Simon Denny

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"In his role as Social Enterprise Development Director at The University of Northampton he is responsible for devising the University’s social enterprise strategy, and implementing initiatives designed to make Northampton the number one university for social enterprise in the UK by 2015.

"Simon has been responsible for setting up Inspire2Enterprise, a national business support organization for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. He also leads on an initiative to encourage the UK university sector to develop a strong social enterprise supply chain.

"The University of Northampton’s work in social enterprise has been recognised by the HEFCE/UnLtd award for the Outstanding University supporting Social Entrepreneurship (June 2011) and the Enterprising University of the Year award in the Midlands Business Awards (February 2012).

"Born and brought up in Essex, he has a BA from the University of Exeter, a MA from the University of Warwick, and a PhD from the Open University. He is a director of two social enterprises. He has published a number of articles in academic journals on aspects of social enterprise, regularly gives presentations at conferences, and is currently preparing a book, to be published by Routledge, entitled, ‘Social Enterprise: Accountability and Evaluation around the World’. In 2010 he was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Before joining Northampton in 1992 he spent 10 years in the Army and five years with Tesco." [1]


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  1. Transition Institute Board, organizational web page, accessed December 16, 2013.