Social Investment Task Force

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"The Social Investment Task Force was established at the request of HM Treasury in April 2000 to carry out an urgent but considered assessment of the ways in which the UK could achieve a radical improvement in its capacity to create wealth, economic growth, employment and an improved social fabric in its poorest communities.

"The first report of the Task Force Enterprising Communities: Wealth Beyond Welfare was published in October 2000 and was followed by two progress reports published in 2003 and 2005."[1]


Accessed October 2013: [2]

Original Task Force Members:

  • Sir Ronald Cohen (Chairman) – Chairman of Bridges Ventures, Chairman of The Portland Trust and Director of Social Finance
  • David Carrington – Independent Consultant on the charities sector and Supervisory Board Member of Triodos Bank
  • Ian Hargreaves (initial phase) – former Editor of New Statesman and Director of Cardiff University Centre for Journalism Studies
  • Philip Hulme – co-founder of Computacenter and founder of the Hadley Trust
  • Geraldine Peacock, CBE – former Chair of the Charities Commission
  • Joan Shapiro – Chair of SeerAnalytics, LLC and former Executive Vice President of ShoreBank, Chicago
  • Tom Singh, OBE (initial phase) – founder of New Look

Subsequent appointments:

  • Dawn Austwick, OBE – Chief Executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Michele Giddens – Executive Director of Bridges Ventures
  • Andrew Gowers – former Editor of Financial Times
  • Ben Kernighan – Deputy Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Ed Mayo – Secretary General of Co-operatives UK
  • David Orr (UK) – Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation
  • Danny Truell – Chief Investment Officer of the Wellcome Trust
  • Stewart Wallis, OBE – Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation

Resources and articles

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  1. Social Investment Task Force [1], organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2013.
  2. Social Investment Task Force 2010 Review, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2013.