Want to change the world? So do we.

The Martin James Network was built and exists to support the growth of companies and entrepreneurs who contribute to a better, more inclusive society where individuals are valued, and communities grow and thrive cohesively.

All the companies across the Network use human centred practices and innovative technology to have a positive impact on families and vulnerable individuals, collectively we aim to achieve our vision of a ‘Fearless Future’ for all – creating a safer, more inclusive tomorrow where dreams can be realised without fear, limitation or prejudice.

Fearless Futures – Inspiring others to be bold, kind and courageous.

The collaboration, dedication and support from our committed workforce has lead the Network to have a positive impact on so many lives across the world…

Collectively we focus on creating fearless!

FAMILIES

Martin James Foundation- together we improve children's lives around the world

We are committed to supporting and empowering children, ensuring they grow up in a safe and loving home.

We are committed to supporting and empowering children, ensuring they grow up in a safe and loving home.

FosterTalk- supporting those who care

Providing foster parents access to a greater need of independent support.

Providing foster parents access to a greater need of independent support.

Antser- providing better outcomes for children, adults, families and communities

Antser provides better outcomes for children, adults, families and communities by delivering transformational solutions with innovation, new, and emerging technologies.

Antser provides better outcomes for children, adults, families and communities by delivering transformational solutions with innovation, new, and emerging technologies.

Key Assets- serving children, families and communities

Provide specialised foster care services for children and young people in collaboration with over 10 countries as part of the Key Assets Group.

Provide specialised foster care services for children and young people in collaboration with over 10 countries as part of the Key Assets Group.

Intellect- keeping tax simple

Supporting foster carers, businesses and individuals through expert tax advice services specialising in Personal Tax, Foster Carer Tax, Benefits Advice and Payroll.

Supporting foster carers, businesses and individuals through expert tax advice services specialising in Personal Tax, Foster Carer Tax, Benefits Advice and Payroll.

WE EMPOWER OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS TO STRENGTHEN FAMILY BASED CARE SYSTEMS, TO BETTER PROTECT AND NURTURE THE MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

COMMUNITIES

HolyMoly- bringing back proper mac

Harlem inspired restaurant known for its strong sense of community, food and atmosphere.

Harlem inspired restaurant known for its strong sense of community, food and atmosphere.

EPIC- energy, passion, innovation and commitment

EPIC empowers young people aged 14-25 to change their own futures and become their own boss.

EPIC empowers young people aged 14-25 to change their own futures and become their own boss.

Community Projects

We support and assist local community groups to support children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes.

We support and assist local community groups to support children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Children of the Sun

Provides a safe, nurturing, and non-discriminatory environment for children of African Caribbean heritage to receive cultural and academic support.

Provides a safe, nurturing, and non-discriminatory environment for children of African Caribbean heritage to receive cultural and academic support.

Beatfreeks

A youth engagement and insight agency that connects young people with brands, government and funders so they can influence how the world works.

A youth engagement and insight agency that connects young people with brands, government and funders so they can influence how the world works.

Girl Grind UK

Provides for personal and professional development for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women and girls.

Provides for personal and professional development for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women and girls.

BrumTing

An inspiring youth led business, supported by Martin James Foundation, providing unique products for tourists visiting Birmingham.

An inspiring youth led business, supported by Martin James Foundation, providing unique products for tourists visiting Birmingham.

WE INITIATE AND FACILITATE CONVERSATIONS, LEARNING AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN DIVERSE GROUPS OF PEOPLE

WHAT

HOW

VALUES

What


Our vision is of ‘a society in which every individual is valued and where all dreams can be realised without fear, limitation or prejudice.’
Our unifying mission, as a Network, is to improve social outcomes by reimagining what’s possible and utilising disruptive technology and practice, to unlock human potential.

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How


Our innovative SEED practice model promotes understanding and behaviour change in pursuit of a better world:
  • Self-reflection
  • Empathy
  • Empowerment
  • Disruption
We ask this of our leaders, partners and collaborators as we work together to ensure that no child, young person, employee or citizen gets left behind.

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Values


We are fearless pioneers with a social conscience. We behave at all times in accordance with our values and our SEED practice model enables us with the courage to be curious, caring, candid, collaborative, creative and committed to change for a better world’.
Our values reflect our core identity, how we behave with each other, and how we interact with customers and partners.

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Meet the leadership team

Meet the team leading and growing the network

Jim Cockburn
Jim Cockburn
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MJN

Jim qualified as a social worker in the 1970s and went on to establish numerous, successful businesses over the past 25 years ranging from social care to restaurants and artificial intelligence.  Between them, these companies have employed thousands of individuals in the UK and across the world.

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Ayyab Cockburn
Ayyab Cockburn
Co-Founder and Executive Officer, MJN

Ayyab is a champion of change and has dedicated her career to project management and change roles. She leads the Martin James Network change agenda and is passionate about creating a progressive working environment. Ayyab believes in the power of connection and strives for all the businesses within the Martin James Network to work together to disrupt markets and deliver leading edge innovation.

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Alison Alexander
Alison Alexander
Group Chief Operating Officer MJN

Alison joined Martin James Network in 2021 after two years in Antser – where she led the innovative and ground breaking Virtual Reality behaviour change programme. Alison has spent her life working to improve outcomes for children and young people, especially those vulnerable and disadvantaged. Alison spent ten years in the care system where she learnt much about being a courageous woman – which she took into her professional life to help her make positive change for children. From child in care to Director of Children Services and CEO of a local council – Alison has joined the Martin James Network so she can continue to make change for vulnerable children and young people across the globe.

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Mark Shrimpton
Mark Shrimpton
Group Chief People Director

Mark joined the Martin James Network as Group People Director in August 2019 with over 20 years experience in HR across many different industries. Mark is passionate about driving and continuously improving engagement and diversity across the business. Mark is at the forefront of new and progressive people approaches which reflect and support the company values and the entrepreneurial and innovative approach of the Group. Outside of work, Mark’s married with 2 children (a girl and a boy) and has lived in Birmingham for most of his life.

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Faye Grundy
Faye Grundy
Group Director of Legal & Compliance

Faye joined the Martin James Network as Group Director of Legal and Compliance in December 2019 and brings with her over 15 years experience in legal and governance. Faye is responsible for all aspects of the Network’s legal affairs across the world and leads on the regulatory and compliance strategy keeping each of the businesses updated as to changes within the ever changing legal and regulatory landscape. In doing so she implements governance structures to allow each business to be agile and has the ability to adapt to external challenges ensuring they ebody the Network’s values of entrepreneurialism and innovation. Outside of work Faye lives in Warwickshire with her family.

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