About Us

Our Vision

The aim of Signal is to:

1. Eliminate Poverty within households in the UK
2. Work with business partners who share similar values
3. Enable households to influence policy and co-design local services

We are Seeking Business partners who are:

1. Experiencing complex social issues within their community
2. Looking for an evidence-base to inform and measure transformation
3. Seeking a co-production approach

Who's Who

The Signal team at Transmit Enterprise CIC

Robert Webb
Robert Webb

Robert is a founding director of Transmit Enterprise. He has led the work on developing SIGNAL in the UK. Since he left teaching in the mid-1980s, he has been involved in founding numerous cooperatives and social enterprises in the North East of England. He is a board member of Food Nation, a Community Interest Company with a vision to inspire people about good food, and he sits on the Advisory Board of The Skill Mill, a social enterprise employing ex young-offenders to undertake environmental management work. His work has focussed on building partnerships, building social businesses founded on social value, and improving the life chances of some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Andy Cox
Andy Cox MBA BSc

Andy joined Transmit Enterprise as Director of Innovations in 2017, where he spearheads the implementing of Signal across UK and Europe.

His work also covers consulting jobs with organisations who present exciting challenges such as working as an associate of Edinburgh Napier University researching how Mountain Biking can improve individual and community Mental and Physical well-being.

He is very passionate about 'fighting social injustice' which has been shaped working in the Public sector, in Education as a visiting lecturer at Deusto University, Bilbao on Sustainable Health systems, also a former Director of Business for Mental Health Matters, as well as a former Social Enterprise Consultant with Economic Partnerships Limited and North East Regional Co-ordinator for Social Firms.

Andy Cox
Katharina Hammler

Katharina Hammler is passionate about using data analysis and research to improve the well-being of people around the world. She is the Director of Monitoring & Evaluation at Fundación Paraguaya and has previously worked on evaluations of educational programs in Nigeria and Colombia.

Katharina was born in Austria where she studied Economics, Socioeconomics, and Political Sciences, before earning a Ph.D. in Global Development from Tulane University in New Orleans, USA, on a Fulbright scholarship. Her main areas of interest are poverty measurement and education.

Transmit Enterprise

Transmit Enterprise is a 'think and do' agency which was initially established in 2010 to support vulnerable young people and adults become independent through creativity and entrepreneurial behaviour.

Its growing reputation saw it widen its business offer to supporting and consulting a range of business partners across the social economy.

The incorporation of a stand-out product with international evidence for eliminating poverty enables Transmit to work across sectors and build new partnerships where similar vision and values exist.

Fundacion Paraguaya

Signal is part of a global movement which was originated by the Fundacion Paraguaya.

They are an organisation dedicated to Eliminate Poverty using a methodology known as Poverty Stoplight.

Dr Martin Burt, PhD

Dr Martin Burt is the founder (1985) and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya, an organisation dedicated to the elimination of poverty and partner of Transmit Enterprise.

As a pioneer in applying youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy, technical vocational, microfinance and micro-franchise methodologies, he has also developed the Poverty Stoplight. This new metric is now being implemented in more than 20 countries, including the UK and the US.

Dr Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbank Network. In public service, he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asuncion, and was appointed vice minister of Commerce.

Eduardo Gustale

Eduardo became interested in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability while finishing his degree in Sociology at the Universidad Católica de Chile.

Since then he worked in various roles in that sector including the development of a program called Businesses Without Poverty. The program aims to measure and eradicate multidimensional poverty in private companies using the Poverty Stoplight methodology.

Was elected Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum & Chevening Scholar for an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Warwick. Currently leads the Poverty Stoplight program at Fundacion Paraguaya, an NGO that since its foundation in 1985 has spearheaded microfinance, entrepreneurship and poverty elimination in Paraguay and the world.

Our Ambassadors

We are always looking for sector expertise to build our business partnerships.

Caroline Gitsham MBE
Caroline Gitsham MBE
Housing Sector

Caroline L Gitsham Consulting Ltd is a consultancy to encourage, challenge and inspire people and organisations to enhance their contribution to customers, communities and society. Having worked for over 30 years in the Public Sector, including 15 successful years working at an Executive Level. Caroline is passionate about customer service and making a difference.

She has worked with a variety of partners across a colourful career including working in an advisory capacity to the government and other bodies. Caroline has experience of managing significant resources in challenging environments across a range of agendas. Alongside her enthusiasm, insight and sense of humour, Caroline adds great value to Signal.

Poverty Stoplight
Paul Smissen
Training and Development Sector

Paul has over 15 years experience of working within the third, skills and welfare to work sectors. He is a board member at VODA in North Tyneside,

Director of Business Development within Zenith Training and is the MD of his own Consultancy, Quay Solutions NE, as such has a track record of securing and delivering business growth, profitability and innovation.

When he's not working, Paul enjoys food (both cooking and eating), wine, travel and triathlons.

Dr Martin Burt
Toni Clark

Toni has worked for many years in the Social Economy. She has devoloped and delivered bespoke advice, guidance and mentoring designed to help Social Enterprises and Voluntary and Community Sector organisations become economically self-sufficient and less reliant on grant funding. She has worked throughout the North East of England and in Ireland. She has specialist knowledge of and practical experience of working in Social Care

The UK programme

The UK programme to Eliminate Poverty is operated through a HUB managed by Transmit Enterprise CIC.

Signal, has been developed over a two-year period by Transmit and partners during which time a close working relationship has been established with The Fundacion Paraguaya and the Poverty Stoplight Team.