Through these platforms and initiatives, he works with corporates, social entrepreneurs, private businesses, civil society organisations and government bodies to promote the fusion of brilliant business and social values, helping to tell compelling stories, build great brands and generate sustainable business around social impact and social responsibility.
Tim is a director of Big Issue Invest, The Big Issue's social investment arm, and a trustee with ECT Charity, one of the UK's leading social enterprises. He has served on a number of national programmes, advisory groups and awards panels – including the Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers, the awards panel for UnLtd and the UK social enterprise awards.
Tim was an undergraduate at Oxford University, where he gained a degree in music and was a 'choral scholar'.
Having begun a career as a professional opera singer, he discovered a passion for journalism and current affairs that crystallised during a lucky break working for his local newspaper. He then trained as a newspaper journalist, and held a series of senior editorial posts on specialist national magazines in public and social policy, before launching the magazine and a separate PR and marketing company – both focused around storytelling for social entrepreneurs and socially responsible business and investment. Along the way, Tim also undertook further study at Warwick Business School and completed the business growth programme (BGP) at Cranfield School of Management.
The CEO of The Fore tells Pioneers Post’s Tim West that foundations and social investors must put judgement above process if they really want to help rather than hinder the development of our best social enterprise pioneers.