A growing team


Shaftesbury Partnership is delighted to welcome four new members of the team this month. Esther Foreman and Cherry Parker are supporting our work as delivery partner to the Big Venture Challenge, and will be coaching social entrepreneurs in their networking, supporting our coordination of ‘impact networks’, and contributing to networking events and workshops. Parita Doshi and Polly van Marken have each joined us on a 6-month placement as Associates on the On Purpose programme, and they will be providing direct support to two of Shaftesbury Partnership’s ventures; FranchisingWorks and Social Business Partnership.

Esther Foreman is a social entrepreneur, innovator and coach and has previously worked with Mencap, National Housing Federation, The Hub, Kings Cross, Shelter and Help the Aged. She is a Clore Fellow, a trustee of The National MS Society, and a non-executive Director of IVO.  Esther holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Kings College, London.

Cherry Parker is a trained coach with a background in strategic communications and a postgraduate diploma in Social Marketing from the University of Brighton. Previous employers include the Department of Health, Café Direct, Business in the Community and Social Enterprise UK.  She lives in Greenwich with her husband and young son and is currently setting up a local time bank.

Parita Doshi has over 3 years’ experience within the Financial Services industry, mainly working as a strategy consultant at Oliver Wyman, and holds a degree from the London School of Economics. She has volunteered at Sarvajal, a social enterprise in India focused on providing clean water, and ran an HIV/AIDS charity at university for 2 years.

Polly van Marken joins us from Accenture, where she was a consultant within their Public Service practice.  During this time, Polly was seconded to Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), where she worked on a World Bank sponsored project in Nairobi re-designing Government Services in Kenya. Polly has volunteered with a variety of non-profits, supporting them in their strategic development, and holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Warwick University.

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