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What is Social Value UK?

Social Value UK is the national network for anyone interested in social value and social impact.

We work with our members to increase the accounting, measuring and maximising of social value from the perspective of those affected by an organisation’s activities, through our Social Value Principles. We believe in a world where a broader definition of value will change decision making and ultimately decrease inequality and environmental degradation.

To achieve our mission, Social Value UK provides training and assurance services, as well as hosting regular meetings and events, creating new tools and resources, and running campaigns. Through supporting and working with our members, and as a National Member Network of Social Value International, we are creating an international movement for change.


Social Value UK is proud to be a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,000 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.


10 Years in operation
7700+ Supporters
300+ Individual members
30+ Organisational members
Vincent Neate
Board Member
Vincent Neate is a Chartered Accountant and Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming. After a twenty year career with KPMG spanning sectors from consumer goods to private equity and leading service delivery from audit to sustainability, Vincent…
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Fran Healey
Board Member
Fran is a management accountant working in the voluntary sector (having spent a number of years in the corporate sector working with large organisations like United Utilities and Tui Travel). It was through working with a relatively small charity in…
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Mandy Barnett
Board Member
Mandy runs MB Associates which works with the cultural and caring sectors on change management and social value. She is a founder of the exchange network Make Culture Work and involved with developing Social Value methods in the cultural sector with national…
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Nick Temple
Board Member
Nick Temple currently works at Social Enterprise UK, prior to this Nick was working as an independent consultant with a whole host of organisations, including UnLtd, Skills Third Sector, the Guardian, Venture Partnership Foundation, Stepping Out, British…
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Jenni Inglis
Board Member
Jenni runs VIE for Life Ltd, offering co-creation, facilitation and evaluation services to public and third sectors across the UK; focused on enabling decision-making that addresses power imbalances in services and systems. She has delivered dozens of…
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Richard Spencer
Board Member
Before joining ICAEW Richard Spencer worked as a strategy consultant in the Natural Resources division of Accenture. Prior to that he held a number of roles at N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd in the bank’s treasury and natural resources project finance…
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Richard Kennedy
Richard Kennedy
Chair of the Board
Richard is currently co-chair of Social Value International and an Affiliate Partner and Business Humanizer at Innate Motion. He works with the world’s largest businesses and brands to help them humanize their consumer approach and to prototype…
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UK Council
The UK Council is a group of experts who provide guidance and support with growing Social Value UK as a movement. This includes work on communications, marketing and network development. Members include: Jeremy Wyatt Erik Bichard Adam Richards Vincent…
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Assurance Technical Committee
The Assurance Technical Committee is a group of experts who provide technical support and strategic guidance in the development of the Social Value International assurance criteria. Members include: Jon Grayson Adrian Henriques Joelle Bradly Liz Riley…
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Methodology Sub Committee
The Methodology Sub Committee is a group of experts who provide technical support and advice to help develop Social Value publications, guidance and resources. This committee sits within our parent organisation, Social Value International. Members include:…
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Global Value Exchange Advisory Group
The Global Value Exchange (GVE) Advisory Group is a group of experts who provide technical support and strategic guidance to help develop the website. Members of the Advisory Group also help raise awareness of GVE and assist in identifying new data sources,…
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The Social Value UK Staff Team
Catherine Manning
Membership and Networks Manager
Catherine Manning is Membership and Networks Manager for Social Value UK.  Catherine manages all individual, organisational and network relationships assuring the delivery of real value for all our members, as well as actively promoting network development. …
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Dr Adam Richards
Senior Researcher
Adam joined SVUK in 2016 as Senior Researcher on the European Commission project SPRINT to apply the principles of social value to long-term care for frail older people across 11 European states. Before joining SVUK he lectured at universities for over…
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Jeremy Nicholls
Chief Executive
Jeremy Nicholls is the chief executive of Social Value UK and Social Value International, which are membership organisation for individuals, organisations and companies supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value.…
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Lucy Greenwood
Communications and Campaigns Officer
Lucy is the Communications and Campaigns Officer at Social Value UK and Social Value International and is the lead on all communications and campaigns for both organisations. Previously, Lucy worked for the Women’s Equality Party, leading their election…
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Craig Foden
Social Value Officer
Craig Foden graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc in Geography. He volunteered with Social Value UK from October 2014, before joining as a full time employee in 2015. His role includes assisting Ben in research and development of…
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Ben Carpenter
Operations Manager
Ben Carpenter is operations manager for Social Value UK. He oversees the development of online resources specifically the Global Value Exchange and the Social Value Self-Assessment Tool. He also manages the assurance & accreditation services for Social…
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Clare Bentley
Office Manager
Clare Bentley has a background as a book keeper and administrator for third-sector organisations and has previously worked for The Aspire Trust and The Charities Trust. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in History she is…
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Tim Goodspeed
Training Manager
Tim Goodspeed has been the Training Manager since 2008. He has a background in economic development and social enterprise. He is an experienced trainer and an Accredited Practitioner. Tim is one of the authors of the Guide to SROI and has written and…
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Jeremy Nicholls is stepping down as CEO of Social Value UK
After ten years as Chief Executive Officer of Social Value UK (SVUK) and three years as CEO of Social Value International (SVI), Jeremy Nicholls is stepping…
Maximising social value through your procurement
In this blog post, Catherine Manning, Membership and Networks Manager, explores how you can take steps to maximise the social value you can create through…
Local councils, are you thinking about social value? Social Value…
Meeting the needs of their community is the driving force behind a council’s services, making it essential that they create as much social, economic…