Barry Knight

Barry Knight

CENTRIS and Beatrice Webb Memorial Trust
Newcastle, UK

Barry Knight is the director of the Webb Memorial Trust, which seeks new ways of tackling poverty. He is director of Centris, which identifies innovative solutions to old problems.  He advises the Global Fund for Community Foundations and Foundations for Peace. Working as a consultant, Barry has advised foundations, including Ford, CS Mott, Bertelsmann, Sabanci, Bernard van Leer, Dynasty, and Potanin.  As an evaluator, Barry trained as a statistician but takes an eclectic approach, and has pioneered new ways of thinking that have been published by the European Foundation Centre and WINGS.  He played a big part in developing of the Community Foundation Atlas. Barry is a frequent speaker at conferences, is in demand as a facilitator, and has worked as a mediator to resolve longstanding conflicts. Barry has held appointments at Cambridge University and in the British Government. He has written 15 books and has published more than 100 articles on topics as diverse as economic development, crime and delinquency, family policy, children’s services, voluntary action, civil society and philanthropy. Barry serves on the editorial board of Alliance Magazine and has twice been guest editor. His most recent publication is called The society we want.