Our People

Who Delivers Projects for Social Enterprise Europe?

Social Enterprise Europe Ltd is company co-ordinated and managed by Cliff Southcombe that operates as a co-operative network of educators, consultants and advocates for social enterprise in four continents. Company members, associate consultants and Social Licence holders have been at the forefront of social enterprise development in their respective countries for 20 years.

Cliff Southcombe (UK)

Born in India but based in the UK, Cliff is one of the founders of the Social Enterprise movement in the UK and manager of England’s first Community Cooperative. He also set up a successful managed workspace company in the 1980s. He has pioneered work on legal structures, social auditing and licensing and new practices on social enterprise governance and management. As Managing Director of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd he introduced the concept of social enterprise to many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is currently the UK representative on the Board of the Euclid network of third sector leaders.

Romy Cahyadi, M.Eng. (Indonesia)

Romy has built on his science background (Master of Engineering, Iowa State University, USA) to become a renowned and experienced consultant and trainer in the field of social enterprise. He is a co-founder of ProVisi Education, an education service provider, which now runs 3 learning centers for nearly 200 children of migrant workers in Sabah, Malaysia. He has a special interest in community-based and school-based social enterprise, and is currently a member of the supervisory board of Bina Sarana Bakti, an organization pioneering organic farming in Indonesia. He is one of the founders of AKSI (Indonesian Social Entrepreneurship Association), and has been a lead trainer on several major social enterprise projects. He is a regular speaker at conferences on social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in South East Asia.

Geof Cox, FRSA MA (France)

Based in France, Geof has 30 years social enterprise development experience. In the UK context, he specialises in organisational change and restructuring, especially around the start or expansion of trading activities by public or voluntary sector bodies. He has worked on some of the highest profile public service transformations to social enterprise in recent years, and is a director of a number of the UK national umbrella bodies for social enterprise. Internationally, he has specialised in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, advising NGOs on the role social enterprise can play in developing livelihoods and social inclusion, and helping NGOs develop trading income streams to sustain their operations following emergency interventions.

Andrew Picken, OBE (UK)

A former scientist, Andrew is now an international development specialist with 25 years experience working for the British Council. For 15 years he lived overseas in Philippines, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, Turkey and Yugoslavia working as a director of British Council offices and programmes. He has designed and managed British Council educational and governance projects for ODA (DFID), the European Commission (EC), the World Bank and several governments. The DFID Jordan Family Protection Project received a prestigious UN Peace award. In the last five years, he has started to specialise in social enterprise and climate change. He currently works part-time for the British Council leading their Climate Change programme.

Rory Ridley-Duff, PhD (UK)

Dr Rory is one of the founders of the social enterprise movement in the UK and remains a leading thinker in this field. Rory’s first book (Silent Revolution) won him a Hallam PhD Studentship to research workplace culture and democracy in employee-owned businesses. His recent textbook – Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice – is used all over the world to develop Higher Education courses in co-operative and social enterprise development. He is course leader for the MSc Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management at Sheffield Hallam University, and supervises 7 PhD students specialising in this field. He is an editorial board member of the Social Enterprise Journal, an UnLtd/HEFCE Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship, and board member of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies. He joined the board of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd in 2012.

Karen Wood, MA (UK)

Based in the UK, Karen currently works part-time as Chief Executive of North East Social Enterprise Partnership, prior to which she was Chief Executive of STRIDE South Tyneside Limited. Underpinning these positions she had 18 years of experience in community development and social enterprise covering areas of health, employment, training and regeneration. She has prepared strategic business plans, managed change, personnel, and prepared monthly financial accounts and reports for the Board as performance management tools. She serves as a Director on several boards locally and regionally and is a Director of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd

Magdalena Zawodny Barabanow, Master of International Relations (Poland/Germany)

Currently based in Germany, Magda topped her impressive education in Economics, International Relations and European Studies with postgraduate studies in CSR, Journalism and Project Management. She is one of Social Enterprise Europe’s graduates on the social enterprise management course at Hull University. Whilst working in Poland for more than 9 years in area of social economy, she became the transnational coordinator of the project “Academy of Entrepreneurship”(CI EQUAL) which developed alternative forms of employment. She was involved in many other projects which promoted and developed idea of social enterprises in Poland. She set up and managed Social Enterprise Poland before moving to Berlin in 2012, and is now a Director of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd.