Claire has a background in community development and youth work. She has worked in two local authorities, leading multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships to address barriers experienced by some of the most disadvantaged communities in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including bespoke employability programmes, international youth exchanges, community planning and armed forces community covenants. She holds a Diploma in Community Education (youth and community work) with merit in applied social sciences and an MBA with distinction. She has had a number of senior roles in the third sector including Chief Officer of Youth Bank Scotland, a youth led membership organisation that trains and supports young people to run community based grants programmes for young people that help them make positive impact on their community.
Her work in the third sector led Claire to spend 12 years as chief officer of Craigmillar Adventure Project, a social enterprise that used outdoor and adventure education to work with community activists, community groups and young people as a way of building personal and inter-personal skills and social capital. She still has a strong sense of adventure and holds qualifications in a diverse range of outdoor activities from whitewater kayaking to rock climbing, skiing and mountaineering.
Claire loves working at ESE as it gives her the opportunity to use previous skills and experience to support members who are amazing people making a impact and pro-actively creating positive social and environmental change.
Senior Development Officer
Originally a Caterer and Hotelier Gordon worked in various areas of the country for over fifteen years before moving to Further Education as a Hospitality lecturer in the Highlands of Scotland. After a period working in the far North of Scotland as a business advisor and on the development of student placements and exchanges he moved to one of Scotlands largest Further Education Colleges in the Edinburgh area. As Head of Faculty in Edinburgh he was instrumental in the development and roll out of college wide placements; innovative approaches to employability skills with diverse groups and engagement with social enterprises.
In his current role as Senior Development Officer with Edinburgh Social Enterprise Gordon meets and engages with a wide mixture of Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises both established and new to the sector. As well as offering first line business support and advice he’s developed a formal programme for new and aspiring Social Entrepreneurs which was run in 2015/16. Elements of this programme will be offered to members in different formats over the coming year. Gordon describes working with Social Entrepreneurs and their organisations as exciting, energising, inspiring and fulfilling and “the best job in Edinburgh”.
Marketing and Communications Officer
Steve comes from a background in marketing, press and digital for not-for-profit organisations. His previous voluntary work in the UK and India has given him a well-rounded insight and interest in social enterprises. Steve’s favourite part about working for ESE is all the varied aspects of the role, as well as working with all the different social enterprises. Steve’s role at ESE involves the strategic development of marketing, digital and the Buy the Good Stuff Brand, as well as promoting ESE events and raising awareness of the products and services and positive benefit ESE members bring.