Gemma joined Big Society Capital in April 2019 from Lendlease, a global investment, property and construction company, where she focused on creating social and economic strategies within the urban regeneration and housing portfolio.
Working across Big Society Capitals Homes and Place portfolio, she brings a wealth of experience previously heading the Lendlease Foundation and a social enterprise, Be Onsite, that supports long-term unemployed including current serving prisoners and ex-offenders. Prior to Lendlease her early career was in environmental consultancy as a Contaminated Land and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) specialist working on due diligence for land acquisitions, remediating heavily contaminated sites and delivering environmental protection programmes for some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects. Whilst working in the public sector, Gemma also developed a green deal style loan scheme for schools to access capital for needed property upgrades whilst simultaneously improving energy efficiency and reducing their carbon emissions.
Outside of work, Gemma lends her time as a Trustee of SportInspired, an organisation that uses the vehicle of sport to unite communities and help young people realise their potential, and In January 2019 completed a SAS selection march called the Fan Dance to raise money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
The UK has just celebrated 100 years of the Addison Act, a transformational piece of social policy that led to 500,000 council homes being built over the course of three years. The act was transformational because it was the first time that safe, quality and affordable homes became available at scale throughout the entire country.