We are a growing team of committed individuals.
Our Leadership Team
Fay began her career on the prestigious Civil Service Fast Stream. Working across a number of central government departments in Whitehall and around the country, Fay developed particular interests and expertise in behavioural insight, evidence based practice, co-production, collaboration and open policymaking.
Most recently, for the Department for Education, she developed and commissioned multi-million pound programmes to improve mental health in schools and to deliver extra-curricular activities and personal development for the most disadvantaged pupils. She worked closely with local parents and Citizens UK to spread a community organising approach which empowers local parents to drive educational justice.
As a Simon Industrial & Professional Fellow at the University of Manchester, Fay established the Oldham Insight School, an innovative project funded by the Department for Education. This unique collaboration brings together policy, research and practice, embedding a Researcher in Residence to work alongside teachers and school leaders to improve outcomes for children and young people.
Before leading Social Sense CIC, Fay was CEO at MACS, the national charity for children born without eyes or underdeveloped eyes. Fay created MACS’ ambitious 5 year strategy, and established a number of new projects and services, including work to reach out and better support BAME families. She led MACS to win the 2017 Small Charity Big Impact awards, grew its staff team from 2 to 6, and its income to over £500k, enabling the charity to support even more families, children and young people.
He is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A social anthropologist by training, Chris is Chair of the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network, an Assembly Member at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Northern Soul network of social enterprises. He is also a member of the Greater Manchester Devolution VCSE Reference Group, the Salford Health and Wellbeing Board, Salford Social Enterprise City and Salford Social Value Alliance. Chris advises or works with several regional and national bodies on social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Graduating from the University of York with a degree in Linguistics and Education, Julie first worked at The Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham where her pool of languages increased to 5. She then moved to Hong Kong for a number of years, where she got involved in charity work and found that working with children and young people, in particular, was rewarding and inspiring.
A change of career on her return to the UK took Julie into Kent County Council, one of the largest local authorities in the country. After 13 years in senior management, Julie took the opportunity to move into the charitable sector as a consultant working with multiple charities and bidding and leading on some large commissioned services including an emotional well-being service for all young people in Kent, parenting programmes, NEET, youth provision, breastfeeding campaign, maternal mental health campaign, community budgeting and Talent Match.
Julie began her journey with Social Sense to lead the development of Mindfulness for the children’s workforce in Kent, working with schools, voluntary and community sector, HeadStart Kent and the local authority.