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.
Elaine McCorriston is our Members and Programme Manager and is the main contact for any enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Natacha Wilson, founder of Cambridge Insights, works with game changers, leaders, aspiring leaders and organisations who are making a positive impact in the world.
Natacha’s mission is to support positive change through leadership development and innovation.
Natacha studied Economics and Marketing in Paris and her first career involved working for start-ups in the technology and innovative sectors, gaining experience in international marketing and project management. She subsequently worked for the University of Cambridge Business School and the Centre for Personal and Professional Development to focus on flagship development programmes and research projects (impact evaluation, leadership development).
She is passionate about empowering leaders of social enterprises to grow and create a greater and sustainable world.
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.
Martin Clark is Managing Director of Allia Innovation research, which as part of the Allia group exists to develop new responses to major social challenges such as housing for the homeless and technology to enable growing numbers of older people to live at home independently.
Martin has been with Allia since the late 90s, as the first project manager of what was then called Citylife, developing and launching the first charitable bonds in Sheffield, Newcastle and East London, and later as deputy CEO. He saw the opportunity for Allia to diversify into providing property to support social impact businesses which led to the creation of the Future Business Centre portfolio and model.
Passionate about using social enterprise to tackle social problems, he is the author of The Social Entrepreneur Revolution (Marshall Cavendish 2009) which set out to popularise social entrepreneurship, is a practitioner fellow of the Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School, and sits on the boards and advisory boards of various social impact organisations.
With Allia’s heritage as a longstanding social enterprise and social investment organisation, Martin is a strong believer in the value of social business models and delighted to help SEEE promote this case.
Brigit Parker has a background in communications and marketing in a career spanning regional publishing, tourism, agriculture, education and co-operative retail.
Most recently, she has specialised in the third sector supporting charities and social enterprises with their marketing, communications and internal employee engagement and is a passionate believer in social enterprise. Through the Eastern Enterprise Hub and School for Social Entrepreneurs – East, she supported and mentored early stage social enterprises with their start-up marketing and branding. She has also acted as a consultant to health and social care spin outs across the UK supporting their internal teams to develop values based brands, marketing collateral and their marketing and communications programmes. Currently, Brigit works for community dentists, CDS-CIC and a Norfolk based children’s charity alongside some consultancy work.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
Tony has been Managing Director of Leading Lives since July 2012. Prior to this he was employed by Suffolk County Council for 32 years in various positions and locations working across adult social care services – primarily with adults with learning disabilities. During this period Tony’s CV includes being a front-line support worker, operational manager, policy officer, locality and countywide senior manager.
In response to Suffolk County Council’s ambitious divestment programme, Tony headed up an internal proposal to create a new social enterprise into which the majority of the existing county council’s adult learning disability services could be transferred. This required extensive research, consultation and development of a compelling business case.
The business case had to extend beyond the simple externalisation issue to accommodate savings linked to the county council’s tightening finances; a gradual transition to the ‘personalisation’ programme, ongoing transformation of service provision; and longer term affordability / sustainability. Alongside this a new company had to be established and appropriate infra-structure developed.
Although building a new organisation from scratch has been very challenging, Tony is extremely proud that Leading Lives has successfully navigated its first three years as an independent enterprise. During this time it has met all spin-out requirements, maintained service volume, expanded its business and achieved a trading surplus in excess of set targets for each of the three financial years. Additionally, Leading Lives has donated £45k to 23 community projects via its Community Benefit Fund and was recently confirmed as the 2015 Health & Social Care Social Enterprise of the year.
Arshad Khalid has spent more than 20 years in the IT industry in various roles, most recently being employed as Director of Technical Services for a German company’s brand new international operations based out of the UK.
During his time in the IT field, Arshad was also a regular speaker at various industry events worldwide. In 2017, Arshad set up his own business with the aim to promote and bring to the mainstream eco-friendly and ethically sourced products. The aim is to achieve social parity and sustainable livelihoods for the economically
disadvantaged artisans, especially women, in parts of the developing world but also to revive those crafts which are on the verge of dying out. Being a technology enthusiast with a creative flair and keen interest in diversity and social cohesion, Arshad is very interested in advising or taking part in projects benefiting communities.
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.
Elaine is the main point of contact at SEEE as our Members and Programme Manager. She liaises with members to ensure that they are getting the information that they need. She also gathers information on issues of concerns to the wider network. If you are thinking about joining SEEE, Elaine can take you through the benefits of membership.