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Social Innovation Fellows are leading social innovators in the public, private or third/NGO sector.

The Fellows will advise, promote and assist the work of the Centre. The Fellows have been appointed through a competitive recruitment process and approved by the CJBS Faculty Board.

Current fellows

Jimmy Childre

Jimmy Childre

Former CEO of Washington County Regional Medical Center

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Jimmy Childre, Jr. was the Chief Executive Officer of Washington County Regional Medical Center, a not for profit rural health care facility located in Washington County, Georgia, US. He is founder and owner of Childre Ford located in Sandersville, Georgia.  

Childre is a recent graduate of HEC, Paris and the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford earning a Master's degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change. Jimmy received a Masters degree from Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He earned a Global MBA and the Health Sector Management certificate from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Other academic pursuits include graduation from Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program and a BBA in Accounting from Georgia Southern University. Jimmy is a frequent guest lecturer at Duke University on topics in health care management and corporate restructuring. His current research is focused on organisational restructuring and strategic decision making in US community hospitals. 

Mr Childre is a Fellow in Great Britain's Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He served on the Alumni Council of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and is a trustee and past chairman of The Georgia Southern University Foundation. Jimmy serves as a director on the boards for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, the Citizens Bank of Washington County and the Buckley School of Public Speaking and Disciplined Thinking. He also serves on the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce. Jimmy is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and is active in the Sandersville Rotary Club.

Jimmy is delighted to share his philosophy and practical experiences as a Fellow of CSI. Enriched with 40 years of practical experience from the auto industry, non-profit healthcare and a cross section of boards, Jimmy looks forward to conducting research with the Judge's faculty, lecturing, and mentoring students. He believes that by working across the public, private and third sector, this opportunity at CSI will produce solutions to some of the 'wicked problems' facing society throughout the world.   


Martin Clark

Martin Clark

Deputy CEO, Allia / Future Business
Lead Partner, Social Incubator East in Cambridge

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"In my role at Allia I have been able to help advance the fields of social investment and support for social enterprise. We are a social enterprise which issues social investment bonds nationally and provides support for social ventures through business centres and programmes. I led the development of Allia's 'Future Business Centre', an £8 million purpose-built social and environmental business incubator opened in Cambridge in late 2013, and led the bid for the Social Incubator East programme which is delivering a full package of support for the most promising scalable social ventures in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School.

"I regularly contribute on social enterprise at CJBS and Anglia Ruskin University, and have been a judge for the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) £1k and £5k Business Plan competitions since 2011. I have also represented social enterprise on various bodies including the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service, as well as the advisory boards of e-Luminate CIC and the Cambridge Student Hub. 

"I am passionate about using social enterprise to tackle social problems, and am the author of The Social Entrepreneur Revolution (Marshall Cavendish 2009) which aims to popularise social entrepreneurship. 

"I am excited by the potential impact that will result from getting social innovation higher on the agenda of the business school in one of the world's greatest universities. 

"Through my Fellowship I hope to develop a two-way link with Allia's work on social innovation, through research in action which both informs and seeks to better understand key areas especially:

  • How social investment finance can best support social ventures;
  • The difference that effective provision of space, funding and business support makes to the success and impact of social ventures;
  • Developing and testing social innovations capable of addressing key social and economic challenges.

"I am interested in how social entrepreneurs in all sectors create systemic change in key areas of domestic and international economies, especially in: 

  • Strategies for reducing unemployment, maximising employment and meaningful activity;
  • New models of affordable housing benefiting young people and first time buyers;
  • Finding ways to enable citizens to build an asset or stake in society, and the extent to which this changes their economic status and social wellbeing."




Bill DeMarco

Bill DeMarco

Chair & Dean of Education Leadership Department and Professor of Leadership Studies at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in Maxwell AFB, Alabama

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J. William "Bill" DeMarco, Colonel USAF (ret), serves as the Director Air University Innovation and Leadership Institute, Chair and Dean of Education Leadership Department, and Professor of Leadership Studies Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) Maxwell AFB, Alabama. His Leadership and Command experiences include command at the squadron, group, and region level, as well as serving as the Staff College's 44th Commandant.

Bill is an adjunct professor with Auburn University in Leadership. He served as a National Security Affairs Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and is a fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, as well as a senior associate with GiANT Worldwide leadership consulting. He also contributes as a leadership consultant for the National WWII Museum's Corporate Leadership Academy in New Orleans, LA, and is the founder and CEO of the Mastermind Century Group 

A command pilot having qualified in five different weapons systems (C-23A, C-12F, C-141B, KC-10A, and the KC-135R), he holds three masters degrees and is a graduate of the USAF's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. 

"Public service provides many services crucial to fulfilling citizens, needs, safety and aspirations. However, our public services must be more innovative and entrepreneurial-ensuring we collectively tackle the many issues facing us. I am committed to working with the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation to engage with public services to this end. For me, leadership is a key aspect of innovation. I will work with the Centre to bring leaders together to share, learn and engage."

