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Alison Taylor - Charities Aid Foundation. London, , GB

Alison Taylor Alison Taylor

CEO CAF Bank & CAF Charity Services | Charities Aid Foundation


Alison Taylor leads CAF's delivery of banking, financial services and fundraising for UK charities.






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Alison Taylor joined CAF Bank as Chief Executive Officer in December 2019 and leads the strategic focus on growing lending to charities and social purpose clients.

She believes in placing clients and colleagues at the heart of everything CAF does and this is reflected in the design of the transformation programme and leadership ethos she has instilled. A passionate advocate of the Bank's social impact she sees the potential for sustainable finance to strengthen clients' organisational resilience.

Before joining CAF, Alison spent many years at HSBC in corporate banking leadership roles. She also served as HSBC UK Chief of Staff on the Executive Committee which managed the transition of HSBC's ring-fenced bank HSBC UK and chaired the Sustainability and Inclusion & Diversity Committees of HSBC UK.

Initially Alison trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte working in corporate finance and mergers and acquisition across sectors in the UK and overseas. She then transitioned to banking by joining Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banking Group PLC to drive their leveraged finance business in London.

In addition to her day job, Alison is a Trustee of The Wallace Collection, a fundraiser for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, and a community volunteer for Westminster Connects.

Industry Expertise (1)


Areas of Expertise (7)

Women in Banking


Financial Services


Charitable Fundraising


Diversity & Inclusion

Education (3)

Kingston University: M.A., Business and HR 1996

University of Bristol: B.Sc., Biology 1994

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales: C.A.

Affiliations (1)

  • ICAEW: Member

Volunteer Experience (4)

The Wallace Collection

Trustee 2021-present

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City of Westminster

Westminster Connects, Community Volunteer since March 2020.

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Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, fundraising, since 2008

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GDST Academy Trust Board

GDST Academy Trust Board, Trustee 2018-2021

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Media Appearances (4)

A crisis in the making for charities

The Banker  online


Rising fuel and food costs, decreasing disposable income and cuts in social programmes are creating a perfect storm for charitable organisations, says the CEO of CAF Bank.

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Charities and the decline in charitable giving

ITV London News  tv


Alison spoke about the cost-of-living crisis, the decline in charitable giving, and the effects on charities.

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Inspirational Woman

WeAreTheCity  online


Alison Taylor is Chief Executive of CAF Bank and CAF Charity Services.

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Charities: Bespoke Needs, Bespoke Banking

ICAEW  online


ICAEW member and CAF Bank CEO, Alison Taylor, has many years’ experience in corporate banking leadership roles, but says the sweet spot for her is where charity connects with the private and public sectors...

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Articles (2)

How charities can think about sustainable investing


Alison Taylor


Charities Aid Foundation’s subsidiary, CFSL, has partnered with abrdn to launch a new range of funds for charitable investors with a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors.

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Digital payment tools: the new normal for fundraising?

Finance Digest

Alison Taylor


How people donate to charity is changing. Cash is no longer king and UK charities are stepping up to meet this shift in demand by adopting digital innovations to ensure vital donations get through to those in need.

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