Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive of The EBP, has been recognised as one of 100 influential women in social enterprise. Elaine was awarded a place on the WISE100, the first ever index of 100 inspiring women in social enterprise, at a celebration event held in London on Thursday 12 October.
The WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100) is a new initiative from the NatWest SE100 Index which aims to recognise the invaluable contribution of 100 of the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and social innovation. In the UK, 40% of social enterprises are led by women, in comparison with just 6% of the companies on the FTSE100.
Elaine was instrumental in establishing The EBP in 2001 and as its Chief Executive she has led the organisation through a period of phenomenal growth. The EBP now employs more than 60 people from Welton House in Lincoln and its regional offices in Melton Mowbray and Northampton.
As a social enterprise supporting thousands of young people every year, Elaine is incredibly proud of the difference that one organisation can make and is passionate about providing young people with opportunities to develop the skills that employers are looking for. The EBP has delivered National Citizen Service (NCS) since 2011 and under its management last year almost 5,000 teenagers took part in the programme across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.
Of her nomination, Elaine said: “This is a fantastic recognition of everyone’s efforts at The EBP. It was a real honour to attend the event at NatWest’s headquarters and to be named alongside so many amazing women who do incredible work at social enterprises throughout the country.”