SocialPioneers™ is the Social Transformation Agency for government and civil society.


Getting the Right Results

Transformation is a demanding and rewarding business. It requires the vision, passion and commitment to develop people and organisational cultures, and the ability to respond and adapt to complex challenges and changing environments. Above all, it takes courageous leadership to ‘get it right’ and deliver enduring results. We work closely with our clients to ensure strategic and operational alignment, and significant and sustainable outcomes.

The following case examples demonstrate how SocialPioneers™ has worked with clients at various stages of their development to help them achieve their aspirations and goals.

student in woodworking workshopProject

The Green Employability Project  (Public Sector Pilot)


The National Offender Management Service  (Executive Agency)
Green Reparation CIC  (Social Enterprise)

Assignment Objectives
  • To develop a new intensive, high quality, low cost Community Payback model  to reduce re-offending
  • To integrate probation, employment and training services to improve offender employability and job prospects in the expanding green economy
  • To use the unpaid work of offenders to tackle climate change needs which are not commercially viable
Key Outcomes
  • Successful pilots run with Probation Trusts in Wales, Merseyside and Devon capturing best practices
  • Enhanced collaborative working between Jobcentre Plus, the Work Programme and Probation nationally and locally
  • Establishment of a model for replication attracting UK and international interest
Nature of SocialPioneers’ engagement

Public Service Design and Delivery:  Enterprise Modelling

SocialPioneers designed the model, raised £250k to fund the pilots, established the national programme board and local pilot arrangements, and project managed the 18-month programme.

Our selected Experts had experience of probation at CEO level, work with NOMS Board, policy and strategy assignments with the public employment sector, founding an environmental social enterprise, and technical specialisms in design and production of project and training materials.

SocialPioneers Transformation Leaders with certificates and Milton Keynes MayorProject

Transformation of the Palestinian Ministry of Justice (Government Ministry)


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office  (Central Government)
The Palestinian Authority  (Government Administration)

Assignment Objectives
  • To create a step change in the Ministry’s services to improve the experience of the justice system for Palestinians
  • To build Ministry leadership and management capabilities to advance and operate as a high performing Ministry
  • To provide a transformation model to roll out to other Ministries in Palestine
Key Outcomes
  • Establishment of an internally driven transformation programme with a board chaired by the Minister, trained transformation leaders and staff engagement involving all employees
  • Production of a number of firsts — the Ministry’s first vision statement, private sector mentoring partnership, transformation plan and projects, and civil society and staff consultations
  • SocialPioneers Ministry Transformation Programme™ to be applied in other Ministries in partnership with the Palestinian Authority General Personnel Council
Nature of SocialPioneers’ engagement

National Governmental Reforms and Programmes: Systems Transformation and Leadership Coaching

SocialPioneers visited on 21 occasions over a 2.5-year period, providing coaching and mentoring to the Minister and senior and middle managers, steering the process and providing transformation tools and technologies. Intensive training was provided by SocialPioneers Transformation Leaders Academy™ in Milton Keynes.

Our selected Experts had experience of establishing the UK’s Ministry of Justice at Director level, transformation of large public sector organisations, design and reform of public services including the justice sector, working with government Ministers, international development including rule of law and governance, and technical specialisms in consensus building, consultations, executive coaching, mentoring and training.

Smiling children in playschoolProject

Growing Steps  (Potential Pubic Service Mutual)


The Cabinet Office  (Central Government)

Assignment Objectives
  • To enable a new parent and staff mutual social enterprise to competitively tender to spin-out and run Sure Start children’s services in a multi-ethnic inner city borough
  • To build governance capabilities to become independent of the Local Authority
  • To develop plans for growth and diversification to become a sustainable social business
Key Outcomes
  • Clarity of organisational vision, mission, and social value
  • Strong and united board representative of the community, with consensus on goals and plans
  • Comprehensive and competitive tender
Nature of SocialPioneers’ engagement

Social Action Value and Impact:  Leadership Coaching

SocialPioneers facilitated training and consensus building workshops and worked closely with the entire Board, coaching them to enable the parents and staff to produce their business plan and bid to provide best local social value children’s services.

Our selected Experts had experience of Local Authority children’s services at senior management level, inner city community development work, and technical specialisms in social value evaluation, bid writing and coaching.

fly-tipping of appliances on grass vergeProject

Streetwise  (Potential Spin-out Social Franchise)


Rushcliffe Borough Council  (Local Government)

Assignment Objectives
  • To determine the viability of options for spinning out some of the Local Authority’s environmental services as a social enterprise
  • To develop a social franchising model for a spin-out that would enable the Council to gain an income stream whilst enabling growth and diversification for the business
  • To establish a transition programme to prepare members, staff and operations for a successful launch
Key Outcomes
  • A set of environmental services under the brand “Streetwise”, with a business case for spinning out as a social franchise, approved by the Council
  • The relevant staff commercialised the business and its operations, and identified market opportunities
  • The Cabinet Office Mutuals Support Programme approved funding to support the spin-out and launch
Nature of SocialPioneers’ engagement

Local Government Reforms and Programmes:  Options Exploration and Enterprise Modelling

SocialPioneers facilitated a staff consultation and consensus building process to explore options and their implications, helped present the preferred option to members, and advised on the establishment of a programme and set of projects to develop the new enterprise and resolve spin-out issues.

Our selected Expert had experience of environmental social enterprises at Director level, creation of new social businesses, working with Local Authority CEOs and members, establishing transition programmes, ownership of social franchises, and technical specialisms in consensus building and business franchise models.

SocialPioneers™ is an international leader in social transformation and the world's first 'Social Transformation Agency'.

We offer independent expert advice, services and support to governments, public service agencies, and communities.

We specialise in building leadership capabilities, transforming public services and generating social value for civil society.

Collaboration is a key element of our strategy and we nurture relationships that enrich and support our mission.

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