Niamh specialize’s in bridging the two worlds of charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations on the one hand, and finance, investment and business development on the other. She works effectively and supportively with bankers, social investors, funders, commissioners, grassroots community organisations, start-ups and growing third sector organisations. Niamh is able to balance project development, implementation and delivery skills with research, analysis and evaluation capacity.
Key skills & experience
• Social finance and investment policy and practice
• Social enterprise start-up and support
• Third sector organizational and financial resilience
• Charity and social enterprise governance
• Financial inclusion services and support
• Community-led economic development
• National Lottery Community Fund, carried out a fast evidence review of what constitutes organisational and financial resilience and the most effective methods and funding approaches to strengthen resilience in the VCSE sector.
• The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, carried out a strategic review of its social investment activities to align then with its overall anti-poverty strategic outcomes, prioritizing investment opportunities and capitalizing on JRF’s leadership position on anti-poverty research and campaigning.
• Retained for nine years by a Local Trust to provide social investment, local economy and community business support to the 150 Big Local areas across England. Over that period, I worked with 140 of the 150 areas, ranging from light-touch advice and sign-posting to in-depth support on construction projects, social investment, governance, business planning and troubleshooting.
• Barrow Cadbury Trust and Access – the Social Investment Foundation, carried out follow-on research to our work for the Charity Commission on charities and social investment. The subsequent research focused on the experience of small and medium-sized charities in applying for social investment and influenced the development of Access’s engagement with the sector.