Meet the Board of Directors
Linda is a creative education champion with experience as a board member and trustee in higher education and the creative industries. She is the former Vice Chancellor of Ravensbourne University London (2015-2019), where she led the small specialist university, focused on the design, content, screen and technology disciplines. Linda has built a reputation for being a champion of the role of education for creative and digital practice at all levels and strongly supports social enterprise as an important part of the higher education social ecosystem.
She became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in 2017. Linda has been a Governor at Stationers Crown Woods Academy since 2015.
Previously, Linda was at the Glasgow School of Art, as Deputy Director (2011-2014) and a Dean at the University of the Arts London; most significantly leading academic development at Chelsea College of Arts (2003-2011). She studied fashion design at Saint Martin’s School of Art and completed an educational research doctorate at Lancaster University (PhD).
Alison leads on partnership opportunities as Director of Community and External Engagement at the Open University, helping the faculty grow its income and influence across the UK.
Alison’s expertise includes sustainable growth, strategic communications and social impact. She holds several other non-executive roles and acts as a disability adviser to businesses in various sectors, drawing on her lived experience.
Her early career includes a decade working in central government, followed by commercial roles at two other universities.
Luke has worked within the Learning Disabilities field for over 25 years, both within the NHS but significantly the Voluntary Sector. Luke is currently Managing Director of Discovery, a registered charity and social enterprise supporting adults with learning disabilities and/or autism across Somerset.
Luke has also provided consultation work with Local Authorities, CCG’s and other third sector providers and has a sound knowledge base of the social care sector in order to develop new ways of ensuring people with learning disabilities are given greater choice and control over their lives in order to be active, engaged and valued citizens within their communities.
In 2008, Luke was appointed Co-Chair of a Learning Disability Partnership Board and in 2009 was invited to join the Board of Trustees for a learning disabilities advocacy organisation. Both opportunities requiring strategic guidance for small bodies with strong values aiming to ensure people with learning disabilities can use their rights and in turn have greater control over the lives.
Kerryn is a Senior Lecturer, Teaching Practice at the Marshall Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at the London School of Economics (LSE).
She is co-author of the book ‘The Disruptors, social entrepreneurs re-inventing business and society’ and has led two mapping studies of social entrepreneurship, with a focus on poverty and inequality.
Prior to joining LSE, Kerryn led the development of South Africa’s social and solidarity economy policy, and contributed to the writing of the African Union SSE strategy paper as well as the pioneering Social Employment Fund. From 2012 – 2017, she led the Network for Social Entrepreneurship at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Kerryn is an Associate Editor for Emerald Emerging Markets Case Collection and has guest edited two Special Collections on social entrepreneurship in Africa.
She has received numerous fellowships and is actively involved in the African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars (ANSES) which promotes the development of a relevant and localised teaching and research agenda in Africa for social entrepreneurship. She is a former trustee of the Momentum Metropolitan Foundation, and former chair of the advisory board of the IDC’s Social Enterprise Fund. She has a PhD in entrepreneurship through KU Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).
Russell is the CEO of EFQM, an organisation based in Brussels, that helps companies improve their performance and ability to manage change and transformation. With offices in London, Dubai and Brussels, EFQM is the owner of the worlds leading organisational assessment model which is translated into over 20 languages across 40 countries.
Russell began his career in the banking sector in London and New York before moving into Management Consultancy. He spent 20 years working as a Partner at PwC/IBM and KPMG.
In 2015, he became the CEO of BQF (the British Quality Foundation) and in 2018 joined EFQM.
The main theme that runs through Russell’s career is delivering organisational transformation and large-scale change projects. He has lived in the US, Japan, Belgium, UK and Australia and has led teams and businesses across Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Russell and his wife Louise live in London and he is a passionate Harlequins fan (rugby) and loves wine and warm weather!!
Karen is a consultant working in Higher Education. She is the former Vice-Chancellor of York St John University (2015-2019) and Solent University, Southampton (2019-2023). She led both institutions through a period of growth and transformation.
Karen is also a non-executive Director and Board Trustee across a range of educational institutions. Karen is passionate about widening access and participation to education and reimagining the delivery of education in a digital age. Throughout her career, she has emphasized the social purpose and impact of universities and their role as social enterprises.
Karen is a professor of international higher education and has worked as part of teams setting up campuses overseas in Bangladesh, New York, China, and Malaysia. She has worked across the university sector in a variety of senior roles at the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Kings College London and Glasgow Caledonian University. At King’s she led a world class research team on the Digital Humanities and at York St John she established an Institute for Social Justice with a focus on social justice research and projects.
Karen has sat on several Boards, including UCAS, Eastleigh College and was previously Chair of the Cathedrals Group of Universities and Deputy Chair of GuildHE.
Lucy is the founding Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC.
Over the last ten years, she has developed the Social Enterprise Mark from a regional project to an internationally available accreditation, providing a clear standard for the social enterprise sector and added social value.
Lucy remains committed to responding, adapting and developing robust and credible standards, which support, strengthen and broaden the social enterprise sector. Her primary motivation is ensuring that genuine social enterprises are recognised as a legitimate and different way of doing business to change society for the better.
Lucy is publicly recognised as a key player in the UK social enterprise sector, and was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours for service to social enterprise. Over the years, she has advised several Government departments; she is currently a Year of Green Action Ambassador for DEFRA and has recently worked with DWP and the Supported Business Steering Group to launch a specialist accreditation for social enterprises and Supported Businesses that focus on employing disabled people.
Zoe is the Financial Controller at Social Enterprise Mark CIC. She joined the Board as a staff Director in December 2022.
Zoe has previous working experience in the accounting and charity sectors, providing finance and book-keeping support.