Caroline Mason appointed chief executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Mason, currently chief operating officer at Big Society Capital, will join the foundation towards the end of the year

Caroline Mason
Caroline Mason

Caroline Mason, chief operating officer at the social lender Big Society Capital, has been appointed chief executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Mason will take over from Dawn Austwick, who this month left the grant-maker to become chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund.

Before joining Big Society Capital in August 2011, Mason was chief operating officer at Charity Bank and was the co-founder of the social investment advisory firm Investing for Good.

She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June for services to social investment.

James Hughes-Hallett, chair of Esmée Fairbairn, said about Mason’s appointment: "Her experience of working with civil society organisations and, in particular, developing the social investment market at Big Society Capital will be invaluable in helping the foundation’s funding do more and reach those that need it most."

Mason’s start date at Esmée Fairbairn has not yet been finalised but is expected to be towards the end of the year.

The foundation is one of the UK’s largest grant-makers and gives out between £30m and £35m a year to support organisations working in areas including in the arts, education and the environment.

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