Our Trustees

Our Trustees


Lang Banks

Lang Banks is the Director of WWF Scotland and currently on secondment as Director of Campaigns where he works across the UK, Europe and globally on environmental issues such as climate change and species conservation. Previous to this, Lang was WWF’s Head of Comms and Fundraising. Lang is a committed environmentalist and enjoys beer, reading newspapers and raising chickens.




Ian Knox

Ian Knox spent 33 years with Bank of Scotland before taking early retirement in 2014.  Most of Ian’s career was in corporate banking, dealing with a wide range of businesses and assessing their funding needs. Ian has a keen interest in the charitable and social enterprise sectors and has been involved with a number of non-profit organisations over the past 20 years.



Claire Carpenter

Claire is a social entrepreneur who founded The Melting Pot, ‘Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation’ in 2005 and is an early pioneer and innovator of the global coworking movement. Claire has developed a range of specialist education programmes to assist start-up and established social entrepreneurs to start and grow. Claire has joined the Board of Trustees to help create truly affordable social investment options for the UK social enterprise sector.



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Neil Mapes is co-founder and CEO of Dementia Adventure, an award winning social enterprise and committed to helping people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives. Neil is also a Clore Social Fellow, RSA Fellow, an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Worcester and was selected by an expert panel of judges at NESTA and the Observer newspaper as one of Britain’s New Radicals.



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Lawson Muncaster is a founder of City AM, Britain’s most widely-read daily business newspaper, and has been managing director of the paper since its inception in 2005. Prior to the foundation of City AM, he was vice-president of global sales for the free newspaper group, Metro International. Aged 48, Lawson is married with four children and has homes in London and North Berwick. He is a single figure golfer and he supports Celtic FC.