One Year On: Luke Terry, Toowoomba Clubhouse

Luke Terry, Executive Director of the Toowoomba Clubhouse, was recognised as the inaugural Social Enterprise Champion in 2015 for his work in pioneering the social enterprise movement in Toowoomba. A year and a half on, Luke says the award changed his life, starting conversations and opening new doors to drive his aspirations to grow social enterprise in Toowoomba even further.

Over the last 15 years, Luke has worked on 12 social enterprise projects and now leads the Toowoomba Clubhouse, an organisation supporting people who have experienced mental health issues. In 2012, Luke also helped to establish Ability Enterprises, a labour hire business servicing local procurement opportunities and creating employment for people experiencing disadvantage.

Luke’s significant work pushing Toowoomba’s social enterprise market forward attracted the attention of the sector, receiving three nominations for the 2015 Social Enterprise Champion Award and ultimately being selected as the winner.

“It was a real surprise because I’m not one to enter things,