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Lunch with Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, big lottery fund

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Location:    London
Date:         09 November 2011
Time:        12:00 - 14:00

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This informal lunch with Peter Wanless will be an excellent opportunity to hear from and direct questions at a leading grant maker about the direction of the grant making sector, what shape it should take and where its priorities should lie.

The economic climate has posed a number of difficulties for the grant making community, with the downturn squeezing their income and causing a rise in demand for their products. This lunch will address key questions such as:

  • How can grant makers ensure that their capital is used as effectively as possible and what this means given the rise in methods of financing (e.g. social impact bonds)?
  • As we move towards outcomes based contracts to deliver public services, what role could and should the grant making sector look to fulfil?
  • Where does grant making sit in the Big Society agenda, particularly given the coming round of public spending cuts?
  • How can grants most effectively be used in supporting a professional, transparent and accountable sector?

The lunch will be also be a great opportunity to network with peers in a relaxed environment.


Topics Covered 

  • The future shape of the grant making sector
  • Current and future priorities for grant makers
  • Grant making and the Big Society
  • Grant making in a time of public spending cuts


Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the grant making environment
  • What priorities will grant makers look to target in future?
  • How can your organisation best position itself to win grants?


Who Should Attend?

CEOs, Trustees and Top Level Managers from third sector organisations.

Employees of corporate sector and public sector companies with an interest in the third sector.


Speaker biography

Peter Wanless has been the Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive since 1 February 2008.  He was previously at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, where he established their Families Group.  Before that he was Director of School Performance and Reform.

Between 1998 and 2003 Peter was the Department’s Director of Strategy and Communications.  He previously worked at the Treasury, operating in a range of roles including Head of Private Finance Policy and Principal Private Secretary to three Cabinet Ministers.

Peter read International History and Politics at Leeds University before joining the Civil Service. Peter was educated at Sheldon School in Chippenham, where his father taught music.

Peter is married with an nine-year old son.  He was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for distinguished public service.



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