End of a year and end of an era…

Hello everyone, this is Steve, founder and Managing Director of Intentionality CIC.  I’m writing to share some big news.

The news is that Intentionality CIC will be closing at the end of this year.

After nearly seven years and having worked with 600 or more social enterprises and charities, and having met, trained, advised or otherwise assisted a few thousand social entrepreneurs, leaders, researchers, staff, volunteers, trustees and more, new things lie ahead…

In short, for quite some time now, I’ve been keen to get back to the ‘frontline’ of social enterprise and social impact, and to ‘practice what I preach’. To that end, I am going to be joining Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), a homelessness and addictions recovery charity in east London, as Chief Executive in January. While I was not really looking for a ‘proper job’, this opportunity was too profound to ignore – it’s right on the frontline of addressing serious social problems and supporting people in real need, and they do that through a model that is strongly focussed on social enterprise, social impact and love (a topic I’ve been very passionate about over the last couple of years).

It has been an incredible pleasure and privilege to run Intentionality, to work with brilliant Board members and Associates, and to be inspired on a daily basis by fantastic social entrepreneurs and their enterprises. It is in part thanks to working alongside LEAP in Norwich, See Change Films, K10 and MyKindaFuture in London, Turtle Dove in Cambridge, Fair Ways in Southampton, and so many more inspiring, impactful organisations that I’ve kept thinking ‘I want to be doing what they’re doing’ over the last year or two.

While I recognise this is big news, it does not feel like a big goodbye and I’m very keen to see how I can keep collaborating, conversing, innovating, partnering and learning with as many of you as possible in my new role. SCT has a brilliant coffee shop called Paper & Cup, just off Shoreditch High Street, and I’ll happily meet you there for a latte and some ‘dreaming and scheming’ as one of my good friends calls it.

For now, I’ll retain this email address (steve@intentionality.co.uk) but you can also reach me on steve@stevecoles.co.uk for personal emails.  I’ll circulate new contact details in due course.

Should you require any help in impact measurement, cost benefit analysis, creating a Theory of Change, evaluating your project, creating an impact report or anything else, our website will continue to feature our amazing Associates and their contact details, or I’d be happy to connect you to any of them. Jess, Neil, Hannah, Amy, Tim, Adrian, Rachael, Steven, James and others have been brilliant to work with (largely because they are all far cleverer and more brilliant than I am) and many of them still offer their skills as freelance consultants.

Thanks for all your support, for your business, for inspiring me and I hope our paths cross again soon.

Have a very Happy Christmas.

Warm regards,