Dave Neilson

Chief Executive

Dave is responsible for the overall strategic management and future direction of Fusion21. He is instrumental in shaping the vision for the organisation, and is a champion for innovation, collaboration and sustainability.

Originally from a background in Building Surveying; Dave has been with Fusion21 since its inception and led on the design of the Fusion21 procurement model. Acting as a strategic change agent, innovator and champion of ethical and social business he has ensured strong growth for the organisation which has procured over £1.1Billion in contracts to date and has grown to national coverage with over 500 members.

A strong networker with high level relationships within the social housing and social enterprise sectors at local, regional and national levels, Dave has considerable non-executive experience in social enterprise, CVS and community interest companies.

His achievements to date saw him named as a finalist in Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” 2013 and “Great British Entrepreneur” in 2014; he is also a member of the E3M Group – a national group of leading social enterprise Chief Executives seeking to support the growth and influence of social enterprise across the UK. He is a non-executive Director of Hospice Quality Partnership and a Trustee of Knowsley Community & Voluntary Services.

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