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:
- 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 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