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CEO of Seaham-based UMi joins B Lab UK board of trustees

Feb 20, 2023 | Business

Nicki Clark OBE, Chief Executive of business support consultancy UMi, has been appointed to on the board of Trustees for B Lab UK, the non-profit network championing B Corps and driving high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency in business.

Joining a board of fellow pioneering leaders that are paving the way in social and environmental accountability, Nicki’s presence will provide a fresh perspective, drawing upon her experience leading an innovative, employee-owned business that has helped over half a million businesses set up and grow across the UK.

The appointment follows shortly on from UMi gaining its B Corp status last year, becoming the first business support consultancy in the region to receive this. The consultancy was evaluated on more than 200 criteria across five categories including governance, environment, workers, community, and customers and exceeded the benchmark rating of 80 required to achieve B Corp status, receiving a high rating of 121.

Committed to purpose led business support, Nicki and her team launched the #CostofTradingCrisis campaign to help businesses through a challenging financial climate. In this latest role, Nicki will help support B Lab UK to achieve its ambitious plans across the UK and its role as part of an incredibly global network.

Commenting on her latest appointment, Nicki Clark OBE and Chief Executive of UMi said: “B Lab UK plays a pivotal role in delivering the ambitions of the B Corp movement in the UK, championing the message that places equal emphasis on people, planet and profit  I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with such forward thinking leaders who are committed to driving a more balanced and sustainable approach to business.”

Dr Mary Johnson-Louis, Chair of the Board of Trustees at B Lab UK said: “I’m delighted to welcome Nicki to the board. Nicki’s appointment reflects not just the skills and experience we need in this season but also our conviction that to realise our mission, we will need to work with a wide range of stakeholders across the UK. I look forward to working alongside her.”

Founded in 2006, B Lab UK’s mission is to inspire and enable people to use business as a force for good. The organisation has offices spread across Australia, East Africa, mainland Europe and North and South America.