Real people with real passion for social enterprise, social economy and the West Midlands region...
Director | Strategy and consultancy
A passionate supporter and activist within the social enterprise sector with many key achievements including CEO of sustainable sector support organisation, iSE CIC, establishing one of the first recognised Social Enterprise Places in the UK, Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, recognition of Birmingham as a Social Enterprise City and set up of Birmingham’s only dedicated Women’s Enterprise and Community Hub in Sparkbrook. Sarah is a recognised achiever of the Women in Social Enterprise award and proud recipient of an OBE in 2020 for services to social enterprise.
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Director | Marketing and communications
Our highly experienced in marketing, communications and events manager with experience across the social enterprise sector having led on the first social value in construction conference while at Social Enterprise West Midlands, supported social housing provider Midland Heart with key social procurement activities for their estate services, supported both Birmingham and Coventry Social Enterprise Place activities, delivery of national Higher Education conferences for the sector, management and delivery of Global Entrepreneurship Week and Birmingham City Drive events.
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Charles has over 45 years business experience and entered the Third Sector and Social Enterprise in 2006, setting up sector support organisation, Solihull SUSTAiN and Colebridge Enterprises. In 2013, he established and ran School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in the Midlands, helping individuals and organisations create sustainable and purpose driven businesses. Currently, Charles is working as the Strategic Lead for Social Economy Growth at the West Midlands Combined Authority delivering a 10-year programme to double the size of the social economy.
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Launching Citizen Coaching and Counselling in 2005, and becoming a Community Interest Company in 2011, Martin is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Working with Birmingham Counselling Services, Living Well Consortium and the NHS, Citizen Coaching led by Martin, provide over 20,000 counselling sessions a year, many through the ‘flagship’ programme, Citizen Anger Management, helping hundreds of adults and young people every year discover ‘a life less angry’.
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Passionate about the development of opportunities for women, particularly within the third sector. Supported the growth of the Women’s Enterprise Community Hub in Birmingham, delivering of development and support programmes to West Midlands communities.
Currently operating within Yorkshire managing support services enabling women to feel safe, valued and in control of life choices and leading inspiring teams providing targeted holistic support to women impacted by the Criminal Justice System through the Together Women project, Yorkshire and Humberside.