The Social Enterprise External Judging Panel is made up of industry experts.

Thomas Gillan

Chief Officer, Finance & Strategy, Social Investment Scotland (SIS)

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 Tyler-Greig

Head of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment at the Scottish Government

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.

Rachael Brown

CEO, Cultural Enterprise Office

Rachael is a leader within the creative and social enterprise sector who thrives on solving problems and turning ideas into reality. With a strong track record of operational success, Rachael works extensively to support creative entrepreneurs and social enterprises to develop, grow and scale their business.

Rachael is part of the Leader Network at Entrepreneurial Scotland. She is Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland, Chairperson at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Fellowship Councillor for Scotland at RSA.