David Carrington

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David is an experienced non-executive Board member. He was a member (and Vice Chair) of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank NV in The Netherlands from 2009-2017 and a Non-Executive Director of Big Society Capital in the UK from when it was first set up in 2012 until 2017.

David also works as an adviser and consultant on the development of social impact investing, the governance of charities and social purpose organisations, and the promotion of personal philanthropy. His clients have included endowed and corporate foundations, individual social investors and philanthropists, the UK Government, private wealth managers, the Big Lottery Fund, the European Foundation Centre (EFC), and the Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN).

David has also spoken at many conferences in Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and the USA as well as throughout the UK and mainland Europe. He also works as a ‘mentor/adviser’ for senior staff of charities, social enterprises and other organisations. He helped to set up the charity governance consultancy and training initiative, On Board, within the UK’s leading charity and social enterprise law firm, Bates Wells and Braithwaite, in 2005. He was a member of the UK’s Social Investment Task Force from 2000-2010 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Effective Philanthropy in the USA.

David has been Chief Executive of three foundations including The Baring Foundation (1992-8) and a Board member of several other funders, including a Lottery fund distributor and BBC Children in Need. He was a founder Director and Chair of the company that publishes the journal Alliance and was founding chair of the Programme Board of the Inspiring Impact collaboration of UK voluntary sector organisations.

He is a Trustee of two charities, Gulan and SOFII, and a former Trustee of several other charitable companies including Bridges Charitable Trust, the National Foundation for Youth Music, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and engage (the association of people working in gallery education). All of David’s advisory and consultancy work, speaking engagements, committee and Board memberships and his CV can be found on his website at www.davidcarrington.net


Laura Maclean