Director (Impact) - Kingston Smith Fundraising & Management
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Karl joined KSFM at the turn of 2016, his skills and experience in impact reporting introducing a new element to our service offer. He started his career as a lecturer in social education followed by a directorship in community development, community relations and social policy for a Local Authority in Northern Ireland. The founding director of Lodestar Consultancy he has been working in support of projects in the social economy for over fifteen years. Involved with Social Return on Investment (SROI) from its inception, his early work in collaboration with others contributed to the establishment of SROI methodology in the UK and led to him being part of the initial Board of Trustees that launched The SROI Network (now Social Value International) which is operating across some 22 countries and growing.
Karl is an experienced SROI Accredited Practitioner having produced a number of impact studies in the disability field, arts projects, community initiatives, employment programmes, industrial relations, work with young people, work with children & families, work with people involved in substance misuse and a range of counseling and advocacy delivery services.
Over the last seven years he set up and managed the Assurance Process for The SROI Network and has unrivalled experience of impact reporting and verification systems. In this role, Karl has led a team of some thirty assessors in twelve member countries and has worked collaboratively with members, practitioners, and various external partners to establish standards that can be used to better evidence impact for social investors and other stakeholders. Having recently left his assurance role with Social Value, he is continuing to deliver work as a specialist in the world of Impact Reporting with Kingston Smith LLP.
Karl holds a degree in the Arts and one in Education and latterly a Masters degree in Organisational Studies (Education) from the Open University. He has been a voluntary director of a number of charities including a Volunteer Bureau an Employment scheme for young people and most recently Chair of a regional branch of Home-Start.