Who We Are
Chris MM Gordon
Chris is the CEO of the Irish Social Enterprise Network (Socent.ie), Managing Partner of Collaboration Ireland and Country Partner for BCorp Ireland. Chris is an Adjunct Teaching Fellow of Trinity Business School. Chris also volunteers as Chair of Far and Wild social enterprise and is Vice President of the Irish US Alumni Association. Chris is the former Director of Social Enterprise NI.
Chris’ work focuses on leading and managing European and nationwide projects on Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Responsibility, Social Impact, Startups, Cooperatives, Exporting, SMEs in Ireland and leading a life of passion and purpose.
Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management in the UK, Social Innovation Fellow from StartingBloc in the US, a Constellations Society Fellow from France, Tällberg Pathfinder Fellow from Sweden and a US Department of State awardee on Social Enterprise and Tackling Long Term Unemployment programme. Chris is also a Member of the Institute of Directors Ireland. Chris’ passion is in outdoor facilitation, youth work, social inclusion and community development.
Chris has a degree in Theoretical Physics from Queen’s University Belfast, a Masters in Business from the University of Ulster and has qualifications from the Institute of Banking, LIA and UCD.
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.
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