Iain Rawlinson is a director of companies and trustee of charities with 30 years of experience in banking, investment and industry, which he gained initially with Lazard Brothers, Robert Fleming Limited (the investment bank) and Fleming Family & Partners. After becoming independent in 2005, his subsequent appointments have been in the energy, environment, resources and transport sectors, including a period as Chairman of Monarch from 2009 to 2014, alongside appointments as a trustee of charities.
He is Chairman and Co-Founder of Online Radio Broadcasting Limited, a social enterprise which has recently launched a revolutionary social broadcasting application, crowdCaster whose mission is "Giving People a Voice". It enables people to have their voice and message heard through recording and broadcasting short audio casts, aiming to raise awareness of social issues, contribute to education, stimulate the creative arts and bring communities together. He is also Chairman of new businesses in the financial and media sectors, and also chairs the Development Board of Tusk Trust, the UK charity focused on conservation, communities and education in Africa and the Online Radio Broadcasting Foundation.
"So much of the recognised business and charitable landscape is now in a state of flux - resulting from changes brought about by technology, fault lines in the global economy, and the human need to be useful. The difference between money and value is becoming a defining feature distinguishing between the old world and the new. The work of the Centre for Social Innovation is shaping a new generation of thinking as to how organisations should organise themselves to be effective in this new environment - both in achieving their aims and being sustainable. I am very much looking forward to sharing ideas from my industry experience with the intention of supporting the Centre in its focus on engaging with social innovators, and creating and supporting successful social ventures and projects."
Iain's particular interest in crowdCaster is empowering people around the world through the medium of audio, creating a sustainable platform using the human voice as a force for good. Online Radio Broadcasting Limited's development of crowdCaster is shaped around this principle, and that of successful social enterprise.
Iain read Law at Jesus College, Cambridge (1977-1980) and was called to the Bar in 1981, and is the founder and principal of Rawlinson Partners Limited, a UK firm representing his professional activities. He has two children and lives in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK.