James Hilder has 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’.
The Social Enterprise Academy is a key delivery partner for the Scottish Government's Just Enterprise support programme, however James also delivers direct support to social enterprises as programme subcontractor.
He is a Trustee of Foundation Scotland and over the years has facilitated a number of national forums, and assisted numerous charities with their strategic reviews. He was involved in the successful merger of the Argyll CVS and the Volunteer Centre and has chaired a number of partnerships involving participants with widely differing perspectives. He managed the Mull & Iona Community Trust for 13 years where experiences included community land buyouts/asset transfers, heritage projects, renewable energy, community transport, recycling, charity shops, events and festivals, and fundraising guidance to the over 80 of the islands' voluntary groups. James' early career spanned operational management in retail, visitor attractions, leisure facilities, management consultancy and training for private and charitable organisations across the UK, including The Industrial Society and the L&R Group.
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.