SSE is an international network of 11 schools. Meet the team who work at our central office in London, UK, below – or find contacts for your nearest UK school, at SSE India or at SSE Ontario (Canada).
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Senior Management Team
Alastair is CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. He became a social entrepreneur when he joined SSE’s very first cohort in 1997, in Bethnal Green, London.
Alastair is also the co-founder and director of a Tonic Housing CIC, which is looking to develop a fresh approach to LGBT elder living. He is a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and Cabrach Trust, and has previously held trustee roles at Social Enterprise UK, UnLtd, Access and the Akram Khan Dance Company.
Alastair heads up the senior management team at SSE, which includes the managing director, director of programmes and learning, and director of development and external affairs.
Nicola joined SSE in August 2015 and has worked in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector for over 15 years. Her previous roles include programme director at the place-based funder Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving, programme director and head of the Centre for Well-being at New Economics Foundation (NEF), and deputy director and consultancy manager at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) where she led their social enterprise trading arm, CLES Consulting.
Nicola holds trustee roles with the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), United St Saviours Charity, and Help on Your Doorstep.
As managing director, Nicola works collaboratively with SSE’s network of partner schools to develop and implement organisational strategy as well as leading the staff team in London. Prior to her current role at SSE Nicola worked for two years as director of the London School.
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Philippa has worked in learning and skills development organisations for 15 years, with a particular focus on enterprise training and employability programming for young people. She has held training delivery and programme management roles in the UK with the Prince’s Trust and internationally with World Challenge Expeditions. Prior to joining SSE she spent seven years launching and leading the UK office of Canadian charity Street Kids International, training local NGOs in the developing world to deliver participatory enterprise skills training for street youth.
Philippa joined SSE Central as the network director in January of 2016. She spent 18 months developing the engagement and support strategy for SSE’s network of schools before taking on leadership of the programmes and learning team in August 2017.
Director of development & external affairs
Before joining SSE in April of 2018, Rob was Head of Corporate Projects at idverde UK, the largest green space service provider in Europe where he was a Trustee of the company’s corporate charity Growing a Greener Britain and helped setup The Parks Alliance – a new national not for profit organisation providing a voice for UK parks.
Rob’s background in the third sector includes roles as Social Enterprise Manager at global energy company Engie and Deputy Chief Executive at leading social enterprise Renaisi where he remains a Non-executive Director. Rob has also worked extensively in the public sector including as Assistant Chief Executive in a London borough covering regeneration and planning and as Head of Policy and Strategy for a national government agency.
He is a qualified accountant and has an MA in Cities, Culture and Social Change from Kings College London. He has lectured on Social Enterprise and Regeneration at University College London, Kings College London and at Politecnico di Milano University in Milan, Italy as well as contributing to books such as ‘Imagining The Future City: London 2062’ Ubiquity Press 2013.
Helen joined SSE in December 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the London office and providing HR and recruitment support.
Helen’s background is in third sector organisations ranging from Groundwork Hackney to The Children’s Society, in roles such as Project Officer, Operations Manager and Major Donor Fundraiser. This included 4 years working in New York for the Big Apple Circus – but not on the high-wire!
Outside of work, Helen loves to connect with her local community in east London and help organise neighbourhood events such as the Big Lunch.
Executive assistant to Alastair Wilson & Nicola Steuer
Lilli joined SSE in August 2016 as Executive Assistant and Office Manager. She has since moved to the position of Executive Assistance to both the CEO and Managing Director.
Lilli has an extensive background in Administration and prior to SSE worked as the Office Manager for Cripplegate Foundation, a grant giving charity in London. She has also worked with various other charities on a volunteer basis including the Footprints Foundation with two visits to work on projects in South Africa.
Graeme is currently undertaking a six-month placement at SSE through On-Purpose. His responsibility is to lead on Match Trading strategy and developing new business products and services. Graeme has previously worked as a researcher on disaster risk in Bangladesh and as a product designer which included spending time at a social enterprise in India. He has a Masters in Engineering for International Development from UCL and is a keen runner and triathlete.
Programmes and Learning Team
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Ian has worked for SSE since 2004, in a variety of roles from volunteer to Director of Development. He now leads the team that delivers learning programmes in London. He has been involved in all aspects of SSE programmes from recruitment, to tutoring and facilitation. His background prior to SSE was marketing and strategy in the corporate sector, with Cable & Wireless.
Outside of SSE Ian has a psychotherapy practice and is on the board of psychotherapy training charity.
Angela is responsible for planning, designing, facilitating and managing a number of programmes and workshops at the London school and has been a Learning Manager at SSE since 2012.
Angela’s background is in business psychology. She specialises in Learning and Development and has worked in and with a variety of private, public and third sector organisations helping organisations to develop their staff and individuals to grow personally and as leaders. She is a cognitive behavioural coach and loves working with social entrepreneurs to help them succeed and achieve their full potential.
