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 course leader for all levels of the BA in Charity and Social Enterprise Management, and tutor for Third Sector Leadership and Management and Social Enterprise modules at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to joining the university he worked in both public and private sectors.

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 and has worked in the social enterprise sector for over twenty years, with a particular interest in social impact measurement. Nicky was one of the founders of SEEE and has been a board member ever since and is also company secretary.

Nicky has been a member of a community co-op in Norwich, then as a business adviser for Norfolk and Norwich Co-operative Development Agency. She was also 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 is a member of the Social Enterprise Mark Certification Panel.  She is also a Big Local Representative, supporting three local communities.

Dr Martin Clark

Martin Clark is deputy CEO of Allia Ltd, an independent not for profit organisation founded in 1999.

Martin is an experienced Director of SEEE and was instrumental in the campaign for Cambridgeshire achieving SEUK’s ‘Social Enterprise Place’ status.

Martin is an experienced social entrepreneur who has been instrumental in developing pioneering social finance innovations including charitable bonds. Allia owns and manages four Future Business Centres for social impact business incubation in the UK.

Jane Thompson

Jane Thompson

Jane is a Marketing Consultant with her own consultancy business and 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.

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Debbie Lee

Debbie joined SEEE as its Managing Director in September 2021. Her aim is to make a meaningful difference for our members by hearing their voice while finding and capitalising on any new opportunities this time brings for our region and the sector generally.

Debbie comes to us from a background in both the Not for Profit and Corporate sectors, most recently leading the membership and engagement team for the British Trust for Ornithology; we see her expertise in this area as a fantastic asset to SEEE.

As a Management Accountant, Debbie has worked at a Director level for much of her varied career which has included heading a coffee company in East Africa and being part of the leadership team at Essex Wildlife Trust.

Please do feel free to contact Debbie on to introduce yourself and share any thoughts or suggestions you may have for her; she’d love to hear from you.

Magdalena Partac

Magda is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance and Deputy Head for the School of Economics, Finance and Law at Anglia Ruskin University. Magda joined the SEEE Board in May 2020 to lead on financial reporting and accounting.

Magda has five years’ financial project management experience. With a background in accounting and management information systems, Magdalena is particularly interested in practice-based research around entrepreneurship and small business management. Her research at ARU aims to help small business managers identify the performance measurement practices that drive their growth.

Magda is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the British Academy of Management and a Member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Frank Sims

Frank is an experienced NHS Chief Executive with a demonstrated, successful history of working in the hospital, community and commissioning sectors. Skilled in transformation and system working having delivered significant organisational and collaborative change alongside quality, performance and financial improvement. Frank joined the SEEE Board in early 2021.

Frank joined SEEE in 2021 after being Chief Executive of Anglia Community Enterprise CIC. Prior to this Frank was CEO of N&S Norfolk CCG leading for the system an inclusive mental health strategy to transform care and support the lead provider out of special measures.

Frank is also a Director of Jigsaw South East, a West Sussex based charity supporting children and young people through the loss of a loved one.

Danny Douglas

Danny Douglas

Danny is a leading Cooperator in the region being elected to the board of the Central England Co-op and to the Members Council of the Co-op Group.

He is currently working on a number of initiatives including the growth of Fairtrade communities and a Norfolk platform co-op. Danny has been the CEO of two transport operators and currently works expanding social inclusion through public transport.

Danny has retained links with students’ unions, the most active and successful social enterprises associated with young people, after serving in a number of roles in the further education sector including Vice President of the National Union of Students UK.

Danny joined SEEE in March 2022 and brings a welcome link to Central England Co-op who support SEEE’s work across the East.

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Brigit Parker

Brigit is experienced in third sector in marketing, communications and employee engagement with Board level and senior management experience.

Brigit is a valued member of the SEEE Board and is Head of Communications for social enterprise Community Dental Services.

CDS-CIC is an award winning employee owned social enterprise and Community Interest Company formed in 2011 delivering clinical dental and Oral Health Promotion services throughout Bedfordshire, Luton, Suffolk, Thetford, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Essex and Lincolnshire.