Paul McColgan Chief Executive

In 1991, Paul completed a degree in Economics from the University of Paisley and went to live in Barcelona where  he spent three years volunteering in the soup kitchens in the mornings whilst teaching in the prestigious EADA business school in the evenings.

He returned to Scotland in 1994 and began working for SCIAF, Scotland’s Aid Agency and later trained as a consultant to social enterprises at CEIS.

From 1996-2000 Paul completed a Masters degree where he deepened his understanding of poverty and marginalisation among disabled people and those living in areas of deprivation. This laid the foundations for his development of the Community Renewal methodologies, all of which are based on a Critical Reflection Process with compassionate listening at the core.

2003 was a very important year in Paul’s life,  his first child was born, he authored Disability Equality in Scottish Schools  – (a training programme to support the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream schools), and he co-founded Community Renewal.

Paul is passionate about supporting people and communities to lift themselves out of poverty and is working to influence policy and decision makers at Scottish, UK and international level. Paul served on the board of NHS Health Scotland from 2016 to 2020.

In November 2019, he was named Social Enterprise Champion at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards.

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It is about compassionate listening, creating stories, challenge and change