Social Enterprise Mark CIC - Non-Executive Directors

Social Enterprise Mark CIC seeks up to three new Non-Executive Directors who can bring a strong background in SMEs, higher education or healthcare to further strengthen the expertise of the Board. (Deadline: 2 February)

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Social Enterprise Mark CIC is an award-winning international social enterprise accreditation authority, which recognises and builds the capabilities of social enterprises as competitive, sustainable businesses, dedicated to maximising social impact. It has over ten years’ experience of providing clear standards for the social enterprise sector, defining what it means to be a genuine social enterprise. Its world-first accreditations ensure that the business model remains ethical, credible and commercial.

Social Enterprise Mark CIC's vision is to have a greater number of social enterprises globally who are well-respected and effective at forwarding its agenda. The Social Enterprise Mark currently has a presence in 10 different countries, including South Africa, Spain and the UAE. Over the next five years, Social Enterprise Mark CIC intends to embark on an ambitious growth trajectory to develop its business, reaching out to more businesses globally to help them drive their ethical and sustainability efforts and expand their licensing operations. It aims to develop a suite of products that help social enterprises become better businesses, including having tiered accreditation levels.

Role specification

In addition to bringing their expertise to the Board, the successful candidate will take part in other board duties and responsibilities, including:

  • Ensuring that strategic and operational targets are developed and met
  • Adhering to appropriate corporate governance
  • Ensuring oversight of the quality and integrity of financial and social impact reporting

Person specification

Social Enterprise Mark CIC seeks up to three new Non-Executive Directors who can bring a strong background in SMEs, HE or Healthcare to further strengthen the expertise of the Board.

SMEs: to better improve the organisation's network, Social Enterprise Mark is looking for someone who brings a strong understanding of service-based SMEs, B2B networks, business intelligence, and the challenges of running a small business with a strong concern for social and environmental impact. This person will have held a senior leadership position in an SME. Experience working with social enterprises is desirable, but is not a requirement for the role.

HE: Applicants will bring senior leadership experience in the Higher Education sector. This individual will have been involved in strategic decision making in a Higher Education or Further Education setting, whether in an administrative or academic role.

Healthcare: Candidates will bring strategic level experience in the healthcare and / or social care sector, and understand how healthcare organisations operate. This person may have worked in healthcare and / or social care policy, but may equally come from a public healthcare administration background.

Social Enterprise Mark is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among those who serve on the Board and its values. As such, it is keen to encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates from all cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.

Board composition

Professor Linda Drew, Chair
Luke Joy-Smith
Lucy Findlay
Russell Longmuir
Zoe Campbell

Terms of appointment

The role is unremunerated, but reasonable and pre-agreed domestic travel expenses will be reimbursed. The Board meets four times per year. Three of these meetings are virtual, with one taking place in-person in November. The appointment is for a three-year term, which can be renewed once at the discretion of the Board.


Board meetings mainly take place online, with one per year taking place in Plymouth. Candidates may be either be local to the South West of England, or willing to travel once per year.


Social Enterprise Mark has a strong culture of diversity, and the Board is eager to ensure that this is reflected at every level of the organisation. As such, women, younger people, disabled people, those from BAME communities, LGBTQI+ identifying people and those from under-represented backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply, as well as those looking to take on their first non-executive role.

The deadline for consideration is 2 February 2023.

If you would like to register your interest in this role, please fill in the form below. A member of the Nurole team will be in touch ahead of the deadline to let you know whether it would be worth submitting an application and to discuss the process further.