The Beacon Philanthropy Forum

Old Library & Print Room, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE

28 October 2021

The Beacon Philanthropy Forum 2021

The Beacon Philanthropy Forum 2021

  • 28 Oct 2021

    Old Library & Print Room, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE

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The Beacon Philanthropy and Social Investment Forum will bring together 150 prominent philanthropists and social investors, thought leaders and sector pioneers to discuss how philanthropy and social investment can contribute to the COVID-19 recovery.

The Forum will be held at the Guildhall, London on 28 October 2021 and is sponsored by the City of London's Charitable Funding Arm City Bridge Trust.

Now we are looking forward to discussing progress and important developments that can help us achieve the goal of raising an additional £2 billion each year for social impact from the UK’s wealthy population.

Attendance at the event is by invitation only and to confirm your place, please select the registration button to the top right of this page

For 2021, the event will run from 9am– 4pm and will include:

  • Keynote addresses
  • Your choice of roundtable discussions
  • Networking with philanthropists, sector leaders, influencers and advisers

The Aims of the event are:

The aim of this year’s Forum is to bring us back together, enabling us to re-engage and re-energise our commitment to giving and social investment. We will consider what recovery means across the charity sector and for social enterprises and how philanthropy and social investment can help shape a future that is better and fairer. 

We will be asking: 

1. As philanthropists and social investors, what have we learnt from our COVID-19 response?
2. How can we seek out and work with communities to understand and meet new needs?
3. How can we forge partnerships that are wider and deeper and more effective at supporting the whole of civil society?
4. What solutions and new funding mechanisms are emerging to meet the demands of our post-COVID society? 
5. How can philanthropy stretch geographically in ways it has never stretched before, nationally and internationally?
6. What is philanthropy’s place in civil society and how do we work with other donors, governments and corporates for systemic change.

We have one opportunity to build back better. This is our chance to reflect, to learn, to share and to make sure philanthropy and social investment are an important pillar in our post-COVID society

Your opinions are helping to drive change for philanthropy and social investment in the UK and your support is greatly valued. Please join us on 28 October 2021 for this important event.



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  • Sir Paul Collier

    Sir Paul Collier

    Director of the IGC

    Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 1998–2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po and a Director of the International Growth Centre. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanisation in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organisational cultures.

  • Tom Ilube CBE

    Tom Ilube CBE

    Technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist

    Tom Ilube CBE is a technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist. He is founder/CEO of London based Crossword Cybersecurity plc, a Non Executive Director of FTSE100 company WPP, the world largest advertising group and the Chair of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Previously he was on the Board of the BBC and was Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, a UK credit reference agency. Prior to Callcredit, he founded Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company. Earlier, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg plc, the pioneering British internet bank. His career has included Goldman Sachs, PwC and the London Stock Exchange.

  • Paul Callaghan, CBE, DL, Hon. DBA, FRSA

    Paul Callaghan, CBE, DL, Hon. DBA, FRSA

    Chair of the Music, Arts and Culture Trust

    Paul is Chair of the Music, Arts and Culture Trust (MAC Trust) and sits on the Board of Sunderland Culture Ltd. Paul helped form the MAC Trust in 2013 and since then the Trust has developed a £20m cultural quarter in Sunderland city centre. This includes a new auditorium for music, dance and performance that opens in December 2021 and the conversion of the 1908 Fire Station and other Edwardian buildings for cultural and artistic use. In his commercial life, Paul is Chairman of the Leighton Group, the set of technology, software, media and communications businesses he founded. Based in North East England, Leighton Group companies operate globally with offices in the UK, Europe, and North America. Group company clients include British Airways, Nike, Panasonic, Calvin Klein, Versace, BT, Jimmy Choo and Virgin Atlantic. Paul also chairs Pub Culture Ltd, a hospitality chain established to support cultural venues.

  • Leonie Taylor

    Leonie Taylor

    Co-founder of Resource Justice

    Leonie is a co-founder of Resource Justice, a UK group that organises young people with access to wealth and class privilege to redistribute their resources to social justice movements. She is part of the Facilitation Team at LEAP, a pan-European collective that funds activists and social entrepreneurs to create systemic change in society. She is also a co-founder of the Feminist Men Project, which curates workshops and events to engage men on feminism and gender equality. Her work background has been in academia and the charity sector, working on a variety of roles in the domestic violence sector and for women's rights. She has a MSc in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Politics from Cambridge.

  • Matthew Bowcock CBE

    Matthew Bowcock CBE

    Co-Founder, The Beacon Collaborative

    Matthew Bowcock co-founded the Beacon Collaborative with Cath Dovey. He has been Chairman of UK Community Foundations, a Council Member of Arts Council England and a trustee of The Philanthropy Workshop and Philanthropy Impact. Matthew is currently Deputy Chair of the Watts Gallery Artists Village. In 2012 he authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, “Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy.” Through the family foundation, the Hazelhurst Trust, he has focused on community projects, arts for social impact and developing more and better philanthropy. His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment and he has established several businesses in Australia, the US and the UK.

  • Dr Beth Breeze

    Dr Beth Breeze

    Dr Beth Breeze, Director, centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent

    Beth worked as a fundraiser and charity manager for a decade before co-founding the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent in 2008 where she now leads a team conducting research and teaching courses on philanthropy and fundraising, including an innovative MA Philanthropic Studies taught by distance learning. She researched and wrote the annual Coutts Million Pound Donor Report from 2008-2017, co-authored Richer Lives: why rich people give (2013), The Logic of Charity: Great Expectations in Hard Times (2015) and co-edited The Philanthropy Reader (2016). Her last book The New Fundraisers: who organises generosity in contemporary society? won the AFP Skystone Research Partners book prize for 2018. Her current research interests include the role of volunteers in fundraising, and her next book, out on 30 September 2021, is entitled ‘In Defence of Philanthropy’.

  • Daniel Flynn

    Daniel Flynn

    CEO of YMCA North Staffordshire

    Daniel's work has focused around social housing and homelessness, and he clearly understands the linkages between design and outcome. YMCA is still the biggest youth based charity in the world based in 138 countries servicing 50 million people every day, He works Nationally and internationally for YMCA working in West Africa and Israel/Palestine. He is committed to the area and loves to see the green shoots of creativity that he believes will unlock the prosperity of all. He has spent most of his career working within the third sector, developing services, products and schemes. He has served on various boards and strategic bodies delivering services for young people including school governorships. He is passionate about helping young people to find a fulfilling and exciting future for themselves and believes that education is the key that unlocks the regeneration of the City. He studied Community Development at Leeds Met University and has a DMS from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

  • Dr Giles Shilson

    Dr Giles Shilson

    Chair, Bridge House Estates

    Dr Giles Shilson was educated at St Paul’s School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages and Experimental Psychology. He tutored Psychology undergraduates whilst reading for a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience and, after two years of further study at City University and the Inns of Court School of Law, was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. He practised as a barrister until 2005, leaving the law to develop his business interests. After six years managing a market-leading international design consultancy in London and three years as a principal executive officer at the Honourable Artillery Company, he now maintains a portfolio of Chief Executive, Director and Board-level appointments across the charity and private sectors. A liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, he sits on various bodies of the City of London Corporation, including the Policy & Resources, Culture Heritage & Libraries, Markets and City Bridge Trust Committees. A Past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the City of London School, he is currently Chairman of both the Barbican Centre and the Gresham Committee (City Side).


Old Library & Print Room, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE