In memory of Mark Ellerby — social entrepreneur, activist & friend

In memory of Mark Ellerby, who died suddenly on the 7th March 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death on the 7th March 2019 of our friend and colleague Mark Ellerby.

There will be few in the social enterprise sector who didn’t know Mark in one way or another, whether through his own social enterprise, Cloudberry Innovation & Development, or through the social enterprises he was instrumental in establishing, such as PSIAMS and Think Venue.

Mark previously managed Concept, RNIB’s conferencing and catering centre in Birmingham. When he decided to leave and set up Cloudberry in 2009, the social enterprise sector gained a great asset. He had energy and commitment to burn and was a constant source of fresh, new ideas and social enterprise opportunities. His contribution to social enterprise in Birmingham and beyond will be greatly missed. He was involved with BSSEC for many years and from 2015 served as one of its directors. 

We shall remember the many, many good times we shared with him — and that smile, which was never absent for long. 

Below is a message from Martin Hogg, Mark’s partner of 22 years. Our thoughts are with Martin and the friends and families of both Martin and Mark.

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Message from Martin Hogg

It is with great sadness and total shock that I have to announce the sudden death of my Partner and best friend of 22 years, Mark Ellerby. I have tried to contact as many of you personally so apologies if this is the first time you are hearing this.

Mark collapsed in Newhall Street, Birmingham whilst walking to work on Thursday 7th March at 8:30 and died instantly despite the efforts of people on the street and a passing Police team to revive him. The coroner is still ascertaining the cause of death as Mark appeared fit and well. We may know more in the coming weeks.

In line with Mark’s wishes he will be buried in his home time of Boston Lincolnshire close to where his mum was buried.

A lot of people have expressed that they would like to attend Mark’s funeral and you would be most welcome.

This will be held on Wednesday 27th March at the Boston Crematorium at 12:30. The address is Marian Road, Boston Lincs PE21 9HA. This will be followed by a reception at the White Hart Hotel Boston PE21 8SH. If you are attending then please let me know [send email to Martin].

Funeral Dress code — Mark hated formality and I ask that you dress smart casual/casual for the day and there is no need to wear black, a tie nor a suit unless you feel more comfortable that way.

For those of you who can’t attend there will be a live streaming of the service — details to follow.

Rather than send flowers or gifts, which are not expected anyway, I would ask that you make a donation to the Dogs Trust.

I am sure that this news is as shocking to you as it is to me and I would ask that you remember the good times you spent with him. I know that the last few months we spent together were some of the best.

Martin Hogg
Citizen Coaching CIC

Citizen Coaching CIC, 205 Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AU

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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