Caroline Green has been awarded an MBE for her services to the Economy and Charity.
In early 2013 Caroline was asked by Vince Cable (the then-business secretary) to help form part of an advisory panel to the Government, representing the voice of SMEs. The panel’s remit was to advise what needed to be done in the aftermath of the banking crisis to improve funding accessibility and availability for SMEs. The outcome of the panel’s work was the establishment of the British Business Bank PLC and Caroline was asked to stay on and join the board as a non-executive director.
Between June 2013 and January 2019 Caroline remained on the board, helping grow the bank from a start-up with no employees to an organisation with 320 staff in London and Sheffield. To this day the British Business Bank has facilitated funding of £6.6bn to over 89,000 SMEs through a wide range of funding types such as start-up loans, angel funding, and patient capital, including both debt and equity.
In addition to her services to the Economy, Caroline has also sat on the boards of 2 charities for a total of 11 years. Firstly, following her own diagnosis in 2005, Caroline joined the board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a UK charity with £30m turnover where she was a trustee for over 5 years.
Caroline then became the Vice Chair for the anti-slavery charity Unseen. Unseen runs dedicated safe houses for men, women and children who have been victims of trafficking. Caroline worked with Unseen for over 6 years until the end of 2018.
We’re sure you’ll agree that carrying out all of this incredibly important work (alongside her day job), is very inspirational and certainly MBE-worthy! We’re so excited and proud to have her in the ReBOUND team and can’t wait to see what she does next!