About us

Social Value International is the global network focused on social impact and social value.

Our members share a common goal: to change the way society accounts for value.

All too often key decisions about resources and policies are made using a limited economic concept of value, which fails to consider important effects on people and the environment. As the gap between rich and poor increases and the effects of climate change become more apparent, our work has never been more urgent.

Social Value International works with our members to embed core principles for social value measurement and analysis, to refine and share practice, and to build a powerful movement of like-minded people to influence policy.

This pioneering community contains members from 45 countries, drawn from a huge range of different sectors and disciplines. Our goal at Social Value International is to support, connect, and represent our members through training, knowledge-sharing and networking.

Social Value International is much more than a professional network. Together, we are building a movement for change.

Will you join us?

Our Vision

A world where decision making, ways of working and resource allocation are based on the principles of accounting for value leading to increased equality and well-being and reduced environmental degradation.

Our Mission

To change the way society accounts for value through principles, practice, people and power:

  1. Principles: Our principles will lead to the inclusion of social, environmental and economic value in decision making.
  2. People: We will build and support a network of like-minded individuals who want to work with us to put these principles into practice.
  3. Practice: We will develop guidance, tools, and support to help put the principles into practice.
  4. Power: By connecting these individuals and supporting their learning, growth and influence we will build a movement to change the way society accounts for value.

Our People

Ben Carpenter, CEO
Ben Carpenter is the chief executive of Social Value UK and Social Value International leading a global network of practitioners to develop principles and standards for social value accounting.

Ben is part of the National Social Value Taskforce and the British Standards Industry committee for Social Value. Prior to becoming CEO, Ben was Social Value UK’s Operations Manager developing the international membership, the assurance and accreditation services and led on projects with the OECD, World Economic Forum, Impact Management Project and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Ben’s background in homelessness, social housing and the built environment, affords him experience that spans sectors and an in-depth knowledge of Social Value accounting.
Catherine Manning
Operations Manager

Catherine Manning is Operations Manager for Social Value UK.  Catherine oversees operational activities as a deputy to the CEO, the assurance and accreditation services that Social Value UK offers on behalf of Social Value International and manages the delivery of strategic projects, workshops and training.

Before joining Social Value UK, Catherine worked in the UK Higher Education sector, the public sector and with a variety of UK and international third sector organisations managing organisational partnerships and delivering world-class, meaningful project solutions for clients and partners.

Catherine holds a BA in Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology, as well as an MA in International Development: Public Policy and Management, from the University of Manchester.
Emma Stewart, Office Assistant
Rosie Sparrow
Operations Coordinator

Rosie Sparrow is Social value UK's Operations Coordinator. Rosie supports the Membership Manager in engaging with Members of Social Value UK and helps the Communications and Campaigns Officer in marketing and promoting our training and services. Her role also includes coordinating Social Value UK events as well as undertaking day-to-day administration tasks and ensuring the smooth running of the Social Value UK office.

Rosie holds a BSc in Events Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Before joining Social Value UK, Rosie worked internationally as an English as a Foreign Language Teacher.
Rebecca Harvey
Membership and Networks Manager

Rebecca Harvey is Membership and Networks Manager for Social Value International. Becca manages all individual and organisational relationships assuring the delivery of real value for all our members, and coordinates member benefits including regional meetings, webinars and working groups. She also works with partner organisations to drive collaboration and co-operation. Becca manages all network relationships assuring the delivery of real value for all our members, as well as actively promoting network development

Before joining Social Value UK, Becca worked both in the UK and Internationally for the charity and public sectors delivering strategic and project support.

Becca holds a BA in Geography from The University of Southampton, and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS.
David Thomas
Communications and Campaigns Manager
David Thomas is Communications and Campaigns Manager for Social Value UK. David manages all social media channels, website content, newsletters and promotional materials for Social Value UK. David works alongside partner organisations and Social Value Networks worldwide. David is our lead contact on the How Do Companies Act campaign.

Before joining Social Value UK, David worked in the charity sector in communications as well as a freelance creative copywriter, blogger and music journalist.

David holds an LLB in Law with Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool.blogger and entertainment journalist.
Dr Adam Richards
Projects, Research & Training Manager

Adam joined SVUK in 2016 as Senior Researcher on the European Commission project SPRINT to apply the principles of social value to long-term care for frail older people across 11 European states. Before joining SVUK he lectured at universities for over 10 years and has a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University investigating the legitimising effects of SROI in a social enterprise. Adam has worked with a number of organisations to help them better understand, measure and manage their social impacts. He is also a member of SVUK’s UK Council and acts as a critical friend to the FRC Group, as part of their Social Value Sub-Committee. Currently, as well as working at SVUK, Adam also works with Mantel Gwynedd, the County Voluntary Council for Gwynedd, North Wales, to embed social value into their practices and assist their members.
Tim Goodspeed
Training Manager

Tim Goodspeed has been the Training Manager since 2008. He has a background in economic development and social enterprise. He is an experienced trainer and an Accredited Practitioner. Tim is one of the authors of the Guide to SROI and has written and been involved in many SROIs. He is also a member of the Methodology subcommittee and is actively involved in developing and applying SROI.

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