I am passionate about opening up new opportunities for inclusion and impact in the social enterprise and sustainability sectors. After starting out as a social worker in homelessness services, I soon became convinced of the need for new approaches to employment and the critical importance of inclusive work. In 2005 I co-founded Green Collect with a vision to create supportive workplaces that prioritise people experiencing homelessness, refugee resettlement and mental ill-health.
Through engaging and investing in jobseekers often excluded from work, I’ve helped build a thriving enterprise that’s also bringing transformation to the waste sector. I’m now more dedicated than ever to growing jobs in resource recovery to drive the circular economy and action on our climate crisis.
My hands-on experience of building a social enterprise from the ground up through phases of start-up and scale has included deep learning. I actively seek out connections with collaborators and the wider social enterprise sector, as a board member of SENVIC and mentoring emerging social entrepreneurs.
Skills & Expertise
- Social enterprise start-up, growth and scale
- Growth of the social enterprise sector; collaboration, social procurement and partnerships
- Creating social impact though engaging and supporting marginalised jobseekers
- Environmental sustainability, circular economy principles and approaches
- Personal sustainability, learning, reflection and support
"Over the last 3 years Green Collect has scaled its impacts, growing the delivery of employment and training to over 100 people facing significant disadvantage in the job market. We have brought new innovations to the waste sector and are reshaping the industry towards the principles of circular economy, demonstrating a reuse rate of 60%, 30% recycling and 5% our own remanufacturing. And less than 5% landfill."
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