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.
Claire Ironside is currently the Director of Customer Services at Port of Leith Housing Associations and has been there since 2013. She has more than 25 years’ experience of working within the housing sector, covering housing development, management and regeneration. Over the years, she has worked in both the voluntary and a number of public-sector organisations. She has also direct experience of community engagement, social enterprises and training/employability services. She brings previous strategic and board experience from her time as a Board member on Dunedin Canmore Housing Association. She is passionate about housing and the key role it plays in people’s life’s
I was delighted to get the opportunity to join Waverley Housing in January 2018 following a 6 year stint as Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland. Prior to that, from 2004 through to 2011, I held the post of Chief Executive with Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency which was formed from a merger of Castlemilk Economic Development Agency and Gorbals Initiative. I joined CEDA from Inverclyde Council where I had been working as Head of Economic Development between 1998 and 2004.
I’ve been involved with Resilient Scotland since May 2013 and believe it’s approach is different from anything I’ve been part of before. There is an energy about Resilient Scotland which is, in part, due to the formidably talented Board and highly competent team. However, there is a freshness about the blended investment model and the achievement of social impact which, whilst requiring us to assess risk proportionately, helps us to find ways to say ‘yes’ rather than a long slow no’.
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.
Lesley is the Chief Architect for the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, co-founder of Iridis–a built environment digital assessment programme at the University of Stirling and Directorof INCH Architecture & Design–a social enterprise architecture practice based in Glasgow.
With 17 years of professional practice experience, Lesley is an experienced architect and a confident leader of cross disciplinary design teams. She has extensive experience of working closely with housing associations, communities, charitable bodies and third sector organisations, helping them realise their capital design projects; advising on funding, procurement and construction processes. Lesley leads the DSDC Dementia Design Team, which offer dementia consultancy services in architecture & design, design training and advising clients throughout their build project on the importance of and practical application of dementia design principles. Lesley works globally supporting clients in projects in Japan, India, Australia, America , Europe and the UK. Her fields of interest are: designing for people with dementia; demonstrating impact through good design & community benefits; and democratising architecture.
Lesley previously held the position of Studio Director for the BSc Honours year at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. and has been a guest critic at several acclaimed schools of architecture including; Bauhaus Weimar, University of Sheffield and Glasgow School of Art.
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.