I have been working at the cutting edge of the social entrepreneurship and social enterprise movements since the mid-90s. I learned my skills at the feet of a master, working with the most prolific social entrepreneur of the 20th Century. Michael Young (Lord Young of Dartington) was founder of 30+ social purpose organisations including the Consumers Association, Open University, Language Line and Education Extra. Together we set up several projects including the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), which ran the world’s first intensive action learning programmes for social entrepreneurs. I was then Chief Executive of SSE for 5 years, developing a social franchise model to replicate the programme throughout the UK.

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My career history prior to setting up Monkey Mosaic in autumn 2002:

1995 – 2002 Co-founder and Chief Executive, School for Social Entrepreneurs, the first organisation established to provide intensive action learning programmes for social entrepreneurs

2000 – 2001 Co-founder and Trustee, UnLtd: the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, which operates the £100m Millennium Awards Endowment

1996 – 2003 Chair, Community Catalyst, which provides direct project support to self-help community organisations

1995 – 1997 Researcher, Mutual Aid in Social Housing, Institute of Community Studies (now called The Young Foundation). Work with Housing Associations on community building activities, leading to The Communities We Have Lost and Can Regain, Michael Young and Gerard Lemos (www.lemosandcrane.co.uk)

1995 – 1996 Researcher, Mapping Racial Harassment in Tower Hamlets (ICS), work with police in Tower Hamlets to track movement in concentrations of racial harrassment over time

1993 – 1995 Researcher, National Association for the Education of Sick Children, carrying out the UK’s first comprehensive mapping of educational provision for young people out of school through illness or injury