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).
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.
Karen Leigh Anderson
Social Business Specialist
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 many in technology companies as well as founding various organisations.
She also works as a consultant to social entrepreneurs to start and scale ventures, as well as those organisations that support them like UnLtd, ClearlySo, Inspiring Scotland, The Young Foundation, A Million Realities and others.
She is a Churchill Fellow and a Rank Fellow. Her Churchill report focused on work integration social enterprises of scale in the US and is called “Building a 100 years of impact”.
Leonore is a business coach, work psychologist and trainer; she has 20 years of experience working with commercial SMEs and social enterprises, from tattooists to consultants, mainly during their early startup stages.
Her career includes working in the third sector on both UK and International enterprise programmes as a Project manager and as a Business Coach.
Outside of her work with Cambridge Social Ventures, she offers business coaching to a wide range of diverse entrepreneurs; specialisms include working with people with multiple barriers, including those who may have mental and physical disabilities.
As the Programme Assistant, Rosemary helps the team with the operational aspects of running Cambridge Social Ventures, primarily helping with events, communications and data management.
Her ‘career path’ has followed an arts and humanities theme, always keeping ethics and sustainability centre front. She has worked with social enterprises and charities in England and Southern Africa for over fifteen years. Through this, and degrees in Visual Culture and African Studies she has learnt to question everything! She has a reputation at work and home for over organising anything and everything.
In addition to her work for Cambridge Social Ventures, she runs Cambridge Makers with her family, offering a varied programme of exciting creative courses in their studio and workshop in Linton.