Lindsey Hall & Matt Little

2017 Cohort

Lindsey Hall is co-founder and CEO of the Real Ideas Organisation group, leading and managing the organisation to run it’s own social enterprise ventures and enable others, particularly young people to set up and run their own socially entrepreneurial activities, solving problems and building skills.

Lindsey's track record in the public and private sectors as a social entrepreneur, thinker and leader has seen her set up and develop products and services across the creative, learning and education sectors. From building award-winning programmes in the UK to driving groundbreaking initiatives internationally, Lindsey has the experience and skills at management, board and executive level to steer social business ideas towards success; making money and making a difference at the same time.

Lindsey is a NESTA Cultural Leadership fellow, an INSEAD graduate, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Trustee of 15 Cornwall, member of Plymouth Growth Board and has recently been selected as one of the WISE100 social enterprise leaders.

Matt is a founder director and Head of Impact and Research at the Real Ideas Organisation CIC. He is passionate about social enterprise, particularly in relation to more effective and sustainable creation of public and community value. He works with staff across RIO to make sure the work we do has real impact socially and economically, and that this impact is understood, developed and communicated clearly.  He has particular expertise in relation to culture, creativity and children and young people, and works with a range of organisations externally to help them develop their social enterprise practice, including helping start up a number of other innovative organisations in this area over the last 15 years.

He previously worked in a variety of roles from policy advisor in Whitehall, through to refugee resettlement, managing community regeneration schemes, and running the Creative Partnerships school creativity programme in Bristol. He has relevant degrees from the Universities of Oxford and British Columbia and has held a Commonwealth Scholarship and Churchill Fellowship.