The directors SENW include nominated representatives of sub-regional social enterprise networks, plus Locality and Cooperatives North West. It also includes representation from social enterprises operating across more than one sub-region including the Big Life Company and The Social Enterprise Loan Fund.
Ann Marie Wrigley’s interest in co-operation and co-operative education was long standing when in 1987 she co-founded Just Dust Ltd. as a co-operative social enterprise trading as a fair trade retailer and Development Education Centre. In later Years Just Dust also took over a wholefood and alternative therapy business and continued to trade until 2000.
She was ‘head-hunted’ in 1987 by a newly established ‘community business’ called New Era Enterprises for which she continues to work on a part time basis and of which she is still a Director. Set up by the local trades Council and activists in the Co-operative movement New Era seeks to develop locally based solutions as a way of improving the economic circumstances of the residents of Pennine Lancashire. Ann Marie developed a number of areas of interest especially in relation to European funding, childcare workforce development and the challenges of managing a successful business in a truly co-operative, non-hierarchical way.
Her first degree is a Bachelor of Education and in 2010 she graduated as a Master of Arts in Social Enterprise. She is an accredited Business Advisor specialising in social enterprise and enjoys working with existing and emerging groups to help them to focus their energies on achieving clear and achievable social goals and creating employment through trading, on challenging often held assumptions about the way businesses might work and on working together in a co-operative way.
Ann Marie was a co-founder of both Selnet – the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network and of the North West regional co-operative and mutual council which trades as Co-operatives North West and of which she currently serves as Chair. She is a member of the Pennine Lancashire Social Economy Group and a number of very local networks and strategy groups and is a Director of Burnley Area Community Credit Union.
Daniel is the founder of Cybermoor, the first rural broadband co-op in the country. It provides affordable broadband to residents in the North Pennines using a combination of wireless and fibre technologies. Daniel is also developing e-health services, allowing patients to stay in their own homes rather than be admitted to hospital. He is on the board of the Community Broadband Network (CBN) and the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA).
David is Managing Director of Vision Support Trading Ltd (VST), the trading subsidiary of Vision Support, a charity supporting the needs of the visually impaired. VST turns over £1.3 million and the profits go to support the Charity.
His early career was industrial marketing, working for a variety of companies in the engineering and automotive sectors. David then moved to Wigan Council where he project managed the creation of Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust, then the largest social enterprise of its kind in the UK, before becoming Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Forum Trust, another leisure trust.
In addition to this, David was a Board Member of High Peak Community Housing for four years and is currently a Trustee of the Northwich based charity Deafness Support Network. He is currently Chair of Cheshire & Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership, one of the sub-regional partnerships who work with Social Enterprise North West.
Graham Jones is the Business Manager at Bootstrap Enterprises, Blackburn. Graham has worked as a business advisor at Bootstrap since 1987, having previously run his own small business for 5 years. Bootstrap has supported Co-operative and Social Enterprises development in Blackburn with Darwen, utilising a range of European and Regeneration funding, throughout those 24 years. Bootstrap Enterprises currently employs 115 staff, all delivering publicly funded services to people of Pennine Lancashire. Graham has most recently worked closely with Social Services and voluntary sector partners to establish social enterprises providing services to older and disabled people.
Graham is Chair of Social Enterprise Lancashire Network (Selnet) a founder director of the organisation which is the voice of Social Enterprise across the Lancashire sub-region. He currently has line management responsibility for Selnet’s Enterprise Network Manager.
Liz has a wealth of experience providing specialised business support for social enterprises and an accomplished regeneration practitioner.Her induction to the third sector was achieved in Salford in managing a case load of established and aspiring social enterprises within a strategic area of activity, which embraced a wide range of cross cutting themes and sectors including Health & Social Care and Creative Industries, businesses involved in trading or delivering services within social and economic areas of deprivation.
Liz currently has a responsibility to the Social Enterprise and members that constitute the Social Enterprise network in Lancashire (Selnet) as Selnet Manager. She achieves success in this role by combining a huge amount of experience working within the third sector, strategic understanding and an ability to engage with ordinary people supporting them to achieve their aspirations.
Liz has developed a platform of cross agency networking taking the lead on promoting, raising awareness and networking the Lancashire Social Enterprise sector, sub-regionally, regionally and nationally.