The voice for Social Enterprises & Social Entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland. Connecting, supporting, developing and sustaining vibrant businesses to create social change.

 

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Staff

Staff

Colin Jess - Director

Email: colin@socialenterpriseni.org

Colin joined Social Enterprise NI in June 2016 having spent 38 years working in local financial institutions. Most recently Colin worked for Ulster Bank in Belfast and recently left after 28 years, holding a senior management position in Business Banking. Over the past three years Colin held the post of Lead Ambassador for the Banks strategy in working with the Third Sector in NI and RI and has developed a large network of stakeholders across the charity, social enterprise and community and voluntary sector. Colin also led the banks Public Sector strategy and particularly working with the NI Councils in respect of their new responsibility for driving social, women and youth enterprise. Colin also works with organisations such as Young Enterprise NI and Prince’s Trust. Colin is a Non-Executive board member and Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee of Women in Business, a recently appointed ambassador for charity Start360, and a Mentor with the Entrepreneurial Spark programme in Belfast.  Colin is a Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and enjoys many sports, especially golf and cricket, along with being a season ticket holder at Ulster Rugby.
 

Amanda Johnston – Membership and Networking 

Email: amanda@socialenterpriseni.org

Amanda has been involved in Community Development for over 14 years working in a range of organisations both large and small. Her main role had been to secure funding for these organisations and she has been highly successful. Amanda has also delivered training and facilitation on the areas of corporate governance, committee structures, fundraising and business planning.  Amanda has a BSc Hons in Business Management and Finance.