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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


The Dusty Knuckle

The Dusty Knuckle

Max Tobias

Lovingly made, artisan bread and baked goods. We are a social enterprise offering employment to the young people that need it most.


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

Change Please

Change Please

Cemal Ezel

With the support and power of The Big Issue, we have empowered homeless people with the skills, equipment and speciality beans they need to become fully-fledged baristas.

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

Settle supports vulnerable young people moving into their first home.

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.

Hubbub Enterprise

Hubbub Enterprise

Rebecca Dove

A social enterprise taking ideas of how to engage the public in environmental change into scaleable businesses. 

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

Chatterbox offers online and in-person language tutoring delivered by trained refugee tutors.

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.



Miriam Wilson

NevHouse takes the waste that we throw away and turns it into affordable shelter. A sustainable social enterprise delivering love and light to nations in need. 

Her in depth knowledge was mana to me.

Karen's experience really matched my needs. Her in depth knowledge was mana to me. Very constructive, no fluff and pragmatic. I came away with three concrete ideas that I can work on. Many thanks Karen!

Project Access

Project Access

Anna Gross

A world where passion and potential define your future. 

Creative business modelling masterclass

Karen is more creative on business model thinking than anyone I've met with before. She was very good at transferring the energy to think creatively about a problem, and I left with a new set of ideas to think about in terms of revenue structure.



Adam Bacon

Deliciously positive. We create a world where every bite tastes great and does good. 

Karen was fantastic.

She gave me plenty of encouragement and food for thought, challenging my thinking and making amazing suggestions.



Christian Walker

The ethichal choice in group & school travel.

Provided much needed perspective

It was great to meet an expert like Karen to get guidance and reassurance in our business. The session provides food for thought and provides a fresh perspective on things from someone who has much experience.

Juta Shoes

Juta Shoes

Joanna Hamer

Handcrafted espadrilles made in London from reclaimed leather and environmentally-friendly materials.

Incredibly helpful

Karen was insightful, engaged, and genuine in our mentoring session. She'd spent time learning about our business model, our impact and our communications, and brought thoughtful ideas and questions to help us think ambitiously and broad. Above all, she was enthusiastic, interested, and optimistic!


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