Mind the giving gaps: how to improve the power of UK philanthropy

10 December, 12PM

This Law Family Commission on Civil Society event will launch the findings of a new set of reports on the current state of giving in the UK. We will reflect on the role of private philanthropy in serving the public good, and explore opportunities for policy makers, the social sector, advisors and philanthropists, to grow UK philanthropy and achieve even more.

PBE will kick off the event by presenting brand new research on the giving habits of the UK’s top 1% of earners. Our panellists will reflect on the state of UK philanthropy, challenges, practical changes they’d like to see and how civil society and governments can work together to grow philanthropy.


Anoushka Kenley joined PBE in June 2020. She was previously the General Manager of an arts and homelessness charity, the Choir with No Name. Before this she worked as a senior consultant at New Philanthropy Capital, supporting charities and funders maximise their impact through effective use of data.

Prior to joining the charity sector, Anoushka worked at HM Treasury, DCMS and DWP as part of the Government Economic Service. She has volunteered for charities in the UK, Rwanda and Cambodia.

Rushanara Ali is the Labour member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow. She was first elected in May 2010. Rushanara grew up in her constituency attending Mulberry school and Tower Hamlets College. Until her resignation from Labour’s front bench in September 2014 over her decision to abstain on the vote on airstrikes in Iraq, Rushanara served as Shadow Minister for Education and Young People, and between October 2010 and October 2013, as Shadow Minister for International Development.

Prior to her election in May 2010, she was Associate Director of the Young Foundation, where she co-founded UpRising, a national leadership development and employability charity and co-founded One Million Mentors, a national online platform to recruit, train and deploy one million mentors to organisations working with young people.

Rushanara also co-founded the Social Innovation Exchange social which works to connect innovators and social entrepreneurs around the world to collaborate to tackle major social problems.

Fran Perrin is the Founder and Director of the Indigo Trust which she established in 1999 and now runs with her husband, William. Fran is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of 360Giving. Fran was formerly an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office.

Fran is a Board Member of The Philanthropy Workshop. In the past, she has also served as a Chair of the Board of Publish What You Fund and has been a member of DfID’s International Development Sector Transparency Panel. In 2012, Fran was named Philanthropist of the Year by Spears and in 2016 jointly received the Open Data Institute’s first ‘Women in Data’ award from Sir Tim Berners-Lee for her role in 360 Giving.

Stian Westlake leads the Royal Statistical Society on a programme of activities that take forward its strategic goals, including the Society’s Covid-19 Task Force, Data Manifesto and National Lottery-funded initiative, Statisticians for Society.

Stian was previously policy advisor to three successive ministers for universities and science. Before then he was an executive director at Nesta (2009-2017) where he ran the organisation’s think tank. Under his leadership, the team launched a range of initiatives on data and evidence, including the Alliance for Useful Evidence, the Innovation Growth Lab and the Innovation Index (in partnership with ONS). Stian is co-author of Capitalism Without Capital, a book about intangible investment and the economy. He is also a governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research and advisory board member of the Institute for Community Studies.