FIT is proud and honoured to appoint Michael Norton as its first Patron of the FIT Board.
Michael had previously been a member of the Board of trustees since FIT’s inception in 2014 until March 2022. This new title of Patron of the Board has been bestowed upon Michael in recognition of his instrumental role in helping his brother, the late Dr Simon Norton, establish and guide the Foundation.
About Michael Norton
Michael Norton is a social innovator and entrepreneur. Through the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action he develops innovative projects. These have included Changemakers, YouthBank, MyBnk and FoodCycle which provide opportunities especially to young people to engage in society. His current projects are addressing adolescent mental wellbeing, providing opportunities for young disadvantaged people, supporting sustainable farming and growing, including an urban mushrooms project, and creating a national museum of mathematics in memory of Simon Norton. He co-founded UnLtd, to support social entrepreneurs and Spring Impact which helps successful projects scale up. He has created projects supporting street children and literacy in India. He promotes social enterprise, environmental innovation and good business in China, where he has a professorship in social enterprise with the China Global Philanthropy Institute. He writes books on fundraising, everyday activism and social innovation. He is based in London.