Having worked extensively in the private sector, Alastair became a student of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in 1998. Having established and run his own project, he returned to SSE as Development Director before moving into the role of CEO in 2004.

SSE’s core service is a year-long ‘action learning’ programme supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds. SSE additionally offers specialist shorter programmes e.g. social franchising, public sector spin outs and trading for growth. 

SSE is also scheduled to give out over £1million annually in grants to social entrepreneurs for the next 5 years.

Over 1200 social entrepreneurs have completed SSE programmes, and there are now 9 SSE franchises in the UK and international schools in both Australia and Canada.

Alastair is also a trustee of Social Enterprise UK & the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.