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Meet the CUBE Team

the CUBE team

The CUBE team, is a small hardworking team,
but we all have a passion for making enterprise easy, effective and fun.

Paul Funnell

Paul is a successful businessman, building up his company Concord Cleaning from a one-man business to employing 120 staff with a turnover of c. £2million. After Paul sold his business 5 years ago, he became more involved in charitable projects, hoping to share his knowledge of successful business creation.

Since then, Paul has worked in the creation of a number of social enterprises, with the aims of seeking to improve the employment and self-employment opportunities of homeless and disadvantaged people right through to projects to renovate empty homes bringing them back into use as social housing.

Paul is passionate about these projects and through them is finding ways to engage hundreds of people in enterprise every year.

Richard Lanning

Richard has worked in some interesting and challenging environments to run small businesses.  Over the past decade Richard has managed several start ups including; a social enterprise, an international development charity, his own marketing company and an ecological construction company.

Starting out in logistics gave him a practical problem-solving approach to business systems, before spending several years working in poverty stricken rural Africa tackling some very different problems.  Whilst he may have learnt dozens of management theories studying his degree at Imperial College, he believes it’s the simple rules that work for grassroots business.

Laura Mumford

Laura has extensive experience of supporting the establishment and development of social enterprises, community projects, and small businesses.  Specialising in community engagement and social start-ups, Laura’s recent projects include an innovative empty homes renovation programme and creating the Enterprise CUBE’s online business start-up programme Strive Online.

Laura won the national Young Achievers Future Leaders Award for her extensive work establishing and developing these projects, as well as the Pantene Shine Strong in Business award in recognition of her management roles.  Her work has created more than awards though, she’s created new jobs, apprenticeship opportunities, improved the employment and self-employment prospects of those involved and had a significantly positive impact on local communities.

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Tom Berrill

Tom spent the first 6 years of his career working in reinsurance at Lloyd’s of London, in which time he became familiar with the internal workings of large US insurance companies.  After studying for a part-time Masters degree in sociology and politics, he decided that he wanted to change careers and work in an environment where he could support people in need and generally make a more positive contribution to society.

Tom managed all sorts of amazing projects for the CUBE team, including a buzzing enterprise hub in St Pauls, crowdfunding campaigns and training projects. Tom’s recently headed on to become a fulltime teacher, following his passion for working with young people.

Idaishe Mandinyenya

Idaishe joined the CUBE team in 2014 as our first intern, keen to put her qualifications in Monitoring and Evaluation of development work to full use in helping us to understand the impact that our work is having in communities.  While supporting the running of our business hub and grassroots pop-up shop Ida helped dozens of start-ups.

Ida is now in the Philippines helping lots of amazing international development projects through her work on corporate citizenship. Before leaving the CUBE she helped to map out our evaluation systems, and tried to teach Richard that you don’t have to eat junk food all the time!

Sinéad Armitage

Sinéad has a passion for reducing social inequality, and was excited to be part of the CUBE team that creates opportunities for people through business. Her voluntary work throughout University prepared her well for her role as Enterprise CUBE intern, cementing her enthusiasm for helping individuals and communities, and demonstrating her commitment to assisting people to help them achieve their potential.

She has now gone on from her internship to international development in Latin America. Before leaving the CUBE team she helped to co-ordinate one the most successful Grassroots Enterprise conferences we’ve had and taught the team the important rule that in business there is never a moment that ‘doing the happy dance’ isn’t a good idea.

Sinead Armitage Enterprise Intern

Hamish Fraser

Hamish joined Enterprise Cube as an intern after graduating from Oxford University, where he and a group of friends set up a charity, OneClickGiving. It found an innovative way to raise over £3000 for charities that work with refugees by making a viral video starring Alan Rickman and donating the advertising revenue gained from YouTube. Before joining the team, he also took over sole management of a tech start up, which reinforced both his own entrepreneurial drive and interest in helping other passionate minds join the dynamic world of small business.

John Coburn


John’s a familiar face to housing professionals working to support communities through his past roles, which includes several years at HACT where he was involved in many projects including their Micro-Enterprise loan scheme and the Community Insight software tool that helps organisations gain insights into the needs in their communities.

John works with the CUBE team, helping us to navigate and understand the work of housing associations, who have a unique role as within our communities.

Jani Andersen

Jani  joined Enterprise CUBE as our Training Intern after relocating to London from her home in Sydney in April 2015.

With a background in Digital Marketing and a University Degree in International and Global Studies, Jani used her business and marketing skills to help striving start-ups to create grassroots enterprises.

Jani caught the bug for training entrepreneurs and is now working as a trainer with the Princes Trust, helping young people to start businesses.  Before Jani left the CUBE team she helped us extend our social media and marketing training and inspired the team to new heights of health – after all her 6am workout stories, Tom’s done the three peaks, Laura’s started running, Paul’s walking marathons and Richard’s found the sport of ‘just a cheeky half.’

Jani Andersen Enterprise Intern