Lara Leigh-Wood is our Global Director, Philanthropy and Corporate Responsible Investment. Lara has over twenty years of experience straddling both private and non-profit sectors, weighted toward wealth management client development and fundraising.
She has successfully founded and grown multiple businesses, ranging from social enterprises for student parents at McGill University to her own company, Beacon Gainer, and wealth advisory platform, Client Advisor Partners. This technology eases collaboration of independent professional service firms in the private wealth industry to better results for clients. Throughout her career she has excelled in facilitating capital for projects that have made a positive difference in people's lives, most notably as Head of Corporate Fundraising at the National Autistic Society where she was responsible for securing high value gifts from large corporations. This was complemented by her later role at CAF, and growth of donor advised funds. Lara’s leadership of the donor advised fund business at Chapel & York, allows her to continue sparking meaningful collaborations across borders while easing the strategic growth of company and HNW philanthropy worldwide.