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Biography

Geraldine was one of the founding Board members at Social Finance, having joined when it was formed in 2007. In 2014 she stepped down in an official capacity but continues to contribute her extensive skills and experience to the role of Ambassador.

Geraldine was appointed Chief Charity Commissioner and the Charity Commission’s first Chair in 2004, with the remit of making the Commission ‘fit for purpose’ to implement the new Charities Act. She left the Commission in July 2006, having laid firm foundations for the Charities Bill and with the Commission charged and invigorated to implement it. Before joining the Charity Commission Geraldine was CEO of two major charities, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the National Autistic Society, and Chair of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations), Futurebuilders and Groundbreakers.

Geraldine now works independently both in the UK and North America bringing people together and inspiring them to look laterally at issues around social entrepreneurship, investment, leadership and governance for non-profit organisations. She is currently a Patron of Autism Speaks, the Rainbow Trust and the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA), is a Member of the Social Investment Task Force (SITF), and is also a Member of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets. Her most recent appointment is as a non-executive Director at Carbon Search, a new kind of executive search and leadership consulting firm.

Geraldine sits on the Board for Social Enterprise at Harvard Business School, where she lectures on the MBA programme. She is an Associate Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, sits on the Said Business School Board at Oxford, and is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, London.