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
Diversity & Inclusion
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.
- ICAEW: Member
Volunteer Experience (4)
The Wallace Collection
City of Westminster
Westminster Connects, Community Volunteer since March 2020.
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, fundraising, since 2008
GDST Academy Trust Board
GDST Academy Trust Board, Trustee 2018-2021
Media Appearances (3)
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.
Alison Taylor is Chief Executive of CAF Bank and CAF Charity Services.
Charities: Bespoke Needs, Bespoke Banking
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...
How charities can think about sustainable investingCAFOnline.org
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.
Digital payment tools: the new normal for fundraising?Finance Digest
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.