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Nicole Helwig.

Nicole Helwig

Programme Director

Nicole’s circuitous career path has provided her with a wealth of experiences and exposure to societal issues around the world. A social entrepreneur in her own right, she has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by social ventures particularly in the start-up phase.

Nicole worked extensively with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs as founding manager of the Centre for Social Enterprise at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2016-2021) where she also acted as programme co-ordinator for Memorial’s MBA in social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Cambridge Social Ventures, Nicole was an Honorary Practice Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, engaging with students in the MSt in Social Innovation.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (humanistic studies programme) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde (Malaysian international centre). With a background in performing arts, Nicole also holds a classical ballet pedagogue diploma from the Hungarian Dance Academy. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Middlesex (Doctorate in Professional Studies by Public Works).

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Mark Goodson.

Mark Goodson

Lead Business Advisor

Mark is our lead business advisor and has been with us since the first cohort back in mid-2014.

He has worked for over 30 years in technology, co-founding venture capital funded start-ups and taking on senior positions at companies such as Cambridge Silicon Radio. He has founded a number of ventures, both commercial and social, and is also a trained coach and mentor.

Mark is not scared of sales – a skill which every venture needs. He is also a Consultant Venture Manager for UnLtd.

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Karen Leigh Anderson.

Karen Leigh Anderson

Business Advisor

Karen joined us at the start of 2016 as a Business Advisor. She has worked in social enterprise since 2002 across the UK from Jersey to Shetland and is an absolute guru on legal structures and social investment.

She brings experience working in the private sector (starting in 1987) in a variety of roles including operations, project and account management, due diligence, sales, marketing and PR, technology development, logistics, retail and research.

She enjoys working with social enterprises, and in recent recent years she has been working more and more with business angels and social investors such as Clearly Social Angels.

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Tamzin Byrne.

Tamzin Byrne

Programme Coordinator

Tamzin is the Programme Coordinator, organising our training programme, events, marketing and the daily running of the programme.

With a background in journalism and science communication, she has written about everything from the Higgs boson to mosquitos to stem cells to charismatic megafauna, for universities, government agencies, international research centres and start-ups.

Alongside her work for us, she continues to work with start-ups, community organisations and charities to help them share their story.

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