“ It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a talented and committed team and to see first-hand the willingness of business people to help address some of the challenges facing our society and to be part of the solution. I leave behind a great team who lead an organisation that is fit for the future under the capable leadership of Amanda Mackenzie. I wish her, the executive team and board and entire staff team at Business in the Community every success in the future. ”
Amanda has worked at a senior level for FTSE 100 firms across a range of sectors including retail, insurance, energy and technology. Most recently she was Chief Marketing Officer for Aviva, where she led Aviva’s rebranding from Norwich Union and was the first woman to be appointed to the Group Executive of the insurer over 8 years ago. Amanda sits on the Boards of Mothercare and The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She was a member of the Davies review to get more women on boards.
Commenting on her appointment, Amanda said: “For over 30 years Business in the Community has been lighting the way in helping companies conduct responsible business. I feel very privileged to lead this organisation. Their work is needed now more than ever before. I see our job to help businesses serve the communities around them that have helped them be successful.”
In this role, Amanda will work closely with HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been President of Business in the Community for over 30 years.
Antony Jenkins, Chairman of Business in the Community said: "On behalf of the Business in the Community Board we are delighted that Amanda has agreed to join us as Chief Executive. Her proven track record at the highest levels in business, outstanding leadership skills and passion for responsible business make her the ideal candidate to take Business in the Community forward. The Board would also like to take this opportunity to warmly thank Stephen Howard for his decade of service to Business in the Community and he leaves Amanda a strong foundation upon which to build."
Current Chief Executive Stephen Howard was given a send off by a gathering of BITC staff last week. He will continue to work across a portfolio of projects which represent his passion for social purpose including Chair of the National School Partnership, Chair of the independent charitable trust Power to Change and Director of The Big Society Trust. He continues as a member of the London Enterprise Panel and Director of Big Issue Social Investments.