Peter Holbrook is CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition, the UK’s national body for social enterprise, a position he has held since January 2010.
The Social Enterprise Coalition is the UK’s national body for social enterprise and represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. The Coalition’s key activities are centred on informing the policy agenda, influencing the political agenda, promoting the benefits of social enterprise through the media, campaigning and events, and undertaking research to expand the social enterprise evidence base. As the CEO of the Coalition, Peter will be working to promote social enterprise as a model for changing both business and society.
Prior to taking on this role Peter was CEO of the Sunlight Development Trust, one of the UK’s most dynamic and successful social enterprises. Sunlight is based in Gillingham, Kent and works to tackle long-standing health and social inequalities in the community. It was originally established by Peter as ‘project sunlight,’ who started as project manager and developed it, from inception, to become one of the country’s most high profile ‘community anchors’ and one of the region’s most rapidly developing and diverse social enterprises.
Peter has previously worked for a number of non Governmental Organisations such as Oxfam, Greenpeace and various disability charities and has experience of working in overseas development, community development, public health and social enterprise. Peter started his career with Marks and Spencer PLC and also spent time with Body Shop International.