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Andrew Croft Biography

Andrew Croft became Chief Executive of CAN in 2008 having joined the organisation in 2006 with responsibility for the development of new revenue streams and replication, including CAN Mezzanine the award-winning high quality office space for charities, social enterprise and voluntary groups.

Andrew brought a wealth of experience in operations, sales, customer service, real estate and business development, with over 20 years’ management experience from John Lewis Partnership to easyGroup.

Prior to joining CAN Andrew was based in New York as Vice President Business Development for the easyGroup of companies, reporting directly to Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, where he was involved with franchising, real estate and a major shareholder value dispute which successfully concluded with the sale of a NY listed PLC. Prior to this he was European Expansion Manager for easyGroup and was responsible for the international rollout of all the easyInternet cafes from Oxford Street, London, across Europe and on to 42nd Street, New York.

He says: “Being able to use my social organisation background coupled with my experience in the private sector to help charities and social enterprises to develop and thrive is extremely rewarding. I firmly believe that the business model of social enterprises that are entrepreneurial but working for the good of the community, not just owners and shareholders, has a great future.”

Andrew is a Non Executive Director of:

  • Social Enterprise UK (formerly Social Enterprise Coalition) - the UK's national membership body for social enterprise 
  • Thare Machi Education – the charity using education to save lives in the developing world           

Andrew gained his MBA through Imperial College London; sits on the Credit Committee for the ACF Communitybuilders Fund; is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and served under Lord Young as a panel judge for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of The Year Award”.

In 2013 Andrew was appointed a Mutuals Ambassador as part of the Cabinet Office Mutuals Ambassadors Programme.

CAN is a strategic partner of the Cabinet Office and operates its charity and charity based social enterprise activities under the following headings:

CAN

CAN Invest

CAN Mezzanine