Who is Insight Collective?

Insight Collective is an Economic and Social Research firm established by David Henderson in 2003. Prior to that David had worked as a senior consultant with SQW Local Economic Development Consulting and had enjoyed spells in academia and local government.

David also has experience of working with the voluntary sector for projects which he feels are aligned to his values. He has a particular interest in social enterprise, having had spells with Fife Employment Access Trust, a mental health employability service and WHALE Arts, a community arts initiative. 

At WHALE Arts he was allowed to pursue his interest in the links between creativity and enterprise, founding the WHALE-Pod, a business incubator, which helped develop 11 new or small businesses and established a crafters network. He has also worked with social enterprises in Midlothian and continues to work on an occasional basis with the third sector interface there.

Currently David spends three days a week with the Community Ownership Support Service, working with groups interested in owning land or buildings and the rest of his time on his consultancy work. He works regularly with Pete Tyler of Cambridge Economic Associates, particularly on framework agreement projects with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  

David has an MA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics and postgraduate qualifications in Housing and in Local Economic Development.  He has a Leadership in Regeneration Qualification and is currently studying counselling. He is on the Board of SCOREscotland, a fantastic organisation doing good work with black and minority ethic groups in South West Edinburgh.

The ‘collective’ comes from a preference for working with other freelance consultants.