Melanie MillsHead of Social Sector Engagement
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- If you are a social enterprise, charity or membership network or infrastructure organisation and are looking for speakers, to partner on events, to share or receive case studies or are looking for support to navigate the social impact investment space.
Melanie leads Big Society Capital’s work to support social enterprises and charities to engage with social investment via the Good Finance platform and through our social lending. Formerly Chief Executive of Social Enterprise West Midlands CIC, Melanie led it from a publicly funded project to a sustainable social enterprise through four years of trading and growth, she brings her own lived experience to our market building work . With a background of 20 years in retail, Melanie has also deployed her commercial skills to run her own consultancy working with community organisations and charities to raise funds and to look at new ways of sustainable income generation. Melanie is particularly focused on busting the myth that social investment is just a London centric activity, she is based in the Midlands but leads on our work across the nations and regions.
Outside of her day job Melanie supports the sector in other ways she is a board member of Social Enterprise Scotland and also for the Catalyst Fund (Firstport), is a members of the WMCA Social Economy Taskforce and holds a number of local voluntary roles which include a Village Hall and a Junior Community Football Club. She was previously Chair of Governors at a rural primary school in Leicestershire and a trustee of NAVCA, the only national membership body specifically for local voluntary and community sector support in England.