Our staff


Peter Holbrook

Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive

Peter Holbrook is hungry for social justice and believes that social enterprise provides one of our very best hope of achieving it.

Prior to SEUK, Peter was chief executive of Sunlight Development Trust. During his time there Peter became one of the country’s most well-respected social entrepreneurs, responsible for the regeneration of some of the UK’s most deprived communities. In 2007, Peter was appointed one of the UK’s Social Enterprise Ambassadors – a scheme supported by the Cabinet Office.

In 2010, Peter was appointed as a member of the Cabinet Office’s Mutual’s Taskforce and Trustee of the Big Society Trust, overseeing delivery of Big Society Capital. In 2012, Peter was appointed a member of the EU Social Business Initiative Expert Group and took up the role of Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum.

Peter bought his latest set of wheels from Bikeworks, stops for lunch and buys plants from Growing Concerns, goes to see AFC Wimbledon play football, has cufflinks, belts and a wallet from Elvis & Kresse and his water bottle is from Give Me Tap.

peter.holbrook@socialenterprise.org.uk | @peteholbrook | 020 3589 4947

Sarah Burns, Executive Assistant to CEO and Chair

Sarah has previously worked for Kent Police and more recently as the Office and Administration Manager at a not for profit organisation providing mental healthcare in Kent.

Since joining SEUK, Sarah has been constantly inspired by the work of the social enterprises she has visited and has started to #buysocial, with gifts purchased from Elvis and Kresse and From Babies With Love. She always has some Sniffy Wiffy hand cream nearby.

sarah.burns@socialenterprise.org.uk  0203 3589 4947


Nick Temple, Deputy Chief Executive


Before joining SEUK, Nick was working as an independent consultant with a organisations including UnLtd, Skills Third Sector, The Guardian, Venture Partnership Foundation, Stepping Out, British Council and the London School of Economics. Nick also co-founded and helped run POPse!, the world’s first pop-up social enterprise think-tank, and is on the board of the SROI Network. 

Nick was previously the Director of Policy & Communications at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. 

Nick has an Elvis + Kresse laptop cover, underwear from Pants to Poverty, and Global Ethics One Eggs, which his local garage sells. Nick’s also got his eye on some TOMS Shoes.

nick.temple@socialenterprise.org.uk | @nicktemple1 | 020 3589 4958 | 07968 810 716

Sabira Kanji, Director of Corporate Services and Finance

Sabira Kanji joined SEUK as the Director of Corporate Services and Finance in January 2015 and is responsible for Finance, HR and IT along with facilities.

Sabira brings a vast amount of senior experience across a range of sectors - private, healthcare, charities and not for profits. She is a Fellow Member of CIMA and has an Executive MBA from Cass Business School and a qualified trainer. Sabira has held a number of directorships and company secretarial positions, including Non-executive and Audit committee roles as part of the Corporate Governance requirements.

Sabira.Kanji@socialenterprise.org.uk | 0203 589 4961

 Yasir Bashir

Yasir Bashir, Bookkeeper & HR Administrator

At the time of joining SEUK Yasir had already built up over 8 years of Accounting and Finance experience. Yasir assists our Corporate and Finance Director in Annual Audit, Management accounts and HR. Yasir also manages accounts receivable, accounts payable, VAT return and payroll.

He has an MBA in Finance and is currently studying for his AAT qualification having already passed many of the professional exams.

Aside from work Yasir likes to play cricket with his friends and enjoys spending time with his family. He is a keen follower of Cricket and Football. He is also involved in a number of charities and is a member of Hope welfare Trust.

yasir.bashir@socialenterprise.org.uk | 020 3589 4954


Charlie Wigglesworth

Charlie Wigglesworth, Director of Business and Enterprise

Charlie is responsible for managing and growing SEUK’s relationships with corporate partners, helping find sponsors for events and publications, and building closer links between social enterprises and the wider private sector to create real social value. He's also the first port of call for anyone interested in finding out more about SEUK’s consultancy work. 

Charlie has six years experience working with clients across the public, private and third sectors delivering events, training and consultancy on public policy issues. He has extensive experience of business development and account management, developing bespoke packages for a wide variety of clients from large multinationals to small charities. 

Charlie has an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

charlie.wigglesworth@socialenterprise.org.uk | 020 3589 4952 

Dan GregoryDan Gregory, Head of Policy

Dan has been working to support social enterprises for the last ten years, developing policy at the highest level and delivering in practice at the grassroots. He has worked for the Treasury, Futurebuilders, the Cabinet Office, and delivered the Department of Health's SEIF fund.

Over the past few years he has been working under the banner of Common Capital, developing policy work for SEUK, NCVO, ResPublica, ClearlySo, 3SC, NCVYS, the Big Local Trust and the British Council, among others. Dan also specialises in support for social enterprise 'spin-outs', as well as 'pop-up' businesses, helping to run Pop-Up Bristol and Pop Shop Wiltshire - a social enterprise selling local, ethical, social and green products. 

dan.gregory@socialenterprise.org.uk | @CommonCapitaI

James Butler

James Butler, Public Affairs Manager

James is part of our award-winning public affairs team – it’s his job to get the sector’s voice heard in government. James leads SEUK’s programme of political work, which includes its main political campaign, the Social Economy Alliance, and managing the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise.

