Ray Banks – SEF Programme Manager

Ray is the Programme Manager for the Social Entrepreneurs Fund (SEF) at Firstport.

When he’s not managing his own caseload, Ray works closely with the relationship management team to support both prospective applicants and successful awardees across Scotland. He also works closely with Colin McMillan (Investment and Growth Manager) to help develop a pipeline into our various investment programmes.

Prior to joining Firstport, Ray worked in a variety of roles including a Scottish Government funded post monitoring NHS consultant retention and in Business Development for The Social Investment Business (formerly Futurebuilders England), where he provided the first point of contact for applicants and assessed grant/loan applications for a variety of funds totalling £400m.

As a firm believer in the social enterprise model as a direct competitor to traditional commercial business, Ray is most passionate about seeing pre-start ideas develop into investment-ready social enterprise.

Find out more about the SEF programmes on our Funding Page. Read about awardees that have been supported by these programmes in our case studies.