Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2015
North East Fellow (Garfield Weston Foundation)
Emma Frew is Head of Social Enterprise Development for Social Enterprise Acumen based in Durham and working with social enterprises and community organisations from across the North East of England. She is driven by her involvement in the community and voluntary sector with 17 years of management experience working in local communities across the North East of England.
She graduated from an MBA programme from Sunderland University in 2006 where she focused on Social Enterprise and income generation in maintaining a healthy and business-like sector. She firmly believes that while charities are set up to be ‘not-for-profit’ they should also be ‘not-for-loss.’ She believes that small charities in particular should be professional in their operations and have the ability to demonstrate their cost as well as their worth. Since then, Emma has worked as Chief Officer with several small charities to help them structure themselves to be healthy, diversify their income streams, and have the ability to plan for the future.
Emma has worked in a variety of sectors including construction work in Hong Kong, managing a data collection/transport agency, and owning her own riding school and livery yard. She feels that her personality and skills are best suited to the social sector where she can be flexible, innovative and reactive.
Emma’s hobbies include horse riding, showing her mastiff dogs at championship level, and walking in the Durham Dales and the Northumberland Coast.
Current principal role: Full time Fellow
Current principal organisation: Social Enterprise Acumen
Other leadership role 1: Community Development Consultant
Other organisation 1: Communities Can
Research: Leadership in times of austerity: What makes a successful leader who bucks the trend in times of austerity?
Research topics: Leadership; Social enterprise;