12 www.theisba.org.uk KEYNOTE SPEAKER She is an inspirational keynote speaker on corporate responsibility. She founded SBT in 2010 and set out to identify growing social enterprises and help scale them up, with the help of partners including Credit Suisse, Clifford Chance, British Gas and BT. Her skill in bringing together large commercial businesses with small non-profits lies at the heart of SBT’s success. Adele was director of Kaleidoscope, a ground-breaking London charity aimed at stabilising the lives of heroin addicts. She built her reputation as a social entrepreneur through CAN (Community Action Network) which she co-founded with Lord Andrew Mawson. In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to social enterprise and, in 2007, she won the Sieff Prize for her collaboration with business in pursuit of social benefit. Throughout her career, Adele has carried the message that charities need to learn from business and business from the third sector. She has worked on corporate responsibility with companies such as Sony Europe, Bain, Coca-Cola, Royal Sun Alliance, O2 and Panasonic. Adele originally trained as a Baptist minister and although no longer working as a minister, she still conducts occasional ceremonies, such as the funeral of the writers JG Ballard and Patrick Hannan. She sat at the Cabinet table with prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, when they launched their ‘Big Society’ programme in 2010 and, more recently, she has convened a top-level summit on the role of social enterprise in education, with the support of ministers and ex-ministers from across the political spectrum. Adele is a member of Nesta’s Centre for Social Action Innovation advisory board, and a director of Impact International. Adele Blakebrough MBE Adele is chief executive of the Social Business Trust (SBT) and one of the UK’s most influential social entrepreneurs.