Cliff Prior

Chief Executive of Big Society Capital, set up to help charities and social enterprises access appropriate and affordable repayable finance

Cliff Prior CBE is Chief Executive of Big Society Capital. Prior to that he was CEO of UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. UnLtd has supported 13,000 people to start new social ventures.

Before UnLtd, Cliff was CEO of Rethink, the charity for people affected by severe mental illness. His earlier career includes work in counselling, youth, civil rights campaigning, social housing, supported housing, community care, offender resettlement, learning disability, dementia, research and development, and mental health.

Cliff is also a founding trustee of Clore Social Leadership, a non-exec at health innovation agency UCLPartners, and Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee. He chaired the mission alignment group for the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce.

He has been an adviser to Government on health and medicines regulation, NHS modernisation, skills, and civil society.