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. Meet the current members.

  • Dame Clare Tickell (Chair)

    Dame Clare Tickell serves on the Board of the NAO. From 2005 -2013 she was Chief Executive of Action for Children after which, from 2014- 2018 she was CEO of Hanover Housing Association, one of the UK’s leading national providers of housing and services for older people.

    Clare qualified as a social worker at Bristol University in 1984 and worked for social care and housing organisations including Centrepoint and Stonham Housing Association. She was a commissioner on the RSA 2020 Commission into Public Services, a former Board Member of Guinness and a Fellow of the RSA. In 2010 she was asked by the Children’s Minister to carry out an independent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). From 2011-2013 she Chaired the Commission on the Future of Hospice Care, and more recently, in November 2014 became Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation. Clare also led on the Peer Review of the LGA early in 2015.

  • Robin Budenberg

    Robin Budenberg CBE is Chair of the Crown Estate. He is also London Chairman of Centerview Partners, a US based corporate advisory firm 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

    Peter Holbrook CBE is Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprises. He joined SEUK in 2010 after running a social business for 10 years. He was appointed a Social Enterprise Ambassador in 2007 and won the Leadership in Regeneration Award in 2008. Peter works in the UK and overseas to promote social enterprise business models and support the development of supporting ecosystems. He is a non-executive director of four UK social enterprises and a former chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum.

  • Stephen Howard

    Stephen Howard LVO is Chair of Power to Change, an independent charitable trust, which he joined after retiring as Chief Executive of Business in the Community, after 11 years in post. Stephen brings a wealth of senior management experience in the corporate sector. He has held a number of executive and non-executive roles including Chief Executive of Cookson Group plc and Novar plc. His other current roles include: Chairman, Thames Reach; Director, Big Issue Social Investments Limited; Trustee, American International Church; and Director, Thanda UK.

  • Nicola Pollock

    Nicola is Director of the independent funder John Ellerman Foundation, where she develops the strategic direction of the Foundation and advises on governance and grant making. She has a background in providing, developing and supporting advice services and policies at national, regional and local level, before joining the newly formed National Lottery Charities Board, where she was based in the North East of England. Nicola previously worked for the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is a trustee of Local Trust and London Football Journeys, and chairs the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action.

  • John Kingston

    John Kingston OBE 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.

  • Sir Harvey McGrath

    Sir Harvey McGrath has had a long and distinguished career in the international financial services industry, including chairing both Prudential plc and Man Group plc. He is currently Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College, Chair of Trustees for Heart of the City, icould, and Funding London. He is a Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London and Member of the Advisory Board for Sutton Trust. He has specific involvement with social investment through his roles as Founding Trustee of New Philanthropy Capital, as a member of the Advisory Board of Bridges Fund Management and as a social investor.

  • Jo Fox

    Jo Fox is a Senior Commercial Specialist in the Infrastructure & Projects Authority and Head of Public Private Partnerships. She led the Government’s review of the Private Finance Initiative (2011-12) and has a strong track record in policy development and leadership and the commercial and financial structuring of public private partnerships and infrastructure projects. Jo set up HM Treasury’s PPP equity investment unit and is a director of Treasury’s investment companies, and the Government-appointed director to a number of project companies delivering infrastructure projects. Jo joined the Civil Service from KPMG where she worked in the Consulting and Corporate Finance practices before joining HM Treasury’s Corporate & Private Finance team.

  • Sir Stuart Etherington

    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.

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