Curriculum Vitae – Ben Metz

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Personal statement:

18 years experience in leadership positions across the third sector has given me an extensive range of skills and experience.  My career to date has required me to develop excellent leadership, organisational management, networking, negotiation and communication skills.  I have an in-depth knowledge of the third sector and it’s networks across the finance, social enterprise and environment sectors at a global level.  I am an experienced and effective fundraiser and entrepreneur adept in managing rapid growth.  A commitment to addressing social and environmental problems systemically, plus an optimistic forward thinking attitude, means I am passionate about what I do, in work and in life.  I am currently engaged in developing a number of new-start social finance and technical assistance facilities for global social enterprise, third and conservation sector development.  I am also engaged in strategy consulting, advisory and teaching roles.

Relevant experience:

Independent (October 2009 – present).  I am currently undertaking various consultancy, advisory and teaching commitments that can be broadly categorised into three areas of activity:

  • Advisory to foundations and corporations on charitable trust and programme start-up.
  • Strategy consulting to a range of new and growing social enterprises and small businesses.
  • Teaching and tutoring, currently with the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Ashoka’s Director for the UK (May 2006 – September 2009).

  • Responsible for all aspects of Ashoka’s work in the UK.
  • Raised in excess of $5 million from the UK’s business and finance community.
  • Provided support to more than 150 international social entrepreneurs resulting in numerous substantive financial and capacity building outcomes.

Founder and Chief Executive of London Community Recycling Network (November 2000 – April 2006).

  • Founded and grew London CRN to 16 staff members and a turnover of £750,000.
  • Developed consultancy services delivering 25% of organisation turnover.
  • Led a team that was instrumental in securing £90 million of grant funding into the sector.
  • Supported social enterprises to secure nine large-scale public sector contracts.
  • Led the start-up of six large-scale new Community Recycling providers, each with year one turnovers in excess of £600,000.

Founding member of the Big Lottery’s Community Recycling Programme (2002 – 2006).  I was part of the core team that developed the bid, secured funding and developed the grant mechanisms to distribute £37.5 million of funding to community waste projects across the UK

Secondment – UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (2004).  Seconded to Defra’s Local Authority Support Unit where I had the opportunity to manage a number of commissioned projects and participate in policy development.

Board member London Recycling Fund and grant giving advisor (2001 – 2006). I have acted as an advisor to local, regional and national government grant and technical assistance funds distributing in excess of £50million.

Consultant (1999 – 2000). Clients included New Economics Foundation, Royal National Theatre and the East Midlands Development Agency.

Business Development Advisor Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (1996-1999), working as a social enterprise business advisor throughout South East London.

Housing and environment activist (1992 – 1996).  I ‘cut my teeth’ in the third sector across a mix of campaigning, community development and housing activities.


1 Comment »

  1. Ben,

    I hope this finds you well. I would be very interested in speaking with you.

    Can you let me know the best way to get in touch with you either via Skype or Email?

    Are you on Google Wave yet?

    I look forward to hearing from you soon. Be Inspired Today!

    Best regards,


    Comment by thenewcurrency — November 8, 2009 @ 12:36 am

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