director at Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council and has over 30 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector. She has provided support and care to children, young people, and people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities. She has managed and lead organisations working in the adult care and homeless sectors.
Ella also has a long history of volunteering. She is currently a director of Wicked World Tours, a very small charity which assists disabled people to travel. She is also a director of STAND International, a charity which enables Scottish people who have experienced homelessness to volunteer with organisations in Eastern Europe.
Ella also sits on both the Board and Grants Committee for Foundation Scotland.