Dr Kirsten Cater

Dr Kirsten Cater is a Senior Lecturer specialising in Human Computer Interaction and Pervasive Computing. Her main interests focus on designing elegant solutions for enhancing people’s experiences and interactions with their physical environment and each other in urban and public spaces through the use of mobile and sensor technologies. The areas that her research currently touches include: location based experiences; gamification; data collection through crowdsourcing; novel interactions with big data; tangible interfaces; and children’s access and usage of the internet through mobile phones. Her emerging research profile complements and strengthens the activities of the Bristol Interaction and Graphics (http://big.cs.bris.ac.uk/) research group. Her research and public engagement work in primary and secondary schools, as well as community centres and care homes, have been popular with the media getting press coverage in both local and national newspapers, as well as a BBC TV news-item and a documentary for South Korea.

Dr Pam Seanor

I am a Senior Lecturer of Strategy and Enterprise at Bristol Business School at the University of the West of England. I received my PhD in social enterprise networks and my BSc [Hons] in Human Ecology. As a member of the Bristol Leadership Centre, my research investigates how people accomplish their work contextualizing every-day practice. Work utilizing narrative [stories, drawings, images] seeks to develop insights into the negotiation of power, trust and control. In recent work I am turning to how notions of space and wandering link to entrepreneurship, social change and transformation of the city-region, focusing upon how sustainability is being enacted by the Bristol European Green Capital 2015 project. I moved to Bristol nearly 3 years ago. Prior to that, I have over fifteen years experience of working in and supporting civil society organisations [CSOs] working in partnerships with public sector agencies and small businesses including roles as a project manager, consultant, trainer, third sector funding advisor, social enterprise youth service cluster leader, social and community enterprise advisor and have worked in worker’s co-operatives.

Mhairi Threlfall

Mhairi is the Student Enterprise advisor at UWE Bristol and lead HEI partner for Goodlab. Over the past two years, she has worked with Unltd and HEFCE to develop a Social Enterprise strand of UWE’s Better Together awards and has directly supported  65 social entrepreneurs to start-up through the “try-it, do-it, build-it” grants model. UWE Bristol are leading on the online platform development of Goodlab, populating it with case-studies and looking at how we support ongoing high potential social enterprises.

Matt Little

Matt Little is a founder director of the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) CIC, one of the leading social enterprises in the south west. Established in 2007, RIO is a pioneering social enterprise supporting young people to build better futures for themselves, their schools and their communities.

Based in the south west, but with international reach, we apply imaginative and ethical business thinking, transforming schools and education; improving the lives of some of the most disadvantaged; creating jobs and regenerating areas through commercial ventures. We put ideas into action to create real and lasting change.

Matt is a graduate of Oxford and the University of British Columbia, a former Commonwealth Scholar, a trustee of Knowle West Media Centre, and has recently returned from the US and Canada where he carried out research, supported by a Churchill Award, into ways in which children and young people can make real change happen through social enterprise, social impact business, and innovative approaches to education. He has worked as a policy advisor in Whitehall, managed multi-million pound regeneration schemes in Bristol and worked for a long period of time in the community and voluntarysector. He helped found RIO as a social enterprise because he believes there are better ways to do business and make positive change happen.

Daniel Oliver

Social Entrepreneur, non executive director and consultant. Develops enterprise and innovation projects with clients including universities, housing associations, local authorities, investors and small businesses. An active member of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, and coordinator of Bristol & Bath Social Enterprise Network. Daniel now focusses on Assembly – a partnership of independent consultants and is a non-executive director of a growing social enterprise working with young people – Transitions CIC. Daniel has 10 years of cross sector experience – as a founder of two social ventures, Creative Common CIC and Bristol Energy Coop, part of the local authority team that launched Bristol Green Capital and Low Carbon South West CIC.

Jamie Darwen

Jamie Darwen is Head of Student Experience and Enrichment at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His responsibilities include developing initiatives to enrich the student experience through volunteering and social action; and encouraging students to gain global perspectives through inter-cultural and international projects. Previously, he led a strategic national project on student volunteering for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, which encouraged universities to value volunteering and community-based learning as a core part of the student experience. He is also a Trustee of Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol. Jamie is passionate about the contribution that students make to their communities, and recognising the experience that students gain through the whole of their university experience, within or outside of the curriculum.

Julie Ellison

Julie Ellison MBA is a director at Social Enterprise Works: A SFEDI accredited social enterprise adviser and trainer, and accredited executive coach. Julie has extensive experience of working with social enterprises here and abroad and has contributed to the development of resources and publications that promote and support the improvement and growth of social enterprise.

Molly Bishop

Molly is the social enterprise consultant at Basecamp, the University of Bristol’s business incubator. She works with students, graduates and staff to enable business development with impact. She is the university’s lead on the GoodLab and will be delivering the programme alongside Social Enterprise Works and UWE.

Hope Talbot

Hope  is the digital developer for the GoodLab, working alongside the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and Social Enterprise Works. She is currently spending time conducting interviews with students and local businesses.