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New face at the helm of Community Enterprise

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Community development organisation announces new CEO

Martin Avila has been announced as the new chief executive of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS).

Currently director of the Kinning Park Complex, Avila will take up the new position in early August replacing Ian Mitchell at the helm.  

Avila overseen the capital redevelopment of Glasgow's Kinning Park Complex and is experienced in community wealth building and social enterprise development.

He is a board member of SURF, Scotland's Regeneration Forum and Treasurer of Community Land Scotland and brings to CEIS a strong understanding of community enterprise and community-led development and regeneration. 

Avila said: “Community enterprises have a key role to play in helping create a fairer, greener and healthier Scotland. I look forward to leading the fantastic team at CEIS to ensure we do all we can to help strengthen our communities and build a more inclusive economy that works for all of us”.

CEIS chair Maureen Porch added: “These are changing times for CEIS as Ian leaves us after a long and successful relationship with the Group, as a Director for nine years and for the last two as Group CEO. 

“As CEO Ian has steered us through the most challenging of times and leaves the Group having built a solid foundation to strengthen its role as a key player in the social and economic recovery from the COVID Pandemic.

“Further, his leadership has enhanced a culture of wellbeing, while supporting staff to transition to new ways of working and embracing new challenges.”

Mitchell is returning to the Scottish Government to take up a new role.



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