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).
Sara became the Regulator of Community Interest Companies in September 2007. As a light touch regulator, Sara’s key role was to raise awareness of community interest companies and maintain public confidence in the CIC legal form. Her term of appointment came to an end in September 2015 and Sara now advises on the CIC model and other social enterprise options.
As a former Chief Executive of a charity, Sara has over 26 years experience of working at management and senior management level in the third sector, with a variety of small local and large national charities. These include Mencap and The British Red Cross Society.
As well as paid work Sara has offered her skills on a voluntary basis to charities and has sat on voluntary management committees, including as Chair. Sara firmly believes in the value of mentoring and coaching and does pro bono work in this field. She is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce).
Sara lives in Cornwall and is working with a number of organisations supporting social enterprise and business around the country.
Matthew currently holds a number of non-executive director appointments in sectors including financial services, social care, housing, health and consults on responsible investment, stewardship and governance to institutional investors.
He was the Managing Director of Pension Quality Mark from 2016 to 2018, during which time he was responsible for re-writing the standards that UK Pension schemes are assessed against, and re-designing the accreditation process.
Matthew holds an MBA from HEC, Paris. In his spare time, he is a member of a number of charity boards and enjoys climbing mountains, flying gliders and sailing.
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.
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!!
Brendon Noble has an extensive track record in research in health, ageing and physical activity, both at the Medical Schools at University of Cambridge and at the University of Edinburgh where he was Professor of Regenerative Medicine in the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine. He was also Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research, Post Graduate and Innovation at the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth.
He is the Higher Education representative for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Committee on the European Structural and Investment Fund and sits on the HoSW LEP Business Leadership Theme Group and the Plymouth Area Business Council (PABC).
He has undertaken advisory roles in a range of sectors including healthcare, technology and AgriTech. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen, he is a Fellow of the Royal Biological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a Trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and Managing Trustee of the conservation charity, the Frozen Ark and he has founded a company in the MedTech space.
He is passionate about technology and biotech, art, travel & fine cuisine and in his younger years played in a couple of bands.
Nita is a senior strategist, specialising in purpose-led strategy, corporate sustainability and small business entrepreneurship.
Through her well-established corporate consultancy, Planet Communications, she has worked with well-known brands, such as Barclays, Danone, Tetra Pak, and Unilever, to provide C-suite and Board level advisory services, and develop corporate sustainability strategy with social purpose campaigns or ESG (environment, social and governance) reporting.
Nita is passionate about developing strategic solutions for the world’s environmental and social problems, bringing meaningful equality through diverse thought-leadership and female-led entrepreneurship. Her third business is due to launch by the end of 2020, bringing together her skills as an entrepreneur and a sustainability maven. Nita will now be offering coaching helping individuals to lead more purpose-driven careers, and facilitate the growth of many more sustainable businesses and social enterprises.
Nita also sits on the Advertising Standards Authority Council, ensuring that UK advertising is not only responsible, but takes a forward-looking approach to digital advertising. Appointed to the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) in May 2019, Nita supports the Mayor of London in shaping policies that result in the fair and inclusive growth across the capital by being a business member of the LEAP and LEAP Investment Committee, their representative on the London Recovery Board, and on the Royal Docks Programme Board.
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.
Rachel is Business Development Manager at Social Enterprise Mark CIC. She joined the Board as a staff Director in December 2020.
Rachel has a background of working in sales and customer relation roles in many different sectors. She decided to take her skills in a new direction and joined the Social Enterprise Mark CIC team back in 2013 when she decided she wanted to work for a company that is driving positive change in the world of business through social enterprise.
Rachel has played a key part in many aspects of the business’ development over the years, helping the team navigate through many changes, such as introducing the Social Enterprise Mark internationally, introducing new products and developing relationships and partnerships as we expand our reach more widely.
Rachel began to take an interest in social enterprise as she took a career break in early 2013 and returned to learn more through a quick voluntary role at a local social enterprise before then joining Social Enterprise Mark CIC. She has always had a passion for doing meaningful business but also putting her own spare time where it matters whether that be voluntary work for local charities or supporting those in already in her life.
In her spare time, Rachel particularly enjoys being amongst nature on epic dog walks or bike rides but also enjoys the simple life, kicking back at home to some good music or doing some yoga – Namaste!