David Floyd, Managing Director
David was one of the founders of Social Spider in 2003. He supports, researches and writes about social enterprise and social innovation, specialising in social enterprise development and social investment.
David wrote the booklet ‘Why Social Enterprise? A guide for charities’ for Pilotlight and Social Enterprise UK and has written about social enterprise for The Guardian, The Young Foundation and Pioneers Post. He has lectured on social enterprise at Goldsmiths College, Middlesex University and University of the West of England.
David is non-executive director of Significant Seams CIC, a social enterprise which nurtures self-confidence and community, through textile crafts and traditions and Inpress, the sales and marketing agency for independent publishers in the UK. He is member of the governing council of Social Enterprise UK and a fellow of the RSA and the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Mark Brown, Development Director
Mark joined Social Spider in 2006. Mark supports, researches and writes about mental health, social innovation and social media. He specialises in projects that bring new perspectives and approaches to mental health and the intersection between social innovation and mental health. Mark’s experience of mental health difficulties puts him at the forefront of a wave of innovators in mental health who utilise the insight provided by their lived experience.
In 2006 Mark originated and edited the national magazine for people with mental health difficulties, by people with mental health difficulties One in Four. Including articles on a variety of lifestyle issues, the magazine helped many people with direct experience to their first opportunities to appear in professional print media.
Along with David, Mark wrote and developed ‘Better Mental Health in a Bigger Society?’ an examination of potentials answers to encroaching austerity for the mental health sector.
Mark regularly writes and speaks on the intersection between mental health and innovation. In a keynote speech to the Richmond Fellowship Asia Pacific Conference on Mental Health 2012 in Perth Western Australia Mark launched the concept of The New Mental Health as a next step for people with mental health difficulties becoming service providers.
Throughout 2012 and 2013 Mark worked with Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Mental Health Foundation’s national five year co-produced young people’s mental health and wellbeing project Right Here. He helped them by writing and researching case studies and blog posts, conference reports and supporting the central project team to understand and examine the learning generated by the project. This involvement continues in 2014.
Mark is experienced in facilitating written expression and critical thinking. He has used these skills across a number of creative writing and citizen journalism projects and, most recently, the training of first year medical students in reflective practice for Barts and The London in 2013.
Mark is currently part of the team developing Doc Ready, a webapp to help young people prepare for their first visit to a GP about their mental health.
Mark is supporting Public Health England in the development of their National Mental Health Intelligence Network.
Mark is a well recognised tweeter on mental health and social action, one of Community Care’s top sixty social care tweeters and recently joined the @wenurses team of health tweeters, leading regular mental health themed twitter chats with engaged audiences of health care professionals and patients. In 2013, Mark developed a thought piece for The Office for Disability Issues on social media and Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations. In 2014 he spoke at NHS Innovation in Health Care Expo on the subject of social media and public professionals.
Email: mark at socialspider dot com / Twitter: @markoneinfour
Amy Croome, Deputy Editor and Project Manager – Waltham Forest Echo
Amy joined Social Spider in 2014 and is the project manager for our bi-monthly community newspaper, Waltham Forest Echo.
Email: amy at socialspider dot com / Twitter: @WFEcho