Thomas is responsible for the financial management and strategic planning within SIS; supporting the delivery of the overall vision and mission of the organisation. In 2015, he led the development of SIS Community Capital, the UK’s first social co-investment fund raising investment using Social Investment Tax Relief. With a background in corporate finance, he is passionate about social entrepreneurship, connecting organisations with mission-aligned investors to support inclusive growth and social impact.
In 2016 Thomas was named the sustainability winner in the top 35 CAs under 35 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.
Will is Head of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment at the Scottish Government. For more than a decade, the Scottish Government has worked collaboratively with the social enterprise community to establish a holistic ‘eco-system of support’, including incubators, accelerators, specialist business support and affordable social finance.
Scotland’s second national Social Enterprise Census found 5,600 social enterprises operating across Scotland, contributing £2 billion to the nation’s economy. Through ‘co-production’, a progressive approach to designing public policy, Will and his team worked with Scotland’s social enterprise sector to design a new ten-year strategy to further strengthen this innovative movement.
In April 2017, the Scottish Government announced 92 specific actions to realise our shared ambitions, including doubling the amount of seed capital available and putting social enterprise at the heart of its schools system.
Will is also an advocate for sustainable transport and its benefits. He is a keen cyclist and walker, and is serving as a director for the UK charity, Living Streets
Susan Aktemel is Director of Homes for Good (Scotland) CIC, and Homes for Good Investments Ltd. An experienced property developer, she has combined these skills with her commitment to improving people’s lives to create Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency and social landlord in the private rented sector.
From 1994-2012 she created and grew Impact Arts, now a leading Scottish charity. Since 2014 she has raised over £12 million in social investment for Homes for Good, named Social Enterprise of the Year 2016 in the Scottish Business and Social Enterprise Scotland Awards.
Last year she received an Honorary Doctorate from Strathclyde Business School for achievements in Social Enterprise. Susan is also a committee member of Blochairn Housing Co-operative, and a mentor for The Young Foundation.