If you’re here looking for an exciting non-executive director role with an ambitious social enterprise, you’re in the right place…
At Noisy Cricket, we engineer social change. As social innovators, our mission is to build people-powered movements through realising our vision of bringing diverse voices together to co-create solutions to social issues.
Working purposefully and collectively on the root causes of social issues, founder Lauren Coulman, non-exec director Harry Bailey and our partner agencies work to create strategic and cross-sector responses to systemic, cultural and personal challenges in our society, all with impacted people at the heart of the solutions designed.
Using our unique humanity-centred design process to develop strategy, we map out issue-led insights, build communities, shape campaigns and design social products and services. Through our holistic approach, Noisy Cricket’s powerful work empowers changemakers and facilitates social change in health inequality, youth poverty and tech ethics. That’s just through our consultancy work too – we’re also on the cusp of launching our first venture in homeless employment.
In our transition from start-up to scale up, this past year saw us convert to a social enterprise, as well as attract significant funding and sponsorship to fuel our growth. As we look to cement our sustainability and scale our impact, Noisy Cricket needs a curious, courageous and collaborative team to help drive our success.
With ambitions to further strengthen the impact and reach of the cross-sector consultancy – which acts as the engine of organisation – the next stage of growth will involve strengthening our own product base with which to drive and influence change. Developing and financing new ventures is also key, in demonstrating the power of our approach, as well as providing the capital to underpin future ventures and investments.
With a solid base in Greater Manchester, working across the private, public and third sectors, in the next three years, we intend to grow nationally, as our movements grow and take new and exciting forms. Health inequality, youth poverty and tech ethics are our current spheres of influence and addressing social issues such as these – at root cause and with a true sense of community – is essential in coming on board.
As thought-leaders in this space – our founder Lauren Coulman contributes at Forbes.com and writes for issue publications of the likes of Big Issue North – platforming our unique insights into social issues and humanity-centred design is key. As facilitators of change, platforming our changemakers will play a major part in our ambition to grow to a £1m plus turnover enterprise and bring on board design, facilitation and campaign talent in 2021.
Most important, however, is the innovative culture of social entrepreneurialism we want to instil in the organisation, with each individual and organisation we employ, partner with or influence to think differently and model new approaches. Actively listening, courageously caring and being ambitiously hopeful is how we live and breathe as Noisy Cricket. How about you?
Your role as Noisy Cricket’s non-exec commercial director is to help us achieve sustainable growth through driving both social and economic value, build strategic partnerships and explore how we utilise our capital to share power with our team, partners, customers and communities.
You will also be working directly with our founder, Lauren Coulman, and non-exec director, Harry Bailey in driving the strategic direction of the social enterprise, working with the wider team in shaping the culture of our organisation and supporting our consultancy and venture leaders as they look to grow new projects and ventures.
We are looking for a commercial non-executive director who is open-minded, comfortable challenging cultures and systems and is a team player, with an ability to flex across commercial and financial skill sets, work across sectors and with people at all levels of financial literacy.
Most importantly, you’ll want to make the world a more equitable, equal and enlightened place, and that’s why we’re particularly interested in hearing from women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ folk and disabled or neurodiverse people. Being diverse and inclusive simply means we inherently live and breathe the kind of change we want to see in the world.
In supporting Noisy Cricket, we’ll be asking you to focus on:
Commercials: Supporting us on developing pricing, commercial modelling and breakeven analysis for our consultancy work and venture projects
Financing: Understanding of the (social) investment, financing and funding landscape, working with us on bids and pitches to fuel our growth
Financial Management: Helping us establish robust financial practices through ensuring rigour in managing our costs, optimising our revenue opportunities and driving profitability for future re-investment in Noisy Cricket’s work
Financial Advice: Advising us (alongside our accountants) on the tax requirements surrounding social enterprises, research and development opportunities and employee and shareholder remuneration
The role will be predominantly advisory-based, with some research, shaping of tools and processes plus coaching required to support Noisy Cricket’s founder, board and teams.
We’re looking for people who are committed to our purpose, so you’ll initially be brought on board for a three-year term. We expect to move and flex quickly in those three years, so excepting the founding director, anyone who would love to remain involved will be welcomed to reapply for a role on the Noisy Cricket board.
In year 1, you’d be required to spend a minimum of one day a month (usually spread over the month rather than on a given day) on Noisy Cricket support, projects and director’s meetings, with flexibility around existing work projects and commitments.
Year 2 and 3 we would expect this to scale but will be open to discussion based on need and the balance of you and the rest of the board. Our physical base is in central Manchester, but we’re flexible to travel and very comfortable working remotely, so happy to flex based on whatever works best.
As a C.I.C limited by share, demonstrating that social value is valuable is essential. It’s why pro-bono work offers aren’t for us, so for the first three years of your role on the board, we’ll be offering 10% shares to value your time and investment in the organisation.
Excepting the founding director, the shares will be redeemable and without voting rights, and upon leaving your role with Noisy Cricket, will be returned back to the organisation. As directors, we’ll collectively determine whether these are paid in the interim or at the end of each financial year, but what’s important is recognising your contribution.
Stage 1: Expressions of Interest
Simply let us know that you’re keen to play a part in Noisy Cricket’s future and why by filling in this expression of interest form here.
Deadline: Friday 5th February 2021
Stage 2: Initial Chat
We’ll have an initial conversation to clarify any questions you have about the role, its remit and responsibilities, so we’re all on the same page.
Deadline: Friday 19th February, 2021
Stage 3: Experience
You’ll be invited to send across your CV—so we can understand your background—and a case study or proposal which offers insights into how you have or would approach shaping a new venture.
CV gaps, alternative work experiences or careers changes aren’t an issue here. We only want to get a feel of where you’re coming from. The case study or proposal simply need to demonstrate why you’re a great fit for the role.
Deadline: Friday 26th February, 2021
Stage 4: Informal Conversation
This will be a simple chat to explore a little bit more about who you are, your values and what motivates you. No preparation is needed.
Deadline: Friday 12th March 2021
Stage 5: Formal Interview
We’ll be digging a little deeper into your personal and professional experience and strengths. Past skills will be useful here too, but we’re more interested in your abilities and your approach to your work.
Deadline: Friday 26th March, 2021
Final offers will be made and confirmed by Friday 2nd April. Good luck!