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.
In 2017, we announced housing would be a core focus area for developing new investments in the next phase of our strategy. Our belief that housing is an area where social impact investment can make a substantial difference was informed by the pressing social problem, along with our experience of making investments in housing which have already raised £500m from us and other investors.
Big Society Capital’s purpose is to improve the lives of people in the UK by connecting social investment to charities and social enterprises. Housing is an area of strategic focus for us, with the goal of creating a fairer housing market where people, particularly vulnerable people, are able to live in secure and affordable homes and communities.