CAN Co-Founder and Trustee named in BBC 100 Women


Helen Taylor Thompson OBE

We're thrilled that CAN's Co-Founder, former Chair and Trustee Helen Taylor Thompson OBE has been chosen as one of the BBC 100 Women for International Women’s Day.

Helen's passion and determination, alongside our partners Triodos, Charity Banks and City Bridge Trust, has enabled CAN to achieve growth and support the organisations- currently 170 charities and social enterprises in central London, that we have to this day.

Chief Executive of CAN Andrew Croft said, “As a CAN Trustee Helen remains ambitious for us, urging further development of our financial investment abilities for the sector, such as our Early Intervention Fund in Partnership with UBS and Funding London, coupled with our investment and business readiness support. We hope you enjoy finding out more about such a key inspiration for our work and the extraordinary life she has lived so far.”

Helen also worked as a spy and sent coded messages in occupied France during World War II.

To honour Helen's work, CAN is in the process of changing the name of its parent charity to Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation and will be merging with Thare Machi Education, another charity that Helen founded, to unify her work under her name.


This International Women’s Day, on Thursday 8th March, CAN Mezzanine will hold a networking lunch with guest speakers, Women for Women International, to learn about more the charity’s inspirational work in helping female survivors of war rebuild their lives.

Women for Women International’s #MessageToMySister campaign encourages people to reach out to women in conflict-affected communities around the world by sending a message to show solidarity.

Women IWD

Run annually on March 8, International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911.

This year’s theme #PressforProgress calls for widespread gender parity and inclusivity, which according to World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, will not occur for at least another 200 years.

The campaign encourages people to ‘collaborate to accelerate gender parity’ and commit to one area to press for progress within individual spheres of influence.

Here at CAN, 54% of Chief Executives and CEO’s of organisations in our Mezzanines are female.

We are asking people at CAN what International Women’s Day means to them:



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