the team

board of trustees

Gordon Hunt

interim chair

Gordon trained as a librarian and managed libraries in Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow and Edinburgh before working in a variety of senior roles at the University of the West of Scotland.

Recently Gordon has worked in the grant-making sector supporting education projects at The Robertson Trust. He currently works for the College Development Network.

Gordon also served as chair of the Scottish Library and Information Council, chair of audit and governance at Stow College and vice chair of the Ayrshire College Foundation. He is currently a board member of West College Scotland.

Sam Macrae

member of the board

Sam is a recent Social and Public Policy graduate from the University of Glasgow. She currently works as a Promise Ambassador for Renfrewshire Council to ensure that Renfrewshire does everything that it can to #KeepThePromise.

While at University of Glasgow she worked for the widening access initiative FOCUS West. 

She is interested in creating a more inclusive care community which moves away from strict definitions to ensure that the community is supportive and accessible. 

Sam is also a campaigner for the rights and support for estranged students which she has written and appeared across Scotland to highlight the issue.

Pamela Forbes

member of the board

Pamela has worked in the Education sector for eight years with a primary focus on widening access to further and higher education, and an interest in social justice. 

Pamela worked for the University of St Andrews Admissions Team for five years, where she co-led the access portfolio. Pamela also led on corporate parenting strategies and support for care experienced students for the university.  

Pamela then became a Senior Policy Analyst for the Scottish Funding Council, where she provided support with the remit of the Access, Skills and Outcome Agreement team. Pamela is currently the Medical Admissions Manager in the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews.

Pamela is also a Panel Member for Children’s Hearing’s Scotland, and a Board Member of Fife College and Apex Scotland.

Jim Baird

member of the board

Jim is an interim Deputy Director within Scottish Government. He has worked in Resilience dealing with emergencies now heads up the Operations Division of Organisational Readiness within Scottish Government.

He is a former senior police officer and represented policing on the adult and child protection committees in two Local Authorities.

He was seconded to Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland and worked in partnership with Audit Scotland on joint inspection of two police forces and authorities with particular focus on the governance structures and arrangements. 

Alex Christopoulos

member of the board

Bio Pending


Adam Bennett

founder / chief executive

Adam is the founder of ProjectChange. Prior to founding ProjectChange he was co-chair of the health and wellbeing workgroup at the Independent Care Review, helping lead the groups and overall reviews work and ultimately final recommendations.

While also working at the Independent Care Review he worked part-time at Edinburgh Council to help establish their Champions Board, also in this role he also took a leading role as co-convenor of the Edinburgh City Corporate Parenting Board.

The Melting Pot

co-working space

The Melting Pot first opened its doors in October 2007, after several years’ development by a grassroots group of like-minded folk in Edinburgh, led by Founder and CEO, Claire Carpenter. 

The Melting Pot harnesses the power to ignite and effect social change by connecting people and supporting their ideas, passions and expertise. In turn, it helps Scotland fulfil its economic, social, cultural and environmental potential.

Stripe Accountants



Laura Beveridge

Jimmy Paul

Sue Mckellar

Adam Bennett


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