Anna joined Big Society Capital in November 2012 as a member of the investment team. Since then she has been involved in a range of our investments and projects, with particular experience in social banks, social property funds and community investment. Following Big Society Capital’s investment into Charity Bank in March 2014, she has been a member of their Board.
Anna leads Big Society Capital's work in homes as well as in communities and place. The homes team is exploring how social investment could be used to create a more inclusive housing market that provides high quality, secure and affordable housing so people can lead better lives. With our team in communities and place, she is involved in efforts to make a difference in disadvantaged communities, looking at how social investment can be used to support business models from community energy generation to those addressing financial exclusion.
Anna was previously a Director in Merrill Lynch’s Financial Institutions Group where she advised UK banks and insurers on strategy, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. Unbeknownst to many she studied Experimental Psychology before this - and is Scottish.
A core part of Big Society Capital’s role as an investor is to source and develop new investment proposals, as well as assessing applications we receive. We actively seek partners to co-design solutions which address specific social issues and fill gaps where social investment could have a role to play.