SEEE is a co-operative consortium: our full members are other organisations, not individuals. Members are categorised in order to ensure that the membership of SEEE stays focussed on social enterprise. The categories are: ‘Social Enterprises (trading)’ and ‘Other organisations’.

Who we are

SEEE is managed by a Board of Directors, chaired by Andy Brady. The Board has a wealth of experience in the social enterprise sector. They are elected by the membership and are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

We also have experienced consultants who deliver our training, events and other activities. 

Jane Thompson is our Membership and Marketing Manager and is the main contact for any enquiries

Andy Brady

Andy Brady is Chair of SEEE.

Andy is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to joining the university he worked in both public and private sectors, but most extensively in the voluntary sector in London, where he was co-ordinator at a refugee community centre. 

In 2008 Andy set up the university’s 3rd Sector Futures initiative, which delivers a range of learning, research and consultancy services to charities and social enterprises.  Since 2011, Andy has been the course leader for the university’s two year part-time Cert HE in Charity & Social Enterprise Management, which has recruited well over a hundred third sector leaders from across the UK.  This work has been recognised with a Vice Chancellor’s Award for services to Anglia Ruskin University in the Community, and several nominations from students as Tutor of the Year, which he won in 2018.

Andy has been a director of Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE) since the company was founded in 2005, was also a trustee of Voluntary Sector Training, a social enterprise based in Essex.  He has served as an external examiner at the University of Ulster and the University of Hertfordshire, and was the Business Plan Head Coach for the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship Programme in Cambridge & Windsor from 2011-17.  As well as teaching abroad (most recently in Georgia and Ukraine), he supports ARU’s enterprise work, giving lectures on social enterprise to students and staff across all faculties.

Andy completed a Masters in Community Enterprise at the Judge Business School in 2007, and holds a first degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Salford.   Andy has worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the RSA, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He is interested in the effectiveness of social enterprise networks, a topic on which he has delivered conference papers and published articles.  He has written book chapters for The Big Society Challenge (2011), Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise: Context and Theories (2014), and A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship (2019).

Nicky Stevenson

Nicky Stevenson is a freelance consultant and researcher, with a particular interest in social impact measurement.  She has worked in the social enterprise sector for over twenty years, initially as a member of a community co-op in Norwich, then as a business adviser for Norfolk and Norwich Co-operative Development Agency.  She was a founder and partner at The Guild, a leading social enterprise consultancy until 2012.  From 2012 – 2014 she was the Co-ordinator of Norfolk Community Transport Association.

Nicky has worked on a number of influential research projects including work for the National Offender Management Service on the opportunities for reducing re-offending through social enterprise and recently researched and wrote the social enterprise prospectus for the South East Local Enterprise Partnership..  She has written extensively about the role of mutual and social enterprise in various areas of social policy.  She co-wrote ‘A Guide to Getting Started in Social Impact Measurement’ and designed and co-wrote a Social Impact Measurement Toolbox with Helen Fitzhugh, with whom she wrote ‘Inside Social Enterprise’ published by Policy Press in February 2015.

She is an experienced trainer and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.  In 2018 she refreshed the ARVAC community research learning tool. In 2019 she has delivered training in social enterprise start up for the Essex Growth Hub.

Nicky was one of the founders of SEEE and has been a board member ever since.  She is also company secretary.  She is a member of the Social Enterprise Mark Certification Panel.  She is also a Big Local Representative, supporting three local communities.


John Chillcott

John Chillcott is Director of Central England Co-operative and is former Chair of SEEE.

John is a former CEO with an extensive retail business background providing commercial and Board services and advice to organisations and businesses. John has wide experience of corporate and business re-structuring at Board and Executive level and developing and implementing business strategy.

Jane Thompson

Jane is the main point of contact at SEEE and manages our marketing activities. A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Jane has over 19 years experience working in the not-for-profit sector and runs her own marketing consultancy Thompson Marketing which supports social enterprises and charities with their marketing strategy and delivery. At SEEE Jane liaises with members to ensure that they are getting the information that they need and shares member news via our newsletter, website and Twitter account. She also gathers information on issues of concerns to the wider network. If you are thinking about joining SEEE, Jane can take you through the benefits of membership.