Commenting on Claire's appointment, Peter Holbrook Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said: 

“We are delighted that Claire Dove has been appointed as the Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. She’s been an outstanding champion of the social enterprise movement and has both the commercial experience and deep understanding of disadvantage and poverty that make her an ideal candidate for the job and uniquely suited to the role.

She has proven leadership in advocating for the nation’s social enterprises and charities to the highest levels of Government and whilst Chair of Social Enterprise UK, Claire oversaw the transition of SEUK into a mass membership organisation and into a social enterprise itself – helping strengthen our voice and mandate as a representative body for the social enterprise movement.

Government has a huge role to play in both building and shaping markets and in these financially tight and uncertain times, it needs to do more to embrace the work of social enterprises and their compatriots in the wider VCSE sector.

We know that Claire will use her new role to take our arguments to Government and build the crucial dialogue that is needed between it and the VCSE sector so that its potential is fully realised.”