Dr Wil Gibson is Co-Vice Chair of the Plunkett Foundation.  Wil is a social enterprise expert and former chief executive at Suffolk ACRE, a social innovation agency for over 10 years. In that time the organisation had undertaken substantial work in the areas of Community Led Planning, Social Enterprises, Rural Regeneration and promoting rural issues generally, as part of the organisation’s strategic influencing role. Academically Wil’s area of study has been within Sociology of Development and his PhD looked at developing a sustainable development model for the Micro-states of the Eastern Caribbean. Until 4 years ago Wil was a County Councillor and Parish Council for 15 years. Within that capacity he was actively involved in initiatives aimed at modernising the workings of the Council both at the first tier and at the principal authority level.