School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)
I co-founded and then ran the organisation with the world’s first action-learning programmes for social entrepreneurs. I began working with Michael Young on the issue in 1995; we secured funding and launched in 1997; I was Director from 1998 to 2002, overseeing the first UK-wide programmes, a Millennium Awards scheme in 10 areas around the UK and the initial development of a Network of Associate Schools on a franchise model. You can download a positive evaluation by the New Economics Foundation from the SSE website. In 1995 the term ‘social entrepreneur’ was not in general use in the UK; from the Executive Summary of the NEF report: “SSE was the only organisation available to support social entrepreneurs when it first began, blazing a trail that others have since followed.” Evaluation of the School for Social Entrepreneurs 1997-2007, a nef report written and researched by Richard Murray, Martin Cooper and Lisa Sanfilippo
Unltd: the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs
I was a co-founder and Trustee of the organisation which operates the £100m Millennium Awards Endowment to support social entrepreneurs with individual awards. I was instrumental in writing and presenting the successful bid to the Millennium Commission.
Nicholas Albery Foundation
I carried out an organisational review and strategic planning for foundation established to inspire direct participation in social change and act as an incubator for innovative small-scale projects.