Selnet’s Programme Manager listed in Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2024

Alison Davies, Programme Manager of Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Network Selnet, has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading women in social enterprise by Pioneers Post.

The NatWest WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100) supports women in social enterprise, impact investing and mission driven business to learn from, inspire, connect and collaborate with each other,  and ultimately increase their social impact.

Selnet is the recognised lead for social enterprise in Lancashire and Alison is managing the delivery of the contracts that Selnet secures for Lancashire social enterprises.


It’s so exciting to be included in the WISE100!
2023 was a tough year for all businesses across the UK, the social enterprise sector included. The impacts our sector can achieve are so inspiring to me. Making sure Lancashire social enterprises can access opportunities is what Selnet are here for, and why I love my job. I’m very grateful for this recognition and it’s another platform for promotion of our sector in Lancashire.


Alison joined Selnet’s Building Better Opportunities team in 2016, working with our diverse partners as Project Lead Officer across the BBO projects. This role meant she could combine her professional  experience of contract management and regeneration with service delivery in a front facing social enterprise.

In January 2023, Alison became Selnet’s Programme Manager – where her role included completing and closing EU-funded programmes, continuing our enhanced Under One Roof service for Lancashire County Council and opening Boost’s Flying Start service and new UKSPF projects.

According to research from Social Enterprise UK, the 131,000-plus social enterprises across the UK are more representative of wider society than other businesses, with 58% being led by teams that are at least half female.

The WISE100 awards celebrate the impacts that female social business leaders have achieved, and recognise the diversity of social enterprise and mission-driven business across the country.

As an infrastructure organisation, Selnet deliver a number of programmes that provide and facilitate mutual support for Lancashire social enterprises and also provide business development support.

Liz Tapner MBE, CEO of Selnet said:


This is fantastic news – huge congratulations Alison! I know how much Alison is driven by social enterprises in business for good. Delivering contracts is a fantastic milestone for our sector. Alison supports our delivery partners to build capacity and experience with leads to securing new opportunities.

 There’s been so much change this last year! And for Selnet it’s been a whirlwind with the long-term European projects and key contracts that we developed and managed coming to an end, while the team have continued the Selnet mission to bring in new opportunities through UKSPF, starting and managing brand new UKSPF projects. Alison absolutely deserves this recognition.


To find out more about Alison, visit or @SelnetLtd across social media.



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