Jen Van der Merwe – director

Jen and the Kindred team work with socially-trading organisations (STOs) to grow their businesses and their individual and collective social impact across Liverpool City Region.

After spending nearly a decade running a large socially-trading organisation in Liverpool, Jen understands the opportunities and challenges facing STOs and the vital role STOs play in the revitalisation of neighbourhoods, communities and people’s lives.

Jen has set up and led partnership programmes with community-based organisations and not-for-profit organisations internationally, pioneering programmes with Stanford University and The American Institute for Foreign Study. Jen spent eight years working in the township communities of South Africa, gaining an understanding of transformational impact that the social economy can have on communities and life chances of those reaping the social benefits.

Jen holds a MA in Cities, Culture and Regeneration and a BSc. in Geography from the University of Liverpool.

Jen is a mum of two young boys, enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling.