MEET THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Claire Dove OBE
Claire has been a key player in the social enterprise movement since the early 1980s and has led the Blackburne House Group since its inception, using her entrepreneurial skills to help the organisation grow into an award-winning and extremely successful social business.
Director of Projects and Business Development
Andrea is a successful social entrepreneur and currently the Director of Projects & Business Development at Blackburne House, managing a portfolio of projects and business areas. Known for her ability to transform enterprise and project ideas into meaningful business operations she has a proven track record in delivering social and economic change and improvement. Her creative outlook and ability to support fellow entrepreneurs has enabled many businesses to transform their activities and grow their client base and turnover. An experienced Business Mentor and Action Learning Facilitator Andrea continues to support individuals and businesses to deliver positive social impact across communities.
Andrea Deary FCCA
Director of Strategy, Planning and Business Support
Andrea is an FCCA qualified accountant with a background in senior leadership and transformational roles within the FTSE 100 Financial Services Sector. She started at Blackburne House as a student in 2010 when pursuing some further development opportunities and joined the Board shortly afterwards. She spent 3 years as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance Committee before joining the Executive Team in 2013. Andrea works part-time at Blackburne House and has leadership responsibility for our Finance, Nursery and Catering teams and supports the Senior Leadership Team and Board on Strategic Planning.
Director of Learning
Colette is a member of Blackburne House's Senior Management Team, who has worked her way up the ladder starting as a Volunteer to holding senior positions in FE. She has over 25 years experience in FE, developing and setting up and managing education & training provision and contracts across the country. Colette is responsible for all aspects of contract management, curriculum and educational development. Prior to joining Blackburne House, Colette was also Director of her own consultancy business, supporting other social enterprises, stakeholders and training providers. In her earlier years, she was a scenic artist at the Liverpool Playhouse. Colette has also been writing personalised poetry for many years, which she loves to do in her spare time.