Big Society Capital appoints veteran charity trustee as chair

Robin Hindle Fisher, who has sat on the boards of charities over the last two decades including Scope and the Family Fund, has been named as the next chair of social investment organisation Big Society Capital.

He takes over from Harvey McGrath, who is stepping down after eight years in the role.

Hindle Fisher is also currently a governor and chair of the grant making and innovation committee at Motability and also has experience in the investment management sector, including a stint as chief executive of Phillips and Drew Fund Management.

Big Society Capital says he also brings “lived experience of social inequality” to the role having been born with thalidomide related disabilities.

“Big Society Capital’s Board is delighted to welcome Robin as chair, said Big Society Capital nominations committee chair Keiron Boyle, who is also chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation.

“His wealth of experience in both the charity and investment sectors will bring huge value. We are enormously grateful to Sir Harvey for his leadership over almost a decade which has been instrumental in the growth of the social impact investment market.

“We are confident that under Robin’s stewardship, Big Society Capital will continue to fulfil its mission to grow the power of this vital and innovative sector to improve the lives of people in the UK.”

Hindle Fisher added: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Big Society Capital and entering the social impact investment sector. I believe both the sector and Big Society Capital have important roles to play in making financial markets work more effectively in the interests of all stakeholders.”

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