Dan Gregory has been lucky enough to gather considerable experience of the policy and practice of funding and financing mutual and social enterprises, at the Treasury, Cabinet Office and in helping manage government investment funds. Dan has supported social enterprise ‘spin-outs’, developed innovative performance-based investments for social enterprise, led the development of a social investment bank, developed the first social enterprise risk capital fund of its kind, and co-created the first UK social investment conference. He takes all this stuff far too seriously and tries really hard not to get annoyed when things aren’t done properly

Sarah McGeehan spent the last 15 years building a deep knowledge of social innovation, social finance and health service delivery. Sarah was the Head of the Regional Innovation Funds Advisory Service (RIFAS) team at the Young Foundation. Sarah previously led NESTA’s £4 million risk capital programme aiming to give high growth social enterprises the resources they need to scale. Previously, she spent five years with the Community Development Finance Association and has also worked with the New Economics Foundation and lived and worked in Uganda for three years.

Nick Temple was previously the Policy and Communications Director at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), which encompassed all communications, policy work with government, and overseeing SSE’s evaluation and research streams. He designed and delivered learning programmes on social franchising and for leaders of NHS right to request social enterprises. Previously, he was Director of the Global Ideas Bank, an online democratic think-tank devoted to social innovation, and helped co-ordinate the Natural Death Centre. Nick is also editor of 500 Ways to Change the World, the Time Out Book of Country Walks vol. 2, and Poem for the Day 2. / @nicktemple1

Esther Foreman is a Clore Social Fellow and an RSA fellow.  A trained ethnographer,  she started her campaigning career at Medecins Sans Frontieres and then moved to Shelter, where she successfully helped to secure Government commitment to building extra housing. She then had a stint at Help the Aged where she ran the successful Just Equal Treatment campaign to make age discrimination illegal and then moved onto Mencap, where she managed policy, campaigns and public affairs for a few years. Until recently,  she served as a trustee for her local housing association.  She is interested in; activism, social change, human rights and social leadership.

Andrew Laird is a public service policy and strategy specialist with particular expertise on the Government’s Big Society agenda – including employee-led public services. He is interested in how to translate government policy into reality and what is realistically achievable on the frontline. Andrew has worked with social workers, doctors, teachers as well as charities and social enterprises, including with the Department for Education on the Social Work Practice pilot programme. Andrew is a Director at Mutual Ventures and writes regularly for the Big Society Network Blog.

David Boyle is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, a founder of the time banks movement and the author of a number of books about the past and future, including The Tyranny of Numbers, Blondel’s Song and Eminent Corporations. He is one of the pioneers of the movement known as ‘co-production’ in the UK, whereby people share with professionals responsibility for delivering public services.

Mark Walton co-founded The Waterways Project @ CIVA.  The project was set up in response to the proposal to move Britain’s waterways into charitable ownership. It aims to identify opportunities for social enterprise and community asset development arising from the move, and to apply the learning from the project to other environmental assets.  After starting his working life as an environmental researcher and regulator, Mark has spent the past ten years working to support community action and social enterprise development across a range of environmental and sustainable development issues, from waste management to climate change.

Henry Hemming is the author of four books including, most recently, Together: How Small Groups Achieve Big Things, described by Lord Wei as “a non-political manifesto for Big Society” and by Theodore Zeldin as “a very valuable book, lively, instructive, original and full of interesting detail”. He has written for The TimesThe Sunday TimesThe Daily Telegraph and The Financial Times, among others. He has been on Radio 4′s Today Programme and given talks to festivals and companies including RDF Media, the RSA, the Big Society Network and the Frontline Club.  Henry is a specialist in the workings of small groups and communities, and the changing role they play in society today. His approach is based both on an understanding of group psychology and the history of these groups over the last five hundred years.

Special Guests:
Dave Dawes is a nurse and a social entrepreneur. He is the founder of 4 social enterprises and is active nationally as a member of the Social Enterprise Coalition Council and a member of the Social Enterprise Investment Fund panel. Prior to moving into the social enterprise world, he was an NHS Chief Executive and spent 8 years in commissioning. He has helped a number of social enterprises emerge from the NHS as part of the Right to Request initiative and has particular expertise in helping social entrepreneurs raise funding and develop business models.

Kirsten van den Hout is an experienced project and operations management consultant. She has recently worked for a variety of clients including the School for Social Entrepreneurs Suffolk and the Wales Social Enterprise Coalition.   But it’s not all about working for an intermediary….Kirsten also likes to get her hands dirty in her new home town of Bristol. She’s a trustee of a brilliant local social enterprise, The SOFA Project, and is about to start an exciting project to provide mini break holidays to carers on behalf of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centre.

In a previous life Kirsten was Director of Business at the Social Enterprise Coalition (UK) where she helped to set up and launch the Social Enterprise Mark Company.  She also has experience of managing national and European projects to raise the profile of social enterprise and influence policy development.

The Learning Disability Coalition @ldcoalition

2 Responses to People

  1. Popped in to “POPSE” and was happily surprised to find (unlike so many sites) this one was timely, informative and just a little irreverent and so liked it a lot! Expecting great things from this little site so may have to join it and contribute!

  2. Pamela Holmes says:

    Will pop into POPSE this afternoon ( I’m sure there’s a place for bikes) so see what’s happening and who’s interested in driving forward new ideas around ageing – work, design, the provision of services and so on.

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