SAN would like to welcome two new Members to the Board of Directors:
Karen Smith and Lynn Sbaih
Karen is the Director of Turn Up the Value Ltd, supporting organisations to maximise their Social Value. She has a background in Neighbourhood Management and Environmental Policy and has a proven track record in using a collaborative approach to build relationships across the public, private, community and voluntary sector.
Experienced in working with communities and businesses across Greater Manchester, Karen is a passionate believer that by focusing on the strengths of individuals, communities and organisations, we can achieve social change.
Karen is engaged in supporting the growth of Social Enterprise and is a founder member of Bolton’s Social Business Collective. She currently partners with the Woodland Trust to develop opportunities for social enterprise at the Smithills Estate in Bolton. She seeks to raise the profile of Social Value and Social Enterprise through her active involvement in networks and partnerships at a local and regional level including the Bolton Social Value Partnership, Greater Manchester Social Value Network and Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network.
Karen supports organisations to measure their social impact and is a keen advocate of Social Accounting as an approach to enable organisations to identify, celebrate and build on the Social Value they create.
Karen has a Master’s degree in business administration and a Masters in European Environmental Policy and regulation. She is a Director of the Give2Gain Community.
Lynn is the Founder and Managing Director of Give2Gain CIC which supports private and social enterprise businesses to connect, work together and measure their social impact. She has an NHS and university teaching background and has worked in clinical, teaching and senior managerial roles in acute and community settings, both in the UK and the Middle East. She has a proven track record in transformational change as well as building relationships and partnerships across the public, private, voluntary and social enterprise sectors.
Lynn believes all organisations are made up of people with varied and diverse talents. All of which can be used to make a difference to their local communities. This led to her setting up the Stockport Accounting for Social Good Network, a social movement of local groups and organisations working together to develop their social accounting skills. She also seeks to raise the profile of social value in communities via her networks and connections in the Greater Manchester Social Value Network and the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network.
Lynn has a PhD and MPhil and is also a trained ethnographer. She is the Chair of Stockport Total Advocacy Trust Ltd.