Kirstin Ross Biography

Kirstin Ross has been CAN’s Head of Business Development since 2008.

She joined the organisation in January 2006 as the Business Manager at CAN Mezzanine’s London Bridge offices.

As a key member of the replication team she was involved with the building refurbishment and development of CAN Mezzanine’s offices in Loman Street, Southwark, which opened in 2007.

She subsequently led the project management of the CAN Mezzanine Old Street development which opened in April 2009. Before joining CAN in 2006 Kirstin spent a number of years in academia, achieving an MA (Hons) in History and a Masters in Law (LLM) in Public International & European Law at Glasgow University.

She also researched for a doctorate at Aberdeen University and at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington, DC. Subsequently, Kirstin gained experience in business management, project management and business development, working primarily with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). She has a keen interest in developing cross-sector partnerships, capacity building and social franchising.

She says: “Working in the social sector is as rewarding as it is challenging. My role is to look for business opportunities and develop services that will directly support and enable our customers and other civil society organisations to maximise the social impact they can have when working with their beneficiaries and their local communities.”