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We've been at the forefront of impact innovation since 1999. In this time, we have helped hundreds of start-ups, small businesses and impact ventures to develop and grow, creating thousands of employment opportunities, and transforming communities. Our social finance solutions have raised £ millions to help charitable organisations with their development and impact aims.

We have helped

1655businesses

to start up, thrive and grow, creating new innovations & businesses

We have helped to create

4643jobs

from these ventures growing, plus from other employment programmes & grants

We have issued bonds that have raised

333million

to help charitable organisations with development projects and activities

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History

Board

Allia is governed by a board of trustees. The trustees support our senior management team, guiding their decision-making on strategic issues – each one has significant business and leadership experience to help strengthen the organisation’s direction.

Ram Gidoomal

Chairman

Ram Gidoomal CBE FIC FRSA is Chairman of Stewardship Services (UKET) Ltd, as well as Fair Trade pioneers Traidcraft plc and Traidcraft Exchange and Cotton Connect Ltd.

Ram is Board Member of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman and Chair of South Asian Development Partnership. He is a Non-Executive Director of Amsphere Ltd and Board Member of the New York City Leadership Centre. He is a Freeman of the City of London and was a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Past roles include UK Group Chief Executive of the Inlaks Group, an international niche food production and marketing company with 7000 employees in 15 countries, Crown appointee to the Court and Council of Imperial College, an external member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, member of the Complaints Audit Committee of the UK Border Agency, Honorary Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, a visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Middlesex University, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, Board Member of the Food Standards Agency, Chair of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education in England and Wales, and co-founder of the Christmas Cracker Charity Trust which engaged over 50,000 young people in the UK to raise over £5 million for good causes in the developing world.

Robert Gray

Trustee

Robert has over 35 years’ experience in the international banking industry having worked in London, New York and Tokyo for JP Morgan and HSBC.

During the latter half of his banking career Robert was closely involved with the development of global capital markets. During this period, he chaired the International Primary Market Association, the trade association for the international underwriting of debt securities and chaired the regulatory policy committee at the International Capital Market Association, its successor body. He also led the overseas promotion efforts for TheCityUK, which represents UK financial and professional services globally.

He currently serves as a director of Residential Secure Income Plc, a real estate investment trust established to invest in the social housing sector. Robert served for many years as a trustee of Centrepoint, the homeless charity, which first stimulated his interest in social impact investment.

Robert was an early investor in charitable bonds and has followed Allia’s development with great interest. He said: “What has impressed me about Allia is its ability to innovate and adapt, acting as an agent for change in the evolving world of social investment. I am in no doubt that Allia will remain in the forefront of social impact finance as it becomes increasingly mainstream.”

Charles Rosenmeyer

Trustee

Charles was a partner in a firm of City lawyers for 35 years. During that period, he had various roles including training, management, team building, client support and fee earning.

Over a long period of professional practice, he specialised in areas such as international real estate, property development, planning, bank loans and bank security and hotels and leisure. He has always believed in the contribution which pro bono work can make to society. So, in addition to representing a number of charities, for many years he has also provided regular pro bono advice. In this way he became associated with Allia about 20 years ago, became a director and has thoroughly enjoyed his connection with the charity and its staff.

He says: “Allia is at the cutting edge of what is being achieved in the social sector and has an immensely able team of inventive and hard-working people. I am hugely proud of what Allia and its team have achieved.”

Helen Rosethorn

Trustee

Helen is a Partner with the global management consultancy Prophet and has over 20 years of experience working with clients worldwide on the engagement of talent. As a specialist consultant her focus is on the strategic management of culture increasingly seen as critical to business success.

Previously Helen was CEO of a specialist talent consultancy within the Omnicom Group and before that a main board Director of a UK advertising agency. She wrote “The Employer Brand – Keeping Faith with the Deal” which is a recommended book for HR and Organisational Change students worldwide. She speaks and writes extensively on culture and engagement, including a regular column for Huffington Post in the UK.

Her pro-bono experience includes being part of the Appeal Board which raised over £13 million for St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Today she is actively involved with BITC, providing support to their campaigns on gender and managing an ageing workforce and is also a Governor of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools in Hertfordshire where she lives.

Rob Trimble

Trustee

Rob Trimble is the Chief Executive of the Bromley by Bow Centre. In 2016 he was named by the Sunday Times and Debretts as one of the 500 Most Influential People in the UK. Over the past 30 years the Bromley by Bow Centre has transformed the lives of thousands of people in East London. It provides a distinctive, holistic and easily accessible range of integrated services in one place.

Rob is also a Partner in the Bromley by Bow Health Partnership and has helped create a new and unique model of healthcare delivery, which has an extensive primary care operation serving 39,000 patients and offering a wide range of other services. Rob is also Chair of Settle, a charity supporting young people moving into their first homes and is an Advisor on Public Health England’s Well North programme. In addition, Rob is Patron of two organisations: the social innovation graduate venture Year Here and The Reader, which uses the power of shared reading to change lives in venues as varied as health centres and prisons.

Rob was awarded Business in the Community’s Sieff Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2008 and shortlisted as “Most People Focused CEO in the UK Not-for Profit Sector” in the 2015 HR Excellence Awards. Under Rob’s leadership the Bromley by Bow Centre has risen up the Sunday Times Best Not-for-Profits to Work For and is consistently in the UK’s Top 100 employers.

Philip Wright

Trustee

Philip was a Partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers until December 2011 where he was responsible for some of the firm’s major public and private sector clients.

Philip has a background in corporate finance and board level issues, and has worked extensively in several countries including Japan, Australia, Hungary and Germany. As well as being a Director for Allia and a Non-Executive Director for Retail Charity Bonds, Philip is on the Board of Common Purpose, a charity and social enterprise in leadership development and on the Council of Goldsmiths University of London. He is Chairman of Beyond Food Foundation, a charity which seeks to motivate and inspire people who are at risk of or have experienced homelessness.

Past positions include Chairman of Digital Theatre in the online media sector. He was Acting Chair of Barts Health NHS Trust, and a board member of NHS London and Barts and The London NHS Trust, plus Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Committee. He is author of the book “In Search of Shareholder Value”.

Philip said: “I enjoy being involved with Allia since its work on finance and infrastructure produces real leverage in helping charities and social enterprises make a difference.”

Tim Jones

Advisor

Chief Executive of the Allia Group for 17 years from 2002 – 2019 and now Senior Advisor to the Trustees, Tim has overseen a range of new thinking and new solutions seeking to address global and local challenges including Future Business initiatives to drive impact entrepreneurship and start-ups across the Country and Social Finance initiatives for impact Investment through Employment Bonds, Housing Bonds and London Stock Exchange Listed Retail Charity Bonds. Tim is now Chairman of Allia subsidiary City and Continental Ltd which also trades as Allia Impact Finance. A Non-Executive Director at Retail Charity Bonds plc and Chairman of Treatt plc, Tim is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (MCSI), an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII), a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) and an Honorary Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge having previously been an Associate Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of International Bankers where he is a Court Assistant and Chairman of its Communications Committee.

Work at Allia

Allia is a growing, successful not-for-profit organisation, and our people are pivotal to our success. Our current team is over 50 strong and based across our three Future Business Centres in Cambridge, Peterborough and London. We are an equal opportunities employer who embraces diversity, inclusion and flexible working. In fact, we are the Best Not-for-Profit Employer for employee engagement in the Eastern region. We offer a dynamic working environment, true team working ethos, great benefits and much more.

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