James Finnie

Business Adviser


  • Played lead role in start-up of two Social Enterprises

  • 13 years’ Social Enterprise advisory experience in Scotland and internationally

  • Grant and awards assessor for the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, and the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF)

  • Senior management experience for global private sector corporation   


What is your role at CEIS?

My role at CEIS is incredibly varied, from working in Scotland to working internationally; helping very small clients to working on behalf of the Scottish Government; and providing support across the full range of business functions. The core thread running through all of my work is making Social Enterprises stronger, more sustainable and more able to deliver on their social impact.

My particular interest is in developing new business models in new sectors for Social Enterprise and I also have a keen interest in the rise of technology based Social Enterprises under the ‘Tech for Good’ banner.