Social Enterprise

Director of Social Enterprise International Ltd

(formerly Social Enterprise Europe Ltd)

Rory is one of the world's best known social enterprise educators. As co-author of Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (2nd Edition) with Dr Mike Bull (Manchester Metropolitan University) he has developed one of the world's key resources for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social and co-operative enterprise.

In 2012, he joined the board of Social Enterprise International Ltd (SEI), a Company Limited by Guarantee governed by directors based in the UK, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and Indonesia. The core team are supplemented by a secondary network of associate consultants and independent Social Licence holders who deliver programmes using SEI training materials and branding. Social Licence holders currently operate in Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey, East Africa, Nigeria, Vietnam and China.

Current SEI board members have been involved in:

  • Co-founding the UK’s first social enterprise support organisation in 1994
  • Co-founding the UK’s first social enterprise regional development agency in 1997
  • Developing Social Licences to support knowledge-sharing across Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Designing social enterprise support and education programmes in Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Educating the next generation of social enterprise leaders and managers.
  • Partnering EU organisations who engage in international social enterprise development projects.

Two major projects illustrate Rory's involvement in SEI's work. The first is a Social Enterprise Academy in Nigeria.

Rory's keynote address to the first social entrepreneurship symposium in Lagos, Nigeria

The second project is the FairShares Model. SEI is a full partner in an EU project to create 'European FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation'. This project - which will run to 2019 - will draw on Rory's experience of developing the FairShares Model to guide the writing of a methodology for creating FairShares Labs.