Gerry Higgins

Gerry is CEO at CEIS Group and a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, CEIS Ayrshire, DSL Business Finance, Indigo Childcare, Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. Gerry has a BA in Education and a Masters in Social Enterprise and Co-operatives.

He brings many years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop supportive social enterprise ecosystems. His current work includes oversight of major programmes to support social enterprise development and to contribute to social enterprise policy at home and abroad.

Gerry leads a team of over 50 people to deliver business support, employability services, project consultancy, social research, social investment, business finance and event management. Gerry joined CEIS in 2006 having previously established Social Firms UK and he was one of the founding directors of Social Enterprise UK. Gerry is committed to social justice and has spent over 30 years working in the social enterprise sector to assist individuals, communities and enterprises to fulfil their potential.