The Founder

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JO GIDEON

Professional business adviser and social entrepreneur. Based Kent and London since 2002, I have strong, cross sector networks and specialise in creating commercial opportunities with community benefit.

  • helping clients articulate a big vision and develop a strategy for delivery
  • working with local government, funders and the business community
  • overseeing major projects
  • troubleshooting at key moments in project delivery
  • ensuring strong governance of funded projects
  • mediation – removing barriers to achieving goals
  • creating and developing a brand
  • leadership training and mentoring
  • exploring commercial options for social enterprises

After 10 years running my decorative paper and stationery business, Papeterie, and 4 years at Canterbury Christ Church University, where I led an international award winning knowledge management project as Head of Commercial Enterprise, I founded The Knowledge Hive, a consultancy which allows me to pursue wide ranging interests, including politics. I was a local district councillor in Thanet from 2003- May 2015, when I stood down in order to fight the seat of Scunthorpe as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in the 2015 General Election.

A former Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives and Operations Director of the Executives Association of Great Britain, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts , I believe passionately in strong leadership and the importance of creativity, brand, reputation, partnership working and maximising social return on investment.

The four core principles of the HIVE – honesty, integrity, vitality and excellence underpin all my work. 

Testimonials:

Julie Waller has recommended your work as Director at Futures for Heroes.

“I am honoured to have had the opportunity of working with Jo on the development of this ambitious and exciting new project. Jo is a true professional, has a strong desire to make a difference and in my opinion has all of the attributes that will make this a truly successful business bringing substantial long-term benefits across the county. Wishing you and your partners continued success.”

Julie Waller, Business Adviser – East Kent, Enterprise First

“Whilst she was Village Champion, Jo had a dedicated, professional, attitude towards the project. She used her entrepreneurial skills to develop the ‘Myddfai’ brand and create a Community Hall and Visitor Centre. Throughout her time in Myddfai, Jo was a constant source of knowledge and encouragement and her ability to communicate at any level was pivotal to the success of the project as a whole.” July 13, 201

Mike Hill, Managing Director, Myddfai Trading Company

“I had the pleasure of working with Jo at Canterbury Christ Church University. Jo is a business savvy strategic thinker and an inspirational leader who is well respected by the business community in Kent. I was particularly impressed by her business acumen and strong entrepreneurial instincts.” June 14, 2010

Eva Hruskova,  Former Business Development Manager, Canterbury Christ Church University