Bates Wells and Braithwaite Jim Clifford OBE

/Bates Wells and Braithwaite Jim Clifford OBE
Bates Wells and Braithwaite Jim Clifford OBE 2019-01-15T17:38:35+00:00


Jim is a chartered accountant, chartered tax practitioner, and holds qualifications in corporate finance, insolvency, and Third Sector financial management.  He heads the Advisory and Impact teams at BWB and helps Social Sector and private Sector organisations to create, analyse, enhance and realise value through acquisitions, disposals, mergers and other structural, and transactional approaches as well as through outcomes-based planning, strategy and evaluations. He is the author of over sixty social impact studies (not-for-profit and private sectors), as well as other research assignments, and has developed and managed corporate transactions in the UK and abroad in both private and not-for-profit arenas.

Jim’s innovative work in social investment was recognised in 2013 with an OBE, having recently designed and developed the first charity-led social impact bond IAAM – ‘It’s all About Me’, which he now also Chairs. IAAM is a UK-wide social enterprise finding and training therapeutic adoptive parents for harder-to-place children.

Amongst other roles, he is a member of the European Commission GECES group which steers policy on Social Enterprise across the EU Member States. He is also a member of the NCVO Advisory Group, an independent director of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and a visiting Fellow at Cass Business School’s centre for Charity Effectiveness.  He is a former trustee and treasurer of National charity and IAAM sponsor, Adoption UK.

Jim and his wife are experienced therapeutic adopters, with nine adopted children.  The story of their youngest was told in the widely acclaimed BBC documentary “A Home for Maisie.”  In addition to public speaking and training engagements, they are the co-authors of a new publication from BAAF: “Parenting a child with developmental delay.”

Jim says
“So many of us have gained so much from our childhoods, and from the support of parents and parent figures, yet so many in care haven’t had those advantages that should be everyone’s as of right.

There are many projects focused on helping this group, and rightly so.  However, there is pitifully little support for such youngsters once they leave school, and even less if they are, on the face of it, doing well and coping.  Yet this is just the group that can be our greatest asset as a society.  Those that can survive their disadvantage and thrive and achieve despite this are those we should most support.  This project does that, practically and sensitively, and exactly in the way that it is most needed.  I am delighted to have been invited to get involved”