Dr Gill Green, CEO of Self-harm Mitigation and Postvention training service, STORM Skills Training CIC, has been appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador to UMIP.
As part of her role, she will help advise the founders and teams behind new social enterprises from the University on how best to prepare for their journey – offering tips and hints gleaned from her many years’ of experience in running a social enterprise.
Tony Walker, Director of Enterprise and Business Development at UMIP, commented: “We are delighted to add Gill’s considerable experience and credibility to help further our social enterprise agenda here at UMIP. It has been an exceptional couple of years of development, we have evaluated 108 socially innovative ideas, and with the support of our partners UnLtd made awards to over 25 budding social entrepreneurs across the campus and have exciting new spin-out companies in this area. The Ambassador role further demonstrates our commitment to building on our award winning programme to address social, civic and environmental issues by unleashing the creative power of our staff, students and recent graduates.”
Dr Green will help stimulate new social enterprises among academics and staff at presentations, training and development events run by UMIP, as well as helping to set up a number of quarterly round table events with early-stage projects, academics and social entrepreneurs.
These will focus on stimulating self-help, keeping interested parties appraised of high-profile issues which might affect social enterprises and helping organisations to develop a view of best practice.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr Green said: “I’m thrilled to be invited to take the post, which will see social enterprises represented with an ambassador alongside those already in place to support spin-outs and licensing.
“I can’t wait to use my experiences with STORM to help others and look forward to bringing together early-stage social enterprises to discuss best practice and relevant issues.”
Dr Green’s STORM enterprise, a UMIP spin-out, has been trading independently of the University for just under two years and in that time has grown considerably. It now employs two full time staff, three part time employees and 20 consultants who deliver the training.
STORM also recently launched its flagship campaign – ‘Hey, are you OK?’ (#HeyareyouOK?) – which aims to help people recognise distress in themselves and others, and learn how to seek and offer help when confronted with these situations.
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