About Me

Since October 2011, I’ve worked at Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprise – first as Director of Business and since January 2015 as Deputy CEO. My remit has been primarily to aid the transition of the organisation from a grant-reliant, government-centred model to a social enterprise itself with members at its heart. Though we constantly strive for more, we have had a good few years:

  • in profit every year but one in my time at the organisation
  • membership more than trebled in that time (member numbers and member income up each year for six years)
  • Social Value Act in law and being implemented; SEUK the leader in the field
  • Buy Social campaign with £1bn spend target with corporate partners
  • Social Enterprise Places programme growing reach and networks locally
  • research more credible and widely-read than ever before

Before SEUK, I was freelancing for about 8 months, on a whole range of different projects; check out the blog posts from February 2011 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.


One Response to “About Me”

  1. Clare March 18, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Great blog Nick. I’ve subscribed and look forward to reading lots more.

    Keep it up,

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