Three women took the lead in starting a new trade association for community finance. "None of our male colleagues felt in a position to take that risk", recalls Niamh Goggin. Dial forward 20 years and the sector's leaders are male, pale and privileged.
It sometimes seemed like a sector put together with cardboard and pieces of string – and being a social investor can still feel lonely... Big Issue Invest boss Danyal Sattar reflects on 20 years of community investment in the UK.
NatWest took a big leap of faith in setting up its own community enterprise fund, says Bernie Morgan, a trustee of NatWest Social & Community Capital, recalling the early days of support for responsible investors.
What are the big questions facing the UK social investment sector? Find out in our special report from The Gathering 2019, where leading social investors met to debate what's working and explore collaborative solutions.
Client demand is prompting more impact investing, according to the latest annual survey from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) – but more skilled professionals will be needed to keep up with growth in the industry.