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Talking Heads: Leadership & Wellbeing through Social Change [Webinar Series]

Find below our ‘Talking Heads: Leadership & Wellbeing through Social Change’ webinar series.

Hear from leaders in the social enterprise and third sector, as well as mission-driven space, on their reflections and thoughts on how to navigate through these unprecedented times. These online sessions last around 30 minutes and you’ll hear insight on the challenges, opportunities and support available to these social and mission driven organisations at this time.

Find the webinar recordings below.

Webinar Recordings

Susan Aktemel, Executive Director, Homes for Good  | 21st April

Susan Aktemel

Susan Aktemel is the founder of the UK’s first social enterprise letting agency, channeling all of its profits into services for tenants – many of whom receive Universal Credit.

Susan leads by example in the private rental sector, creating safe happy homes for tenants and sound investments for landlords. Working across the West of Scotland, Homes for Good builds relationships and customer care standards with tenants and landlords alike, which sets them apart.


Douglas Samuel, Chief Executive, Spartans Community Football Academy | 22nd April

Douglas Samuel

Douglas Samuel is the CEO of the Spartans Community Football Academy, which has re-defined what is possible for a football club in terms of community engagement and participation. They do this by delivering positive social impact through the power of people and sport. As a social enterprise and charity, the Academy reinvests its profits into delivering much needed youth work, education and health and wellbeing programmes within the local community of North Edinburgh. The Academy aims to change lives through sport.


Kelly Davies, Co-Founder, The Goodwash Company | 23rd April

Kelly Davies

Kelly is the co-founder of The Goodwash Company – a luxury Welsh brand with a humble social conscience.Kelly strived to create a brand that would look good in the finest of washrooms – from Port Talbot to New York – and that would feel good on the most sensitive of skin and fur (they have products for pets!), whilst doing good by addressing some of the social issues within local communities.

Kelly and her co-founder Mandy started working with locally sourced organic essential oils on their kitchen table in Barri, developing natural products based on age old remedies.


Celia Hodson, Founder, Hey Girls | 24th April

Celia Hodson

Hey Girls was founded by Celia and her daughters Becky and Kate, with the philosophy that girls and young women should never have to compromise their wellbeing or their health. They created Hey Girls to offer customers a no leak, super comfy, chlorine and bleach free, environmentally friendly product that tackles period poverty in the UK.

All the profits from their Buy One Give One products go directly to help girls and young women in need. For every box purchased, they give a box away. Hey Girls aim to enrich the lives of girls and young women in the UK by exercising social and ethical responsibility in every aspect of their work – from where they source their products through to their supply chain, and the way they run their social business.


Jo Halliday, CEO & Founder, Talking Medicines | 28th April

Jo Halliday

Talking Medicines is a mission-driven business that puts patients at the centre of healthcare. The digital product captures the global voice of the patient, in parallel with extensive compliance requirements in order to provide curated digital insights to their clients both above and below the medicine brand.

Talking Medicines gives a digital window into aggregated views on how patients talk about and use individual medicines once they leave the pharmacy. Their social data is at a medicine level with metrics that pharmaceutical companies can use to support patient centric marketing decisions; driving more effective medicines.


Simon Blake, Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid England | 29th April

Simon Blake

Simon Blake is CEO of Mental Health First Aid England and a Stonewall Trustee. Prior to his current role, Simon was Chief Executive of the National Union of Students, before that, Brook – the health charity for young people.

Previously he worked at the National Children’s Bureau, where he held a number of positions including Assistant Director of Children’s Development and Director of the Sex Education Forum. Simon is a Governor at Bath Spa University, a Member of the British Universities and College Sport Inclusion Board, a Non Executive Director of Endsleigh Insurance and Deputy Chair of Stonewall. He is also a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. In 2011, Simon was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector and young people.

Sean Duffy, CEO, The WISE Group | 30th April

Sean Duffy

The Wise Group is a leading social enterprise which transforms people’s lives across Scotland and North East England. They support people into jobs, they work to lift people out of fuel poverty, and they help people coming out of prison to build a better future. Underlying everything they do is a passion and commitment for social justice and a fairer society for all.

Sean joined The Wise Group in January 2018 as Chief Executive and is also a Trustee with SCVO. He was recently commercial director of Newsquest Scotland and has an impressive senior leadership track record with a number of high profile organisations such as FirstGroup, National Express and STV Group. He is highly qualified and experienced in strategic leadership, business growth, stakeholder engagement and service delivery. Sean is a member of Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board and a non-executive director of South Lanarkshire College. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Strathclyde Business School.

Rachael Brown, Chief Executive, Future Economy Company / Creative Entrepreneurs Club | 30th May

Rachael BrownRachael Brown is a strategic advisor to Social Investment Scotland and our Social Entrepreneur in Residence. Rachael is the CEO and founder of both The Future Economy Company and the Creative Entrepreneurs Club – a dedicated member driven community that connects, upskills and empowers creative entrepreneurs throughout Scotland.

Prior to becoming a Director at Impact Arts, Rachael, a trained opera singer, delivered community arts education programmes in settings ranging from prisons to large theatres. She has an MBA from Strathclyde Business School, from Babson College, and is a Saltire Fellow.

For the previous two years, she has been Convener of the ‘Can Do Scotland Collective’ – a collective Impact approach to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation in Scotland. She can often be found front and centre of a stage, facilitating large scale innovation events and also championing entrepreneurship across Scotland.