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Edited by Catherine Pestano, Friday, 5 Nov 2021, 17:50

As a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and active in the field (several awards) I enjoy writing about this from time to time. Most of my work in this area is direct project work and workshop facilitating the training of new and developing social entrepreneurs, for example through the Goldsmiths community music/arts under and post grad courses, Splash! enterprise project at University of Greenwich, the 3i centre at University of Greenwich Business School and the Lewisham Education Action Network and Sound Connections.  

I offer shorter and longer courses in many aspects of social enterprise including pricing, pitching, grant applications, bringing your dream project to reality, just starting out, ethical practice for freelancers and organisations, and many more. I am also available to guest lecture, for the normal fees. 

In relation to collaborative governance and public leadership, I am a longstanding member of the National Network of Women Chairs. I have held two substantial national charity chair roles, both involving inherited recovery situations,  and one Vice Chair position (£31M turnover). I have a wide and varied middle/senior management background across the public and third sector. My senior experience also includes paid public appointments including regulatory, serving for 8+ years on the General Social Care Council. I taught for the OUBS for many years at post graduate (Certificate and Diploma, Health& social care and general and MBA level, specialising in creativity and innovation (B882/B822). I enjoyed delivering many post grad residential school experiences also. I am LANTRA trained in Volunteer Management. I have supervised and examined M level theses and contributed as an author at Master's level for Health and Social care leadership and change management.

MacDonald, D., Oham, C., Pestano C., (2016), “Practical marketing for social enterprises”, in MacDonald, D. and Oham, C. (2016) Leading and Managing a Social Enterprise in Health and Social Care, eBookPartnership, UK

Oham, C.A.C, Pestano. C, Allen, J. (2016), “Social Enterprise and the Wider Community, one possible model”, Int.J. Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 4, No.2, Pp. 172-181, Inderscience, Switzerland

I can be contacted at Catherine.pestano [at] open.ac.uk 


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