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If you would like a social enterprise expert to speak at your conference or seminar, or contribute to your research, or write a blog or article for your communications – we can help you find the most relevant, expert commentator. We can call on the wide range of knowledge, expertise and sectors that our certified frontline, social enterprises and the Social Enterprise Mark team represent. For example:
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director at the Social Enterprise Mark Company, led the development of the Social Enterprise Mark, the only certification for genuine social enterprises. The Mark is the first development of its kind in clarifying the definition of social enterprise and providing certification for eligible organisations. Currently, with around 350 Mark holders throughout the UK, it is attracting international attention including from New Zealand, Dubai, Jamaica and beyond.
Simon Donovan, Director at Manor House Development Trust, has 20 years of experience in managing community delivery organisations. He has directed the transition from public organisation to independent social enterprise, successfully ensuring a sustainable business model. Specialist subjects incude: Regeneration and community development through social enterprise; The value of social enterprise for public services; The Development Trust model; Spinning out of the public sector.
Kate Pierpoint, Social Enterprise Manager at Manor House Development Trust, was last year honoured for her work in establishing Local Labour Hire CIC. The company is certified with the Social Enterprise Mark, committed to helping skilled people to access local employment opportunities. Local Labour Hire CIC is a London-wide specialist local labour supplier which offers employers a way to fulfil Section 106 of their local labour obligations. Kate is a speaker for the Liberate Leadership programme on spinning out of local authorities and her specialist subjects include: What is social enterprise; Managing a social enterprise; Different social enterprise models; Social enterprise in commissioning and procurement.
David Neilson, Chief Executive at Fusion21, has responsibility for overall strategic management and future direction of Fusion21. From a building surveying background, David has over 25 years with Local Authority and Housing Associations in the field of property and estate management, regeneration and stock reinvestment on Housing, Education, Leisure, Commercial and Municipal buildings. David was invited to lead the procurement activities of “Project Cinderella”; the research project that lead to the formation of Fusion21. Fusion21 is a certified social enterprise whose core business is intelligent procurement. A multi-award winning business, it generates volume efficiencies, saves public money and creates jobs, nationally across the UK. Dave has spoken at many conferences on the subjects of social enterprise, generating social value through procurement and driving social value within business.
Richard Morris has been a pioneer in Silicon Valley as well as the UK building the internet infrastructure and services we use as utilities today. Wanting to focus more on social impact, he co-founded and manages TheGivingMachine, a not-for-private-profit social enterprise that enables online shoppers to generate free donations for the causes of their choice. Enabling personalised, free giving as a behaviour choice is his passion and so far over 500,000 free donations have been generated benefitting thousands of UK charities and schools. Richard is also a trustee and vice chair of East Herts YMCA and lives in Bishop’s Stortford with his wife Connie, 2 children (Alexandra & James), Max the dog and nine fish.