Stephen Lloyd, a leading figure in Groundwork's creation in the early 1980s, has died aged 63.
Stephen died in a boating accident while on holiday in Wales.
A leading figure in charity law, Stephen worked alongside Groundwork's first chief executive, the late John Davidson, to establish the first Groundwork trust in Merseyside in 1981. He is also credited with the creation of the Community Interest Company (CIC), which is a legal structure for social enterprises. More than 10,000 CICs have been registered in less than a decade.
Groundwork chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: "We are terribly sad to hear the news of Stephen Lloyd's untimely death. As a partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, Stephen drafted Groundwork's first constitution and played a key part in the steering group that helped to set the organisation up in 1981. He remained a great friend and supporter to this day. Our thoughts are with Stephen's widow Lorna, his family and friends."
Stephen was also a well-known public speaker in the Civil Society sector (including keynote speeches at NCVO Annual Conference three years running), an accomplished columnist, and author of a number of respected publications on charity law. He had lived in Greenwich, south London, since 1974 and had been on the board of a number of local charities. Concerned about environmental issues since the Stockholm Conference in 1972, he took up cycling “to reduce my carbon footprint!” He listed his personal interests as “walking, cycling, classical music, reading and enjoying the company of my family and friends.”
Stephen is survived by his wife Lorna and their four sons.
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