Inspiralba Team

Inspiralba Team

Inspiralba Board

Chairperson – Deirdre Forsyth (Fyne Energy), Colin Renfrew (Fyne Homes), Amanda Card (Kintyre Recycling), Tracy Chambers (Kintyre Link Club) Mick Eyre (Maxie Richards Foundation) Shanon MacDonald (Tarbert Harbour Authority).

Inspiralba Staff

Development Manager – Ailsa Clark, established Inspiralba, in 2009 to deliver social enterprise business development and management support across Argyll and Bute.  Ailsa brings 20+ years management experience gained building traded income, developing and delivering services and managing contracts in the public and community sector locally, nationally and internationally.  Delivering business support since 2006, Ailsa has worked with social enterprises across a range and diversity of activities using a solution focused approach to assist with business growth and sustainability.

Admin and Finance – Rachel MacPhail, provides Administrative and Finance support for Inspiralba and has recently completed an apprenticeship with us, achieving her SVQ 3 in Business Administration with Argyll College UHI.  Rachel also provides support to our Rural Social Enterprise Hub and Employability activities.

Business Advisor – Joanne Slater, provides support on business development and financial management for social enterprises across Argyll and Bute as well as assisting with training.  Experience in project management and financial management have proven to be an asset, assisting groups with detailed planning support and systems to ensure effective financial management following a decision to change direction after 18 years in manufacturing.

Rural Social Enterprise Coordinator – Ailsa Higgins, provides support for our Rural Social Enterprise Hub work and European ViSENet project working with partners across Scotland and in Finland, Estonia, Romania and Germany to develop information resources and learning materials for social enterprise in the rural and community context. Ailsa worked with Inspiralba as an intern whilst studying, which inspired the focus of her dissertation on ‘The Geographies of Social Enterprise in the Highlands and Islands’ and has joined the team full time since graduating.

Rural Research and Engagment Lead – Sue Rawcliffe, takes a lead in research and engagement activity for the Rural Social Enterprise Hub, to assist us to build learning from rural social enterprise across Scotland.  Sue brings 30 plus years experience from a range of developmental and policy roles in the community sector. She has recently completed a PhD at Strathclyde University that took a long view of the role that communities have played in social welfare in the West of Scotland.  Sue has a particular interest in rural social enterprise and the role of social enterprise in sustaining rural communities

Inspiralba Associates

James Hilder, an energetic leader, passionate about the power of communities to achieve more for themselves and to expand social enterprise as the key to regeneration and social inclusion. After 9 years in a variety of management roles in England, James has spent many years in Scotland working to develop and support social enterprises at local, regional and national level, whilst simultaneously developing a successful development trust.  James brings skills in governance, leadership and strategy, business and operational planning.

Neil Donaldson, an innovative, experienced countryside professional with an extensive background in all aspects of recreation and conservation management. With 30 years experience in the field with an excellent track record of project management in a multi-agency environment.  Previous experience delivering programme activity for Tarbert and Skipness, Kintyre Way and Argyll Wood Fuels Co-operative. Experience in providing feasibility and business planning support for a number of community retail activities, including Jura Stores.

Ann Bolton, an experienced fundraiser having worked with national and local organisations to generate income.  Anne brings administrative and organisational skills gained during her varied career, with several periods working abroad in the Far and Middle East in administrative and organisational management roles, before moving back to the UK and working as northern fundraiser for Turning Point. Ann has worked as a professional fundraiser for over 15 years.

Inspiralba can also bring expertise including governance, economic impact analysis and financial planning from a broader team of partners that we work with.

InspirAlba | A social enterprise providing development, management, funding and evaluation support for the community sector.

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