Craig Dearden-Phillips MBE
Craig Dearden-Phillips is the Founding MD of Stepping Out, a pioneering business helping public services to become a social enterprise. He also chairs its new social start-ups fund, the Stepping Out Foundation. A serial social entrepreneur, Craig is the Founder of the UK disability social enterprise, Speaking Up (now VoiceAbility), and is co-founder of several smaller civil society organisations. Craig is also a trustee of Impetus Trust, a venture-philanthropy charity. Author of Your Chance to Change the World, a best-selling business book for new social entrepreneurs, Craig is an occasional columnist for The Guardian, as well as a regular speaker. He lives in Suffolk and likes to go running. Craig’s wide and ever-growing social enterprise network has enabled How To Step Out to come into being and his is the voice that guides you through every chapter.
Mark conducted and collated the primary research that forms the heart of How To Step Out. He also assisted directly in the writing of Craig’s previous book and is an Associate of Stepping Out, having now worked directly with several public sector spin-outs. Mark has authored several books on branding and marketing in his own name, including Nice Little ERNIE, about the growth and social history of Premium Bonds and Guinness Is Guinness: the colourful story of a black and white brand. A former senior employee of The Body Shop – where he was ghostwriter to Anita Roddick – and Interbrand, Mark now runs Ideal, his own values-led consultancy specialising in wordsmithing, branding consultancy and CSR communications for a varied range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations.