There’s no better way to explain what makes a good social CEO than by real-life demonstration. But of course we wouldn’t want to sway your nominations. So we took a look outside of the sector to see who is out there behaving like dream #SocialCEOs.
The Labour MP for Tottenham is, as backbench MPs go, a prominent voice on Twitter. He’s passionate, and he’s not afraid to say what he really thinks – even if that means being critical of his own party. His personal commitment to his role and the people he serves shines through. He speaks from his heart, about issues that matter to him and his constituents, and doesn’t hide behind rehearsed, press-friendly soundbites.
I'm sick of the political football. What I want is a political consensus.
After 4 young people have lost their lives in Haringey since Christmas I have not even had a phone call or a meeting with the PM or Home Secretary.
Where is the leadership? pic.twitter.com/1XmjGso9vs
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 5, 2018
Jameela is now a successful American TV star but she hasn’t lost the groundedness that she exuded as a fledgling star on T4 back in the day. She’s been open about her struggles with anxiety as a younger woman, and has this year launched a campaign (and Instagram channel) called “I Weigh”, calling out the press for fixating on women’s weights and encouraging women to value themselves as a whole person.
Dear the Kardashians. And every girl who looks to them for a reference of how to value themselves. ❤️ follow my Instagram account (i_weigh) for a dose of reality and self esteem ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vZMDWy8SfM
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) July 31, 2018
Sathnam brings his whole self to Twitter. An author and journalist, he discovered while writing a memoir that his father had been living with schizophrenia. He has since used his platform to talk about this often misunderstood illness, along with other mental health conditions. His Twitter feed is a wonderful mixture of politics, current affairs, football chat and RTd nonsense. Definitely worth a follow.
Really moved by response to #TheBoyTheTopknot on @bbctwo – thankyou. Lots more info about the book here: https://t.co/4afbDThT4F. @Rethink_ do amazing work on schizophrenia – please follow them, join, donate. It remains the least understood and most stigmatised of diseases.
— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) November 14, 2017
Ok, this one’s not outside the sector at all – but as Kris has stepped away from her CEO role at Coppafeel, she’s technically not eligible for selection this year. Kris founded Coppafeel after her own diagnosis of incurable, stage 4, breast cancer at 23. In the 9 years since then she has continued to defy the odds, and use her platform to promote the early detection message and encourage young people to be proactive about their health. While her official role with the charity has drawn to a close she remains close to them, and a fierce advocate for their work. Her positivity and determination to live well are inspirational. Tweets may also contain cats, because, Twitter.
And they say life is over with stage 4 cancer. Canada, it's wonderful to be back. pic.twitter.com/k1N0bC7Ayq
— Kris Hallenga (@KrisPoB) May 5, 2018
Not just a great social CEO but an all round excellent leader of Timpsons. James shows through his tweets his dedication to and passion for being the very best leader he can. He regularly uses his account to celebrate and thank his colleagues, and shares the extra lengths his company goes to for them (this year all parents with a child going in to reception year got an extra day off to help the settling in process). He also has a fantastic social responsibility ethos. You can tell that he’s an extremely present CEO – visiting stores around the country all the time, and sharing pictures and stories from them. A shining star in corporate world.
Great to meet Matt today, my first ex offender I recruited 15 years ago. He’s still amazing, now a little older (with a beard) and we’re lucky to have him as part of the family.
— James Timpson (@JamesTCobbler) August 25, 2018
All of these Twitter folk bring a sense of openness to their feeds. They talk about challenging topics, using their platform to raise awareness of important issues and connect with people. We think they are all worthy of honorary #SocialCEOs awards – but we need you to nominate for this year’s awards! Tell us which charity CEOs, leaders, trustees and rising stars are doing great things with social media. And while you’re at it, check out the digital categories too! Nominate by midnight on 28th September 2018.