Jim heads the Advisory and Impact teams at BWB and helps social sector and private sector organisations to create, analyse, enhance and realise value through acquisitions, disposals, mergers and other structural, and transactional approaches as well as through outcomes-based planning, strategy and evaluations. He is the author of over sixty social impact studies (not-for-profit and private sectors), as well as other research assignments, and has developed and managed corporate transactions in the UK and abroad in both private and not-for-profit arenas.
Jim’s innovative work in social investment was recognised in 2013 with an OBE, having recently designed and developed the first charity-led social impact bond IAAM – ‘It’s all About Me’, which he now also chairs. IAAM is a UK-wide social enterprise finding and training therapeutic adoptive parents for harder-to-place children.
Jim's career spans over 30 years, latterly acting as head of valuations, of not-for-profit advisory, and social impact services at leading UK business advisors Baker Tilly. He continues to partner with Baker Tilly on some major projects.
Jim blends his professional work in the UK and Europe with academic research and lecturing, and selected outside appointments. Find some examples of Jim's recent work here.
Jim Clifford urges social ventures to form more networks in order to multiply their collective impact. It’s not about removing competition, but it is time to develop healthier competitive relationships.
Thought-provoking, grounded and reminiscent of Lord of the Rings is how Jim Clifford OBE, partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, describes the Social Impact Investment Taskforce's new direction for investment.
Social investment doesn't always mean a low rate of return and voluntary and community organisations should set aside their traditional concerns over investor motivation – suggests Baker Tilly's Jim Clifford in his analysis of market trends.