Bates Wells Foundation focuses on supporting sustainable social change. Since launching in 2015, this independent, UK-registered charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) (1150321) has given over £250,000 in grants to ground-breaking causes.
Most grants are given through two programmes.
Stephen Lloyd Awards – backing social innovators
The Foundation gives technical, financial and moral support to innovators who are working on projects to tackle social problems. Shortlisted finalists are awarded up to £2,000, with the winner given £20,000 to help make their social innovation a reality. Applications open in February each year. Click here for more.
Impact Grants Programme – supporting charities
Every September, the Foundation makes grants to charities which advance human rights causes, encourage diversity and social mobility and promote access to justice. Chosen charities (who must have been initially recommended by a Bates Wells employee) are given grants of between £5,000 – £10,000 to continue their good work.
All the Foundation’s annual reports and financial statements are on the UK Charity Commission website.
Meet the team behind the Foundation
Mona Rahman is the Foundation’s projects lead and she’s been the driving force behind both programmes. Working alongside the trustees, she oversees strategic planning as well as the Foundation’s charitable work. And her address book is packed with charitable and social enterprise leaders, who she connects with winners and finalists of the Stephen Lloyd Awards to help them on their way.
Mona’s been with Bates Wells for over 15 years, formerly as a marketing manager. Outside of work, she’s an active member of the Stag Lane PTA and enjoys volunteering in her daughter’s school.
Meet the trustees
Evelyn (Eve) Smith is the Secretary of the Booker Prize Foundationand a trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. She was a trustee and vice-chair of Breakthrough Breast Cancer (since renamed Breast Cancer Now) for 12 years and she’s currently an advisor to Hospice UK. Eve has helped many charities and not-for-profits to set policies and handle their governance and high-level administration. She began her career as a lawyer, and she was one of Bates Wells’ partners from 2000 to 2003. Today she’s a freelance consultant.
Martin Bunch is a practising employment lawyer who’s been leading Bates Wells as its managing partner since 2013. In that time, he’s overseen the firm’s certification as a B Corp and has spearheaded a number of firm-wide initiatives to advance the responsible agenda – from narrowing the firm’s salary gap to taking practical action to promote inclusion and diversity. Until recently Martin was a trustee and Vice Chair of Migrant Help, a charity providing advice and assistance to migrants to the UK and victims of trafficking, and he’s a qualified RFU referee.
Patrick Nash is a serial social entrepreneur. He’s set up and grown 12 social enterprises, charities and co-operatives, in everything from vegetarian food and renewable energy to mental health and technology. He’s been the CEO of two charities and the trustee of six. Until recently, Patrick was working with Connect Assist, where he launched and delivered over 40 helpline services for charities and government, supporting vulnerable people with financial, mental health and other challenges. Now he’s a leadership coach, non-executive director and adviser to organisations with a social purpose.
Patrick’s been one of Bates Wells’ clients since 1996, working closely with their partners to set up six organisations. You can read more about Patrick’s organisations here. Or drop him an email.
Peter Bennett is the treasurer of the Foundation. He was previously Bates Wells’ partnership executive officer. Today, he’s an independent consultant. He focuses on law firm management and value driven businesses – particularly B Corps. He’s dual-qualified in accountancy and marketing. And people come to him when they’re looking for legal advice on innovation and using A.I. Peter’s also a board member for Trustees Unlimited LLP and was honorary treasurer of the Institute of Health Visiting for six years.
Philip Kirkpatrick chairs the Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee. He’s also the deputy managing partner and head of Bates Wells’ Charity and Social Enterprise department. Philip founded the Bates Wells’ governance consultancy, Onboard. He advises charities, social enterprises and other public and social benefit organisations on charity, corporate and commercial law as well as regulatory and governance issues. Philip sits on a number of boards, including Shakespeare’s Globe Trust, the Death Penalty Project and Trustees Unlimited.
Rosamund McCarthy is one of Bates Wells’ partners and is the chair of the Foundation. She advises new and established charities on group structures, governance, political activities, fundraising, mergers and collaborations. Rosamund was also the founder and first chair of Poet in the City and she’s been a member or trustee for organisations including the Advisory Group on Campaigning and the Voluntary Sector, and the Small Charities Coalition. She’s currently a trustee of Citizens UK and a director of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. She’s also a governance trainer for Bates Wells’ Onboard consultancy.
Stephanie Biden is a partner in Bates Wells’ Charity & Social Enterprise team. She’s particularly interested in advising faith-based charities and international NGOs. Before joining Bates Wells, Stephanie worked with International Justice Mission in northern Thailand, supporting projects fighting sex trafficking.
Today, Stephanie advises new charities and social enterprises, helping with mergers, reorganisations and constitutional reviews. She also advises on grant-making, fundraising, intellectual property and social franchising, equality and discrimination and corporate philanthropy. She’s also a trustee of Tearfund, Stewardship and Breaking Barriers. Stephanie also occasionally hosts a supper club to raise money for small charities.