James Banks

James James has been Chief Executive of London Funders since 2017, after nearly 20 years of working and volunteering across London’s civil society. James leads the work of London Funders to strengthen civil society and create a better London, through enabling a network of over 170 funders from all sectors to be effective.

As covid-19 hit, London Funders launched the “We Stand With The Sector” funder commitment, with over 400 funders from across the country signing up to core standards to support civil society through the pandemic, sharing the text for a mirror statement for European funders through DAFNE and the European Foundation Centre.  Four days after the first lockdown started in the UK, James and the team launched the London Community Response funder collaboration, bringing together 67 funders who have so far distributed over £55m to civil society groups in the capital to deal with the crisis and support the resilience of London’s communities as we look towards renewal and recovery.

Immediately prior to joining the team, James was Chief Executive at Greater London Volunteering, the regional membership body for social action charities in the capital, where he worked alongside the Mayor’s office to win the bid for London to be European Capital of Volunteering in 2016.  Previous roles have included Trustee or management roles in civil society support organisations in nine London boroughs, as well as being Chief Executive at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau in central London. James was the founder Chair of the Volunteer Centre for Tower Hamlets, was Chair of South West London Law Centres for ten years, and on the Trustee Board of his local Citizens Advice service for eight years, and continues to volunteer in his local community outside of work.