Melanie Bryan OBE
Melanie is a multi award winning entrepreneur. Since founding WhyNotChange in 2009 she has provided bespoke support, training and events to help over 800 people – from businesses, social enterprises, charities and communities – to take their passion and purpose and turn them into greater profit and a positive difference.
Melanie has a particular interest in supporting enterprising women and social entrepreneurs to realise their growth potential, and her work in this respect was recognised through an OBE for Services to Social Enterprise and Women’s Enterprise in the North West in the 2012 New Year Honours.
Her earlier career was spent in management consultancy where she worked with diverse organisations from high potential start-ups to established multi-nationals, supporting them to develop and achieve their strategic objectives. She has also held senior management roles in financial institutions and the Co-operative Group. This provided her with experience of a huge range of companies and working environments. However, it was founding her own organisation in 2009 which Melanie describes as her steepest and scariest learning curve!
Melanie is currently appointed to support a number of funded programmes including the Big Assist Programme (NCVO/Big Lottery) aimed at social enterprises and voluntary organisation; Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme (delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Enterprise) for ambitious small business owners and social entrepreneurs; and the Knowledge Action Network (also delivered by MMUCFE).
Passionate about giving back Melanie also undertakes a number of pro-bono roles including that of a Big Venture Challenge Judge, where she formed part of the panel to select 30 organisations to receive investment of up to £125k each. She is also the visionary and driving force behind the award winning North West Women’s Enterprise Day, attended annually by over 250 women, which is now in its 4th successful year.