UK women’s sector advocate, Lisa Hilder, joins Big Society Capital’s Investment Committee this month.
Hilder, who has championed women’s issues for more than thirty years, will from January 2021 join Big Society Capital’s Investment Committee meetings – where nine members meet once every fortnight to monitor performance and review upcoming investment ideas.
Hilder has already worked closely with the social investment sector. During her current role as a Director at the Hull Women’s Network (HWN), she has partnered with Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) to design the Social and Sustainable Housing fund: which has invested £3 million for HWN to buy 49 properties for women fleeing domestic violence since launching in 2019.
As a Director and Trustee for Preston Road Women’s Centre, Hilder has more recently worked with Big Society Capital and fund managers, Resonance and Patron Capital, to shape the Women in Safe Homes fund. Launched in December 2020, the fund aims to raise £100 million towards providing safe and affordable homes for women experiencing challenging circumstances, including domestic abuse.
Hilder has also supported the design and delivery of a National Lottery Community Fund and Bridges Outcomes Partnerships Social Impact Bond which launched in 2018 with the aim of directing more than £7 million towards delivering community-based activities for people experiencing long-term illnesses through social prescribing.
Hilder has replaced Fiona Ellis, who joined the Investment Committee as an interim member in September 2020.
“I have an ongoing and committed interest in social investment and the potential for new funding models to help in the delivery of public sector services, placing responsibility and autonomy for delivery in the hands of local organisations - who know their communities, and have a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities they present.
“Being part of Big Society Capital’s Investment Committee will hopefully help me to shape investment that can generate the best possible impact for communities across the UK.”
Stephen Muers, CEO, Big Society Capital, says:
"We had a fantastic field of candidates for the role, but Lisa stood out due to the relevance of her experience in co-designing social investment solutions to support a range of communities across the UK.
“We’re confident that she will make a strong contribution across the board, and I look forward to hearing her perspective, drawn from her extensive work with local communities to solve social issues.”
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About Big Society Capital
Big Society Capital, the UK’s leading social impact investor, exists to improve the lives of people in the UK through investment with a sustainable return. We unite capital, expertise and ideas to create social impact investment solutions for the UK’s social challenges – spanning homelessness, mental ill health and childhood obesity. With others who have invested alongside us, we have made over £2 billion* of new capital available to create opportunities for investors and enterprises.
*as at end June 2020
About Big Society Capital’s Investment Committee
Chaired by the CEO or the designated Deputy Chair, the Investment Committee is responsible for making investments and for the performance of Big Society Capital’s portfolio of investments and reporting its activity to the Board. All investments made over £10 million also require approval by the Board. The Committee normally meets bi-weekly to discuss potential investments and pipeline.
See the full list of Committee members here.