Meet the speakers from the Social Enterprise Festival 2018

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Rachel Wang

Rachel is the Founder and CEO of Chocolate Films, a film production company based in London and Glasgow which produces video content for a wide range of clients.

From the start Rachel was passionate about setting up as a social enterprise, Chocolate Films runs an extensive outreach programme engaging with disadvantaged young people in filmmaking skills.

Last year over 5000 young people were trained in digital media skills at Chocolate Films workshops.

Rachel was appointed by the Prime Minister to the board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery in April 2017. She sits on the panel for Film London’s Film Hub, contributing to policy and strategy for promoting non-mainstream cinema.

She is a Freeman of the City, and an
active member of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

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Adrien Fabre

Adrien is a social entrepreneur who cultivates and catalyses social impact leadership. He is involved in the global community MakeSense, he helps social enterprises to tackle their challenges using design thinking methodologies, facilitating events and collaborations. He is creating a social innovation lab that fosters individual progress as well as collective social impact.

Adrien holds a MSc in Business Engineering from Kedge Business School.

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Simon Biltcliffe

Simon Biltcliffe is an award winning CEO, international public speaker and business expert.
An IoD Director of the Year, he is the founder and CEO of national print services agency, Webmart and the world’s first digitally driven print platform, Printelligence. From starting Webmart with just £10,000 of his own savings, Simon has turned the business into a £30 million turnover organisation with just 44 employees whilst implementing his unconventional business model.

Simon Biltcliffe is an award winning CEO, international public speaker and business expert.

An IoD Director of the Year, he is the founder and CEO of national print services agency, Webmart and the world’s first digitally driven print platform, Printelligence. From starting Webmart with just £10,000 of his own savings, Simon has turned the business into a £30 million turnover organisation with just 44 employees whilst implementing his unconventional business model.

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June O'Sullivan

June O'Sullivan MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a social enterprise which currently runs 37 nurseries across eleven London boroughs.

An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile, new childcare model and stronger social impact over the past ten years.

June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational early years education as the basis for greater social and cultural capital to deliver long-term social impact. She continues to advise Governments as well as a range of organisations, academics and services at home and overseas about how best to implement a social enterprise vision for Early Years.

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Simon Coley

Co founder and also the creative brain behind the Karma Cola brand, Simon Coley cut his teeth working as a designer and creative director for organisations ranging from Greenpeace to The Economist. He was responsible for successfully bringing the first Fairtrade bananas to New Zealand five years ago under the All Good Bananas brand. All Good has twice been named on the World's Most Ethical Companies list and in 2014 won the title World's Fairest Trader.

Simon and co-founders partners Matt and Chris Morrison share a love of the wild west coast of New Zealand especially Piha beach, where they met and conceived of Karma Cola.

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Lauren Le Franc

A few years ago - I decided to return to my home country Jamaica as I didn’t perform particularly well in my A levels and as you can imagine my parents were not happy with me and in fact completely cut me off financially!

I had to figure out what I was going to do next.
My neighbour had a farm up in the Jamaican Blue Mountains he kept complaining about the challenges he faced so I decided to go up there and that is when my journey began.

I ended up travelling across the mountains and learning about the fantastic process of coffee and made great friends with the community of farmers.

I started buying his coffee and selling my own brand ‘True Blue Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee’— this helped fund my university fees.

I never forgot about the friends that I had made in the farming community and the problems that they faced.

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Andrew Tollinton

Andrew Tollinton loves pitching; he claims to have been doing it since he was 5 years old. He has pitched products and services ranging in value from £300 to £30,000,000, across a coffee table, across a board table, to a room of thirty people and to one individual, as part of a team or alone.

He also helps others perfect their pitch and to date has evaluated over 10,000 speeches. Mentoring a wide range of people he has helped to pitch everything from artificial intelligence to coffee plantations and fashion technology.

Andrew is the co-founder of an award winning software company and guest lecturer on behavioural economics at University of the Arts London and, teaches pitching at University College London and London Business School.

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Vanessa Sanyauke

Vanessa Sanyauke is the Founder and CEO of Girls Talk London and a speaker, presenter and writer based in London. Vanessa has over 10 years’ experience in the financial services and charity sector helping FTSE 100 businesses with corporate social responsibility, gender and youth consulting. Vanessa has worked with clients such as The Bank of England, Societié Generalé, O2, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, State Street, Igate, Salesforce, Vodafone, BT, Ericsson, Allen and Overy, Lloyds Bank, Bauer Media, UBS, RBS Legal, Rabobank, Reed Smith and CMS Cameron McKenna delivering and managing award winning corporate social responsibility, gender & diversity programmes.

Vanessa is a regular visiting lecturer and speaker on Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender for City University London, Kent Business School, Brunel University and Kings College London.

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Lee Mannion

Lee is the Social Enterprise Correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s biggest news and information provider, where a global team of journalists covers under-reported stories on humanitarian issues, women’s rights, trafficking and slavery, property rights and climate change.

