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Head of Impact and Sustainability appointed at Unity Trust Bank

Unity Trust Bank has appointed Joshua Meek as Head of Impact and Sustainability, in a new role that will ensure the continued development of the Bank’s impact framework and support its mission to create a better society.

Joshua joins Unity Trust Bank from Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue Group, where he was Head of Impact. Prior to his work at The Big Issue, Joshua has worked with a number of award-winning UK social enterprises, including Harry Specters Chocolates, Redemption Roasters and Invisible Cities.

Unity Trust Bank offers an ethical alternative for businesses with a social conscience, working with organisations and SMEs that share its values and philosophy. Delivering on its ‘double bottom line’ strategy, Unity lends to customers that positively impact society, and supports local communities through volunteering and partnerships with charities.

Joshua will work across all areas of the bank, alongside the executive team, to ensure that the bank continues to deliver measurable positive social impact for customers and their communities.

Commenting on his appointment, Joshua said: “I’m delighted to join a socially-minded bank that is committed to continually improving its impact management approach and delivering social and environmental good — whether that’s through focusing on its double bottom line strategy or having rigorous measurement in place so we understand the impact we create and support through our work.

“I have worked with organisations at different stages of growth, from start up through to well established social enterprises. Joining an organisation like Unity Trust Bank provides a great opportunity to create impact that will benefit a whole range of communities across the UK.”

Unity Trust Bank CEO, Deborah Hazell, added: “Joshua’s experience of supporting social enterprises and charities across the UK, to measure and manage their impact, will be a huge asset to us as we continue to focus on how we can drive forward positive change.

“We’re excited to be able to strengthen our senior team with this new role, which will add additional insight into the impact we make as an organisation, and will support how we can amplify this over the coming years.”

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Unity is a specialist business bank with a difference. With offices in Birmingham, Manchester and London, it offers an ethical alternative for businesses with a social conscience. For more than 38 years the bank has worked with organisations and SMEs that share its values and philosophy, offering a full range of banking services including current accounts, savings accounts and loans. Independent since December 2015, its purpose is to help create a better society, not just maximise profit. Unity’s focus on its customers, employees, and the communities it serves is what sets it apart and allows it to deliver on the bank’s ‘Double Bottom Line’ strategy through volunteering, education and fundraising. Unity is a Real Living Wage employer, a Fair Tax Mark business, a Women In Finance Charter signatory, member of the Banking Standards Board and currently holds the Investors in People Gold standard. Visit www.unity.co.uk for more information. You can also follow Unity Trust Bank on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or go to our Linkedin page.

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