A Social Entrepreneur Myself

Although I work with social enterprises now, I was also a social entrepreneur in my own right. I have been interested in the social problems facing the world for many years, in particular relation to human health and the environment.


Breast Health Educator

I became especially concerned about the rising rates of breast cancer in women and so in 2007 I set up "Best Think Pink", a social enterprise aimed at shifting the focus from breast cancer to breast health. I started talking to groups of women wherever I could and sharing information with them about how to take a natural approach to having healthy breasts. In 2008 I became involved with Breast Cancer UK and worked with their Board of Trustees for a year as an Executive Board Member, thus adding to my knowledge, particularly in relation to UK and European legislative procedures. I am still an active supporter today. I then used my marketing skills to approach companies in the corporate world and started my Breast Health Presentations in the workplace. I have worked with blue chip companies such as Centrica, WPP and Janssen Cilag and always received a great reception from the attending women. I also launched my own campaign, Healthy Breasts For Every Woman, and hope that I am making a difference in a small way to the awareness of women.


Social Enterprise Mentor

I am committed to helping ethical businesses compete on equal terms with mainstream companies. For this reason, I am a voluntary mentor for UnLtd, who provide support for social entrepreneurs. I truly believe that we can make the world a better place and put the emphasis on people and communities rather than living in a world driven entirely by profit and greed. I invite you to watch the trailer for one of my favourite films, The Economics of Happiness


Charities I Support

I give donations, time and support to a number of charities close to my heart. I always examine the principles and ethics of the charities I support as charities are big business and I want to ensure that my contribution has the greatest impact. Here are my chosen charities:

Breast Cancer UK  - they are the only UK breast cancer charity focused on primary prevention and who campaign against harmful chemicals.

CANCERactive  - the only UK charity who give advice on conventional treatments as well as alternative and complementary treatments as well as prevention advice.

The Haven Breast Cancer Centres - free of charge, emotional support and complementary therapies to help with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer treatment.

 


Ethical Marketing for Social Enterprises

Read more more about my Ethical Marketing Plan – ideal for social entrepreneurs