A Community Interest Company delivering measurable business results


About Us



Origins



Founded in 2008, our goal as a Community Interest Company is to help the local community through the creation of various projects and schemes designed to improve social welfare. In 2011 the University of Northampton became a key partner to our business and together we deliver a unique business model that is not only a highly profitable business but also benefits the local community.

We fund our work through our business; utilising the revenue stream from our commercial activities to fund our social welfare goals.


 

Business Growth & Assistance

From UK retailers to EU manufacturers, we can support the growth of your business via our extensive network.

Community Welfare

We invest our commercial revenues into social impact projects. Achieve your social responsibility goals at no extra cost.

 

Our Team


Comprising an experienced and highly qualified management team, we use our expertise to deliver exceptional logistical solutions.

  • Graham Tomkins, Founder and Group CEO

    As a hugely successful entrepreneur with multiple business interests and commercial experience, Graham lends his high degree of financial understanding and prudence to Goodwill.
    View Graham's LinkedIn profile.

  • Damian Pickard, Strategic Development Director

    Damian is a professionally qualified Accountant, Treasurer and Higher Education Teacher. He has a wide range of experience, undertaking Board level leadership roles in Banking, Education and Social Enterprise companies. He has managed professional teams, along with large practical and technical programmes in both the private and public sectors. As well as fulfilling an NED role on the Group Board, he is also working for the Goodwill Solutions CIC subsidiary to manage its Building Better Opportunities Lottery Fund programme and develop the Groups Social Impact programmes with a wide range of partners, aimed at helping disadvantaged groups of people. View Damien's LinkedIn profile


  • Phil Anderson, Chair

    Supporting the development of an award-winning logistics and distribution business that delivers enormous social benefits. Phil is a Board Advisor, Coach and Mentor and Owner and founder of Northern Powerhouse Marketing, with expertise in Business strategy, sales and marketing including digital expertise, disruptive players, start-ups and SME’s as well as Plc’s and private equity (MBI/MBO). Phil’s career includes executive roles with the likes Ford Motor Company, Gillette, Sensodyne, Thorntons, Littlewoods, Damart, PJH Distribution and Logistics where he successfully completed a P/E MBI and ultimate trade sale.
    View Phil's LinkedIn profile.

  • Les Flanagan, Non-Executive Director

    Les Flanagan is a highly experienced business leader having spent over 45 years working in the UK third party logistics industry. During this time he has successfully lead large scale logistics businesses for a number of large UK 3pls. Prior to starting his own logistics consultancy business in 2011 Les held Managing Director roles with Tibbett & Britten Group for 10 years and Wincanton PLC for almost 7 years. In both these roles he was responsible for the UK/I Retail divisions and shared user warehousing operations. View Les's LinkedIn profile

  • Dr Mairi Watson, Non-Executive Director

    Dr Mairi Watson is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Student Experience at the University of Hertfordshire. Mairi has previously held posts at University of Northampton where she worked from 2012 to 2020, most recently as of Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and previous roles as Head of Postgraduate Programmes, Head of Postgraduate and Corporate Programme and Deputy Dean in the former Northampton Business School. Additionally, Mairi has held academic posts at De Montfort University as Head of Corporate Programmes and as Principal Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Before working in Higher Education, Mairi worked in a range of operational and leadership roles in prisons in England and Wales, including as a prison officer and governor, as well as in secondments to the then Home Office and HM Prisons Inspectorate. View Mairi's LinkedIn profile.

  • Wray Irwin, Non-Executive Director

    Wray Irwin is the Director of Enterprise and Employability at the University of Northampton (UK). He has been involved in social enterprise and entrepreneurship as both a practitioner and strategic actor for over 20 years. He was CEO of Northamptonshire Cooperative Development Agency, a founding director and Chair of Social Enterprise East Midlands, and a member of the East Midlands Co-operative Council. His roles at the University have included being the Social Entrepreneur in Residence, deputy Director of Social Enterprise, and Head of the Changemaker Hub. In 2014, in recognition of his contribution in starting and supporting over 300 social enterprises he was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, Life-Time Achievement. In his current role, Wray is responsible for the enterprise strategy at the University, alongside employability, community engagement, equality and inclusion and he is one of two Ashoka U Change leaders View Wray's LinkedIn profile

A truly social enterprise



Goodwill Solutions is a fantastic organisation; a profitable and dynamic logistics business with a social mission that is embedded throughout its team. It’s philosophy is to do good through enterprise, and it richly deserves this fantastic award

Professor Simon Denny
Holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion