UK GOV | PM’s Social Enterprise Roundtable

Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a roundtable for social enterprise CEOs at Downing Street on Monday 18th June 2018.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

This afternoon the Prime Minister hosted social enterprise CEOs and leaders from a range of sectors including education, health, transport and housing for a roundtable in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister began the meeting by thanking Lord John Bird for suggesting the roundtable. She then set out her vision for a society that focuses on the responsibilities we have to one another and where all sectors, not just the state, play their part in tackling the challenges facing the country, whether in housing, education, markets or the workplace. The Prime Minister then highlighted the work of over 70,000 social enterprises doing good across the country and asked guests for thoughts on how to build on that success.

Culture Minister Tracey Crouch then spoke about the upcoming 10-year Civil Society Strategy, and highlighted the crucial role of social enterprises in delivering the Prime Minister’s vision for a more inclusive economy.

The Prime Minister concluded the meeting by thanking guests for their insights, and there was agreement that the government would continue to support and engage social enterprises to deliver an economy that works for everyone.



Victor Lord Adebowale, CBE – CEO, Turning Point & Chair, Social Enterprise UK

Lord John Bird, MBE – Founder & Editor-in-chief, Big Issue

Claire Dove, OBE – Crown Representative (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise)

Devan Kanthasamy – CEO, Tamil Community Housing Association

John Montague – Managing Director, The Big Issue Group

June O’Sullivan – CEO, London Early Years Foundation

Dai Powell, OBE – CEO, HCT Group

Cliff Prior – CEO, Big Society Capital

Liz Prudhoe – Director, Adapt (North East)

Gareth Rhys Williams – Government Chief Commercial Officer & Non-Executive Director Crown Commercial Services

Gareth Swarbrick – CEO, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Linda Wallace – CEO, CDS Co-operatives