James has more than 20 years’ experience in his field, having lobbied government for the Royal Town Planning Institute, worked for an MP and been a Councillor in East London.

James is impressed by the breadth and dynamism of the social enterprise sector, but when pressed to name a particular member that stands out, he was struck by the work that Bevan Healthcare CIC is doing in Bradford – his home town.

James.Butler@socialenterprise.org.uk | 020 3589 4953

Shehan Perera

Shehan Perera, Communications and Marketing Officer

Shehan joined SEUK in 2014 and works across SEUK’s campaigns to help build the social enterprise movement. 

After studying modern history at the University of St Andrews and a brief stint training to be a lawyer, Shehan decided to work in campaigns and communications, and moved to SEUK after spending time at Advocates for International Development and Cass CCE. When not at SEUK he does community campaigning with Oxfam.

Get in touch if you have any media inquiries or have an interesting #socent story to tell.

shehan.perera@socialenterprise.org.uk | 0203 589 4959 

 Fiona Young

Fiona Young, Acting Head of Media and Communications

Fiona joined SEUK in 2015 to raise awareness of the work carried out by SEUK and its members.

Her previous role was Marketing and Communications Consultant for children’s cancer charity Ben’s Heroes Trust where she remains a Trustee.  During her time at Ben’s Heroes Trust she successfully raised the profile of the young charity amongst supporters and service users by engaging key stakeholders and delivering targeted marketing campaigns and events.

Fiona has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Exeter University and her #buysocial recommendations are for jewellery, bags and other beautiful gifts at Global Seesaw, and drinks at House of St Barnabas.

fiona.young@socialenterprise.org.uk | 0203 589 4951 

Stuart Emmerson

Stuart Emmerson, Programme Manager, Social Enterprise Places

Stuart is our Programme Manager for Social Enterprise Places, leading on raising the profile of 'hotspots' of social enterprise excellence around the UK.

He joins us from the Federation of Small Businesses where he was a media spokesperson for micro firms in Greater London and worked closely with local and national government protecting and promoting the interests of small firms.

Stuart is also a councillor in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and a mentor at the Social Mobility Foundation. Stuart recommends taking a look at www.streetleague.co.uk – an inspirational social enterprise that changes lives through football and aims to end structural youth unemployment in the UK.

stuart.emmerson@socialenterprise.org.uk  | 0203 589 4948

Salim Sharif

Salim Sharif, Senior Project Administrator

Salim has nine years of experience and a track record managing multi-million pound UK and EU funded programmes in business support, self-employment, research and evaluation, welfare to work, youth support, supply chain and capacity building, networking and sharing of best practice.

Before SEUK, Salim was Senior Operations Manager at Prevista Limited. He's also worked for Business Link for London, Birmingham City University and HSBC bank delivering, teaching and managing business, research and consultancy projects.

Salim has BSc (hons) in Computing and MBA from Birmingham City University, PRINCE2 and professional membership with Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM) and Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).

salim.sharif@socialenterprise.org.uk | 0203 589 4956

Charlotte De Ruyver

Charlotte De Ruyver, Business Development Officer

Charlotte works in our business development team, supporting the management of SEUK’s relationships with corporate partners, identifying new partnership opportunities and providing support on the delivery of corporate work programmes.

She holds a BA in PPE and a MA in Politics and Economics, and has a background in international development and social enterprises.

Always up for a bar of Divine chocolate, and thinking of buying a bag from Elvis and Kresse for her getaways.

charlotte.deruyver@socialenterprise.org.uk | 020 3589 4957

Nancy Towers, Programmes Officer

Nancy's background is in project management and community development in health and social care for the charity sector - this has included running dragon’s den style events with Foundation Trust Hospitals, getting stuck in a lift dressed as a red pepper and establishing a successful mentoring scheme to support young people recovering from mental illness.

Now converted to the social enterprise model, Nancy is interested in the changing developments in health and works on the Building Health Partnerships commissioning programme, which aims to improve people’s access to health care through better local health commissioning.

#buysocial Nancy suggests Rubies in the Rubble Pear and Walnut Chutney.

nancy.towers@socialenterprise.org.uk | 020 3589 4959

Liz Minns

Liz Minns, Membership Officer

Liz has worked in membership and client development for many years. Her role is to look after our members, and ensure their needs are met whilst also welcoming new members. Liz is passionate about social justice, and likes nothing better than to hear from our members about the amazing work that is being done to make a real difference where it is most needed.

She has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from Durham, and tips the footballs from Alive & Kicking as a top #buysocial recommendation.

liz.minns@socialenterprise.org.uk | 020 3589 4964

Harmonie Dixon, Membership Apprentice

I’m the new apprentice for SEUK. Throughout my apprenticeship, I’ll be working alongside Liz in Membership; dealing with member enquiries and renewals. I’m looking forward to visiting our members throughout the coming year.

When the opportunity arises, I’ll also be helping with organising events with our comms team.

I love art, listening to jazz and getting a window seat on my daily commute. I’m also a massive foodie, so I’m looking forward to visiting some social enterprises in hospitality.

Harmonie.MahjewelDixon@socialenterprise.org.uk I 0203 589 4965