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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'.

  • Will help with
  • 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.

Rich Grahame

Rich Grahame

Settle

Founder

Practical advice on where to focus

It's hard to find someone who gets what starting up a social enterprise is like. Karen immediately understood the challenges I was grappling with and was able to offer me practical advice on where I need to focus on. She got to the crux of the matter within 20 minutes and I came out of the session with new energy and determination to take my social enterprise to the next level.

Rebecca Dove

Rebecca Dove

Hubbub Enterprise

Managing Director

Really inspiring!

My session with Karen Lynch was really inspiring, we covered loads of ground and she's given me really clear tools and advice in response to the business challenges I shared. I feel well-equipped and excited to progress with the next steps around strategy development and Hubbub's value proposition.

Mursal Hedayat

Mursal Hedayat

Chatterbox

Founder

Extremely useful advice

Karen understood the architecture of my business at record speed. The rest of our session was filled with extremely useful advice and questions supported by her evidently impressive understanding of commerce.

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