Profile of Barbara Beaton

Barbara Beaton has more than 30 years' experience of working both for and with social enterprise. She is a qualified and experienced social enterprise adviser, facilitator, and trainer and works with potential and existing social enterprises, voluntary and community initiatives and related stakeholders to support their development and the development of the social economy through her business Leafhopper Enterprise Support Ltd.
Barbara is south east regional coordinator for SAN and an active promoter of measuring and demonstrating impact. She has delivered support and training about social impact measurement as part of her business providing business development support for the social economy and those interested in its development. She is a social auditor.

Barbara's specialist expertise in social enterprise and the social economy is paired with her practice as a lawyer. Until 2005 she worked as a solicitor specializing in the third sector and legal issues relating to human rights and public sector service provision. She brings practical experience gained from working in a number of different roles for local, regional and national level and including advising on policy and legislative change. This is coupled with experience of working with local rural communities to plan and implement change for local people. She now works with many different groups and bodies, including local authorities, voluntary and community organisations.

Barbara has a degree in Politics and Social Administration and ILM Level 5 Diploma in Social Enterprise support. Roles include: adviser and trainer and facilitator: West Sussex Social Enterprise Network, South East representative for Social Audit Network and Board member, Director KaMSEN CIC, Director KaMSEN [Kent & Medway Social Enterprise Network]