My role

I lead our work for social businesses and charities, including for co-operatives, community organisations (including leading umbrella body locality) and social enterprises. I also specialise in community asset transfer and community led housing, and social business involvement in delivering public services. I deliver high level governance support to a range of organisations, including dealing with board disputes and constitutional issues.

My experience

My work began with governance for community regeneration projects, and has developed into supporting all kinds of organisations using enterprise to achieve a social purpose. I write constitutions and advise on corporate design, as well as advising on contracts, grant funding and social investment.  I have lots of experience in establishing community ownership and promoting the co-operative principles through legal structures.

My specialisms

  • Governance for social businesses and charities of all kinds
  • Neighbourhood based regeneration
  • Delivery of public services through social enterprise
  • Co-operatives and mutuals
  • Community ownership and asset transfer
Transforming Business

We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.

Strong and stable?
Strong and stable?

Brexit means… The Conservative manifesto was dominated by Brexit. There was a firm commitment to leaving the EU, no matter what the end result of the negotiations over the next two years.

How charities can improve by adopting co-op principles
How charities can improve by adopting co-op principles

The new model, created by Learning Disability England, could revolutionise the way charities are run and bring them closer to co-operativism, by incorporating the voices of its service users, their family and friends and other interested groups.

Brexit and Charities – what next?
Brexit and Charities – what next?

For those working in the third sector, and for us all, the Brexit outcome creates some profound uncertainties, and tells us some difficult truths. There are also immediate practical implications.

Brexit, Co-ops and Social Enterprise – what next?
Brexit, Co-ops and Social Enterprise – what next?

For those working in businesses seeking to achieve social aims, whether in the community sector, co-ops and mutuals, or social enterprises, the Brexit outcome creates some profound uncertainties – but there may also be some opportunities.

What does the budget mean for social business?
What does the budget mean for social business?

By which, George Osborne indicated on Wednesday that there would be no surprising shift in policy away from the wintry predictions trailed in advance.  And – a sugar tax on fizzy drinks aside – that was what was delivered.

2016 – time for a new economy?
2016 – time for a new economy?

Last year Assemble, an architecture collective, and Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, a client that we had worked with on the transfer of properties from Liverpool City Council, won the Turner Prize.

Reading the runes – a mixed bag…
Reading the runes – a mixed bag…

The 3 million apprentices that the government hopes to have in place will partly be paid for by the new apprenticeship levy, whereby every employer with a wage bill of over £3m per year will have to contribute 0.

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