UnLtd staff and social entrepreneurs named leading women in social entrepreneurship

We are delighted to announce that UnLtd staff, and many of our social entrepreneurs, were acknowledged in the 2018 WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100) list. In particular our very own Denise Ramsey, our associate Nickala, and Social Entrepreneur in Residence Sade Brown are all celebrated.

Organised by Pioneers Post, the goal of the NatWest WISE100 is to recognise “the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.” There were hundreds of nominations for this list (a very good thing), so it’s wonderful to see UnLtd's community shine through so strongly. There is an incredible group of women entrepreneurs here, and we’re really proud to see them getting some well-deserved recognition in moments like this. We work hard to rebalance the gender inequality in business and enterprise: only 40% of UK social enterprises are led by women, but 62% of UnLtd social entrepreneurs are. Those fantastic numbers are also down to the very women awarded today - championing equality and challenging us to be better. 

Denise Ramsey 

We are especially delighted that Denise has been recognised as the amazing force for good that she is. Denise’s courage, vision and passion for social entrepreneurs, particularly those with lived experience, has helped transform UnLtd – in how we are thinking about our governance, our team, our awards and support offer and our community of social entrepreneurs. Thanks to her leadership we are a more courageous and social entrepreneur-driven organisation.

Sade Brown

Sade is CEO and founder of Sour Lemons and a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UnLtd. Her social enterprise addresses the lack of social mobility and diversity in leadership roles across the creative industries. In her role with us Sade gives us her insight as an expert practitioner on the Leaders with Lived Experience programme, taking the project so much further than it would have otherwise gone.

Nickala Torkington

Nickala is Director of Flourish Together CIC, which supports women to create the change they see needed through peer learning, crowd sourcing and mentoring. With UnLtd she works with communities in the north-west for our MAT programme, and supports a Resilient Community in Stoke. She also co-ordinates our Solutions for an Ageing Society impact stream across Merseyside, with Capacity Labs. 

UnLtd funded social entrepreneurs and partners recognised

  • Beverley Dean MBE - Special iApps 
  • Celia Hodson – Hey Girls UK
  • Elena Sinel - Acorn Aspirations 
  • Elisicia Moore - Petit Miracles
  • Eve Wagg – Well Grounded (Jobs)
  • Fiona Nelsen – Repositive
  • Hinnah Rafique - Generation Medics
  • Jess Thompson – Migrateful
  • Jo Ashburner – Red Dragon Manufacturing
  • Joanna Hamer & Sabeha Miah – Juta Shoes
  • Kirsty Thomson – The Circle
  • Karen Stubbings – The Woodpile CIC
  • Kirstie Kelly – Team Springboard CIC
  • Mary Sharpe – Reward Foundation
  • Meg Doherty – Fat Macy’s
  • Rachel Holliday – West Cumbria Project
  • Sarah Payne – UBS
  • Sophie Lejeune – Society Zero CIC
  • Sophie Slater & Sarah Neville – Birdsong
  • Stacey Jade Mason - C_O_V
  • Sylvia Douglas – MsMissMrs
  • Tracy Fishwick – Transform Lives Company
  • Zakia Moulaoui – Invisible Cities
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Author Info


Mark NorburyChief Executive

I joined UnLtd as CEO in May 2016. I have over 20 years’ experience in the charity and social entrepreneurship sectors, most recently as Chief Executive of CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Prior to this I was a Partner at Leader’s Quest, developing a global community of purpose -driven leaders across private, public and social sectors. I was also a Trustee of the foundation of impact investor Bridges Ventures. Before this I grew INSEAD’s Executive MBA to be a top 5- ranked program and co-founded the business school’s Social Innovation Centre. I have an EMBA with distinction from INSEAD and studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University.

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