Kate Markey Biography

Kate Markey is Managing Director of CAN Invest, part of the CAN Group. She leads on all of CAN's social investment initiatives including its fund management and development, CAN Impact consultancy services, business consulting to social ventures and CAN Engage, its corporate partnerships.

Previously Kate had been CAN’s Deputy Chief Executive since 2008, after joining the organisation two years earlier as Director of Policy and Communications.

Kate has a longstanding career and commitment in social enterprise – working previously as an Executive Director of The Big Life Group in Manchester, a group of social businesses and charities tackling disadvantage and social exclusion. She was also Editor of The Big Issue in the North for many years. Under her editorship, the magazine campaigned heavily to raise public understanding about homelessness and give homeless people a voice, including changing legislation to give homeless people the right to vote, to open bank accounts and have better access to support services.

She says: “There is a way of doing business successfully which benefits the majority, can regenerate communities and has the capacity to change lives for the better. I believe we all have a responsibility to leave this world in a better state than we found it – creating a powerful social enterprise market is one way of doing just that.”

Before joining CAN in 2006, Kate worked for Thomson Reuters international news agency in Caracas Venezuela. Kate holds a BA Honours in English and Communications from the University of Liverpool and became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts in 2009.