Social Enterprise Conference

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Irish Social Enterprise Conference Logo_0The DCU Ryan Academy’s Menter Iontach Nua initiative in partnership with the Irish Social Enterprise Network have launched the Irish Social Enterprise Conference ‘Building on International Experience’ on the 10th February 2014.

Delegates are invited to the conference to learn from abroad and discuss how Ireland can further develop the social enterprise sector.

Recognising the successes of the Scottish Social Enterprise Network and the UK’s Community Interest Companies, we have invited Fraser Kelly and Sara Burgess, along with others, to discuss the social enterprise landscape. In bringing together stakeholders to discuss the issues facing the Irish social enterprise sector we hope to create a discussion around the future of the social enterprise in Ireland. This is an opportunity to work towards building a vibrant sector in Ireland, while reflecting on experiences from abroad.

Speakers include Fraser Kelly, CEO of Social Enterprise Scotland; Sara Burgess, UK Regulator of Community Interest Companies and Chris Gordon, Chair of the Irish Social Enterprise Network among others.

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Speaker Bios:

Fraser Kelly, CEO, Social Enterprise Scotland

Fraser joined Social Enterprise Scotland in July 2011. With a career that benefits from private, public and third sector experience and includes over 20 years working in economic regeneration, Fraser describes this role with a mixture of excitement and privilege, working on behalf of an outstanding collection of member organisations, with a highly committed and experienced Board. From 2004-2011 Fraser held the post of Chief Executive with Castlemilk Economic Development Agency and Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency Ltd and prior to that worked as Head of Economic Development at Inverclyde Council. Fraser is also a Board member of Resilient Scotland Ltd and a Trustee of Seton Care Ltd.

Sara Burgess, Regulator, Community Interest Companies UK

Sara became the Regulator of Community Interest Companies in September
2007.  As a light touch regulator, Sara’s key role is to raise awareness of community interest companies and maintain public confidence in the CIC legal form. As a former Chief Executive of a charity, Sara has 23 years of experience working in the third sector, with a variety of small local and large national charities. She also has experience of running her own management consultancy business. Sara has offered her skills on a voluntary basis and has sat on voluntary management committees, including Chair of a local CVS, and as an advocate with people with learning disabilities.  She is currently working with the UK charity Children in Need volunteers for Oxfam. She is a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce).

Chris Gordon, Chair, Irish Social Enterprise Network

Chris is a business and a social entrepreneur in Ireland. He has been fortunate enough to have worked with good organisations which have involved and committed individuals in progressive charities, not for profits, more than profits, cooperatives, partnerships and businesses. He is a voice in topics such as Social Enterprise, Cooperative Development and Small Business in Ireland. He is the Chair of the Irish Social Enterprise Network, Founder and Chair of the Irish Export Cooperative, Director of Treehouse and Positive Informatics. He has worked with others in organising social enterprise, social innovation and social entrepreneurship events across Ireland and has regularly contributed to discussions, and reports on the sector, helping to shape understanding of social enterprise in Ireland and contributing to government proposals.

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