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Andrew Robinson

RBS/Natwest

Biography

Andrew is a key member of a cross-RBS group team responsible for re-thinking the provision of financial services for those not well served by the UK banking industry.  The current emphasis of his work is enterprise in the 5% 'most disadvantaged' wards in the UK.  He is currently a director of a number of organisations promoting community-based, community-led solutions to tackling poverty, encouraging enterprise and reforming the way local public services are delivered.  He has also been a key actor in the establishment of a number of new organisations, such as the Community Development Finance Association and the UK Social Enterprise Coalition.  He is a trustee of the Community Development Foundation, a non-departmental public body of the Home Office; a member of the Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission; and an active participant on a number of relevant government taskforces.  During his time as Chairman of the UK Social Investment Forum, he was one of the instigators and advisors to the UK Social Investment Taskforce, established at the request of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen.

He has a BA (English Literature) and a MBA.  He is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of Common Purpose.  He was appointed MBE for services to community and social enterprise in June 2003.