Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), the umbrella body for social enterprises in the UK, recently announced that Lord Victor Adebowale CBE would be the new Chair of the organisation. He succeeds Claire Dove OBE who has served the maximum two terms, originally taking up the role in 2008. She has now been appointed as patron of SEUK.
Lord Adebowale is currently the Chief Executive of Turning Point, a social enterprise which provides specialist services focusing on improving lives and communities across mental health, learning difficulties, employment and more. With many feathers in his hat, he will be a great asset for SEUK; he has previously led youth homeless charity Centrepoint and has been Chair of the London Fairness Commission, which focuses on equality in the capital. He is also currently on the boards of NHS England and the Co-operative group.
He was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to the New Deal, for the unemployed and homeless young people. In 2001, he was also appointed as a cross bench member of the House of Lords.
Lord Victor joins SEUK on an initial three-year term.
“Recent domestic and world events mean that the social enterprise model of doing business has never been more needed if we are to create the "inclusive economy". I look forward to working with SEUK and am honoured to have been made their Chair. Together with SEUK, I am determined that we present the public with a clear view of what social enterprise can offer and the value it can add to the lives of individuals, and the communities in which they live."
“We’re delighted that Victor will be taking up the position of Chair at Social Enterprise UK. He’s an outstanding entrepreneur, passionate about social justice and will bring a vast amount of insight and expertise to the role.
"Victor will be joining us at what is a hugely exciting time for the social enterprise movement and for SEUK. Social enterprises are providing answers to the most pressing issues we’re facing from the crisis in social care to the building of a more equal economy that really works for everyone. Lord Victor’s knowledge, experience and vision will be invaluable in helping steer us through the coming years and in seizing the opportunities that exist.”