Geof Cox has been involved in social enterprise for over 30 years, and for the last 20 years has worked as a freelance social enterprise developer and as an associate of a number of top social enterprise consultancies, including international social enterprise development organisations such as Social Enterprise Europe and NESsT. He is also an associate member of the UK National Development Team for Inclusion.
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:
- advising charities and other not-for-profit organisations on enterprise development
- public service transformations
- social firms and other enterprises for people with disabilities/disadvantages in finding paid employment
- business aspects of the arts and creative industries
- training public and voluntary sector staff in social enterprise development and management skills, throughout the UK and in many other countries, especially in Eastern Europe.
- organisational development planning, especially appropriate organisational structures for trading and the 'floating off' of trading activities.
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 30 years voluntary sector management experience, including officer positions with national bodies such as ICOM, The Common Cause Foundation and Social Firms UK.
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, Europe and Eurasia
- advising government on social enterprise legislation