MICHAEL NORTON, OBE
Chair and non-executive director
Michael, founder and director of CIVA, is a well-recognised expert in fundraising, author and serial social entrepreneur. Prior to merging with Trillion Fund, Michael was Chairman and Co-founder of FundIt.Buzz (formerly Buzzbnk). He took the lead role in setting up UnLtd (UK), the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, which received the Millennium Legacy of £100 million. He founded the Directory of Social Change in 1975, the UK’s leading provider of information and training to charities. He co-founded Changemakers in 1994 to find new ways of engaging young people in social action and was its Executive Chair until 2001. He founded YouthBank UK in 1998, and incubated the Otesha Project UK, FoodCycle, MyBnk and other social ventures in the UK and India. In 2013, Michael was awarded the prestigious “Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy”. In 2014, Michael was honoured with the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at The Charity Awards.
Pierre is an actuary with over twenty five years’ international business experience in consulting and corporate roles. He has worked in financial services (insurance, reinsurance and wealth management); actuarial consulting (life and non-life insurance, pensions and employee benefits); and management consulting (including strategy development and execution, change management, and privatisation). He has held senior management as well as executive and non-executive board positions, and his career has extended across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
He is a principal of Erlen Street, a Switzerland based firm that provides management
and investment consulting services, and he was formerly an Executive Board Member of
the Swiss Re Life & Health business group. He is also a founding board member and equity
partner in FundIt.Buzz (formerly Buzzbnk).