Jess Cordingly


About Jess…

What attracted you to working at Lankelly Chase? The opportunity to put everything I’ve learnt about social innovation into use and to drive solutions to some of our toughest social problems. I have spent the last seven years learning how to encourage, set up, grow and finance social organisations – from charities to social enterprises to campaign organisations to socially-driven businesses. But too often I felt frustrated that many of these ideas and organisations didn’t tackle the root cause of the social issue they aimed to address. They became another service, swallowed up by ineffective systems.

Lankelly Chase focuses on ideas that disrupt and reform whole systems. By encouraging social innovations in this field, we can create real change and tackle and prevent severe and multiple disadvantage.

Ask me about…innovation, social investment, early stage social ideas and turning these ideas into action, growing organisations and (secondary) education.


Content by Jess Cordingly

  • Blog Post

    What we have learnt about ‘power’ so far

    Power emerged as a theme through Lankelly Chase’s and our partner’s work on the systemic causes of multiple disadvantage. From place-based change to social innovation, our partners and colleagues kept telling us that sharing power and...

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  • Blog Post

    Addressing Adversity in Birmingham

    We were so proud to share our work with schools, families and young people in Birmingham in Addressing Adversity: Young Minds' important work on understanding and responding to adverse childhood experiences. The launch of this report feels...

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