Rick Rijsdijk

Rick Rijsdijk

Title: Founder and Director
Tel: 07786 735 762


Rick is a founding Director at the Social Value Lab and one of the most experienced social impact measurement specialists in the UK.

Rick’s big passion is social enterprise; generating profit while doing good. Over the years he has also developed a particular interest in new approaches to community capacity building, the community control and management of assets, and the role of third sector in public sector reform. He understands what makes organisations tick and brings expertise in developing the third sector in many fields: arts and culture; social care; community transport, community health; addictions; community food; youth services; employability; learning disability; and regeneration.

He brings a long and varied track record, working in the UK, Holland, and the Philippines. His career spans spells as a senior researcher, local government officer, private and third sector management consultant, and director and manager of a number of successful social enterprises. His technical expertise in business planning, financial modelling and impact measurement has developed alongside his hands-on work in communities.

He is known for his expertise in social impact measurement, and Social Return on Investment (SROI) in particular. He is a trained SROI-evaluator, one of a small number of accredited SROI practitioners in the UK, and a member of the SROI Network’s Assurance Panel and Methodology Working Group.


  • Social enterprise development
  • business planning and financial modelling
  • social impact assessment
  • project and programme evaluation
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)

Professional Networks

Social Research Association

SROI Network Member and Accredited Practitioner

Social Impact Analyst Association (SIAA) Member


  • LLB Business Law, University of Utrecht
  • BA Arts History, University of Utrecht

Passionate about

  • Social enterprise
  • Communities taking control
  • Value in its broadest sense
  • New economics
  • Complicated sums
  • International adventure

Bored by

  • Theory over practice
  • Over-engineered solutions
  • Unethical business practices