ABOUT Us

The team behind the Coworking Accelerator has been involved in coworking since 2005, before you could "Google it"... We believe that great coworking spaces are built around, for, and by people and communities. We support a global network of independent spaces which share the same core values and methodologies that create great places to work, all rooted in their local community. If you have a message for the team, you can get in touch with any general enquiries here.

 

The Team

 

NAOMI LILLIE

Naomi joined in 2018 to head up the Coworking Accelerator, helping emerging and established coworking businesses take a faster and safer route to coworking success. A generalist with 20 years’ experience across the 3 UK sectors and internationally, Naomi has worked alongside entrepreneurs, innovators, educators and activists, and developed skills in management (of people, projects and events), communication and facilitation, organisational development, and - not to be taken lightly - remote working.

If not immersed in a book, you may find Naomi walking around Edinburgh or pretending to know about wine.

 
Claire 26Jan18 LowRes BW Circular.png

CLAIRE CARPENTER

Claire is a global pioneer of coworking, having founded The Melting Pot in 2005 and opened the first coworking space in Scotland in 2007. She's an ideas and action-oriented person. Her expertise is in personal, organisational and community development. Claire works internationally, advising on quality coworking, leadership, social enterprise development, and incubating social change.

In 2016 Claire was recognised as the inaugural ‘Social Enterprise Champion’ at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the UK Social Enterprise Awards 'Women in Social Enterprise'.

Whenever there’s time off, Claire can be found "having adventures and making stuff" – on her allotment, wild camping, or touring on her motorbike.

 
Sam Baumber circ.png

SAM BAUMBER

Sam has 20 years’ experience in starting and growing social enterprises and charitable organisations. He is a co-founder of five social enterprises and enjoys using his energy to create new opportunities, experiment and turn ideas into reality. 

As a social entrepreneur, he was one of the first tutors recruited to facilitate learning programmes as part of the Social Enterprise Academy, and is currently leading the Academy’s international replication.

 
Jennifer Richmond circ.png

JENNIFER RICHMOND

Jeni brings over 25 years' experience in administration, business systems and financial record keeping roles to the Coworking Accelerator. She always knows, or quickly finds, the answer for every scenario thrown her way.

When away from her faithful calculator, Jeni enjoys swimming and spending time with her family.

 
Samantha Hulls circ.png

SAMANTHA HULLS

Sam oversees the daily operations of The Melting Pot's coworking space, responsible for marketing, communications and social media. Sam’s skills also include events coordination, government policy and commercial law litigation.

Originally from Melbourne, Sam is an avid traveller and spends most of her free time planning her next weekend jaunt to Europe.

 
Anna Ciborowska circ.png

ANNA CIBOROWSKA

Anna combines her skills in community building and philosophy with her love of problem solving and appreciation of order to research, acquire, organise and update whatever is needed. A firm believer in the value of community, she works on the people side to support and engage our network members.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys music, philosophical discussions, and playing drums.

 
 

ANNE NIELSEN

As the Administrator for the Coworking Accelerator, Anne provides support to emerging and established coworking businesses, thereby enabling them to establish their own coworking businesses within their local communities. Anne is an experienced Administrator, having previously worked for Edinburgh charities Health in Mind, Children in Scotland and Clan Childlaw, before commencing her role with The Melting Pot in November 2018. Originally from Denmark, Anne has lived in Scotland since 2003 and in Edinburgh since 2008.

Anne spends her spare time studying for a language degree and also enjoys football, running and fitness, as well as spending time with her partner and cats.


  • The Coworking Accelerator builds on global trends in the creation of diverse ‘entrepreneurial hubs’

  • Quality coworking can take place in various shared spaces including: offices, maker-spaces, artists studios, kitchens

  • The Coworking Accelerator fits with EU, UK and many local governmental policy areas including community empowerment, economic strategy, sustainability, social enterprise, creativity and volunteering.