Niamh Goggin

Niamh Goggin has worked in social finance, social enterprise and local economic development in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Central America since 1991.


She is a trustee and finance and organisation committee member of UK Community Foundations, trustee of Social and Community Capital and trustee and finance and resource committee member of Community Foundation NI.

She worked with The Good Economy (Sarah Forster) on a commission from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to help align its social investment activities more directly with its strategic outcomes:
* How can JRF align SI activity with their outcome areas?
* How do they prioritise investment opportunity; weighing up the opportunities for mass provision against focusing on high social need?
* Can they capitalise on JRF’s leadership position on anti-poverty research and campaigning to convene other social investors around particular issues and opportunities.
She has been working the Local Trust since 2011, providing advice and support on social investment and local economics in 150 Big Local areas across England. This includes developing and managing innovative direct investments into credit unions, social enterprises and voluntary organisations on behalf of Big Local partnerships.
She was Expert Advisor to Barclays UK Community Investment on their Credit Union Support Programme 2014 – 2019.
She and Margaret Bolton have developed a capitalisation programme for Arts & Business NI, gaining support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Foyle Foundation.
She worked with Leila Baker of IVAR on a learning review of The Foundry, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, the largest social investment by charitable trusts in the UK.

Barrow Cadbury Trust, Access – the Social Investment Foundation and IVAR funded follow-on study to our work for the Charity Commission (below), looking at the experience of small and medium-sized charities in England, in considering or using social investment.
We carried out a short, focused learning review of the relationship between Commonweal Housing and its current and potential social investors. Commonweal is highly regarded as an innovator providing housing solutions to social injustice.
IVAR was commissioned by the Charity Commission for England and Wales to research social investment from the perspective of charity social investors and charities receiving social investment. You can download a copy of our report through the link in the publications section below.
We also carried out a learning review of The Foundry, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, Vauxhall, which was the largest social investment by charitable trusts in the UK.
She has worked with charitable trusts and foundations, running workshops for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Lloyds TSB Foundation Northern Ireland. I developed the Change Matters performance framework for CDFI’s in the UK, on behalf of the CDFA, now Responsible Finance.
Other clients include the Charity Commission for England and Wales, SEEDA, Experian, DWP, HM Treasury Financial Inclusion Taskforce, European Microfinance Network, Deutsche Bank.


B.Sc. (Hons) Economics – The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland;

MBA, The Open University, UK.