Dorothy Francis MBE


Dorothy is the CEO of the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Agency (CASE). She has over 30 years’ experience of advising co-operatives and social enterprises to establish and grow and is passionate about how social businesses change lives and communities for the better. Dorothy specialises in social enterprise legal structures and management. She is committed to promoting business to women, especially women of colour and from newly arrived communities. Within her own time she mentors adults seeking change in their lives. Dorothy is a Member of the CIPD and a Companion of the CMI. She holds the Lifetime Achievement Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and received an MBE in recognition of services to enterprise and the communities of Leicester and Leicestershire.

"Change for Good"

Abstract: Social enterprises run profitable businesses that meet social, environmental and ethical community needs. Creating positive change in local, national or international societies

is at the heart of all social enterprises and the driving force behind all that they do. Social enterprises use transformative and innovative business approaches to address social need and create public benefit whilst providing stimulating and challenging alternative career paths. This lecture will use examples of enterprises that deliver tangible, positive change to illustrate how social enterprise theory becomes