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Steve Wyler

Steve Wyler

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Steve is an independent consultant in the field of social change and innovation.

He works with third sector and public sector organisations, and specialises in:

  • Research, analysis, and policy formation
  • Collaboration, alliance building, mergers
  • Strategic reviews and business planning
  • Making a case to funders and policy makers
  • Impact studies
  • Leadership mentoring

Recent clients include:

  • Access Foundation
  • Carnegie UK Trust
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • Essex Council
  • Forum for the Future
  • Greenhouse Sports
  • Ealing Council
  • Hackney Council
  • Homeless Link
  • Local Trust
  • One Westminster
  • Paddington Development Trust
  • The Peel Institute
  • Power to Change
  • Shoreditch Trust
  • The School for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Social Enterprise UK
  • Young Westminster Foundation

Steve is  co-convenor of the Better Way initiative, and a writer. Recent publications include:

  • Community responses in times of crisis, 2020
  • In Our Hands: A history of community business, 2017

Over the last twenty years Steve has played a leading role in the fields of localism, community ownership, community enterprise, social enterprise, and social investment.

In 2017-18 he was a panel member of the Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society

As CEO of Locality, he grew the country’s largest network of community enterprises,  delivering national programmes on community organising, neighbourhood planning, community asset ownership, and neighbourhood budgets.

Over the previous fifteen years Steve worked for voluntary agencies and independent grant-makers. For example in the 1990s, working with homeless agencies, he ran Homeless Network, co-ordinated the Rough Sleepers Initiative in London, and set up Off the Streets and into Work.

Steve has been a member of various Government advisory groups on localism, social enterprise, and the third sector (Cabinet Office, Department for Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice). Steve helped to establish Social Enterprise UK and the Adventure Capital Fund (parent body of the Social Investment Business). He was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List.

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Was CEO of

  • Locality
  • Development Trusts Association
  • The Baring Foundation (interim)
  • Safe in the City (interim)
  • London Voluntary Service Council (interim)
  • Homeless Network

Currently trustee of

  • Groundswell

Was trustee of

  • Access Foundation
  • Community Links
  • Thames Reach
  • Social Enterprise UK
  • National Communities Resource Centre
  • ResPublica Trust
  • Glass House Community Led Design
  • Social Enterprise Partnership (GB)
  • Adventure Capital Fund

Years in the sector

  • 35 years

Years as a consultant

  • 12 years (at different times)

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