Current fellows include microfinance pioneer and Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus; CEO of GLL, Mark Sesnan, Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, Claire Dove; and founder of the Big Issue, Lord John Bird. 

This year’s Fellows were selected from a shortlist of those nominated by their peers. 

The 2021 Social Enterprise UK Honorary Fellows are as follows: 

Stephen Bediako 

A social entrepreneur who designs and delivers programmes and/or organisations that drive purpose and profit primarily around the ‘Future of Work’. He currently plays leadership roles in The Social Innovation Partnership in the UK, Path Group in the USA and Turning Basin Labs in the USA. Stephen received an OBE in the 2021 Queens New Honours List for services in innovation in charity and social enterprise. 

Jenny Irvine 

Previously a Registered General Nurse, Jenny is currently Chief Executive Officer of “the ARC” Northern Irelands first Healthy Living Centre. Jenny is a community voluntary sector representative and vice chairperson of the Western Local Commissioning Group. Jenny has been recognised for her contribution to the UK, as a Pioneer of the Nation, at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace. 

Sharon Jones 

Sharon has been at the centre of developing social enterprise in Conwy for many years. Founder and CEO for over 18 years of Crest Co-operative, an award-winning social enterprise in Conwy, before she moved on to help establish Creating Enterprise in early 2016. 

Imandeep Kaur 

Throughout her decade-long career, Immy has focused on convening and building community, the role of citizens in radical systemic change, and how we together create more democratic, distributed, open source social and civic infrastructure. Immy is a Co – Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE, a public square, neighbourhood lab, and creative + participatory platform focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. 

Dai Powell 

Founder of HCT Group, a large-scale, award-winning social enterprise in the transport industry, operating transport and training services from more than a dozen depots across London. During his time as Chief Executive between 1993 and 2020, Dai lead the organisation as it grew by more than a hundredfold – from a small community transport provider into a national social enterprise. 

Dr Hinnah Rafique 

Dr Hinnah is an NHS Doctor who founded Generation Medics, an award-winning social enterprise that widens access to medical and healthcare careers for people from all social backgrounds. Recognised for contributing to creating a diverse, thriving and impactful community and for making great strides to drive the social enterprise sector forwards. She is an inspiring female woman of colour who, particularly during the pandemic, has played a pivotal role in shaping, guiding and championing the social enterprise sector, particularly within healthcare, and she is making great strides to drive the sector forwards now. 

Sebastian Rocca

Founder and CEO at Micro Rainbow CIC, Sebastian has become a pioneer in the UK Social Enterprise movement.  His unique vision is to leverage the Social Enterprise model and change the world for LGBTQI people so that they may be free from discrimination, persecution and have equal opportunities in life. 

Kate Welch 

A passionate and inspiring social entrepreneur, Kate is committed to creating an ecosystem in which social entrepreneurs and social enterprises can thrive in North East England and across the world. As well as inspiring social entrepreneurs through her work with Social Enterprise Acumen CIC Kate is also a Director of Capability North East, Trustee of ACEVO and a Non-Executive Director of the North East Social Investment Company. She is also a contributor to UK Government Departments and Cabinet Office on Social Enterprise policy.