Founding Chief Executive of Employers For Childcare – a charity and Social Enterprise established to help parents get into, and stay in work – Marie Marin has over 20 years’ experience as a Social Entrepreneur and is a leading light in the sector, renowned for her passion, vision and drive. 

The 20th birthday of Employers For Childcare was marked this year by a letter from Hillary Clinton commending Marie on her contribution to Social Enterprise and the NI economy.

In 2012 Marie led a consortium to establish Social Enterprise NI and continues to play a pivotal role, providing strategic direction on the Board. In 2013, Marie received an OBE for services to Social Enterprise having helped establish an All Party Group on Social Enterprise at the NI Assembly, encouraging recognition of the value of the sector and championing the power of social purchasing.

As well as celebrating a milestone year for Employers For Childcare, in 2019 Marie launched a new £2.5 million Social Enterprise project – High Rise – an inclusive family adventure centre, which is already receiving rave reviews!

Marie was awarded the NI Social Enterprise ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award in 2019, celebrated by her peers as a truly inspirational leader.