Kate Welch OBE DL MA FRSA, Chief Executive
Kate is a serial social entrepreneur who is now working full time in Social Enterprise Acumen CIC to achieve the vision of creating enterprising communities in North East England and across the world. She is passionate about creating an ecosystem in which social entrepreneurs and social enterprises can thrive. As well as inspiring social entrepreneurs through her work with Social Enterprise Acumen CIC she is also a Trustee of the Greggs Foundation, a Director of Communities Together Durham, Director/Trustee of ACEVO and a Non-Executive Director of the North East Social Investment Company.
Kate was awarded the OBE in 2008 for services to social enterprise in North East England. Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion
Please contact Social Enterprise Acumen CIC for her full CV.
Emma Frew, Head of Social Enterprise Development
Emma Frew joined Social Entrprise Acumen CIC to lead on the SEA Stars programme. Emma is a self-motivated, passionate and experienced senior manager, has natural intuition in business management, development and improvement across a variety of sectors (including private, public, construction and charitable nfp). Emma is also an experienced manager of people, process and finance, and a good team player, approachable and understanding whilst still having natural leadership qualities to drive business forward.
Charlotte Glendinning, Administrator
Charlotte Glendinning joined Social Enterprise Acumen CIC to support and assist the Project Leader in the organisation and coordination of the Social Enterprise Training Course. Charlotte has recently graduated from a Sociology degree and previously worked with children with disabilities.
Fiona Standfield, Associate
Educated at the Universities of Leeds, Caen and Oxford, Fiona began her career as a fast-track Civil Servant in Whitehall, subsequently teach Modern Foreign Languages and working in the House of Commons, before joining Royal Mail plc. Fiona enjoyed a thirteen-year career with Royal Mail plc, undertaking operational, training and managements posts both at home and abroad, including Sales Sector Director and culminating in Business Implementation and Delivery Director on a UK-wide IT Programme.
Returning to the North East, Fiona set up her own consultancy practice providing language services, project management and business development support to SMEs across all three sectors. Most recently, Fiona has been Director Newcastle Science City and North East Programme Director Safe Families for Children. Currently Fiona is working in and with Social Enterprises across the region. In addition, Fiona is employed by the Ministry of Justice as a Specialist (mental health) Lay Tribunal Member and is a Non-Executive Director of Together for Children – Sunderland.
Fiona enjoys voluntary positions as a Visiting Fellow of Newcastle University and member of the Business School’s International Advisory Panel, a Trustee of Vindolanda, Chair of Northumberland based performance arts company November Club, a member of the Common Purpose North East Advisory Panel, Chair of the North East Advisory Panel for the charity Safe Families for Children, a member of the Local Governing Body of Northumberland College and a Trustee of the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.
Paula McCormack, BA PGDip CIPD, Associate
Ten years community development working directly in communities through voluntary community sector and previously through social landlords. Charity Management, including fundraising, social accounting and developing social enterprise models. Ten years third sector experience working with leadership teams in organisations with a social purpose including Housing Associations, Charities and Local Government. Coaching, counselling and mentoring for groups and one-to-one with particular emphasis on individual and enterprise growth. Coaching Supervisor, supervising coaching practices.
Fiona O’Connor, Associate
Fiona is Director of Birkheads Wild CIC, a social enterprise which aims to give disadvantaged young people in this region more opportunities to discover, explore and enjoy being outdoors. Fiona’s background and career comes with a passion for social change and over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit sector in commercially focused roles – including 10 years experience in Fundraising and Development roles, and over 5 years in senior management positions at leadership development charity Common Purpose. She has several years experience working with and for Boards of charities, 10 years experience in non-Exec roles and has become a skilled group and team facilitator known for her ability to grow productive, collaborative working relationships with clients from all sectors. Fiona is also currently a Trustee of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) the Newcastle-based, international children’s charity working with local communities in remote regions of the developing world which was founded by Olympian Steve Cram CBE (2010- present).
Nancy Radford, Associate
As well as being qualified in mediation, coaching and training (work & classroom based), Nancy has 20 years hands on experience setting up and running small businesses. She has 10 years experience in consultancy, resolving conflict and change for private sector, charities and social enterprise. She translates complex ideas into practical strategies enabling people and organisations to be the best they can be and commercially viable without losing their souls.
Carol Kerr MA MSc, Non-Executive Director
Carol has many years of experience in working in enterprise support at strategic and operational level. She is a qualified mentor and supports social entrepreneurs through coaching and business planning. She has an MSc in Local Economic Development and is a skilled project manager and researcher. She manages the work of Contract North, the consortium of social enterprises led by Social Enterprise Acumen CIC working with offenders and is involved in business development and programmes in all areas of our work.
Carol is also the Treasurer for Assist, Tees Valley business women’s networking and business support group.