Community Wealth Building Bill Steering Group


The Community Wealth Building (CWB) Bill Steering Group will support the delivery of the 2021 Programme for Government commitment to introduce primary legislation on CWB during this parliamentary session.

The group is made up of representatives from trade organisations, business, academia, public sector and trade unions. Considerations for Community Wealth Building legislation will include how to harness the economic leverage of local ‘anchor’ organisations (such as local councils, health, universities, colleges, housing associations, or large local private sector employers) to tackle long standing systematic challenges and structural inequalities within our communities and support Scottish Government’s Net Zero ambitions.

The group first met in May 2022.

Key activities and remit of the group are to:

  • facilitate shared learning on CWB progress and action in Scotland
  • explore opportunities, challenges and barriers to advancement of CWB that legislation or other action by SG can address
  • discuss and review a range of emerging ideas that may form part of the Bill
  • act as the main sounding board and collaboration space for development of the legislation
  • legislative changes that can better harness the economic leverage of local ‘anchor’ organisations
  • develop strategy to enable more local communities and people to own, have a stake in, access and benefit from the wealth our economy generates
  • provide the opportunity for steering group members to help shape key policy
  • agree on the content and delivery of the legislation, including recommendations and actions that may arise from the work streams’ findings and on a format for presenting the findings
  • capture examples of innovation or best practice that may have emerged through necessity in light of challenging circumstances, and examine ways to maximise benefit by initiating new ways of working
  • oversee the activities of the work streams to ensure they deliver on brief and within agreed timescales
  • assist in the positive promotion of the legislation once finalised

Vision for Community Wealth Building in Scotland

The Community Wealth Building Model is a practical means by which Scotland can achieve its Wellbeing Economy ambitions. It seeks to leverage current public sector spending to support business development opportunities; foster sustainable growth; protect the environment; cultivate entrepreneurship; strengthen supply chains; support wellbeing; and ensure local people have secure, well-paid and rewarding employment.

The Scottish Government will work in partnership with the public and private sector, trade unions and communities to advance Community Wealth Building to become an support economic growth and play a vital role in creating a fairer, greener and prosperous Scotland.


The Community Wealth Building Bill Steering Group will be chaired by the Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth. Membership of the group draws on trade unions, businesses, academia, public sector and leadership bodies and is set out below:

  • Martin Avila, Chief Executive, Community Enterprise in Scotland
  • Colin Borland, Director of Devolved Nations, Federation of Small Business 
  • Nikki Bridle, Chief Executive, Clackmannanshire Council
  • Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  • Gillian Cameron, Programme Manager, Supplier Development Scotland
  • Anthea Coulter, Chief Executive, Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI)
  • Rob Davidson, Strategy Manager, Community Wealth Building at South of Scotland Enterprise
  • James Dunphy, Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes, Scottish Funding Council Scottish Funding Council 
  • Shona Dunsmore, Representative of Business Services Association 
  • Roz Foyer, General Secretary, Scottish TUC
  • Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
  • Euan Leitch, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Regeneration Forum (SURF)
  • Ian Manson, Chief Executive, Clyde Gateway
  • Dona Milne, Director of Public Health, NHS Lothian 
  • Barbara Morton, Director, Sustainable Procurement
  • Caitriona McAuley, Head of Service (Economic Development and Regeneration), North Ayrshire Council
  • Councillor Gail MacGregor, Environment and Economy Spokesperson, COSLA (Scotland)
  • Valerie McNiece, Programme Manager, Glasgow City Council 
  • Mags McSporran, Head of Social Enterprise Development, Highlands and Island Enterprise
  • Sinead O’Donnell, Project Manager, Fife Council
  • Jackie Smith, representative of Business Services Association
  • Duncan Thorp, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Social Enterprise Scotland
  • Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables
  • Naila Wood, Head of Social Impact, Balfour Beatty
  • Darah Zahran, Social Economy Manager, Scottish Enterprise
  • Uzma Khan, Vice Principal Economic Development and Innovation, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of University of Glasgow


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