Edward Quigley - HCD


Edward was born, raised and still lives nearby in Islington and has worked extensively in London and most recently in Cambridge,  where he supported city centre businesses, launching and growing the city's first Business Improvement District. Before that, Edward has worked for a range of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including Meanwhile Space CIC, Paddington Development Trust and the Ethical Property Foundation.  Edward has also experience of managing economic development and regeneration projects across London. Edward’s work on regenerating Bradbury Street offices and supporting social enterprises in Hackney have been his key achievements at HCD.

Jiselle Steele - _SocialStarters


After spending over two years as our Brazil Programme Director, Jiselle has moved into an advisory role at _Social Starters. Drawing on her extensive experience developing and delivering a range of programmes in the UK and internationally, Jiselle will work with our international board to explore new and exciting ways that we can collaborate with social entrepreneurs and volunteers around the world to develop sustainable solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges. As a senior project manager, Jiselle has worked with a range of clients and organisations, supporting them to achieve their commercial, operational and social goals. From planning and delivering the education strategy for sports development charity, Um Rio to developing engaging proposals to win new business at EY, Jiselle enjoys shaping new ideas and turning them into reality in diverse settings. Jiselle is passionate about gender and racial inequality and women’s economic empowerment and recently completed a Masters level programme with the University of Texas and Criola, a Brazilian research institution, exploring historical, political and cultural themes around race, gender and community engagement. Jiselle became a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow in 2014, researching youth and social enterprise in Brazil and also loves music, dance and Nandos!

Ana Lúcia Barbosa Santos - Vision of Good


Ana Lúcia Barbosa Santos is a lawyer with a post graduate in Strategic Retail Marketing and People Management and resident of Méier, Rio de Janeiro. She has always worked for large Brazilian companies in roles such as Commercial Sales Manager. In November 2017 her dream to start a business came true in the shape of the social enterprise Vision of Good. An enterprise that combined her passion for sales with her ability to lead people.

Vision of Good has as its mission access to eye examination and visual correction with quality glasses and affordable price for people who are socially vulnerable. The work is done by women from communities and the peripheral region and them to work through the resale of prescription glasses in their locality, thus impacting their lives and bringing social inclusion to the residents of these communities.

In less than 2 years of running the project more than 4,300 people from communities have been already impacted, with 2,943 wearing glasses for the first time.

Clarisse Seixas - MIMOS


Clarisse Seixas, from Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, is an osteopath and the creator of MIMOS, a social impact business. Mainly characterized by natural, vegan and handcrafted products, MIMOS has completed half a decade of history. The quality of her products and the way she produces and sells them reflect her concern for nature. In this sense, all MIMOS cosmetics are sustainable, do not come in plastic packaging and do not contain synthetic ingredients. In addition, she is always recycling the materials in order to generate as little waste as possible. 

The idea of creating this company came to Clarisse after a visit to an indigenous tribe in Acre. From this rich experience she was able learn more about the importance of finding more natural ways to consume cosmetics. Beyond the environmental issue, Clarisse is also concerned with generating a positive impact. For this purpose she offers training workshops for residents in her community. 

Ivi Felix - Mantiquira Local Market


Graduating in cultural production with a postgraduate in anthropology, Ivi Félix, has produced hundreds of artistic shows and workshops over the past 15 years. In addition, during her professional career, she worked with educational projects in different regions of the country and with different audiences. The idea of creating the local Mantiquira Market came from the reflection of the themes she dealt with during her years of study, including urbanism, cultural heritage, education and economic and symbolic relations in cities. The local Mantiquira market is a space for selling food, drinks, fashion and decoration. The products sold are made from less industrial processes that impact the region's production chains. In addition to generating income, her social business promotes social transformation through educational and technical training activities and through the dissemination of art and culture. 

Sandra Monero - Monero Dolls


Sandra owns a shop, Monero Dolls on the Balls Pond Road and the core of her business is a story of three strong black women in her life.   Sandra has endowed the dolls she sells with the characters of these women and weaves stories and clothing around them.

Ben Clifford - Erjjio studios

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Ben Clifford is the founder and Managing Director of Erjjio studios, an environmentally-focused web hosting, design & development company based in Hackney. 

