Since joining Big Society Capital in 2015, Rebecca has had a particular focus on increasing access to small scale finance for charities and social enterprises, including leading BSC’s investment into the Access Growth Fund, a ~£55 million blended capital fund of funds with investment from BSC and grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
She is currently part of the team exploring how social investment can help support communities across the UK to improve lives, in particular leading BSC’s work on community led or based interventions. Her most recent focus was community lending for underserved small businesses located in disadvantaged areas, where she established with partners a range of initiatives to provide socially motivated capital, build knowledge and convene stakeholders to support change in the community lending sector.
Rebecca has previously worked in the charity sector and across the UK Government, including at the Departments for Work and Pensions, and Communities and Local Government.
In January, our thoughts often turn to the new skills and knowledge we want to gain in the coming year. To help with this, we’re publishing the Learning and Development Framework we use at Big Society Capital with the hope that it might be useful for others and so we can learn from how others use it.