Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2015
Social Finance Fellow (Deloitte)
Deborah Smart is Grants Manager at the Social Investment Business (SIB), one of the largest social investors in the UK. She has worked at the Social Investment Business for over six years, and worked within the Investment Performance team before taking on the role of Grants Manager in 2013.
As Grants Manager she leads on delivery of SIB’s Investment Readiness Grants, alongside delivery of other grant-only programmes which together total around £60 million. She is passionate about the potential that social finance and investment has for the social sector.
Prior to joining SIB Deborah spent time working in the hospitality industry and the private sector, before beginning to work in social finance when she joined The Social Enterprise Loan Fund in 2005.
In 2012 Deborah completed an MSc in Voluntary and Community Sector Studies at Birkbeck College, having undertaken research on social enterprises created by employees spinning services out of the public sector. Deborah also volunteers for a small broadcasting charity in Essex.
Introducing Deborah Smart - 2015 Clore Social Fellow from Clore Social Leadership on Vimeo.
Current principal role: Head of Programmes
Current principal organisation: Social Investment Business
Secondment host: Nonprofit Finance Fund