May 2nd, 2018

Business high-flyer Larissa Joy is excited to join SBT and ambitious for it to achieve even more

“SBT’s approach is high impact, exciting and makes a real difference to social enterprises and businesses alike.” That’s how Larissa Joy, announced today as the new Chair of Social Business Trust (SBT) describes its work.

Larissa says she was attracted to SBT because it is so effective in helping social enterprises to scale-up: “SBT’s support is deep, sustained and tailored carefully to the specific needs of each of our social enterprises.” she explained.

“Our fantastic corporate partners recognise the benefits too – not only by the impact they have in addressing the UK’s most pressing social issues but by knowing that their teams are achieving this by collaborating with outstanding colleagues from some of the UK’s leading firms and companies.”

“Leading businesses, ambitious social enterprises, sustained investment, responsible growth and brilliant people –  that is what makes SBT unique. I’m looking forward to working with the SBT community to help realise SBT’s ambitious plans for the future.”

SBT CEO Adele Blakebrough MBE is equally enthusiastic to have Larissa on board after a rigorous selection process: “She has so much experience in business – including private equity –  and charities. But most importantly, she shares our belief in the power of business and social enterprises working together to tackle pressing problems in society.”

“We have a bold target to help a cumulative three million people in need through helping great social enterprises scale. With Larissa as our new Chair, I’m even more confident that we’ll get there.”

Larissa Joy is a non-executive Director of law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, executive search firm Saxton Bampfylde and major UK house builder L&Q. She is also Chair of the Foundling Museum.

Her previous executive roles include Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy UK, European COO of Weber Shandwick and Partner & Global COO of Actis LLP, a leading private equity firm.

She studied law at Cambridge University and has an MBA from London Business School.

She plays clarinet in the London Lawyers Music Orchestra and has three children and three step-children.