SP SQUARE is a cic - a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee.
We are free to act commercially and make money, but any money left over after we have paid our bills must be used to benefit others and not ourselves. As a cic we pay taxes on our profits but also can receive grants and attract funding to help us work in the wider interests of our community. Decisions are governed by a Board of Directors, some of whom are staff, some of whom are advisors. Our work is supported externally by accountant David Nicholls of Brett Nicholls Associates.
Our board has a group history of food manufacturer, retail, publishing, academia, finance, activism, artistry and property development. Together we share a common goal: to combine our skills to effect change through reverse-action publishing with grassroots and coalface communities. By doing so, anchor institutions that represent health, education, governance and commerce are better informed by those they serve.
Our board, through its support of our projects, enables us to use reverse-action publishing so that, together with anchor institutions, the essential fulcrum for systems change is strengthened. Our current staff, Bob Jackson and Anne Sikking, are invited contributors to the board but not members of it.
Bill's career in accountancy began as a school leaver when he joined Grant Thornton. Since setting up his own practice in Ilkley in West Yorkshire he has spent more than thirty years supporting and guiding small and medium sized enterprises from farmers, to restaurants to dentists, manufacturing and engineering. He understands the numbers but also the motivations and passions that drive people to set up on their own.
Charlotte has lived in Australia, England, Indonesia, France and Saudi Arabia. Now living and working in Scotland, she secures funding to support large scale projects aimed at improving health and well-being in communities across Glasgow.
Bob has a broad skill base. He began working young, first in hospitality and then in the building trade, now owning and developing low-grade property. Alongside he has grown his artistic interests. He currently lives in Glasgow and works partly as a semi-professional musician and in photography, film and design. As a musician, a property developer, and as a contributor to books, he is used to working in a team and managing complex projects.
Dave lives in Manchester. He has spent a lifetime as an academic as well as a practitioner. His work with socially excluded people, where together they have built bridges between academic theory and lived experience, makes him a leader in developing social enterprises where self-esteem can breathe. Search his academic profile to read his many collaborative papers on employment and social firms.
Thushi lives in York and is an international banker, having worked as such in both Australia and Sri Lanka. She came to the UK as an immigrant and one time asylum seeker, working initially as a domestic and then in hospitality. She has first hand experience of building a life from nothing. This, coupled with her head for finance, equips her to be a first class chief finance officer for SP SQUARE.
Anne first arrived in England as an under-age immigrant spending years in low-paid work and associated poverty. Chance access to education equipped her as an entrepreneur, starting and managing complex social businesses, notably Gillygate Bakery in York, East West Kitchen in Halifax and, for more than 20 years, El Piano in the UK and Spain. Her books on worker co-ops and on finance for voluntary organisations are widely acknowledged.
Pam is the co-founder of Incredible Edible, former chair of the UK Forestry Commission and a seasoned activist for the promotion of people's rights to self-determination and use of land within the public realm. Her work in rethinking how we understand a community's wealth and its stakeholders is internationally renowned. See her Wikipedia page to read more about her work.