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Speaker Biography

Ian Charlesworth

Since January 2009 Ian has been Commercial Director of The Social Investment Business. His role is to grow the business of The Social Investment Business and to grow third sector delivery of public services.

Prior to joining The Social Investment Business, for 11 years Ian was Chief Executive of Shaw Trust, the leading not-for-profit provider of employment services for disabled people. He was responsible for growing Shaw Trust from £22m to over £100m as well as substantially increasing their surpluses.

Until 1997, when Ian joined Shaw Trust, he spent 15 years as a chief officer in local government as Director of Employment Projects at Rochdale MDC before managing the Direct Labour Organisation for both Rochdale and Bradford councils.