CEO CIES

Martin Avilla

Martin is a champion of social enterprise and passionate about its ability to help strengthen our communities and tackle inequality. He is CEO of the CEIS Group, the UK largest and oldest social enterprise support organisation.
He was previously the Director at the Kinning Park Complex (KPC), a multi-use community venue in Glasgow with a track record of innovative partnership working and of supporting others to develop new programmes of activity. Under his leadership the KPC conducted a flagship buyout of their centre, delivered a multi-million-pound renovation project and launched one of Scotland’s first Local Place Plans. Martin won a scholarship to Strathclyde Business School’s MBA programme through their Visionary Leadership Scholarship and has previously been part of leadership cohorts through the British Council and the Social Enterprise Academy.
He is a Board Member of Community Land Scotland and SURF (Scotland’s Regeneration Forum) and was previously Treasurer of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations.