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Commercial Background

Karen Lynch is the CEO of leading social enterprise Belu Water, transforming the loss-making venture to a highly profitable, multi-award winning consumer brand. At the Belu helm since 2010 and she has previously led a more traditional career at EMAP, Barclays, Audi and Pork Farms.

Philanthropic Background

Karen was responsible for negotiating and implementing Belu's long-term exclusive partnership with WaterAid in 2011, developing 'Ethical Glass' and for co-ordinating supply chain and compositors across the water industry. Karen is now a well-known environmental and social enterprise champion. She has overseen an astonishing donation of over £1m to WaterAid, raised through trading with Jamie's Italian, Sainsbury's and Café Rouge to name a few. In the past year alone Karen has led Belu to be the winners in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, RBS SE100 Awards and the SMARTA Breakthrough 50, with personal honouree from the Women in Enterprise Network and Lloyds People Environment and Achievement Awards - Overall Champion.

In addition to Belu she is extremely proud to have mentored other social enterprises such as From Babies with Love and Rubies in the Rubble, and this year is a judge for both the Social Enterprise UK Awards and The Big Society 'Business Impact Challenge'.

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  • Business development
  • Marketing & PR
  • Strategy & planning
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • Environment
  • Poverty

Testimonials

Max Tobias

Max Tobias

The Dusty Knuckle

Founder

Brilliant

Karen was frighteningly good and clear. I wish I could have had more time with her!

Cemal Ezel

Cemal Ezel

Change Please; Old Spike Roastery

Founder

Absolutely fantastic

It was absolutely fantastic, well-structured, and it would have been fantastic to have more time! Imagine encapsulating all of your challenges into a defined list and an expert answering them in hour, this is exactly what Expert Impact does. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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