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Who's speaking at the Social Procurement Festival?

The Social Procurement Festival Lineup

On the 23rd and 24th of March, private businesses, public sector organisations and VCSEs will be joining The Social Procurement Festival online. To create the most potential for further learning and opportunities, we have invited speakers who are leaders in socially motivated businesses to share insights and engage in discussions

Attendees can use this guide as preparation for contributing to discussions and identifying opportunities for learning and connection.

Click the speakers' names to find out more about them

About the speakers

Claire Dove CBE DL - VCSE Crown Representative

Claire has been a key player in the Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprise movement since the 1980's and currently has the remit of supporting the sector to access government contracts. Claire is known nationally and internationally for her work in the sector and for ten years chaired Social Enterprise UK. She worked with government and leaders from the sector to create the first strategy for the Social Enterprise movement. Claire has ensured that VCSEs have a voice within Westminster and Whitehall; this included working with the teams to introduce the Social Value Act which is now embedded into many local government frameworks and in the national Crown Commercial procurement service.

Fenella Chambers - Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells

Fenella is a social enterprise lawyer and runs HL BaSE, Hogan Lovells’ impact economy practice, which supports inspiring and innovative clients operating at the forefront of purpose-led business. She advises social enterprises and other impact organizations on their corporate and commercial legal needs, as well as working with both private sector and impact partners to develop and facilitate programs of support for social entrepreneurs. Fenella trained and qualified at Hogan Lovells and has focused her practice on advising social businesses and charities operating in a sustainable way for approaching a decade.

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Catherine Manning - Operations Director, Social Value UK

Catherine oversees the operations and strategic direction of the UK body for social value and impact management professionals, with a particular expertise in social value assurance, and accreditation, and organisational capacity building, as well as supporting the development of cross-sectoral social value brokerage approaches.

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Rachel Woolliscroft - Co-Founder and Director, BayNel Advisory (Chair)

Passionate and dedicated sustainability executive with extensive experience of integrating environmental & social issues into corporate strategy, leadership, and process within the built environment. Founder of BayNel Advisory which works across public, private and third sector to ensure business plays its role in protecting the environment and supporting wider society. She is a passionate ambassador for the social enterprise sector and the role they play in our economy. A supporter of a number of social enterprises through advisory roles, panel member on the Cabinet Office VCSE Advisory Group chaired by Claire Dove, OBE, a Director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) and Judge on Women in Construction & Engineering Awards.

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James Adeleke- CEO & Founder, Generation Success

Nigerian Born, Dyslexic Social entrepreneur James Adeleke is on a mission to change the world (at least to make it fairer). He is the CEO and Founder of Generation Success, an award-winning social enterprise that works with 65+ employers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to tackle the social inequalities in society and connect diverse talent to careers. This is delivered through their mentoring, training and early careers recruitment services. James started Generation Success after the London riots. Rising from the riots came a desire to be part of the change. Driving by the fundamental belief, your career should not be defined by your birth and witnessing the struggle that many of his contemporaries in law school faced in their careers, due to social or economic background James set about taking action. He is passionate about creating a world where we all have equal access and equal opportunities to achieve our career aspirations. James has formed a first-class advisory board and management team to help him achieve his mission.

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Inge Woudstra - D&I consultant & COO, Voice At The Table

Inge Woudstra, MSc is a leading D&I consultant and COO at Voice At The Table. She helps organisations in engineering and tech take the next step on their D&I journey, always looking for practical ways to help them increase their D&I impact. Inge has extensive expertise in inclusive recruitment and inclusive progression processes. She is also actively involved with several membership organisations, supporting them in their quest to embrace D&I as an industry and has written a number of best practice D&I guides. Inge won an award in 2021 for her contribution to the data infrastructure industry. Her clients include Network Rail, RenewableUK, TalkTalk, Hiscox, Shell, EDF, Technip Energies, Royal Academy of Engineering and a range of smaller engineering and architecture firms.

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Sheryl Moore - Group social sustainability manager at Kier

Sheryl Moore is Group social sustainability manager at Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services. Sheryl leads on the Group-wide social sustainability strategy, which includes social value and responsible procurement. Sheryl is passionate about promoting social procurement across the Group. Sheryl led on the introduction of Supply Change as a Kier partner, and since the partnership launched has promoted the use of social enterprises on its platform across the Group. As well as this, Sheryl has worked to add other social enterprises to Supply Change, and this includes Kier’s own social enterprise, Nordis.

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Diane Crowe - Head of Group Sustainability, Reconomy

Having worked for one of the UK’s largest construction services companies for over twenty years and more recently in the waste and recycling sector Diane has been responsible for the development and implementation of effective sustainability strategies. At Reconomy she also has responsibility for Social Value and has implemented an award-winning programme, RSVP Reconomy Social Value Programme, substantially increasing the amount of social, local and economic social value to £204M.

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Robert Walton - Chief Operating Officer, Constructionline

In his role, Robert is responsible for driving the growth of the innovative Constructionline platform, which has been supporting construction buyers and suppliers within the public and private sectors for over 20 years. Robert is instrumental in the organisation’s pioneering support to increase social value and Social Enterprises across the supply chain.

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Dr Leila Alinaghian - Senior lecturer, Cranfield School of Management

Leila is a senior lecturer and a course director at Cranfield School of Management. She holds an MPhil and a PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Cambridge. Leila's research revolves around social procurement and social impact supply chain management and seeks to advance the scholarship and understanding of managing business relationships for social impact. Her research was nominated for awards at the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society and is published in several leading international scholarly journals.

