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Neil Bannister

CFO @ JustGiving

MD - JustGiving

Reading, United Kingdom

Ranked #793 out of 15,860 for CFO in United States

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Neil Bannister's Work Experience



September 2005 to Present



September 2005 to August 2012


Head of Finance and Administration

May 2004 to August 2005

Neil Bannister's Education

University of Bristol

BSc Hons (Econ) Economics Accounting Law

1992 to 1995

Princethorpe College

1986 to 1992

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JustGiving is the world's social platform for giving, enabling over 24 million people in 164 countries to raise $3billion for over 12,000 charities since launch. JustGiving owns the world's largest database of giving and we utilise that data in an intelligent way to increase people's propensity to give by matching people with causes they care about. JustGiving...

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I'm an energetic,multi-disciplined leader who loves working in high growth, challenging technology businesses. Having worked with a mix of fast paced technology start-ups and mature professional services companies, I have a strong understanding of how to grow businesses quickly in a scalable and sustainable way. I'm proud to have been a key part of the leadership team at JustGiving from its early days as a relatively unknown UK start-up to its current position as the world's largest and most trusted social giving platform for charitable causes and personal crowdfunding. I like to work with seriously smart people who believe that innovation and constant evolution are the key ingredients of success. I am proud to have been selected as "One of the UK's Top 20 FDs to watch" in 2013. I live in the countryside with my wife and two great children, with a third child on the way.CFO @ JustGiving is the world's social platform for giving, enabling over 24 million people in 164 countries to raise $3billion for over 12,000 charities since launch. JustGiving owns the world's largest database of giving and we utilise that data in an intelligent way to increase people's propensity to give by matching people with causes they care about. JustGiving aims to ensure that no great cause, anywhere in the world, goes unfunded. My role is to ensure the legal and financial framework of the company are world class and, in doing so, ensure that JustGiving is the world's most trusted "crowdfunding for good platform". Having been at JustGiving for over 9 years, I have been a key part of the global leadership team and enabled the company to move from a small successful start-up to being the world's most trusted social giving platform. I oversee the financial, legal and administrative functions globally. My key achievements are: - Helping to redesign the funds management platform (including the underlying accounting postings) in its entirety to ensure optimum scalability (in 2014 alone the platform accounted for donations of $580m) - Negotiating and finalising the sale of a U.S. Subsidiary to a PE backed payment processor - Procuring unsecured bank funding for the business in its critical (and loss making) start up phase which enabled the business to increase its rate of growth and therefore its investment in the platform - Embedding key anti-fraud and verification processes, and understanding global legislation, for both charity and non-charity fundraising - Securing numerous key partnership deals to ramp up the business' rate of growth and improve its global scalability, including PayPal, Worldpay and Barclays. From September 2005 to Present (10 years 4 months) CFO @ Firstgiving is the US online charitable fundraising platform, based in Boston MA. I led the sale of the business in 2012 to a private equity based payment processing company and was responsible for the negotiation of the key commercial terms and drafting of the legal agreements. Prior to that, I spent a considerable amount of time in the US helping to guide the strategic direction of the business and increase the effectiveness of the local leadership team. From September 2005 to August 2012 (7 years) Head of Finance and Administration @ IPD is a leading provider of real estate performance and risk analysis, providing critical business intelligence to real estate owners, managers, brokers, lenders and occupiers worldwide. Its unique database holds searchable information on 79,000 properties, valued at approximately USD 1.7trillion, which are located in 33 countries. Worked closely with the newly appointed leadership team to increase the rate of growth and global reach of the business, following the retirement of founders. Overhauled the finance team and reporting infrastructure. From May 2004 to August 2005 (1 year 4 months) Finance Director - UK @ Lycos was one of the leading multi-channel internet portals in the UK, competing with the likes of AOL and MSN. It offered search, email, chat, online dating and numerous other channels. Owned by Lycos Europe, it is part of the Bertelsmann media group. I introduced a laser focus on company spending, and a clear understanding of ROI to lead the company to profitability and revenue growth. Worked with the leadership team to develop a growth strategy for the UK business which was later rolled out globally. Travelled regularly to Germany for group finance strategy workshops. From March 2001 to April 2004 (3 years 2 months) Auditor - Technology @ KPMG in the UK is a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax and advisory. It has over 10,000 partners and staff working in 22 offices across the UK and is part of a strong global network of member firms. I was as an assistant audit manager in the ICE (Information, Communication and Entertainment) sector, and one of my key roles was leading the group audit of the BBC for two years which involved management of 8 audit teams. Managed various all audits of technology and media clients. From January 1999 to February 2001 (2 years 2 months) BSc Hons (Econ), Economics, Accounting, Law @ University of Bristol From 1992 to 1995 Princethorpe College From 1986 to 1992 Neil Bannister is skilled in: Fundraising, Start-ups, Business Strategy, E-commerce, Strategy, Nonprofits, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Social Media, Venture Capital, Strategic Planning, Leadership, Marketing Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Online Marketing, Management

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