Very few people realise that the Internet has a surprisingly large environmental impact, due to its extensive use of fossil fuel electricity in data centres around the world. Some web hosting providers use renewable energy, but most still use fossil fuels; the vast majority of people aren’t aware they’re making this energy choice with their website. The team at Erjjio is working to change that by creating beautiful, cutting-edge websites which are powered by 100% renewable energy and optimised to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions.


Rich Peacock - East End Energy


A graduate of Fine Art (film), Rich moved to London in 1991 to be trained in lithographic printing. Worked in print and digital video in Soho until completing a Masters in New Media at the London College of Printing (BackHill) in 1996. Having moved to Hackney with a one year old baby, Rich was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis soon after graduating so gave up long hours working in Soho—focussing instead on his health and various art projects. Rich learned hypnosis to help with the MS and after many years of being ill the experience of MS began to slowly improve. The hypnosis has led Rich to performing as a side show act in a circus. In the meantime producing a number of live events including exhibitions; a run of the anti-fascist play “The Investigation” at the Arcola Theatre and later big top Circus shows. In late 2010 Rich had exhibited in a joint art show in south west China (Yunnan) which led him to becoming a patron for a Chinese children’s art charity on the border of Burma.

Currently, Rich is the Director of East End Energy, which provides consultancy services from meter installment to carbon management. He is an authorised independent commercial energy distributor  with expertise in green & renewable energy. 

Lizzie Flemming - Made From Scratch


Lizzy is the director of the imaginative playable landscape company Made From Scratch. Founded in 2011, Made From Scratch Ltd creates unique hand made structures and landscapes in schools, parks, and adventure playgrounds with the community at the heart, teaches children design and carpentry skills whilst supporting adults in play theory and practice to ensure children to access risk and challenge within exciting, urban playscapes.

Bad Lay-Dee (aka Donna Powell)


Bad Lay-Dee (aka Donna Powell) is a singer, rapper, spoken word artist and educator with years of recording and live performance experience. Following the release of #2 dance hit ‘Another Dimension’ with producer Timmy Vegas, Bad Lay-Dee has performed to over 30,000 people.

Alongside regular live performances, Bad Lay-Dee has now taken years of knowledge and experience to create a social enterprise delivering music, rap, poetry and spoken word workshops to help young people find their own voice and build confidence and self-esteem. 

 Bad Lay-Dee is also an exhibition consultant for Hackney Museum’s Black History Month Exhibition and is one of the organisers of Faggamuffin Bloc Party – Hackney Carnival’s first ever sound system for QTIPOC (queer, trans, intersex, people of colour).


Gee Sinha - ReSpace


Gee is the founder and Director of ReSpace Projects, the Hive Dalston and Zero LDN - winners of the Sustainable Cities Award 2019 and mentioned in Sage Publishing's Strategy textbook as a standout example of social innovation. Having spent over ten years training in business, sales and marketing management for several blue chip companies Gee then spent several years working at the grassroots level with underprivileged and alternative communities. ReSpace Projects is pioneering new models of social enterprise and has recently been included in the Mayor's Circular economy routemap as being a key collaborator in the London Plan. Gee's work in developing innovative systems that cross multiple social levels and are self-sustaining and self-replicating. He draws inspiration from new scientific research into business and social economies that throws a whole new light on the way things should be done. He believes that we see through the lenses of our conditioning and to have vision we must first clear those lenses.

Aoise Keogan Nooshabadi - Supply Change


Aoise is the Co-founder/COO of Supply Change. It is a digital marketplace that matches social enterprises and public sector buyers. Aoise has experience within both the private and public law sector with the likes of Leeds City Council, the Irish Oireachtas and social start-ups such as A Little Change. She leads on legals, operations, finance, funding and supplier sales.

Henry Greenwood - Green Schools Project


Henry Greenwood is a Maths teacher who, while teaching at Kingsmead School in Enfield, developed the role of Sustainability Coordi­nator, assembling a group of students who carried out a variety of environmental projects for which they were awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

He used this experience to set up Green Schools Project which supports young people to lead projects that protect and restore the natural world, helping them build essential skills while providing them the opportunity to play a role in tackling the climate and ecological crisis.