Cliff Prior, CBE 

CEO of Big Society Capital


Cliff Prior CBE became Big Society Capital CEO in March 2016. Big Society Capital is the world’s first wholesale social investor, and is also the market champion for UK social investment. 

Previously Cliff was CEO of UnLtd the foundation for social entrepreneurs, supporting 13,000 new startups, and building a 50-country Global Social Entrepreneurship Network.

Cliff was CEO of Rethink, for people affected by severe mental illness, and earlier work included counselling, youth, civil rights, social housing, supported housing, community care, offender resettlement, learning disability, dementia, and R&D. 

Cliff is a non-exec at health innovation agency UCL Partners.  He was a founding trustee of Clore Social Leadership and the Local Trust, a member of Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee, an adviser to Government on health, medicines, skills and civil society, and a serial social entrepreneur.