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Ellen Petts - Managing Director, Greenstream

Ellen is founder and managing director of Greenstream Flooring CIC. She set up the organisation in 2008 and to date it has diverted circa 650,000 sqm ( 85 full size football pitches worth) of otherwise burnt/ buried commercial carpet material for community benefit. Ellen has spent the last fourteen years growing Greenstream with a team so that it now employs fifteen staff across two warehouses in Rhondda Cynon Taff in South Wales and is the UK’s largest provider of circular flooring services in the UK.

Ellen has over twenty years’ experience of resource recovery, circular economy and social procurement and is a board member of Circular Communities Cymru, a guest lecturer at Swansea and Cardiff Universities and an advisor to Wales Cooperative and Welsh Government on social procurement.

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Ben Andrews - New Business Manager, Family Fund Business Services

Ben Andrews is a Business Development Manager for Family Fund Business Services (FFBS), the UK’s leading fulfilment and grant administration service. Ben joined FFBS in 2020 and his focus is bringing on new partnerships with organisations to help them delivery vital support to those in need.

Ben has a wealth of experience, having worked for over two decades in the world of sales, specifically for mutual, non-profit organisations and charities. Outside of work, Ben manages a local junior football team and loves seeing how being part of the club has such a positive impact on all of the young players.

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Yasmin Halai Carter - founder of Ethstat Ethical Stationery

Yasmin Halai Carter is Co Founder of Ethstat Ethical Stationery CIC, the UK’s leading Sustainable Office Supplies Social Enterprise. “We set about wanting to change the face of sustainable and social procurement, and that’s precisely what we’re doing. Our customer’s power of spend helps us give back to some of the most vulnerable members of our society; from street homeless to dementia patients, we’re here to change lives and set the sustainable agenda at its highest in our sector”.

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Dennis Boateng - Founder, InUse-ReUse

A local Brixton resident, Dennis founded InUse-ReUse as a response to finding alternative ways for the redistribution of discarded wooden pallets in Brixton Market. A project which initially started as a pilot scheme with Lambeth environmental department has led the start-up to being an approved supplier since November 2018. From these humble beginnings, InUse-ReUse has evolved to now offer solutions across a much-extended life cycle of timber, with a prime focus on pushing materials up the waste hierarchy.

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Josh Babarinde - Head of Entrepreneurship Delivery, School for Social Entrepreneurs

Josh is Head of Entrepreneurship Delivery at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. In this role, Josh leads on the design and delivery of SSE’s programmes supporting social entrepreneurs across the UK and beyond to start, trade and scale. Josh is a former social entrepreneur, having founded Cracked It (2015-2021), London’s social enterprise tech repair service, staffed by ex-offenders, which was named Social Enterprise of the Year by the Evening Standard and Centre for Social Justice. Josh was awarded an OBE by The Queen for services to criminal justice, social enterprise and the economy.

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Amy Jacklin - Growth Manager, Virgin Money

Amy is the Growth Manager for Virgin Money based in Birmingham. Her role is supporting her local community, and building relationships across the area to make everyone feel happier about money. She focuses on supporting local businesses, social enterprises, schools and charities through financial education, and other schemes, for example ‘Levelling Upstarts’; a programme aimed at businesses and social enterprises to help them overcome any barriers currently being faced. Amy is also a huge advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility, encouraging all of her network to think about business in sustainable ways.

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Megan Virrels - CEO, Natwest Social and Community Capital

Megan joined S&CC in 2014, after 7 years working in structured finance for the Royal Bank of Scotland and 8 years at JP Morgan. Over the past 5 years, S&CC has approved over £10m in funding to more than 80 organisations and launched a number of key funds, including the Coronavirus Response Fund, which offered £1m of grants to help organisations continue to deliver support for the disadvantaged and vulnerable. Alongside leading S&CC, Megan supports those who have difficulty accessing mainstream finance through her role as a non-executive Director at Scotcash CIC. Outside of work, she loves experimenting with new recipes on her husband and stepsons, working off the food by walking the lockdown lap, Guinness and planning holidays home and abroad.

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Cathy Brown - CEO, iSE.

Cathy Brown is the Chief Exec at iSE (Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs CIC) in Birmingham. iSE aims to change the way the world does business, for good. Supporting and advising social enterprises and community businesses in Birmingham and beyond for more than 20 years, iSE is widely known and respected for its expertise in the sector

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Day 1 Agenda - Wednesday, 23rd March

9:00-9:30 Arrivals/ Open Networking

9:30-9:45 - Introduction to the Festival and day 1

9:45- 10:15- Panel discussion: PPN- One year on & the role of the social value model and the levelling up agenda

10:15- 10:30 - Break

10:30-11:00 - How diverse supply chains can create more impact

11:00-11:45 - How collaboration can remove barriers to social procurement

11:45-11:50 - Closing remarks

11:50- 12:30 - Open networking

Day 2 Agenda - Thursday, 24th March

9:00-9:30 Arrivals/ Open Networking

9:30-9:45 - Introduction to the Festival and day 2

9:45-10:15 - The legacy of COP26: the role of social enterprises in achieving environmental sustainability

10:15-10:45- Social supplier showcase

10:45- 11:00 - Break

11:00-12:00 - Buyer & supplier pitching sessions/ Open Networking

12:00-12:45 - The power of intermediaries- collaborating to support the social impact sector

12:45-12:50 - Closing remarks

12:50- 1:00 - Open networking

Join 100+ attendees on 23rd and 24th March, to share, learn, connect and create impact through social procurement. Tickets available here.

If you have any questions about The Social Procurement Festival, or how Supply Change creates impact through social procurement, please don't hesitate to email us


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