Our staff and board have a group history of food manufacturer, retail, publishing, academia, finance, activism, artistry and property development. Together we share a common goal to combine our creative skills to effect change.
Current permanent staff:
FULL MEMBER Bill joined Grant Thornton as a school leaver before setting up his own practice in West Yorkshire. He has spent more than thirty years supporting and guiding small and medium sized enterprises. He understands the numbers but also the motivations and passions that drive people to set up on their own.
FULL MEMBER 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 Scotland.
GUEST MEMBER Bob began working young, first in overseas hospitality and then in the building trade. He now lives in Glasgow. He is a semi-professional musician and designer within photography, film and print. He is used to working in a team and managing complex projects.
FULL MEMBER Dave lives in Manchester and is National Commerce Development Coordinator for the Church of England-led HeartEdge Movement. A lifelong academic, AND social enterprise practitioner, his work within the criminal justice system, makes him a leader in in his field. Search his academic profile to read his many collaborative papers on employment and social firms.
FULL MEMBER Thushi lives in York and worked as an international banker 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.
GUEST MEMBER Anne 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 social enterprises. Her books on worker co-ops and on finance for voluntary organisations are widely acknowledged.
FULL MEMBER Pam is the co-founder of Incredible Edible, former chair of the UK Forestry Commission, and a seasoned grassroots activist promoting people's rights to the use of public land. Her work in rethinking how we understand a community's wealth and its stakeholders is internationally renowned. See her TED talks and Wikipedia page for more info on her work.
As a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee (cic). SP SQUARE is 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.