Colin is the founder and Executive Director of Assist Social Capital CIC (ASC), he has been working in the third sector in Scotland since 1995. He began using social capital as a key resource for development within the third sector in 2002 and ASC up in 2004 with a grant from Scotland UnLtd.
Colin was Development Manager at Senscot (the Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland) for 8 years where he was responsible for setting up and supporting Social Enterprise Networks (peer support networks for active social entrepreneurs) across Scotland.
Since 2011, Colin has been focusing on developing ASC as a resource for those interested in putting social capital into practice. ASC is works with organisations across Scotland and internationally. We have a strategic partnership with the Voluntary Action Fund to explore opportunities to Invest in Social Capital.
Contact Colin at colin(at)social-capital.net
Born in Barcelona, where she gained an HND in Tourism and Business Administration, Licia is our operations manager, overviewing all aspects of the organisation. She is passionate about the environment and sustainable development. She is also a Consultant Medical Herbalist, in which she gained a BSc Hons from Edinburgh Napier University in 2004.
Contact Licia at info(at)social-capital.net
Claudia joined Assist Social Capital in November 2014. As Development Officer she helps with social capital evaluations, reporting and research for various projects. Previously, Claudia completed her dissertation based on ASC’s international work on social capital and sustainability; she has a MSc in International Business and Socio-Economic Development and a BA Hons in International Management Studies with Politics and Spanish from the University of Stirling.
Claudia is currently on maternity leave, looking after daughter, Amanda, who is thriving!
Contact Claudia at claudia(at)social-capital.net
Tabitha is from Scotland and gained a BSc in Ecology and Environmental Science at Edinburgh University in 2013, during which she also worked with Mara Seaweed a Scottish seaweed harvesting and processing company. She then spent over two years living and working in Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru. Tabi joins ASC as the Project Coordinator for OASIIS, a project which aims to promote sustainable development in and around UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Using the OASIIS online platform as a tool for building partnerships, to evidence economic opportunities within Biosphere Reserves, and to provide access to new markets and investment opportunities.
Contact Tabi at social-capital.net
Isabel Brown – Facilities Manager, Glasgow Life
Isabel joined Assist Social Capital when we became registered as a charity in 2004. As the longest standing Board member she agreed to stay on and continue to support the company in making the transition to be the first charitable company in Scotland to change over to becoming a Community Interest Company.
We are indebted to Isabel’s dedication to our vision and look forward to continuing to work with her in this new stage of our history.
Mike qualified in social work in 1978 and worked in Glasgow statutory settings addressing offending, alcohol and drug problems, community care services and child protection, community development in disadvantaged areas and supporting the voluntary sector.
A spell as full-time councillor, also active at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities during the late 1990’s, was followed by 10 years involvement in the development and implementation of Scotland’s Drug Strategy. He is currently also the Chair of Apex Scotland.
Alan Kay is a social enterprise and community development researcher with particular experience in the social economy, social accounting and audit, evaluations and social capital. He is a Director of CDB Network, helped to found the Social Audit Network and is the Treasurer for the Community Development Journal.Alan has been working in a freelance capacity since 1997 after returning from four years in Indonesia with VSO. Over the years he has developed a network of contacts with a wide range of social economy and voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad and has helped from with research, planning, training, facilitation and evaluations.Alan’s formal qualifications include a BSc and a MA in Rural Development. His background is in overseas development and he has lived and worked in East Africa and South East Asia attached to a variety of organisations including HelpAge International, ActionAid and VSO. His experience is diverse but he also remains associated with the Daycare Trust, RedR and SAN. In the early 2000s Alan worked on a European project which made links between social capital and social enterprise.
Eleni Kesidou is a qualified economist with undergraduate studies in International Economic Relations and Development and post-graduate studies in Public Administration. Eleni has extensive experience in nonprofit organisation management. She worked as a Budget & Finance Co-ordinator at the Greek NGO ANCE in Athens.
Diane Campbell has supported community development since 2002, combining excellent administrative and people skills, . She is passionate about community resilience and, when working as the Development Manager for the Community Woodlands Association, supported many community groups to achieve their aims. Diane is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and has secured over £2 million for community development, has managed all aspects of capital and revenue projects. She is a qualified facilitator and trainer and has helped many groups to define direction and develop their skills.