Colin Crooks

Colin Crooks is the Chief Executive and founder of Tree Shepherd, a social enterprise which focuses on promoting and supporting social enterprises in the UKs most marginalised communities. He is also the author of “How to Make a Million Jobs – A Charter for Social Enterprise”, which was published in September 2012.

Colin has a successful track record in establishing and running social enterprises spanning over 20 years, working with large corporate and governmental clients to deliver environmental and social objectives.

In 2000 he founded Green Works, which employed marginalised groups, including homeless people and ex-offenders, and was the first business to recycle office furniture on an industrial scale.

He has run a number of waste and recycling businesses and has experience in training and employing unemployed people to recycle computers, white goods, furniture, plastics and metals. He also provided waste consulting to business through his consultancy 3Re (Rethink, Revise, Recycle).

Colin was also a local councillor with responsibility for the environment and sat on the Western Riverside Waste Authority, a statutory Waste Disposal Authority. He is a Trustee of London Community Resource Network and a council member at SEUK and he regularly delivers witness sessions for the School for Social Entrepreneurs and for Common Purpose.