Meet Our Team
Sue setup MKCE CIC in 2007 and became a Director of se2 the regional social enterprise organisation in the South East in 2010.
Sue has applied her ‘entrepreneurial’ skills to MKCE developing the organisation into a SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise and Development Initiative) Centre of Excellence. Sue is trained in social impact measurement (SROI and SIMPLE).
Sue was one of the first 15 social entrepreneurs across the UK to be awarded a grant from the Lloyds Bank School of Social Entrepreneurs in 2011/12 Scale Up Scheme and is a SSE Fellow.
Sue has co-ordinated and led on the development of a Social Value Charter for Milton Keynes through the Building Better Partnerships Department of Health funded project. Sue continues to work on Social Impact and Value in commissioning and delivery, pushing VCSE organisation’s to demonstrate value in their delivery
Amanda is a qualified trainer, coach and organisational development practitioner. She has worked at local and national level in not for profit organisations, notably holding two assistant directorships for UK youth charities. She has held management committee and Board roles in the VCSE sector. She is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award volunteer expedition leader. Amanda has also worked in the private sector in events management and hospitality and spent time working corporately in local government in a senior role before setting up her small business twelve years ago. Amanda is a skilled communicator and qualified in both training and coaching & mentoring practice. She works with sector skills bodies, VCSE organisations and local government. Amanda is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Licentiate Fellow of ITOL and holds post graduate degrees in coaching and mentoring practice and HR Management and Development.
The organisation is staffed by a team of professional advisors whose job it is to support and guide you on all aspects of social enterprise business planning and funding resources, help with establishing the form and structure you'll need, assist you with locating premises if needed, identifying possible tax breaks and connecting you with the network of other social enterprises in MK.
Staff are not distant government officials. They are chosen because they have knowledge and experience of living and working in Milton Keynes. The organisation's overall remit takes in the whole of the Milton Keynes and parts of Buckinghamshire, with extensions into the South East region.
MKCE is self financing applying for tenders/contracts and charging for workshops and events.
"If you need it done and if you need it done properly, who are you going to call? Sue Quinn! This lady is totally professional and reliable and a mine of intelligent information."
Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK
“Sue has considerable experience of creating, scoping, devising, planning, delivering, reviewing and monitoring a wide variety of development projects. She demonstrates tenacity, an innovative approach and is a great completer-finisher. She has good instincts, a sound business sense and both makes - and helps make - things happen.”
Tony Davis, Executive Director, Social Enterprise Berkshire
“I have worked with Sue and engaged Sue as a consultant for a number of years. She is an expert in her area, having an excellent knowledge of the field and associated areas as well as an understanding of the wider frame in which social enterprise, business and similar sit. She has excellent networks, a willingness to think in creative ways and approaches things in a collaborative way, encouraging and supporting a two way learning process. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services.”
Steve McNay, Milton Keynes MIND
"MK Arts for Health engaged Milton Keynes Community Enterprise (MKCE) in 2009 to help us to explore and assess the potential for setting up a social enterprise model to enable MKA4H to develop and deliver some aspects of its work to assist us to generate income. The project was funded by a Department of Health grant under the SEIF programme.
Amanda Dudman and Sue Quinn conducted the work on behalf of MKCE.
The purpose of their work was to:
Summarise activities and outcomes achieved to date in relation to the original plan
Draw some interim conclusions
Identify options and issues for the Board of Trustees to discuss so that it can progress this to the next stage of development and make some decisions about actions
MKCE worked closely with our organisation and made sure we understood all aspects. Communication between them and our staff and board of trustees was very effective and the work was completed to a high standard."
Helen Taylor, Director, Milton Keynes Arts 4 Health