Visit Colonel DeMarco's blog

Connect with Colonel De Marco on LinkedIn


Ian Rawlinson

Iain Rawlinson

Chairman and Co-Founder, social broadcasting application crowdCaster; Director of companies and trustee of charities.

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Iain Rawlinson is a director of companies and a trustee of charities, with 30 years of experience in banking, investment and industry, which he gained initially with Lazard Brothers, Robert Fleming (the investment bank) and Fleming Family & Partners. After becoming independent in 2005, his subsequent Board appointments have been in the energy, environment, resources and transport sectors, including a period as chairman of a large consumer group from 2009 to 2014, alongside appointments as a trustee of charities.

He has recently co-founded a strategic communications consultancy, Vico Partners, and is a non-executive director on the Boards of The Parkmead Group (the energy business) and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He also founded Online Radio Broadcasting Limited, a social enterprise, which is developing a social broadcasting application; and crowdCaster whose mission is "Giving People a Voice", enabling people to record and broadcast audio, aiming to raise awareness of social issues, contribute to education, stimulate the creative arts and bring communities together. He also chairs the Development Board of Tusk Trust, the UK charity focused on conservation, communities and education in Africa, and is Chairman of Governors at Walhampton School in Hampshire.

"So much of the recognised business and charitable landscape is now in a state of flux resulting from changes brought about by technology, fault lines in the global economy, and the human need to be useful in a unequal world. The difference between money and value is becoming a defining feature, distinguishing between the old world and the new. The work of the Centre for Social Innovation is shaping a new generation of thinking as to how organisations should interact with this new environment, both in being effective and sustainable, and making a positive contribution to all its stakeholders."

Iain read Law at Jesus College, Cambridge (1977-1980) and was called to the Bar in 1981, and organises his professional activities under Rawlinson Partners Limited. He has two children and lives in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

Previous fellows

Jody Day

Jody Day

Founder of Gateway Women
Social Entrepreneur

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Jody Day is the British Founder of Gateway Women, the first global friendship and support network for childless women and the author of Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Life Without Children (2013). In addition to the online community, she also runs retreats and workshops for childless women and contributes widely to print and broadcast media on issues relating to childlessness. She is a training integrative psychotherapist, a Founder Member of the Ageing Without Children collective (AWOC), an Ambassador for the 'What I See Project' (a global film project to recognise and amplify women's voices) and in 2013 was selected by the BBC to be one of 100 women chosen to represent 100 years of feminism. 

Childless and childfree women ('childfree' is the term for chosen childlessness) make up 1:5 of the cohort of women born in the 1960s, and there are signs that it may rise to 1:4 for those born in the 1970s. This is twice the number of their mother's generation. However, the status of childless/childfree women in society is extremely problematic.  

In Jody's work, she calls those born in the 60s and 70s (broadly Gen X) as 'the shock absorber generation for the sexual revolution'. It is clear that we are living through a profound moment of social change in both men and women's lives in the area of relationships and identities - one that merits both research and support. The reasons for not becoming a parent (for both men and women) are diverse, and don't reflect the received notion that it's a question of 'didn't want' or 'couldn't have' and include broader socio-economic and structural factors such as social infertility and economic and housing insecurity.

Furthermore, childless adults are expected to make up circa 25 per cent of the ageing population by 2030 and face a grim prospect in terms of the attitudes towards ageing and the state's current reliance on the provision of informal social care to ageing parents. Jody is a Founder member of AWOC (the Ageing Without Children collective), which is creating a platform for informed discussion to develop creative solutions. This is a prime area where social innovation can really make a difference. 

Never before in Western history have there been so many intelligent, educated, financially independent women not involved in the day-to-day responsibility of bringing-up children. Gateway Women aims to liberate and mobilise this group so that they can take their place in the vital work of shaping a fairer and more diverse society for all our children to inherit. 

Connect with Jody on LinkedIn

Watch Jody at the 2013 Women of the World Festival


Craig Dearden-Phillips

Craig Dearden-Phillips

CEO of Stepping Out

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Craig Dearden-Phillips MBE is the Founder and Managing Director of Stepping Out a Cambridge-based business founded in 2010 to helps English Councils and National Health Service (NHS) bodies to plan, develop and launch ventures across sectors ranging social care to woodland management.  Ventures range in size from three person micro-enterprises to large firms employing thousands of people who used to work for the state.

Craig is a passionate advocate of the potential for enterprise as a force for good in the public sector.  He is the author of How to Step Out the leading text on the creation of new public sector enterprises.  He also works for the UK Government as a Public Service Mutuals Ambassador.   

Beyond the business, Craig chairs the Stepping Out Foundation, an angel fund which recycles a portion of profit from Stepping Out into start-up social ventures. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of Impetus-PEF, the UKs biggest venture-philanthropy fund.  Finally, Craig lectures at London Cass Business School where he leads their new Masters module on social enterprise.

