Crowdfunder has appointed Crowdcube founder Darren Westlake as interim chair for six months.

Crowdfunder, based in London, is a crowdfunding and fundraising platform which connects individuals and organisations to supporters who care.

It provides specialist fundraising advice and support from expert coaches and enables Crowdfunders to access match-funding opportunities.


Over £300 million has been raised by its Crowdfunders, plus tens of millions more unlocked by partners to support campaigns for startups, charities, social enterprises, communities, businesses, political movements and individuals.

Westlake brings a wealth of experience having led Europe’s home for equity crowdfunding Crowdcube team for 13 years as CEO and founder as well as acting as a board director for Crowdfunder for 10 years.

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He will report to the Crowdfunder board for a period of at least six months and will help the Crowdfunder leadership team to appoint a long-term chair, manage and refresh the board, contribute to company strategy and help Crowdfunder’s CEO, Rob Love, lead the team.

“We’re pleased Darren is making this move to work with us more closely. Darren is a respected industry leader and experienced board director. We look forward to Darren helping us accelerate and grow the business,” said Love.

Westlake added: “I’m delighted to join Crowdfunder as interim chair. Crowdfunder is close to my heart as I’ve worked on the brand since it was part of Crowdcube. 

“It’s a brilliant platform and I’m excited to see how, using my skills and experience, we can grow the brand further and realise its full potential.”

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