Entries by Leigh Gray

Michelle Sharp on Kilmarnock and Social Enterprises | Seeds: Talking Purpose with Steve Moe

Welcome to seeds, a weekly show where we talk purpose with inspiring people making a positive impact with their lives. This episode we learn about a childhood in Mexico, introducing the BlackBerry to Europe with Vodafone, being involved in IT start-ups in England and how all these unique experiences combined to provide a perfect background to working as the […]

Changing Attitudes

Changing Attitudes When Kilmarnock lost a key contract in late 2010, it cast a real shadow over the future of this unique organisation dedicated to providing training and work for people with intellectual disabilities. Seven years later and Kilmarnock is a thriving social enterprise operating out of its own purpose-built premises. Kilmarnock’s dynamic CEO Michelle […]

Global Focus: New Zealand – Pioneers Post

Global Focus: New Zealand In every issue of Pioneers Post Quarterly, we take a look at social enterprise around the world. In our summer edition, it’s the turn of New Zealand. New Zealand has a proud history of social innovation coupled with a unique flavour of creativity and invention which has resulted in one of […]

Kilmarnock: from struggling charity to successful social enterprise | The Social Enterprise Magazine – Pioneers Post

Kilmarnock in New Zealand employs 80 people with intellectual disabilities, delivers commercial contracts for big businesses and is about to launch its own training academy. But just a few years ago the organisation was at breaking point. Marketing manager Islay Rackham tells its story. When I first came to Kilmarnock I discovered a unique organisation, […]

International business gurus tap into global network to support Kiwi social enterprises | Stuff.co.nz

International business experts have jumped on board with Christchurch-based social enterprises to boost productivity and reach those in need. RACHEL CLAYTON Last updated 05:00, June 4 2017 Ethique founder Brianne West (second right) with her mother and SAP mentors Echo Zeng (far left), Mark Goodall, and James Lowe (far right).  No one wants to be told […]

Kilmarnock Enterprises | Inclusive NZ

Ghandi’s famous quote: Be the change you want to see in the world, quite aptly describes how Social Enterprise Kilmarnock Enterprises chooses to operate. Focused on projecting positive attitudes about disability and helping smooth the transition into work for school leavers with disabilities, CEO Michelle Sharp strongly believes that to achieve the organisation’s objectives, projecting the changes […]

Nicola Young: Volunteers are more deserving – NZ Herald

SUNNY BILL: All Black Sonny Bill Williams with daughter Imaan at Auckland International Airport on Wednesday morning. PHOTO/GREG BOWKER Wanganui Chronicle Arise, Sir Richie McCaw. Are these words coming for our Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks captain? Sacrilege perhaps, but I don’t really care. Actually, I’m not sure McCaw is enjoying the continued questions around […]