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The Big Society Trust

The Big Society Trust ensures that Big Society Capital and Access - the Foundation for Social Investment remain true to their social mission, with a board containing a mixture of members with broad experience in the social and financial sectors. The current members are:

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley (Chair)

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley has been a Member of the House of Lords since 1997. Chair of the Professional Standards Authority she previously worked in the voluntary sector as Chief Executive of Carers National Association (now CarersUK). She has been Chair of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service and the New Opportunities Fund. She was also a Member of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets.

Robin Budenberg

Robin Budenberg is London Chairman of Centerview Partners, a US based corporate advisory firm. He is also Chair of the Crown Estate and a Non-Executive Director of Charity Bank. Robin was previously Chief Executive and subsequently Chairman of UK Financial Investments, the body responsible for managing the Government's investments in the UK banking industry. Before that, Robin spent 25 years with S G Warburg/UBS advising major UK companies on strategy and corporate transactions. He also advised the UK Government on a number of issues, including the 2008 bailout of the UK banking industry.

Peter Holbrook (ex officio Social Enterprise UK)

Peter Holbrook CBE is Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprises. Prior to taking this role he was the founding CEO of Sunlight Development Trust, an award-winning social enterprise that works to tackle long-standing health and social inequalities in Medway and across Kent. He was appointed a Social Enterprise Ambassador in 2007 and won the Leadership in Regeneration Award in 2008. Previously he worked for a number of commercial and charitable organisations including Marks and Spencer plc, Oxfam and Greenpeace.

Stephen Howard

Stephen Howard LVO is Chair of Thames Reach and the former CEO of Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. He has held a number of different executive and non-executive positions including, Chief Executive of Cookson Group plc, and Chief Executive of Novar PLC. Stephen’s ongoing commitment to helping tackle homelessness on both a national and global scale has resulted in a non-executive directorship for Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, the charity with a mission to eliminate housing poverty. Stephen is a member of the London Enterprise Panel and the Fair Education Alliance. He has also been appointed Chair of Power to Change, an independent charitable trust, and is also Chairman of the National Schools Partnership.

John Kingston (ex officio Access - the Foundation for Social Investment)

John Kingston is the Chair of Access - the Foundation for Social Investment. Previously he was the Founder Director of CAF Venturesome, the Charities Aid Foundation's pioneering social investment fund (2001 - 2011). He chaired the Association of Charitable Foundations from 2010 to 2014, was a non-executive director of Big Society Capital until July 2015 and was a Senior Adviser at Social Finance until September 2015. Earlier in his career, he was a Director of Save the Children UK and before that worked for 3i Group plc. He is a Trustee of HelpAge International and Chair of ReConnections Ltd, a project working to reduce loneliness in older people in Worcestershire.

Harvey McGrath (ex officio Big Society Capital)

Harvey McGrath is Chair of Big Society Capital and has had a long and distinguished career in the international financial services industry, including chairing both Prudential plc and Man Group plc. He is also currently Chair of Trustees for Heart of the City, Birkbeck College, icould, Funding London and Prince’s Teaching Institute. He is also Deputy Chair of the London Enterprise Panel. He is President of CFAB; Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London and Frontline; and Member of the Advisory Panel for Centre for Social Justice and the Advisory Board for Sutton Trust. He has specific involvement with social investment through his roles as Founding Trustee of New Philanthropy Capital and as a member of the Advisory Board of Bridges Ventures. 

David Robinson

David Robinson is the Founder of Community Links and now its Senior Adviser. Community Links works with more than 30,000 people a year through an extensive network of community development projects in East London and it shares the learning internationally through publications, training and consultancy. He is founder and Chair of Shift Design (formely We Are What We Do), co-founder of the Children’s Discovery Centre and currently leads the Early Action Task Force. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Social Finance Ltd and Chairs the Coventry Ignite programme. He was appointed by Gordon Brown to lead the Prime Minister's Council on Social Action.

Helen Stephenson (ex officio, appointed by the Accounting Officer for the Cabinet Office)

Helen Stephenson CBE is Director, Early Years, Child Poverty and Children’s Services Strategy at the Department of Education. Prior to that she was Director of the Office for Civil Society and Government Innovation Group. She led the team setting up Big Society Capital and was responsible for running several of the OCS investment programmes. On joining the Cabinet Office, Helen ran the Charities and Sector Support Team. Helen joined the Civil Service from the Big Lottery Fund where she was Head of Strategic Policy and Partnerships. She has worked for a large national charity as a development manager and  as a researcher and consultant in the statutory and voluntary sector.

Sir Stuart Etherington (ex officio, NCVO in rotation with ACEVO)

Sir Stuart Etherington is Chief Executive of NCVO. Previously he was Chief Executive of the RNID. Stuart is a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union and the Chair of London United. He is chair of the trustees of the Patron's Fund and chaired a cross party review looking at the structure of the regulation of fundraising. He is also an IES Honorary Fellow. He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, former chair of Guidestar UK, treasurer of CIVICUS and chair of CIVICUS Europe, council member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an advisory group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and for the Lord Mayor's Trust Initiative. His Government appointments have included the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit’s Advisory Board on the Voluntary Sector and HM Treasury’s Review of the Voluntary Sector.

If you have any queries concerning the Big Society Trust, please contact Alastair Ballantyne, Company Secretary. 

See latest available Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes