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David Carrington

Independent Consultant


David is an independent consultant working with charities, companies and the government on the funding and governance of charities and social enterprises. He has worked within the Association of Charitable Foundations and with individual Trusts and Foundations on the development of ‘engaged’ grant-making practice and funding policies that include loans and social investment. His other clients have included the Treasury (for whom he worked as a consultant on the development of FutureBuilders), the Big Lottery Fund, Arts & Business, and several corporate foundations. He also works as a ‘mentor/adviser’ for senior staff of several charities. He has been Chief Executive of three foundations including The Baring Foundation.  He is a Governor of London South Bank University, Chair of Allavida (publisher of the journal Alliance) and of engage (the association of people working in gallery education), a trustee of the National Foundation for Youth Music and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He chairs the Philanthropy UK Newsletter Editorial Group. He is also a member of the UK Social Investment Task Force.