Contact Angela if you are interested in more detailed information about SSE’s programmes, or if you’re interested in working with SSE’s students as a volunteer mentor.
Sarah is responsible for managing and growing our pool of expert speakers and talented witness. She is always on the lookout for social entrepreneurs who are willing to come in and talk and inspire our students.
Previously, Sarah worked in digital marketing, corporate finance and as an editor of a woman’s magazine, and outside of SSE she works as a graphic recorder capturing live events.
If you’re a social entrepreneur happy to tell your story to our students, or have a particular skill set applicable to starting and scaling social enterprises, please get in touch with Sarah.
Kylie joined SSE in January 2015 as the London School’s programme administrator and has since been promoted to programme manager. She has worked in a number of different sectors including charity, recruitment, events and marketing, and spent time volunteering in Malawi, Africa, as part of the International Citizen Service programme.
Kylie’s role provides leadership and management to ensure the effective project management and operational delivery of all learning programmes and courses.
Contact Kylie for information about any of the programmes that are run at SSE London.
Heather joined SSE in August 2017. Her role focuses on supporting the London schools with the delivery of two of our national programmes. She has a background in administrative work within the education sector, working for the organisations ABRSM and Trinity College.
Heather has a passion for music, and enjoys playing piano as well as offering piano lessons in her free time.
Eleanor joined SSE in June 2016 as the programme assistant. Her role includes coordinating the logistics of learning blocks taking place in the London school, as well as liaising with students.
Ellie has previous experience in business administration and retail, and thrives on using her skills to help others.
Amy is the network manager for SSE Central, she her role includes: delivering the quality audit and ensuring quality standards; sharing best practice; supporting collaborative working and the smooth running and sustainability of all the schools. As an experienced action-learning facilitator, Amy also supports delivery of programmes and action learning for SSE London and other schools.
Amy is a fellow of SSE, having run her own social enterprise called Living Lens for 10 years. Living Lens delivered creative projects, primarily video for women and girls. These projects were used to influence policy change, improve services and create social change. Amy is currently chair of the board of trustees for On Road Media and a board member for London Football Journeys.
Monitoring, evaluation & research manager
Lee recently joined SSE to work on measuring the impact of SSE’s global network.
He is an experienced consultant and researcher, having spent over a decade working in and with organisations who have a social agenda. This has spanned the voluntary, public and private sector. He has founded and operated two independent consultancy practices, Robinson Consultancy and Bright Ideas Consulting, and is treasurer for the LGBT Consortium. He is a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and a EuroTest User, and an avid rock-climber.
Marta joined SSE in 2011, originally as PA to the CEO. Marta is currently responsible for the smooth delivery and project management of the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme – the largest programme delivered across the UK SSE network. Marta works closely with the funders and the SSE network to ensure the programme is delivered to a high quality.
In the past Marta worked for the award-winning social enterprise Bikeworks, and Fairtrade clothing company Green Baby, looking after trade sales. She loves outdoor activities and travelling.
Amber initially joined SSE in January 2017 to develop our pool of speakers. She is now responsible for the management of the Community Business Trade Up Programme funded by Power To Change, which is being delivered by SSE schools across England.
Amber’s background is in programme management for charities, including The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) where she set up and managed a programme supporting disadvantaged young people to access fieldwork and overseas gap experiences. She helped establish a social enterprise for food entrepreneurs (food is one of her passions), and most recently co-founded a business supporting chefs starting their own businesses.
Network and community officer
Penny joined SSE in November 2016, and is a database administrator working on SSE’s digitisation project and looking after the online student community hub. She also provides support to our network of schools, organising virtual and face to face opportunities for them to share with and learn from one another.
Prior to working in the charity sector, Penny trained as an actress and still performs in musicals and plays in her spare time. She can often be found in vegan junk food establishments around London.
National programmes administrator
Briana joined the SSE in April 2018 and she provides support with 2 national programmes as well as a London based programme. Previously, she worked in the car rental industry, providing administrative support to account managers. Briana has volunteered in the charity sector since going to University and more recently she was an apprentice with the Child.org Charity Apprentice course, fundraising for them with a number of events.
In her spare time, Briana enjoys arts & crafts in general and has a soft spot for jewellery making.
Salesforce Project Manager
Lucy has worked in the third sector for 18 years, working extensively with vulnerable women – having led and developed a project supporting women involved in street prostitution and more recently working with women in prisons. Her knowledge of the third sector, IT skills and love of data led Lucy to join the Salesforce Supermums Programme, training in Salesforce customisation. She’s excited to be using these skills on the team at the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Lucy is married and has a ten year old son who is a football fanatic. She loves music and getting involved in the local community.
