Our Talent


BU’s team is a network of collaborators whose collective experience spans the private, public and non-profit sectors. We bring to our services a solid understanding of different organisational cultures and needs, and have a unique cross-sector understanding.


Davina Pilkington, Founder & Director

Davina's multi-sector career started in the non-profit sector,  managing infrastructure projects and developing corporate partnerships. The initial idea for BU was sparked while Davina was working for the City of London Corporation, developing and assessing the impact of Social Responsibility activities of over 50 City firms, as well as working on internal programmes in areas such as Responsible Procurement. Here, she and colleague Corinne Thomas realised a shared vision that they later developed into the foundations of BU. 

Davina also has a background in assessing the impact of social finance activities.


Jane Boswell, Consultant

Jane is a freelance Corporate Responsibility professional with over 10 years' experience in CSR management roles in the financial and media sectors. Her specific areas of expertise include developing community engagement strategies, managing charity partnerships, sourcing and co-ordinating volunteering schemes, co-ordinating CSR communications, fundraising and running environmental programmes.

Jane is studying part-time for an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge Business School.

Samantha Dodd, Consultant

Samantha is a freelance project management professional with a unique blend of experience in strategic HR, employability and education. Her particular expertise is working with organisations to build community and workforce strands of CSR activity.

With over 10 years' experience building relationships between the public, private and community sector, Samantha helps organisations solve problems through maximising their best asset- their people.


Jasmine Gartner, Consultant

Jasmine is a highly experienced researcher, writer and trainer. She is a social anthropologist, with a focus on work cultures, employee engagement and change management.

She taught Cross-Cultural Studies for International Business majors for years before moving to London in 2008. Jasmine regularly provides training on information and consultation, employee engagement, unconscious bias, and diversity and inclusion.

“I have worked with Business Unusual on a number of occasions . They provide a unique insight on the perspectives of SME and social enterprise businesses; and the benefits of utilising these type of business models. They provide a highly strategic insight when required and also ‘hands on’ support when strategies need to become reality! I have no reservations about recommending Business Unusual and they will continue to be a valued partner in my role at Mitie.”
— Tyron Stalberg, Strategic Relationship Manager (Housing), Mitie