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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.
Stuart is the Chair of and cofounder of the Irish Social Enterprise Network. Stuart has worked in health care and social enterprises as a Nurse and Manager for the last 25 years in Scotland, England and now Ireland. His experience includes working in trading and service delivery social enterprises and also has represented ISEN in linking with international social enterprise partners. He currently is the Director of Inchicore and Bluebell Community Addiction Teams which has a small income generator in child care for socially excluded children and is also the Chair of the Board of Management for Community Response which is another voluntary sector health provider with specialities in alcohol and Hepatitis C He has a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Management Community and Voluntary Sector and his Master’s thesis investigated developing a green social enterprise. He also sat on Mentor Iontach which was the advisory group for the Msc in Social Enterprise run by DCU Ryan Academy. He also has a passion for music and has been seen fronting a dodgy Dr Feelgood tribute band in Dublin. His other passion is old vintage VW campervans and has been seen at many a motorway service station with his van waiting for the AA. LinkedIn
Currently sitting in the Microsoft Customer Service & Tech Support EMEA Leadership Team Pascal is a Senior Business & Operations Leader providing executive support to an organisation encompassing 400 Full Time Employees and up to 1000 Vendors through 7 Technology lines of business in EMEA. He is currently managing a team of 18 individuals composed of 10 Directs Senior Business and Operations Managers and their respective Analysts teams With a strong customer centric culture based on active listening & proactive tracking including Customer Experience metrics and competitive intelligence, Pascal through his career has built numerous senior teams (up to 50 people) and divisions in multi-country dimension and cross boundaries set up set up. He has also led numerous World Wide developmental projects such as Global Enterprise Organization Capacity, Partner & Field Division Evolution or innovative adoption of technology such as RFID. On a day to day basis he has administered, guided or billed large billing transactions worth triple digits figures with direct impact on customer satisfaction & market share value. Multi Award Winner Pascal is a driven individual whose executive maturity enabled him to drive multiple flagship initiatives such as the launch of a well-known Game Console in EMEA Pascal has also driven the executive relationship and acted as liaison officer between the entire Microsoft General Manager Community in Central & Eastern Europe and the European Operations Centre for which he received the EMEA Champion GM award in 2012 With a strong humanist ethos Pascal always put the organic growth of an organisation first while balancing out the strategic need of execution.
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 is an experienced Project Manager with 20 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 a number of Local Authorities in the Greater London region, managing large scale housing projects. For the past 12 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, and the Board of the Irish Council for Social Housing. 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 to project to regenerate a derelict building and opened a new social enterprise in Walkinstown Green that comprises the Green Kitchen café & garden centre. The aim of this social enterprise is to support people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get an accredited qualification and progress to training, education or employment. LinkedIn – Duncan Walker Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Ltd Twitter – @duncanhousing, @greenkitchendub @WalkGreenSocEnt Facebook – The Green Kitchen Café Website – www.walk.ie
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