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 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.