Roger is a highly accomplished academic. He has been a Professor of Enterprise at a number of leading UK universities, where he has pioneered an innovative and interactive methodology for working with UK companies and organisations.
He has extensive experience of working with enterprise education globally an example of this being a management development programme for hi-tech companies developed in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.
In addition he was also responsible for designing and developing an entrepreneur program for young Europeans. This program is now celebrating its 10th anniversary and has engaged with over 250 students from countries as diverse as Russia, Moldova, Poland and Italy.
Roger has written extensively on the subject of enterprise and SME development as well as being responsible for developing new and ground-breaking Degrees in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. He understands the need for people to take responsibility for their own development in the workplace and recognises the need to provide a higher level of vocational learning to help people enter and thrive in the workplace.
As a result of his early career running his own fish processing company he has an ability to apply theory to practice. He continues to advise businesses in a non-executive capacity and is a regular commentator on entrepreneurship on television, radio and in the national press.
Dr Martin Clark, Deputy CEO, Future Business
Martin has worked in Cambridge at Citylife (now Future Business) since 1996, promoting social enterprise as a means of addressing social problems. Martin also oversaw Citylife’s development of a unique social investment bond product which enables people to invest in employment and enterprise in their communities, and now in any charitable cause of their choice.
More recently he has driven their diversification into social enterprise property management and the provision of business support services which is now known as Future Business. He has a PhD in social geography from the University of Sheffield and worked in regeneration consultancy at a university spin-out centre.
He is a member of the Partnership Board of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, a trustee of Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service, and a member of the Bishop’s Council for the Diocese of Ely. He is passionate about using social enterprise to tackle social problems, and is the author of The Social Entrepreneur Revolution (Marshall Cavendish 2009) which aims to popularise social entrepreneurship (see link on right hand side).
James Cashmore, Partner, Oxford Business Development
James has 20 years’ Board level experience in highly successful companies. From 2000 to 2008 he was a director of HomeServe, the Midlands-based home emergency company, and was part of the leadership team which took that company into the FTSE 250.
His earlier career included senior marketing and commercial positions at Thomas Cook, Yorkshire Bank, Asda and the AA. He now runs his own strategy and marketing consultancy, working with the private sector and with social enterprises.
He is senior consultant at Goodbrand, a leading insight and strategy consultancy working with global companies such as Nestle, Danone and Coca-Cola on sustainability strategy and execution. He is a director of MashSport, a web-based networking tool for grassroots sport, and also of Contact4Me Ltd, a company set up after the 7th July bombings in London to provide better identification, next of kin and medical alert information to the emergency services.
James has an MBA from Warwick Business School, and lives in Somerset.
Andy Brady, Senior Lecturer, ARU
Andy is a senior lecturer in the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to joining the university he worked in both public and private sectors, but most extensively in the voluntary sector in London, where he was co-ordinator at a refugee community centre.
In 2008 Andy set up the university’s 3rd Sector Futures initiative, which delivers a range of learning, research and consultancy services to charities and social enterprises. This work has been recognised with a Vice Chancellor’s Award for services to Anglia Ruskin University in the Community. He is undertaking research as part of a PhD in the study of social enterprise networks, a topic on which he has delivered conference papers and published articles.
Andy has been a director of Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE) since the company was founded in 2005, and is on the board of Voluntary Sector Training, a social enterprise based in Essex.
Andy completed a Masters in Community Enterprise at the Judge Business School in 2007, and holds a first degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Salford. Andy is a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the RSA. His most recent published work was a chapter on social enterprise in The Big Society Challenge, published in 2011.
Ben Mumby-Croft, Senior Lecturer, ARU
Ben is a brand strategy expert with 10 years experience helping public and private sector organisations to achieve their goals through effective branding; from strategy and positioning, through to visual communications and marketing management.
At the heart of his approach, Ben is passionate about ideas and helping organisations to discover what makes their product or service standout in the marketplace, how they can get this message across and, most importantly, what they need to do to make it stick!
Having worked in a variety of agency and client side roles, including a stint at Said Business School where he set-up an international entrepreneurship competition for environmentally and socially responsible business ideas, Ben now runs his own marketing consultancy in Oxford specialising in brand and marketing planning for entrepreneurial businesses.
In addition to this, and his work at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS), and regularly presents and brand and marketing related topics at business seminars across the UK.