Andrew Brady

Senior Lecturer, Leadership and Management

Director, 3rd Sector Futures

Course Leader, BA Charity and Social Enterprise Management

3rd Sector Futures

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Leadership and Management Staff - beta version

Location: Chelmsford

Andrew is a specialist in leadership and management for charities social enterprises and voluntary organisations with responsibility for learning, research and consultancy in this area.

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After a career encompassing teaching and management in the private and public sectors, and most notably the third sector, Andrew joined Anglia Ruskin in 2001. In 2008 he established 3rd Sector Futures as a specialist unit within Lord Ashcroft International Business School, in order to give a clear identity to their work with charity and social enterprise.

Their Cert HE, Foundation Degree and BA in Charity and Social Enterprise Management launched in 2011 and has attracted over 120 students from across the UK. Alongside the suite of courses, 3rd Sector Futures is active in research and consultancy, for example in undertaking Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis.

Research interests

  • Social enterprise and social entrepreneurship
  • Social network analysis and entrepreneurship

There is much interest in the way entrepreneurs use their networks to gain competitive advantage for their business, by accessing market information, meeting new clients, or opening up new sources of finance. Andrew’s interest is in extending this research field to encompass social entrepreneurship.


Andrew is course leader for all levels of the BA in Charity and Social Enterprise Management, and tutor for Third Sector Leadership and Management and Social Enterprise modules.


  • MSt Community Enterprise, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • BA English Literature and Language, University of Salford

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • External examiner, University of Ulster
  • Associate Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Selected recent publications

Book chapters

Brady, A. (2011) ‘Social enterprise and Big Society’ in Stott, M. (Ed) The Big Society Challenge Keystone, Thetford, pp 134-144

Brady, A. and Haugh, H. (2014) ‘Social entrepreneur networks: the role of context in social networks and resource acquisition: a comparison between the UK and Turkey’ in Douglas, H. and Grant, S. (Eds) Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise: Context and Theories

Articles in journals

Brady, A. and Haugh, H. (2007) ‘Social entrepreneurship and networks’ Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services 6 (3) pp 29-44

Recent presentations and conferences

Brady, A., Haugh, H. and Boyer, G. (2009) ‘Mapping social entrepreneur networks in Turkey and the UK’ at Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) conference, 1-2 June 2009, Kadir Has University, Istanbul

Brady, A, Haugh, H. and Boyer G. (2009) ‘Social entrepreneurship networks in the UK and Turkey’ at Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference, 3-6 November 2009, Novas Centre, Liverpool

Brady, A. and Haugh H. (2011) ‘Network in progress: how ties between social enterprises developed during a learning programme’ at 3rd EMES International Research Conference, 4-7 July 2011, Roskilde University

Brady, A. and Haugh H. (2012) ‘Theorizing Social Entrepreneur Networks’ at International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) conference, 10-13 July 2012, University of Siena

Media experience

Interviewed for Look East (regional TV) on social media trends in fundraising, and online giving.