He is the first dedicated Social Enterprise Correspondent to be appointed by a mainstream organization and oversees the Social Innovation section of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news website All stories in this section are distributed via the Reuters news service to a network of publications reaching an estimated one billion readers daily.

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Andrea Gamson

Andrea is the founder of _SocialStarters an organisation who train and support social enterprises around the world.

She has delivered training to over 100 individuals in the last few years on the topics of social enterprises and start-up methods.

She has 15 years' experience developing & launching digital and above the line media projects for some of the world’s largest brands and charities. She’s been both a freelance Social Enterprise Consultant, as well as ran marketing campaigns and generated revenue in this space since 2010, particularly supporting social enterprises dedicated to changing young people’s lives.

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Rob Wilson

Rob has been involved with Toast Ale since its inception in early 2016, initially as an advisor and later as full time Chief Toaster (CEO).

At Toast Ale we believe that if want to change the world, you have to throw a better party than those destroying it. We brew our award winning beer using unsold loaves from bakeries and unused crusts from sandwich makers. With a slice of surplus fresh bread in every bottle and all profits poured into the charity Feedback to fight food waste, Toast is the best thing since… well, you know.

Toast Ale has had great success to date in the UK and already expanded to the USA, South Africa, Brazil and Iceland, with ambitions to grow to many other locations in coming months.

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Lily Chong

Lily is a social entrepreneur, co-founder of Y.O.U underwear, a social business, and ethical lifestyle brand, which works towards sustainable manufacturing practices and help provides underwear to women and children in need. She is also the founder of The Fourth Sector, a mission-driven business service platform to support social entrepreneurs to start and grow their social ventures. Lily is a facilitator, coach, and curator of the social enterprise conferences and organizer of London social enterprise meetups. She is passionate about driving social change through business.


Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater is a world-renowned innovation expert whose work focuses on how to be human in an increasingly technological, unequal world, overshadowed by climate change.

Charles Leadbeater was an award winning journalist with the Financial Times in London and Tokyo before going on to become assistant editor at The Independent. He went on to become a trusted adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Minister David Miliband on the future of society.

As Cultural Ambassador for the London Mayor, Leadbeater has written widely on the future of London and other cities, looking in particular at how successful cities can be smart and efficient but also hospitable and humane.

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Claudia Cahalane

Claudia is a former Guardian Networks editor (Social Enterprise and Coop Network) specialising in social and ethical issues, social enterprise and wellbeing. She writes about the businesses and ideas which are challenging the status quo by trying to create a more sustainable and happier world. Claudia also works with social and ethical ventures to provide content and social media services. In addition she helps such organisations place their stories throughout the media / advises on media strategy. The highlight of her career so far has been a 12-day field-trip to Indonesia with Lush Cosmetics to investigate the destruction behind palm oil plantations. This resulted in substantial coverage in the Sunday Times newspaper.


Darshan Sanghrajka

Darshan is the founder and CEO of social innovation studio Super Being Labs and has 12 years of experience in product design and tech for good. He is also the co-founder of Being ManKind , as well as a few other projects created by Super Being Labs.

Outside of work, Darshan is a non-exec at Sporting Memories (an org using sporting reminiscence to fight dementia and isolation for the elderly), as well as Chair for a small charity (STCA) in Kings Cross, on the advisory board for the British Council's Entrepreneurial Africa Programme, on the NSPCC's Digital Taskforce to help tackle the multiple challenges around supporting young people at risk, and finally has recently joined the Ventures Advisory Board at UnLtd - the Foundation for social entrepreneurs.

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Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is Professor of Economic Geography and Vice-President (Research and Enterprise) at City, University of London.

His research interests crosses several academic disciplines including political science, sociology and management studies. Throughout his academic career, a major research interest has been globalization and the development of an integrated global economy and society. In particular, his work has been concerned with global corporations, mobility, international working and civic society organizations. He is author of over 50 peer-review journal articles and book chapters, as well as six books, including Dictionary of Globalization (Polity: 2006) and Globalization: Key Thinkers (2010).

He has advised the UK Government on a range of policies related to globalization including immigration and the UK labour market, overseas volunteering and London’s status as a global city in relation to its financial and business service industries. His current research focuses on the challenges facing western business service firms in emerging economies and the role of service firms in moving to a low-carbon economy. He is also member of the Centre for Professional Service Firms (CPSF) in Cass Business School.


Keith Jeffrey

Established in 2014, CU Social Enterprise is developing a supportive environment for the growing social enterprise and start up community emerging from Coventry University. Prior to this, Keith had a wide and varied career in the field of social enterprise. At only 19 he established the now legendary Newcastle Riverside music venue home of Nirvana’s first ever UK gig. Keith was also involved with Bizfizz a pioneering scheme that focused on coaching entrepreneurs in areas of urban deprivation. Most recently Keith was CEO of QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film.

Coventry University was voted Social Enterprise HEI of the year at this year’s HEFCE awards.