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Board Members & Advisors

Josh Littlejohn

Project founder / Social Bite Trustee

Josh Littlejohn is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. Josh is the co-founder of Scottish social enterprise Social Bite, a national chain of sandwich and coffee shops which shot to global fame when Holywood A-lister George Clooney visited an outlet in 2015. Another Oscar winner Leonardo Di Caprio then visited the social enterprise in 2016.

Social Bite competes in high street takeaway food, as well as the high end restaurant market, but does so for a social purpose. 100% of Social Bite’s profits are donated to good causes and 1 in 4 of their staff are people from homeless backgrounds. Social Bite also feed the homeless with food that their customers pre-pay for. The organisation is by far the largest distributor of free fresh food and hot drinks to the homeless in the UK – giving away over 100,000 items each year.

Josh is also the founder of The Scottish Business Awards and as well as Clooney and Dicaprio, he has also enlisted the help of world leaders such as President Bill Clinton and Sir Richard Branson to support his social endeavours.

In 2016, Josh co-founded a Social Enterprise beer company called Brewgooder, where 100% of the profits go towards providing clean water. The brewery plans to provide clean drinking water for 1 million people in five years.

In 2017, Josh was given an MBE in the New Years Honours list, which he dedicated to the homeless and marginalised. He has recieved 2 honorary doctorates and he also made the Debrett’s list of 500 most influential people in the UK 2017.

Daniel Muir

Social Bite Trustee

Daniel is a founding Partner at the Auriga Partnership advising global infrastructure,  energy private equity and impact funds on their portfolio governance model and management team performance – his team building experience spans over 200 appointments across 30 countries including Mexico, China, Kenya and Cameroon in recent years.

He also sits on various high growth company boards representing investors. Previously he worked at an executive search boutique in the City, a technology venture capital fund and KPMG Finance.

Daniel is an alumni of Strathclyde Business School, and has attended further education with Cambridge University.

Alister Steele

Social Bite Director

Alister Steele has over 30 years experience in delivering affordable housing and community regeneration solutions. He has just retired as managing director of Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, part of the UK-wide Places for People Group and among his various non-exec roles he is currently chair of energy supply business, Our Power Community Benefit Society and trustee of Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to social housing and regeneration in Edinburgh.

Linda Holden

Social Bite Director

Linda is a career HR professional with over 30 years regional/divisional/board level experience in a range of blue chip organisations working across the UK and Europe. Linda is a graduate in History and Education, holds a postgraduate qualification from Napier University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Having worked for a variety of organisations including, United Biscuits, Northern Foods, BOC, Solectron, BSkyB, DC Thomson & Co Ltd and CHC Helicopters where she led the European/Africa/Eurasia HR Teams in the lead up to an IPO, Linda is passionate about HR professionals adding real value to the businesses they support and believes that a true HR Business Partner should easily be able to identify their contribution to the bottom line profitability of a company. Energised by opportunities to work in partnership with business leaders to create and deliver strategic plans and transformational change she joined City of Edinburgh Council from April 2014 – July 2015 on an interim basis to head up the People and Organisation function during a period of major change. Linda also serves as a non-executive Board Member at Blackwood Housing Association.

Ewan Aitken & Cyrenians team


A former Convener of Education and Leader of Edinburgh City Council and CoSLA spokesperson on Education, Ewan has 30 years experience in the Public and 3rd sectors. He was also a parish minister for 7 years and founded several charities, the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering group and two Credit Unions. He is a member of Midlothian Integrated Joint Board. He is Council member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, chairs its Inspiring Communities Network and represents the Chamber on the Edinburgh Partnership. Ewan is also a member of Edinburgh University’s Academy of Government Reference Group on In/equality, founder and board member of the Ripple Project, a board member of Social Bite Communities Ltd. and Chair of BBC Children in Need Scotland Grants Committee. He’s an advisor to Circle and a member of the CoSLA Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy.

Gill Henry

Project Director

Gill is Head of Business Development at Cruden Homes/Hart Builders

Jane Bruce

Social Bite Deputy CEO

Jane is Social Bite Deputy CEO leading on operational and programme delivery.

Arlene Cairns

Social Bite Director

Hillcrest Housing Association



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