Lucy Findlay is the founding Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, an award-winning international social enterprise accreditation body, which has over ten years’ experience of providing clear standards for the social enterprise sector, defining what it means to be a genuine social enterprise.
Lucy has played a leading role in the UK social enterprise sector pretty much since the phrase was first coined and is publicly recognised as a key player in the sector. She has built a reputation as an international thought leader in the accreditation and social enterprise world, writing and contributing to blogs and podcasts to raise the profile of genuine social enterprise. She has also been quoted in a number of books on social enterprise around the world.
Lucy remains determined that social enterprise is a legitimate alternate business model and a powerful force to change society. She promotes the importance of accreditation to ensure authenticity and verification of social impact and added social value. Being a plain speaker, Lucy likes to cut through the impenetrable mystique that so often shrouds the world of social enterprise.
Lucy is an experienced public speaker and has contributed to events all around the world. She has also worked with politicians and advised many government departments, including the Treasury, Cabinet Office, and DEFRA.
Lucy has been recognised through various social enterprise sector awards, as well as mainstream business awards, including being shortlisted as the World’s Most Innovative Woman 2020 (Supporting Female Entrepreneurship 2020). She was appointed an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s New Year Honours, in recognition of her contribution to the social enterprise sector. She is also a Fellow of the RSA.