Real Ideas Organisation CEO, Lindsey Hall, has been awarded an MBE in the King’s first official birthday honours list.
Hall received the accolade for her services to social enterprise and the community.
Deputy Prime Minister, Oliver Dowden MP, said: “This year’s honours list is a testament to ordinary people who have demonstrated extraordinary community spirit, and I pay tribute to all those from the south west who have been recognised.
Hall co-founded Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) in 2007 with a mission “to take forward creative changemaking and apply it in a wider context”.
She helped grow it from a single community interest company (CIC) with six staff members to a CIC Group with around 100 people and a turnover of £5 million.
Her achievements include developing the Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ) to support children and young people to set up social enterprises as social entrepreneurs, partnering with the British Council and the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy to support the global growth of social enterprise in schools and renovating several heritage buildings to turn them into creative socially enterprising spaces that support regeneration.