Who We Are


Chris MM Gordon

Chris is the current CEO and CoFounder of the Irish Social Enterprise Network. Chris was the interim Director of Social Enterprise NI, the representative voice of social enterprise in Northern Ireland.  Through the ExportCoop.ie, Chris brought together Irish SME exporters reducing business costs through cooperative means opening up new avenues for business growth. Chris is the Country Partner for the international BCorp movement and has spoken widely on the topics of doing well and doing good through business. Chris’ work focuses on social enterprise, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, startups, cooperative development, exporting and small business in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Through his deep and broad engagement with social enterprises, his experience reflects grassroots organisations. He engages on national discourse and policy development providing sectoral reporting, supports and proposals to government.


Danielle Byrne

Danielle Byrne is a doctoral researcher in the Trinity Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity College Dublin. Academic research interests include social enterprises (especially taxonomy and mapping methodologies), hybrid organisations, and institutional influences. I provide teaching support in Trinity for undergraduate modules on Business in Society and Social Entrepreneurship. In my earlier career I was CEO of Islington Chamber of Commerce, executive director of environmental regeneration charity Groundwork Hackney, regional director of Groundwork UK, and programme manager at Pobal with responsibility for the Community Services Programme, Rural Social Scheme and Tús. I have a long history of community activism of which perhaps my best days were on the board of social enterprise Walworth Garden. As a young woman I worked as a copy writer and have taken that skill with me – in recent years I was the Dublin correspondent for Plays International magazine and in 2017 edited The Runner McGeough – the Untold Story.

Emma McEvoy

Emma McEvoy is a Ph.D. candidate at Maynooth University, Department of Law. Emma’s research interests revolve around public procurement legislation and the inclusion of social clauses in public contracts. Emma graduated with a BA in Economics, Politics and Law from DCU in 2007 and an MA in Development in 2009. Emma was employed as a legal research assistant from 2011 to 2013 on the Interreg EU funded “Winning in Tendering” project. Winning in Tendering is strategic research project aimed at transforming the public sector tendering experience of small indigenous suppliers. Emma was responsible for assessing the impact of the EU Public Procurement Remedies Directive on small suppliers selling into the Irish public market. Over the last three years, Emma facilitated a variety of training programmes for public procurers and SMEs. Emma is a co-author of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s “Are tenders on your Radar” report and co-author on a social-enterprise orientated “How to Engage in the Public Sector Market” guidance document. Emma strives to re-examine the key ideas and assumptions that shape the production of knowledge in this arena.


Duncan Walker

Duncan is an experienced Project Manager with 25 years’ experience in the Healthcare, Disability and Social Housing sectors. Prior to moving to Ireland in 2003 Duncan worked in the public and private healthcare sectors managing a range of services and projects. He also worked for various Local Authorities in the Greater London region, managing large scale housing projects. For the past 15 years Duncan has worked in the Social/Voluntary housing sector in Ireland, working at all levels from managing individual housing development projects to strategic level on a number of Boards of Management. In 2013, Duncan commenced working for WALK, a disability service provider based in Walkinstown in South Dublin. As well as working on housing projects supporting people with intellectual disabilities to move from group housing to independent, community-based accommodation, Duncan also managed a start-up social enterprise in Walkinstown , Dublin – the Green Kitchen cafés & garden centre. This social enterprise provides training in the hospitality and horticulture sectors and supports people with intellectual disabilities to progress to further training and employment. Duncan is currently working as a freelance consultant in the social economy sector. LinkedInDuncan WalkerTwitter – @duncanhousing

Tom Slattery

Tom is an experienced senior manager with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from UCD who has worked in a number of major international companies as well as a stint in the charity Sector. Tom has volunteered all of his life. In 2012 he entered (initially unknowingly) into the Social Enterprise sector with his colleague from the Charity sector – both determined to move from “charity” to “self sustaining” Social Enterprise and he has not looked back. He has a history in customer services with key skills in people management, strategy and operations delivery management with a serious eye to performance in terms of delivery quality and budget adherence. He has managed up to 950 staff with a budget of €40M, his current venture is a little smaller – the social enterprise THIRD SPACE Café’s currently in Smithfield and Aungier St. Between the big job and Social Enterprise he took a significant career change in 2006 to work for a small Irish charity. And then in 2012 Tom helped get the concept off the ground and is now the General manager of Third Space. Others testify that he has a key capability in being very good at taking the intangible and implementing it tangibly. Third Space is a social enterprise venture set up to open and run eating and meeting places in the redeveloped areas of Dublin that lack community hubs. Each Third Space is to be the hub in its area, the place to gather and connect. Built around simple but great food and drink, served in an informal environment by welcoming staff, they have a creative buzz reflecting the vibrant variety of life at the heart of a modern urban community. Third Space won the Inner City Enterprise grant in 2016. Tom also joined the board of ISEN in 2016. Since then he has been advising many entrepreneurs on his learnings in the sector. See Tom’s business profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomslattery1/ and he can be contacted at tslattery@thirdspace.ie

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