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Geof Cox has been involved in social enterprise for 30 years, and over the last 15 years has worked as a freelance social enterprise developer and as an associate of a number of top social enterprise consultancies, including the international social enterprise development organisations Social Enterprise Europe and NESsT.

He is a specialist in organisational change and restructuring, especially around the start or expansion of trading activities by public or voluntary sector bodies. His work includes:

Geof Cox's published work includes a number of articles in refereed journals on business and the arts, and the following technical guides

  • The Extra Elements (co-author, SocialFirmsUK 2005; revised edition 2012)
  • The Template Social Firm Share Community Interest Company (SocialFirmsUK 2008; revised edition 2010)
  • The Template Social Firm Guarantee Company (SocialFirmsUK 2005; revised edition 2010)
  • RIPFA Key Issues 4 : Social Firms (Dartington 2009)
  • Bringing Social Firms Out Of Public Authorities (SocialFirmsUK 2006)
  • A Guide to Charities Starting Social Firms (SocialFirmsUK 2006)
  • Delivering Community & Employee Buyouts (co-author, CooperativesUK 2003)
  • Legal/Financial Structures for Social Firms (SocialFirmsUK 2000)
  • The Musician's Union Guide to Music Co-operatives (Musicians' Union 1996)
  • Turnarounds - A Guide to Democratic Conversions and Buyouts (OpenUniversity 1995)

He also has over 25 years voluntary sector management experience, including officer positions with national bodies such as ICOM, and is currently a director of Social Firms UK and The Common Cause Foundation.

Recent work includes

  • advising on the transformation-to-social-enterprise of health, social care, education and arts services for a number of UK public authorities
  • organisational development planning including development of trading company subsidiaries for a number of national and local charities
  • helping restructure charitable activities as self-financing services, both in the UK and Eastern Europe and Eurasia
  • published research papers on social enterprise organisational structure development
  • frequent training seminars on the transition from public and voluntary sector management to social enterprise
  • management and delivery of social enterprise training programmes throughout the UK, Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Geof Cox is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and RSA Connector for France, a Master of Arts (MA, Keele, 1982), a qualified teacher (PGCE) and BAHons (Nottingham).

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