Before all this Craig spent 15 years growing VoiceAbility, a social enterprise helping disabled people to shape their own lifestyle, from local beginnings in Cambridge to a large, multi-award winning national organisation that now employs over 300 people.     

Craig founded VoiceAbility following a period working in the care industry and an insight that most of could be replaced if people are empowered to take control of their own decisions and money. Following his experience, Craig wrote his most successful book Your Chance to Change the World - The No-Fibbing Guide to Social Enterprise - which has just been translated into Russian.

Outside of all things social enterprise, Craig has a range of interests and experiences. He was elected as a Liberal Democrats Councillor in 2009 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk but stood down in 2013 to focus on business an a fast-expanding family. Craig maintains a keen interest in UK and international politics, the subject of his first degree, in business more generally, in which he holds an MBA and in health policy and practice. He is also now father to three young children and is a keen but fading triathlete. On his 'bucket list', Craig includes studying for a Doctorate, meeting Morrissey and creating another breakthrough social enterprise, probably in the health or social care field.

Read Craig's blog


Beverly Hurley

Beverly Hurley

Group Chief Executive of the YTKO Group

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A serial entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor and one of the UK's leading authorities on female entrepreneurship, Beverly Hurley, CBE, has spent more than 30 years building successful businesses - and sharing her expertise to create and grow others. With a wealth of experience in enterprise creation and growth, sustainability and innovation, diversity and inclusion and capacity building consultancy, Bev has devoted herself to projects that create social and economic impact and offers an approach underpinned by social innovation values.

As Chief Executive of YTKO Group, Bev's commitment to product and service innovation and relentless customer focus has driven strong year-on-year growth. Clients range from disadvantaged individuals to new knowledge economy entrepreneurs in science and technology to SME and corporate clients in the UK and Europe. Bev has spearheaded a mission to create 6,000 new businesses by 2020 and generate £1 billion for the UK economy, with over 50 per cent delivered on a non-profit basis. 

As part of this pursuit, Bev has pioneered a range of core services:

  • Outset, the enterprise creation and support service that helps people develop the skills and confidence to start their own business, has been internationally recognised as a best practice model.
  • GetSet For Growth works with ambitious entrepreneurs and business owners to help them meet their growth potential, become investment ready and ensure their survival beyond the critical first three years.
  • Enterprising Women is the largest community devoted to growing female entrepreneurship in the country and was awarded the Prowess Flagship of Flagships award for excellence in supporting women's enterprise.
  • The Outset Foundation - most recently Bev set up The Outset Foundation, an independent charity charged with raising finance through a range of channels, to ensure the future of services like Outset and GetSet.

Bev offers a rich network of connections and has a proven track record of working with a variety of partners to deliver innovative solutions and strategies. Among other things, she is a Member of the Secretary of State's Entrepreneurs' Forum and a board member of the Institute of Economic Development and she was made a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's 2014 Honour Roll.

"For me, social innovation means ensuring a clear focus on social principles coupled with strong commercial sustainability; the creation of multi-dimensional and cross-sector partnership; the development of new, integrated models, tools and services to stimulate new opportunities; and a commitment to being effective, inclusive, replicable and scaleable in your approach in order to ensure value and impact."


Jennifer Morgan

Jennifer Morgan

Co-founder of the Finance Innovation Lab

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Jen Morgan is the co-founder of The Finance Innovation Lab - an award winning social innovation organisation empowering positive disruptors to transform the financial system.  With 20 years practical experience working at the nexus of civil society and business, Jen previously led WWF's global partnership with HSBC. She has also held product and service innovation roles at British Airways and The Body Shop where she was responsible for large scale change programmes which inspired new boundaries in travel and health and wellbeing. 

She is a Sustainability Advisor to Earth Capital Partners, a member of UK Values Alliance and has been a Board member of ShareAction and BankTrack. She is professionally acknowledged as a speaker, writer and mentor on systems change, values based leadership, sustainable finance and innovation processes. Jen has an MSc in Responsibility in Business Practice from Ashridge Business School - and her thesis focussed on 'the relational reality of change'.  Outside of work she loves to be in nature and exploring humanity's great cultural expressions.

As a Fellow of Social Innovation she hopes to contribute and leverage her wealth of practical experience and relationships in social innovation so that CSI can help to accelerate the large scale evolutionary change that is required- for the prosperity of people and planet.


Freda Owusu

Freda Owusu

Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer, ihealth

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Dr Owusu is an innovative social entrepreneur with ten years' experience of operating a public Loan Fund for financially excluded entrepreneurs in London. She has co-created two innovative social businesses in telemedicine and financial information services: iHealth-direct and Insight Report. Both were outcomes of Freda's studies in social entrepreneurship in Cambridge, and PhD in Social Policy at the Open University. Freda is focused on the use of research, enterprise and technology to achieve social goals, with interests including poverty reduction, transnational living, health and well-being, and behavioural finance.

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