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Allia welcomes new Chairman Tim Jones

Ram Gidoomal, Chair of Allia
In the Attlee room
House of Lords - May 3rd 2022 with Lord Lee

Four new Trustees with experience across finance, risk & governance sectors also join the Board

Allia is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Jones as Chairman of its Board of Trustee Directors. Tim’s appointment comes as Ram Gidoomal CBE FIC FRSA retires after more than 17 years in office and was recently celebrated at a reception at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Lee of Trafford and attended by Allia Trustees, staff, supporters and friends.

Tim Jones has been with Allia since 2002 as Chief Executive then Secretary of the Allia Group and Chairman of its FCA regulated subsidiary City and Continental. Tim is a Liveryman and Court Assistant at the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and holds a number of other directorships including Treatt plc where he is Chairman and SP-Logistics Ltd (Oximio) where he is also Chairman.

Commenting on Ram’s retirement, Tim said;

I was honoured and privileged to say goodbye to, and at the same time to succeed, Ram Gidoomal CBE, as Chairman of Allia when we had a reception in his honour at the House of Lords this month. As Chief Executive I worked with Ram from January 2005 when he became Allia’s Chairman until I stood down from the CEO role in 2019. Throughout that time he was always happy to be on hand with words of wisdom and friendship for me and with quiet assurance for the Board – and I, and many, many colleagues past and present thank him enormously for the great contribution he has made to Allia’.

In a recent period of change, Allia Trustee Rob Trimble stepped down (Chief Executive of the Bromley by Bow Centre) after several years’ service, and four new appointments to the Allia Board were made as the charity welcomed Amanda Lewis, Shuli Levy, Veronika Koroleva and Katharine Lewis, all of whom were formally appointed in spring 2022. The new Trustees bring with them a wealth of experience across the fields of finance, risk & governance and investment – and are all passionate about addressing the economic, social and environmental challenges facing society.

Allia is an independent not-for-profit with a social mission, dedicated to helping impact organisations and initiatives to grow. Its Future Business Centres support start-ups and small businesses to grow and flourish, and its free business programmes offer support and coaching to help environmental and social ventures create more impact. The organisation’s finance arm, Allia C&C, offers innovative social finance solutions to help charitable and social enterprises create greater impact – including debt capital advisory, listed and unlisted bonds. Since 1999, the Allia Group has arranged over £1 billion for charities and responsible businesses and assisted impact ventures with development projects and activities.


Other Trustees on the Allia board include:

– Charles Rosenmeyer was a partner in a firm of City lawyers for 35 years and has been associated with Allia for more than 20 years

– Philip Wright was a Partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, is on the board of Common Purpose, a charity and social enterprise in leadership development, on the Council of Goldsmiths and Chairman of Digby Fine English

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

– Marcus Hulme is the Social Value Director at Places for People who are one of the largest property, leisure and regeneration companies in the UK. Marcus leads on delivering social impact activities and measurement across the Group of 20 companies. Previously, he was Social Impact Director at Big Society Capital