We are experienced social entrepreneurs who understand the lonely feeling of being the only person with an idea. We’ve gone through the dirt, the fear, the late nights, the worry and we live with the responsibility of leading a social start-up.

Claire Carpenter

Claire Carpenter, Founder and CEO

Award-winning social entrepreneur Claire Carpenter founded The Melting Pot – one of the world’s first coworking spaces – in 2005 in her adopted home city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Now a leader in her field, Claire tours internationally providing expertise and thought leadership on quality coworking, incubating social change, leadership, and social enterprise development.

Claire’s expertise is in personal, organisational and community development. She is an ideas and action oriented person. In 2016 Claire received the inaugural “Social Enterprise Champion” Award at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the UK Social Enterprise Awards’ “Women in Social Enterprise” category.

Julie Ellam

Julie Ellam, Good Ideas Coordinator

Julie is passionate about working with people, learning their stories, and collaborating with them to connect with others. She is also keenly interested in mental health and wellbeing. As a communications and events specialist she works with entrepreneurs and social innovators to develop their impact.

Julie coordinates Good Ideas and is the glue that holds it all together.

Helen Denny

Helen Denny, Business Development Lead & Facilitator

Helen has worked extensively across the UK and Internationally, facilitating group and individual learning. She has worked across the Third and Public Sector for over 20 years in a range of leadership positions. She is passionate about working with organisations that are seeking to make societal change and brings her expertise in this area to support start ups through to larger organisations as they explore their impact. She is an energetic and skilled facilitator, ensuring that she brings the best out in the individuals or groups she is working with. When she isn’t busy working she can be found aboard her narrowboat on the Edinburgh canals or up a mountain!

Joe Trodden Good Ideas Facilitator

Joe Trodden, Good Ideas Facilitator

Joe has worked with around 300 entrepreneurs over the last 5 years, from idea stage through to seven figure turnover businesses. He is passionate about the power that entrepreneurship has to make us a world leader in sustainability, equality of opportunity and global impact. “Scotland is uniquely positioned because of our talent pool, cultural connectivity and dedicated people to create something incredible, we just need to put the right people together at the right time. I’m proud to be playing a part in that as a member of the Good Ideas team and helping the next wave of social entrepreneurs to explore their ideas.

Megan Fraser

Megan Fraser, Good Ideas Facilitator

Megan has held leadership, consultative, and educational roles in entrepreneurship, small business consulting, and the Third Sector in the UK, Europe and North America. In addition to supporting 1-1 development, Megan is passionate about contributing to wider social and environmental impact. She is a Learning & Business Coach for the EU initiative, The Journey at Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest summer school for climate innovation and entrepreneurship, where she has coached 40 young people to create start-up ideas that tackle climate change. She is also a Developer at The Lens, where she is part of a team that develops intrapreneurial culture change in the Third and Public Sectors across Scotland.

Good Ideas is one part of The Melting Pot team. Meet the wider team here >>.