Douglas Westwater

Staff | Core Team | CEO & Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland

Douglas has been the CEO of Community Enterprise for 15 years and has worked in the third sector for over 25 years. He combines his role as Chief Officer with a portfolio of projects connecting him with grassroots issues. He has helped grow a range of initiatives to support the sector, from Accelerate, which supports non-trading community groups to flourish, to Bold, the successful social enterprise branding and design agency.

Douglas has expert knowledge of community asset transfer and capital project development, backed by his in-depth knowledge of funding and bid writing. His proficiency in these areas ensures he is well-equipped to handle complex projects and secure the necessary resources for community-led initiatives.

Douglas joined Social Enterprise Scotland as its Chair in February 2023. Social Enterprise Scotland’s role is to champion and promote social enterprises to the public and media, unite and represent Scotland’s social enterprises as the national membership-led body, and help further this mission. Douglas's significant experience in the sector made him an ideal candidate for the role.  


Areas of interest

Funding and Investment

Strategy and business planning

Community-led regeneration.


Recent Projects