Working group: economy and enterprise

Working group: economy and enterprise

Introduction

Our themes are guided by Working Groups of subject specialists. They are lead by members of our Advisory Council and supported by Fellows, and partner organisations. Each Working Group identifies a topical issue around which to focus an annual theme, and then supports its delivery and promotion. Members are available to help Fellows in that theme with advice and networking.

Members of this Working Group:

Working Group memberLinsay Chalmers CF

Linsay Chalmers is the Development Manager for Community Land Scotland, the representative body for communities that own land or buildings in Scotland. Her Fellowship in 2010 focused on enterprise and community recycling.

Working Group memberGary Fawdrey CF

Gary Fawdrey is a social innovation and impact practitioner working for Nesta - the UK's social innovation agency. His Fellowship in 2019 explored accessible engagement in social entrepreneurship.

Working Group memberYvonne Field CF

Yvonne Field is the founder of The Ubele Initiative, an African Diaspora led social enterprise aiming to build more sustainable communities across the UK. Her Fellowship in 2012 focused on creating future community-based leaders from the African-Caribbean community.

Working Group memberLucy Parker CF

Lucy Parker is Chair of our Advisory Council and is a Churchill Fellow. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor with global companies across a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, engineering, retail and telecoms. She heads up the Business & Society practice for the Brunswick Group, which advises companies on critical issues for critical stakeholders. She led the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Talent and Enterprise in 2008-2010.

Working Group memberDeepesh Patel CF

Deepesh Patel is Editor at Trade Finance Global. He is host of the ‘Trade Finance Talks’ podcast and author of several trade papers. Deepesh is also Vice Chair of Governors of the Wyvern Federation. His Fellowship focused on ethnobotany and the economic value of biodiversity, on a trip to the UN Environment Programme and Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Working Group memberSeigo Robinson CF

Seigo Robinson is a PhD researcher on circular economy business models at University College London (UCL), formerly an advisor on sustainable business and is an On Purpose Fellow in social enterprise. His Fellowship in 2016 focused on the intersection of social enterprise and the circular economy.

Working Group memberRobin Rogers CF

Robin Rogers is the Programme Director, COVID response, for Oxfordshire County Council. His Fellowship in 2010 focused on how local and regional governments worked in partnership with social enterprises in the interests of communities.

Working Group memberKajal Sanghrajka CF

Kajal is the founder and director of Growth Hub Global, an advisory practice which supports and promotes entrepreneurial growth for businesses and educational institutions. Her 2017 Fellowship focused on effective migrant integration through entrepreneurship.

Working Group memberJiselle Steele CF

Jiselle Steele is a private sector Gender Advisor working with the Oxfam Business Advisory Service. Her Fellowship in 2014 focused on youth and entrepreneurship as a catalyst for social mobility.

Working Group memberRoger Warnock CF

Roger is a social entrepreneur working on a range of sustainability and social innovation projects. His Fellowship in 2013 focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship in young people.

Working Group memberEifion Williams CF

Eifion is CEO of Circular Economy Wales, helping build community-serving Circular Economy services; replicating proven global models utilising Welsh and international specialist support. The aim of his approach to the Circular Economy is people benefitting; helping re-build competant communities. His Fellowship in 2018 looked at complementary currencies across Europe and how they could add resilience to the foundational economy.

Working Group memberYvonne Witter CF

Yvonne Witter is a freelance business advisor and trainer providing bespoke capacity building support to the Micro Business and Social Enterprise sectors. Her Fellowship in 2010 focused on capacity building support to Micro Businesses in a time of recession.

Working Group memberKai Wooder CF

Kai Wooder is a member of our Advisory Council and a Churchill Fellow. She is the Director of Enterprise at The Rank Foundation, a community-focused grant-maker. Her previous roles were in the youth and community sector and she has led a social enterprise. Kai is a past tutor with the YMCA George Williams College, an Action Learning Set Facilitator, and founder of the LGBTQ+ youth group Work it Out in Merseyside. Her Fellowship in 2012 investigated sexual health education models.

Members of this Working Group:

Working Group memberLinsay Chalmers CF

Linsay Chalmers is the Development Manager for Community Land Scotland, the representative body for communities that own land or buildings in Scotland. Her Fellowship in 2010 focused on enterprise and community recycling.

Working Group memberGary Fawdrey CF

Gary Fawdrey is a social innovation and impact practitioner working for Nesta - the UK's social innovation agency. His Fellowship in 2019 explored accessible engagement in social entrepreneurship.

Working Group memberYvonne Field CF

Yvonne Field is the founder of The Ubele Initiative, an African Diaspora led social enterprise aiming to build more sustainable communities across the UK. Her Fellowship in 2012 focused on creating future community-based leaders from the African-Caribbean community.

Working Group memberLucy Parker CF

Lucy Parker is Chair of our Advisory Council and is a Churchill Fellow. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor with global companies across a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, engineering, retail and telecoms. She heads up the Business & Society practice for the Brunswick Group, which advises companies on critical issues for critical stakeholders. She led the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Talent and Enterprise in 2008-2010.

Working Group memberDeepesh Patel CF

Deepesh Patel is Editor at Trade Finance Global. He is host of the ‘Trade Finance Talks’ podcast and author of several trade papers. Deepesh is also Vice Chair of Governors of the Wyvern Federation. His Fellowship focused on ethnobotany and the economic value of biodiversity, on a trip to the UN Environment Programme and Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Working Group memberSeigo Robinson CF

Seigo Robinson is a PhD researcher on circular economy business models at University College London (UCL), formerly an advisor on sustainable business and is an On Purpose Fellow in social enterprise. His Fellowship in 2016 focused on the intersection of social enterprise and the circular economy.

Working Group memberRobin Rogers CF

Robin Rogers is the Programme Director, COVID response, for Oxfordshire County Council. His Fellowship in 2010 focused on how local and regional governments worked in partnership with social enterprises in the interests of communities.

Working Group memberKajal Sanghrajka CF

Kajal is the founder and director of Growth Hub Global, an advisory practice which supports and promotes entrepreneurial growth for businesses and educational institutions. Her 2017 Fellowship focused on effective migrant integration through entrepreneurship.

Working Group memberJiselle Steele CF

Jiselle Steele is a private sector Gender Advisor working with the Oxfam Business Advisory Service. Her Fellowship in 2014 focused on youth and entrepreneurship as a catalyst for social mobility.

Working Group memberRoger Warnock CF

Roger is a social entrepreneur working on a range of sustainability and social innovation projects. His Fellowship in 2013 focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship in young people.

Working Group memberEifion Williams CF

Eifion is CEO of Circular Economy Wales, helping build community-serving Circular Economy services; replicating proven global models utilising Welsh and international specialist support. The aim of his approach to the Circular Economy is people benefitting; helping re-build competant communities. His Fellowship in 2018 looked at complementary currencies across Europe and how they could add resilience to the foundational economy.

Working Group memberYvonne Witter CF

Yvonne Witter is a freelance business advisor and trainer providing bespoke capacity building support to the Micro Business and Social Enterprise sectors. Her Fellowship in 2010 focused on capacity building support to Micro Businesses in a time of recession.

Working Group memberKai Wooder CF

Kai Wooder is a member of our Advisory Council and a Churchill Fellow. She is the Director of Enterprise at The Rank Foundation, a community-focused grant-maker. Her previous roles were in the youth and community sector and she has led a social enterprise. Kai is a past tutor with the YMCA George Williams College, an Action Learning Set Facilitator, and founder of the LGBTQ+ youth group Work it Out in Merseyside. Her Fellowship in 2012 investigated sexual health education models.