Our Board

THERESA BURTON

Chief executive and director

Prior to merging with Trillion Fund, Theresa was CEO and Co-founder of FundIt.Buzz (formerly Buzzbnk)*, an on-line crowd-funding platform bringing social ventures looking for start-up or growth capital together with like-minded people keen to participate in a new way of funding social change. Launched in January 2011, it is the UK's first crowdfunding platform specifically for social enterprises and charities. Before co-founding and setting up FundIt.Buzz in 2009 with Michael Norton, Theresa spent 16 years as a senior manger in the private sector, delivering global e-business, internet and enterprise business solutions for two large international corporations, the most recent with Swiss Re. In 2008 she completed a Sloan Fellowship MBA/MSc at London Business School. She was also a founding Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2013 and acted on the Board until June 2015.

Born in Canada, she holds an Engineering/Applied Science BSc from Queen’s University. Now living in England, she is a British Citizen and RSA Fellow.

*FundIt.Buzz continues to run and operate as a rewards-based crowdfunding platform for charities and social enterprises under Trillion Fund ownership.

MICHAEL NORTON, OBE

Chair and non-executive director

Michael, founder and director of CIVA, is a well-recognised expert in fundraising, author and serial social entrepreneur. Prior to merging with Trillion Fund, Michael was Chairman and Co-founder of FundIt.Buzz (formerly Buzzbnk). He took the lead role in setting up UnLtd (UK), the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, which received the Millennium Legacy of £100 million. He founded the Directory of Social Change in 1975, the UK’s leading provider of information and training to charities. He co-founded Changemakers in 1994 to find new ways of engaging young people in social action and was its Executive Chair until 2001. He founded YouthBank UK in 1998, and incubated the Otesha Project UK, FoodCycle, MyBnk and other social ventures in the UK and India. In 2013, Michael was awarded the prestigious “Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy”. In 2014, Michael was honoured with the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at The Charity Awards.

 

PIERRE THERON

Non-executive director

Pierre is an actuary with over twenty five years’ international business experience in consulting and corporate roles. He has worked in financial services (insurance, reinsurance and wealth management); actuarial consulting (life and non-life insurance, pensions and employee benefits); and management consulting (including strategy development and execution, change management, and privatisation). He has held senior management as well as executive and non-executive board positions, and his career has extended across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

He is a principal of Erlen Street, a Switzerland based firm that provides management
and investment consulting services, and he was formerly an Executive Board Member of
the Swiss Re Life & Health business group. He is also a founding board member and equity
partner in FundIt.Buzz (formerly Buzzbnk).