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Chief Executive

UnLtd was formed in 2002 with a £100 Million investment from the Millennium Commission. Since then UnLtd has helped over 13,000 social entrepreneurs to start well and thrive, developing a vibrant ecosystem of supporters in the UK and across the globe. Today, UnLtd is at the heart of a thriving movement for good, committed to helping social entrepreneurs deliver increasingly high impact on society. UnLtd now has more than 80 employees, an investment portfolio of £125 Million, and an annual income of £10 Million.

The Brief

Prospectus was mandated to lead the search for UnLtd’s new Chief Executive in 2015. The Board was seeking an inspirational communicator, with the ability to inspire and bring people with them, building alliances and influencing funding and delivery partners as well as policy makers at local and national level. Needless to say, candidates needed to evidence a considerable track record of successful leadership in a role of comparable scale and complexity, share UnLtd’s values and be passionate about the possibilities of social entrepreneurs to affect change.

The Appointment

Prospectus carried out an in-depth executive search, with a particular focus on the broader social enterprise and beyond profit sectors, as well as the Civil Service and some corporates.

Mark Norbury was appointed and joins UnLtd in May 2016. Mark brings extensive experience in the charity and social enterprise sectors, most recently as Chief Executive of CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he successfully introduced social enterprise into CW+’s work, including delivering the UK’s first successful health social impact bond. Prior to this he was the first salaried partner at Leader’s Quest, building leadership among CEOs, boards and directors as well as social entrepreneurs around the world. He has also been a Trustee of the foundation of social investor Bridges Ventures, overseeing Bridges’ Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund and its portfolio of investments, as well as taking on earlier roles at the British Red Cross, INSEAD and Diabetes UK.