Big Society Capital welcomes new institute aiming to help investors achieve positive social impact

Sarah Gordon has been appointed as the first CEO of The Impact Investing Institute. The organisation aims to make it easier for people to invest their money to benefit communities and society.


Sir Harvey McGrath, chair of the Institute’s Advisory Council, said: 

“Sarah is a great appointment as the CEO of the Impact Investing Institute. Her clear values, experience and drive will enable the institute to get off to a strong start and make a real difference in further developing the market for purposeful investing in the UK and beyond.”

Cliff Prior, CEO of Big Society Capital commented: 

"We are delighted to see the appointment of Sarah Gordon to the role of chief executive officer for the Impact Investing Institute. Sarah brings a wealth of experience as a leading business journalist at the Financial Times alongside previous roles in fund management which we believe will help spearhead the Institute’s drive to bring impact investing to a wider audience. We look forward to working with Sarah to ensure that social impact investing plays a growing role in the investment choices available for both institutional and retail investors alike."

The full press release from the Impact Investing Institute can be found here. Sarah will take up the role on 3 September 2019 and the Institute will formally launch in the late autumn. 



Further information about The Impact Investing Institute can be found on its website.


Big Society Capital improves the lives of people in the UK by connecting social investment to social enterprises and charities.

We know that investment can help social enterprises and charities achieve more. We believe the greatest chance to improve lives comes when investors and enterprises are both motivated by social mission.

We engage with investors, fund managers, social enterprises and charities to make it easier to use social investment. With our co-investors, we have made over £1.7bn of new capital available to organisations with a social mission, through investments into fund managers and social banks. We have a special focus on: providing homes for people in need; supporting communities to improve lives; and early action to prevent problems.


Kathryn Mortimer, Press Officer, Big Society Capital

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