Craig Dearden-Phillips

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"A serial social entrepreneur, Craig is the Founding Chair and former CEO of a high-reputation UK disability social enterprise, Advocacy Partners Speaking Up, and co-founder of five smaller civil society organisations. Stepping Out is a new venture helping public services to become a social enterprise.

"Craig is one of the foremost speakers on the UK third sector, the author of a best-selling book and a regular columnist for The Guardian and Third Sector magazine. Craig has an MBA and is a Visiting Fellow at Ashcroft International Business School.

Craig is Chairman of Governors of a local school, a Trustee of Impetus Trust, the venture-philanthropy charity and a member of the Investment Committees of the Social Investment Business and a founding-trustee of a Development Trust in his local area. He serves as the Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Communities on Conservative-controlled Suffolk County Council. He has two young children and is a keen though decreasingly successful amateur tri-athlete."[1]

"Craig is one of the most consistently insightful and courageously honest observers of the social sector. He is on the leading edge of change and growth in our field. As the Michelin Guides say, ?worth a journey". Cliff Prior: CEO of Unltd [1]


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  1. Centre for Welfare Reform Craig Dearden-Phillips, organizational web page, accessed November 22, 2013.