Head of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment (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 its social enterprise community to establish a holistic ‘eco-system of support’, including incubators, accelerators, specialist business support and affordable social finance. Scotland’s first national Social Enterprise Census found more than 5,000 social enterprises operating across Scotland, contributing £1.68 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 strengthen this innovative movement. Earlier this year, the Scottish Government announced 92 specific actions to realise these shared ambitions, including doubling the amount of seed capital available and putting social enterprise at the heart of our schools system.