Oli Barrett MBE
Karen Lynch is the former CEO of leading social enterprise Belu Water, transforming the loss-making venture into a highly profitable, multi-award winning consumer brand. Prior to being at the helm of Belu for ten years, she has previously led a more traditional career at EMAP, Barclays, Audi and Pork Farms.
Karen was responsible for negotiating and implementing Belu’s long-term exclusive partnership with WaterAid in 2011, developing ‘Ethical Glass’ and for coordinating supply chain and compositors across the water industry.
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 just a few. Karen 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 has been a judge for both the Social Enterprise UK Awards and The Big Society ‘Business Impact Challenge’. In 2021, Karen took up the role of CEO here at Expert Impact.
Lovingly made, artisan bread and baked goods. We are a social enterprise offering employment to the young people that need it most.
Max Tobias, Founder of The Dusty Knuckle
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.
Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please, met with Karen Lynch of Belu Water
Settle supports vulnerable young people moving into their first home. Their mission is to prevent young people from being evicted and becoming homeless by equipping them with the key skills they need to live independently. They do this through support and training.
Rich Grahame, Founder of Settle
A social enterprise taking ideas of how to engage the public in environmental change into scaleable businesses.
Rebecca Dove, Managing Director of Hubbub
Chatterbox offers online and in-person language tutoring delivered by trained refugee tutors.
Mursal Hedayat, Founder of Chatterbox
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.
Miriam Wilson, General Partner of NevHouse
We give under-privileged students access to information and support that their more affluent peers already receive. We do this through cost-efficient, high-impact initiatives, using the insights we’ve gained by helping over 1,900 students apply to top universities.
Anna Gross, Co-Founder & CEO of Project Access
Deliciously positive. We create a world where every bite tastes great and does good.
Adam Bacon, Co-Founder of Fairfull
Glo-Ed organises tailor-made school & group trips worldwide. From regular tried and tested itineraries to completely bespoke programmes, and from entire tours to ad-hoc single services (ie just hotels or transport etc)- wherever you want to go and whatever you need – Glo-Ed can help.
Christian Walker, Founder of Glo-Ed
Handcrafted espadrilles made in London from reclaimed leather and environmentally-friendly materials.
Joanna Hamer, Co-Founder of Juta Shoes
Sell handmade paper flowers made from recycled materials, and create employment for women survivors of domestic abuse.
Rosie Oglesby, Founder, Page & Bloom
Provides the only fit for purpose solution for women and girls to easily and confidently disposal of their used sanitary products in a eco-conscious way.
Martha Silcott, Founder, Fab Little Bag
Clouds End is the first UK social enterprise to work with people with hoarding issues.
Heather Matuozzo, Director, Cloud’s End
The Centre of Resilience for Social Justice tackles disadvantage and brings genuine change to people’s lives around the world.
Angie Hart, Founding Director, Boingboing
The Clean Kilo is a zero waste supermarket with two outlets in the Birmingham area.
Jeanette Wong & Andy Pell, Founders, The Clean Kilo
H4C is an award winning health and wellbeing social enterprise providing organisations with affordable and face-to-face digital products and services to empower people to flourish in their working and personal lives.
Gabriela Matouskova, CEO, Hope for the Community
Recycle IT is a Bolton based social enterprise collecting unwanted computer equipment for reuse or recycling.
John Hastings, Founder, Recycle IT
Sobriety Films UK uses the medium of film to assist recovery from addiction, mental ill health and trauma.
Maddie Kitchen, Director, Sobriety Films
Make Space for Girls is a charity which campaigns for parks and public spaces to be designed with teenage girls in mind.
Susannah Walker, Co-Founder, Make Space For Girls
Oli Barrett MBE