Senior Development Manager

Alice Casey


Innovation Lab

What I do

Alice is currently leading on a portfolio of work looking at how technology is transforming communities and civic life. She has a particular interest in how people themselves are changing the society around them using digital tools and new ways of organising, collaborating and connecting from the ground up, including platform cooperativism and place based approaches. Examples include her work leading Nesta's ShareLab Fund, exploring how collaborative platforms can help tackle social challenges, on Crowdfunding as a director of Crowdfunder, co-founding a new open data infrastructure charity, 360Giving, that supports grantmaking bodies to publish and use their data.

Alice joined Nesta in August 2009 and has led a number of major community-driven innovation programmes. Previous work includes Neighbourhood Challenge - a collaboration with BLF that showed how funders can unlock local community potential, analysing Nesta's past portfolio of Digital Public Services,  the Big Green Challenge - the first social challenge prize fund of £1m to incentivise and support community-led innovation on Co2 reduction and energy generation.  Additionally, through the Cabinet Office Innovation in Giving Fund she has also worked closely with major charities to promote culture change and open innovation, and has supported volunteer centres and social startups to develop their innovations with a focus on the digital aspects of their work. 


Before joining Nesta Alice worked for where she led on a range of research driven and practical projects that explored how public involvement in decision making can improve policy responses and public services. 

Alice is a trustee of Local Trust which leads Big Local, a £220m place-based fund to support communities to lead change at a local level.

She also actively supported people-centred charities like Otesha UK as chair of trustees, has acted as an advisor to Goodgym and a range of socially-minded startups. You can find her on social media @cased.

ShareLab Fund logo
The​ f​und will support organisations to develop and test​ business models that make an impact on social issues - here are the eight​ pioneers
Driver Co-op is an online co-operative platform app owned by private hire drivers and supported by The New Economics Foundation
A showcase of Nesta's portfolio of leading edge practical and research work developed in partnership with funding bodies, researchers and technologists.
Three years ago Nesta published research which aimed to profile and explore crowdfunding platforms. We also began to fund and support a group of crowdfunding platforms to grow their services. This took place at a time when the market for crowdfunding was just beginning to develop in the UK. Now, as we are preparing to run the largest ever crowdfunding study with Cambridge University, it seems like a great time to go back and take a look at how these pioneering platforms have grown and developed over the time….when crowdfunding went mainstream.
Alice Casey
Wednesday, 13 August 2014