Paul Cheng


What attracted you to being a trustee at Lankelly Chase?

Over the last 20 years, I have been fascinated by the interplay between government, business and civil society, and how capital can be deployed for greater social impact around the world. I was attracted to become a Lankelly Chase Trustee because the Foundation is taking a long-term systems approach to tackling the problem of severe and multiple disadvantage – in a way that very few funders can. It is the privileged role of an independent charitable foundation to create spaces where an alternative vision of what is possible can be articulated.

As a former corporate finance lawyer, and as current Chair of SharedImpact (the world’s first global Donor-Advised Fund), I bring to the Board both a deep knowledge of the emerging social investment market and an international perspective on philanthropy (especially with my civil society work in the European Union, the United States and Hong Kong).