As of October 2011, I’m the Director of Business & Enterprise at Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprise. My remit is to drive growth and increase the reach and impact of our members, and encompasses business development and operations responsibilities.
Before that, I was freelancing for about 7 or 8 months, on a whole range of different projects; check out the blog posts from February onwards for more details.
Before that, I was Policy and Communications Director at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), which was a broad role encompassing all on- and offline communications, all policy work with government, fundraising from multiple sources, and overseeing SSE’s evaluation and research streams. Over the last few months, I designed, recruited and facilitated two new specialist learning programmes for leading social entrepreneurs (on social franchising) and for leaders of NHS spin-outs (right to request social enterprises). Before that, I was SSE’s Network Director, managing the franchise and working to expand the network of SSEs across the UK and internationally.
Previously, I was Director of the Global Ideas Bank, an online democratic think-tank devoted to social innovation: creativity for social benefit. I also helped co-ordinate the Natural Death Centre, the UK’s only independent organisation giving funeral advice and information direct to the public (yes, slightly unusual, but if you ever need advice on environmentally-friendly funerals….).
Before that, my background is in literature, which I studied at Warwick and Queen Mary and Westfield Universities.