Development & External Affairs Team
Emily joined SSE in 2016 as network manager for sustainability and development. She oversees the relationships across our network of schools, focusing on building connections and working strategically towards financial sustainability.
Before that, Emily was running and scaling a charity called Finding Rhythms – delivering music-based work experience courses in UK prisons – which she co-founded in 2012. Her voluntary work began in 2003 and includes seven months working with street children in Calcutta, where she was born. Emily sits on the advisory board of Incredible Brilliant Youth C.I.C. and is involved in grant making through the Mercers’ Company. She has been a fellow of the RSA since 2014 and holds an MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge. She enjoys travelling, craft beer and cooking spicy food.
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Mary joined SSE in 2014 to develop SSE’s pool of speakers. She now works in the development and external affairs team, creating and managing partnerships with business and others that support social entrepreneurship across the UK. Prior to working with SSE, Mary’s roles included Head of Investee Support at the Social Investment Business and manager in the Corporate Sustainability Team at PwC.
Mary is a school governor, a printmaker and has PhD in Immunology from the University of Bristol. She’s also great at making pirate ships out of sofa cushions.
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Isabel joined SSE in 2015 as business analyst supporting CEO Alastair Wilson and the senior management team on strategy, governance and the initiation of key projects across the organisation. She is now also interim network development manager, creating fundraising opportunities within the network team. In 2016 she was a member of SSE’s Finance Audit and Risk Committee, a subcommittee of the board of trustees.
Prior to SSE Isabel spent six years working in management consultancy, where she predominantly worked with commercial entrepreneurs to address specific growth challenges such as new business, stakeholder engagement and financial management. Isabel has an MA from Oxford University in Modern History.
Isabel is currently on maternity leave.
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Jenner joined SSE in March 2015. Her focus is on partnerships with the business sector, developing SSE’s approach to fundraising and securing support for new initiatives.
She has over 12 years’ experience in the charity sector, first in programme management, then moving into fundraising, with a focus on high profile corporate partnerships, sponsorship and developing staff engagement opportunities. Prior to SSE, Jenner held positions at Impetus-The Private Equity Foundation, a youth development charity in Chicago and The National Literacy Trust.
Jenner has a BA in Education and began her career as a teacher. She now attempts to use this background on her own two small children, often with little effect.
Claire joined SSE in November 2017 as a development manager. Claire manages existing supporter relationships and supports new fundraising initiatives.
Claire has eight years’ experience managing strategic partnerships and projects across the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Director of Small Business Saturday, the U.K.’s most successful small business campaign. Claire has an MA from the University of St. Andrews and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, both in International Relations.
She hails from Upstate New York and enjoys travelling and running marathons (slowly!).
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Esther joined SSE in February 2017 as a development manager, focusing on working with Trusts and Foundations. Prior to this she worked in Corporate Responsibility at Pearson and in the third sector with roles at WaterAid and Volunteer Centre Westminster. She has a Masters in Corporate Social Responsibility and enjoys understanding how a charity and business operating can be combined to create both profit and social impact through a social enterprise model. One of her favourite things about working at SSE is learning about the social entrepreneurs that come through the doors – they are always buzzing with energy and inspirational ideas on how to create an impact.
After a short stint living in Mexico, one of her favourite things outside of work is hunting out the best Mexican restaurants in London – if you need any advice, give her a shout!
Sales and marketing manager
David is SSE London’s Sales and Marketing Manager, responsible for selling places on workshops and short courses as part of the school’s strategy to increase its earned income. Prior to joining SSE in 2011 David has worked for an online startup, an international recruitment firm and a number of fundraising organisations.
Contact David for information about or to book on to any of the ‘paid for’ workshops or programmes run by SSE London.
Sophie’s goal is to ensure that the people who needs to know about SSE understand what we do and why. She works across the central and network teams, managing the SSE brand and supporting SSE’s UK and international schools.
Sophie has spent a decade working in journalism and communications, specialising in entrepreneurs. She was the founding editor of LondonlovesBusiness.com, the online newspaper for London entrepreneurs. Before that she was on the founding team of Smarta, the UK’s then-leading advice brand for start-ups.
She became a fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise leadership programme in 2016, during which she completed placements at Mathematics Mastery (part of education charity Ark) and BeMORE. She went on to manage Expert Impact, a charity that connects social entrepreneurs with mentoring from the UK’s most successful founders. She joined SSE in July 2016.
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Bethan joined SSE in February 2017 as the communications coordinator. She works on SSE’s social media presence and brand, to ensure that as many people as possible know who we are and what we do. Her role also includes content creation, video production, and supporting SSE’s regional schools.
Alongside a degree in Philosophy & Literature, Bethan has experience in journalism and social media management. During her time at university, she helped to open a shelter for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Leamington Spa, and travelled to Uganda and the Gambia for volunteer work.
Head of finance and resources