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.
The first reports from the independent evaluation of the Growth Fund gives an early indication that blended capital is flowing to charities and social enterprises across England to help improve people’s lives.