Profile of Sue Osborne

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Sue Osborne is SAN’s newest approved Social Auditor. 

Sue Osborne is a seasoned senior leader with experience spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. Her areas of expertise lie in strategic planning, business development and project management and she is also a naturally positive and energetic team-leader and facilitator.

Sue is currently the Director of the Yorkshire, Humber and North East School for Social Entrepreneurs, an organisation that supports individuals to start, scale and sustain social enterprises, charities and community businesses (www.the-sse.org).  Sue leads SSE’s programmes across these two regions, which currently support approximately 140 social entrepreneurs per year. Part of Sue’s role includes working closely with a wide range of social enterprises and charities, supporting them to prepare a range of reports evaluating their social impact.

Prior to joining SSE in 2013, she worked for several years as a business consultant working specifically in the areas of fair trade and social enterprise and authored a book entitled “Shared Interest, investing in a Fairer World”. This was based on her almost six year tenure as Business Development Director of Shared Interest, an ethical investment cooperative which successfully grew its share capital to over £26m, lending money to 101 Fair Trade businesses in 36 countries across the globe.

Sue’s interest in social accounting started during her time at Shared Interest, when her team successfully pioneered the first set of social accounts for the organisation.  Shared Interest has since gone on to develop their social accounting process, winning a number of awards along the way. Sue concluded her social auditor training, chairing the panel that audited Shared Interest’s twelfth set of social accounts.