Jane has over 40 years experience of working within the co-operative sector, having started as Member Relations Officer at East Midlands Co-operative Society. Her role enabled her to explore her development skills by working with organisations and authorities to implement co-operative values and principles. Jane successfully strengthened democracy by developing strategies for active memberships.
Using these principles and abilities Jane has continued her career as an advisor at a number of different local agencies, including CASE. Her experience has involved supporting community organisations take control when under threat, support communities and individuals improve life chances and standards, organise support structures and develop consortiums and encourage societies to engage in policy making. She has vast knowledge of co-operative and community interest company business structures and has helped many local organisations in start-up and company management.
Jane continues to offer positive influence within the Co-operative sector as she undertakes a 2nd term as President of East Midlands Co-op and sits as Trustee and Chair of Leicester Rape Crisis.
Emma has over 25 years career experience in sports and community development, shared across local/central government, education, voluntary and community sector and major capital programmes. Emma’s background and passion for bringing about local action to improve community provision are instrumental to her becoming a qualified Social Enterprise Support provider and Project Manager, with knowledge and skills in community ownership.
In 2017, Emma established a social infrastructure support business, motivating community organisations and groups to identify, start-up and develop exciting community ventures that fulfil local need and provide a social return. She enjoys dedicating time and energy to help community groups and organisations turn the seeds of an idea into viable projects or business propositions.
Dorothy has worked within the field of co-operatives and social enterprise for 35 years and is passionate about how social businesses change lives and communities for the better.
Having many years’ experience advising cooperatives and social enterprises to establish and grow, Dorothy specialises in social business legal structures, working practices and management. She is committed to promoting business to women; especially women of colour and from newly arrived communities.
Dorothy qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 1994 and has a special interest in the promotion of equality and diversity. She received the Lifetime Achievement Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2016; the 12th person to have held this honour. She then received an MBE in 2017 in recognition of services to enterprise and the communities of Leicester and Leicestershire. In 2018 the University of Leicester awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for Services to Diversity and the Co-operative Movement. She was also recognised as one of the NatWest WISE 100 Leading Women in Social Enterprise.
As a co-operator Ian has a passion for the co-operative values of self-help so that people help each other and themselves, working together for mutual benefit.
Self-responsibility: Individuals act responsibly and play an active role.
Democracy: Members have control over their organisation – one member, one vote.
Equality: All have equal rights, including to respect.
Equity: All are treated justly and fairly.
Solidarity: Mutual support.
Underpinned by Honesty, Openness, Social responsibility and Care for others.
As a connector Ian naturally spots opportunities between people, looking to connect them in order to have a greater impact.
Ian supports organisations and groups to have a greater impact by improving the way they work, thinking through their strategy and how to increase their impact.
Natasha has over 20 years experience of working within the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) as well as local infrastructure support of organisations across the East and West Midlands.
Having worked for the Social Investment Business she has provided support, investment readiness and due diligence services to hundreds of organisations across the UK, resulting in successful grant funding and investment.
Natasha has strategic and operational experience with roles in HR, Finance, Legal, Business Development, Fundraising, Marketing and Programme Planning and Management and she has specialist skills in performance management.
Currently a Quality Assurance Mentor, she develops impact models and Social Return on Investment (SROI) for VCS organisations and Government in the following sectors: Young People, Criminal Justice (including Drugs and Alcohol), Mental Health, Disability, Early Years, Children and Families, Health, and NEETs.
Her skills extend to strategic commissioning (training gained from INLOGOV/ Birmingham University), public sector procurement, tender writing, concept development, intervention research, data evaluation, stakeholder consultation, service design and financial modelling. She also provides support for Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and has developed SIBs for four local government agencies.
As a skilled planner, with a Masters in International Development Planning at University College London, and a Degree in Geography, Natasha has managed European and international networks and programmes as well as successfully supporting local VCS organisations in Southeast Asia to influence policy and planning that address conflict and poverty.
Alun has 20 years of Management experience in the Hospitality & Retail sectors and a proven track record of building award-winning teams and profitable businesses. He has a history of multi-site management of hotels and conference centres, with a combined annual revenue of £3million. From cafe’s, pubs, and chocolate shops to serving world leaders, he has been a champion of the ‘enlightened hospitality’ ethos.
Currently Alun serves as an HR & Compliance Manager, Advisory Board Member and heads up his own Consultancy Service.
He considers himself privileged to be able to choose exciting projects to lend his experience to in a consulting capacity, so when clients need flair and imagination rooted in sound business principles, they can rely on him to deliver!
A great believer in personal development, Alun will be commencing a Level 7 in Senior Leadership also known as a ‘Happy MBA’ in April 2022. His consulting activities supplement mentoring and pro bono work with up-and-coming ‘hospitalitarians’ and he is always looking to support the next generation, hopefully making their journey to success that little bit easier.
Jimena is a highly skilled and creative marketing professional with extensive experience in business management, sales, account management, marketing, and strategic partnerships in companies of technology, services and food & drink.
She is currently the Managing Director of a family run, award-winning Colombian coffee manufacturing / distributing company, which has given her significant business strategic and development experience in planning and delivery.
In addition, Jimena spends much of her time working as a Community Service Volunteer, providing advice and guidance to individuals and groups on how to play active parts within their communities, as well as performing as an Enterprise Business Advisor in collaboration with the LLEP.
Jimena is a committed and supportive advocate of community business and has significant personal experience, enabling her to be an effective advisor with multiple skills.
Jo is an extensively experienced business and marketing specialist with knowledge and skills to support both commercial and NFP organisations. Highly versed in supporting SME/NFP in start-up support, business development, business modelling/management, strategic planning, income generation, branding and marketing, digital and social media marketing/management, copywriting, and integrated marketing communications.
Passionate about supporting business owners at start-up stage as well as more established businesses (typically those in need of an effective kickstart when stuck), she is known for being truly entrepreneurial and unwaveringly authentic, always professional, and personable with respectful, honest and effective communication and delivery. Jo is committed to an inclusive style of support tailoring her services to the needs of clients and beneficiaries to ensure appropriate and maximum results.
Jo is a Marketing Master's Degree graduate, is CIM qualified, Prince2 Project Management certified, ERDF experienced, a certified Executive/Performance Coach and is a Member of the Association for Coaching.