Social Investment Programme

As the opportunities and challenges in the sector grow, there are increasing expectations that organisations will become more enterprising and self-reliant.

This requires a particular mind-set and approach as well as an openness to risk, a greater understanding of what financial mechanisms are available and innovative thinking.




29 & 30 May 2019


10am - 4pm


2 Days


Olga Wojciechowska



0131 243 26 97



For many of us in the sector, this is an area that we are less familiar with. Talking about financial products, the idea of raising finance or taking a loan for the organisation can seem a challenge. This two day programme will explore the many innovative, social investment products available to assist you in your journey towards greater self reliance.


What will you get out of this programme?

  • Understand the mind-set needed for growth opportunities and risk taking.
  • Build your confidence about social investment and its potential benefits for your organisation.
  • Successful loan application processes: understand how the lenders assess applications.
  • Understand loan processes: assessment of loan applications and pricing.
  • The role of social impact measurement: explore its role and significance for social lenders.


Who is it for? 

Leaders of social enterprises and other enterprising third sector organisations.



Pauline Hinchion

Pauline Hinchion is Director of the Scottish Community Re: Investment Trust (SCRT) and its financial arm Scottish Communities Finance Ltd (SCF Ltd). She did a Masters in Community Economy Development and has a HNC in Socially Responsible Finance.

Although previously, she worked in the private and public sectors, for over 20 years she has worked mainly in the Third Sector. This is the sector that aligns most with her own green and social philosophy for a good life . She is very interested in green politics that allows people to live equally within the resources available to us on the planet.

James Hilder

With former roles as CEO of Mull & Iona Community Trust, chair of the Argyll & Bute Social Enterprise Network and founder member of the regional Third Sector Interface, James now provides consultancy services, delivered through the social enterprise ‘An Roth Associates CiC’. 

He is currently a community councillor and volunteer director of the Sunart Community Company in Strontian, (Lochaber), which, having built a community hydro scheme is now undertaking a number of community asset transfers and community projects to enhance local sustainability.


Meet our special guests:

Kevin Cadman:

Through a 35-year career in these areas built skills in strategic planning, operational management, risk, regulation, coaching, team building, business transformation and training delivery - 30 of these years with the Royal Bank of Scotland to 2012 (latterly as Regional Director Central Scotland and in last year as the Head of Delivery for the Complaint Handling team, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest brands) and from 2013 — 2018 as the first appointed Chief Executive of Grameen UK, bringing the world-renowned Grameen micro-credit product to the UK, launching in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Michelle Wilson: 

Relationship Manager, TRIODOS Bank,

Michelle has over 18 years’ experience working in the banking industry and joined Triodos Bank in 2015.

Based in Edinburgh, Michelle is Bank’s local expert on sustainable tourism and organic farming for its Scottish customers.