CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CAN
Andrew Croft became Chief Executive of CAN in 2008 having joined the organisation in 2006 with responsibility for the development of new revenue streams and replication, including CAN Mezzanine the award-winning high-quality office space for charities, social enterprise and voluntary groups. Andrew brought a wealth of experience in operations, sales, customer service, real estate and business development, with over 20 years’ management experience from John Lewis Partnership to easyGroup.
CAN now has a property portfolio with an asset vale of £40m and supports over 160 organisations and 1200 people in its five office locations in London, with over £70m of assets under management.
Prior to joining CAN Andrew was based in New York as Vice President Business Development for the easyGroup of companies, reporting directly to Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, where he was involved with franchising, real estate and a major shareholder value dispute which successfully concluded with the sale of a NY listed PLC. Prior to this he was European Expansion Manager for easyGroup and was responsible for the international roll out of all the easyInternet cafes from Oxford Street, London, across Europe and on to 42nd Street, New York.
Andrew is a Non Executive Director of Social Enterprise UK, Chair of Foyer Federation, Trustee for Thare Machi Education and is an Ambassador for the UK Cabinet Office Mutuals Programme.
Andrew gained his MBA through Imperial College London, sits on the Credit Committee for the ACF Communitybuilders Fund, is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and served under Lord Young as a panel judge for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of The Year Award”.