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Natalie Nicholles

Natalie Nicholles

Director of RSA Global

Natalie is responsible for growing the RSA’s presence and impact around the world through a range of exciting partnerships.

She has a breadth of experience in working with, and for, the private sector, national NGOs and local charities. She began her career working for FTSE 100 company Wolseley Plc in Europe; after four years and much thought, took the decision to focus on work that addresses the systemic causes of inequality in the world. She left Wolseley to launch an enterprise project for leprosy and tuberculosis charity Damien Foundation in Bangladesh, and then built a successful socio-economic impact consultancy within think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in London. She strongly believes that putting people and the planet at the heart of decision-making is the best way to make real social change.

A leader, manager, evaluator, facilitator and general ‘do-er’, Natalie has published and supported organisations on topics ranging from the social, economic and environmental impact of community-based adaptation to climate change, to the importance of diverting women from the criminal justice system. While at NEF she spoke internationally on how to build resilient, new economies by challenging the dominant narrative and building a movement for change.

Natalie is driven by an inherent belief that individuals and communities are best placed to determine what matters to them, but that they often lack the power to create change. Natalie finds in the RSA’s ideas, 27,000 Fellows and global platform a rich source of inspiration and potential to support social change - particularly where the RSA’s brand can facilitate such progress.

She loves contemporary dance, is half British/ half Belgian and is married to a Frenchman.

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