Meet Our Team of Directors:

Scott Darraugh BSc MSc FRSA

Scott Darraugh BSc MSc FRSA

Chief Executive

Scott Darraugh is the Chief Executive of health and wellbeing spin-out, Social adVentures. He is a leading social entrepreneur and an influential voice in the social business sector. Scott has been active in pioneering change in public health services for over 10 years. Scott was a Project Director in NHS Salford  for over eight years, delivering innovative, community based programmes to some of the UK’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

In 2010 Scott became Chief Executive of Social adVentures after leading his team of Public Health Specialists out of the NHS in Salford to create one of the country’s first NHS Social Enterprises. Since launching Social adVentures, Scott and his team have worked to diversify the business and decrease reliance on single contracts. In addition to the health and wellbeing centre, Social adVentures co-own a community garden centre, Garden Needs, and have launched a series of social enterprise childcare nurseries, Kids adVentures.

Scott has a high profile nationally and has been supporting the Cabinet Office’s public service mutualisation agenda acting as an officially appointed ‘Mutuals Ambassador’ and providing insight to the journey he and his team have embarked on through public speaking and workshop facilitation. In 2011 Scott was one of the UK’s Top 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs.

Christian Loftus BSc

Christian Loftus BSc

Business Development Director

Christian Loftus is the Business Development Director of health and wellbeing spin-out, Social adVentures.  Passionate about making change within the community healthcare sector, Christian has been instrumental in identifying new projects for Social adVentures to diversify into.

Christian has led on securing new funding streams and has driven forward the new social enterprise children’s nursery brand Kids adVentures. He also took a significant role on driving forward the launch of the UK’s first not for profit LLP, a way of working which could revolutionise the way public services are delivered in the next few years.

Before joining Social adVentures Christian owned an independent business management and marketing consultancy. He is a member of the National Social Marketing Centre and holds a degree in Industrial Management. Christian was the Director of OWM, a private recycling and waste management firm based in Cheshire for seven years and was previously Head of Marketing for a homewares distribution company.

Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson

Service Director

Kate leads on the delivery and promotion of all services and is the strategic lead for all marketing and communications activity across the organisation.

A former business journalist and communications specialist, Kate has worked across the private sector and is the former chair of a Manchester autism Charity.

 

Ruth Sutherland CBE

Ruth Sutherland CBE

Chair

Ruth Sutherland was appointed Chair of Social adVentures in April 2021. Former CEO of Samaritans UK & Ireland, Ruth holds a number of senior Board roles. She has also held the CEO role at Relate as well as senior positions at Rethink, Alzheimer’s Society and Scope.

Ruth started her career as a hospital cleaner before qualifying as a nurse and building a career in community health, place-based community development and public health. Ruth also brings a sustained interest in addressing inequalities in health and specifically in mental health. Ruth was awarded the Royal College of Psychiatry President’s Medal for services to people with mental illness in 2019 and received the CBE in New Year’s Honours 2020 for service to vulnerable people.