Neighbourly appoints technology entrepreneur Luke McKeever as CEO

18 September 2015
Founder Nick Davies to focus on building the Neighbourly movement in Chief Activist role

UK, 18 September 2015: Neighbourly.com – the internet platform that connects local community projects with companies that want to make a difference – has announced the appointment of Luke McKeever as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The move allows Founder, Nick Davies, to focus on building the Neighbourly movement as the company’s Chief Activist.

McKeever brings a strong track record in growing successful international technology businesses – having served as CEO for Portrait Software, a UK-listed customer interaction optimisation specialist acquired by Pitney Bowes for £44million in 2010, and OB10, the global trading network acquired by Tungsten Corporation for £100million in 2013. McKeever joined Neighbourly as Chairman in September 2014. As CEO, he will now oversee day-to-day operations as Neighbourly continues its transition from ambitious UK startup to rapid growth, international organisation.

Neighbourly recently closed its third funding round, and announced plans for the Netherlands to become the second ‘Neighbourly Nation’. The platform launched in July 2014, helping community projects find support and allowing major brands to pledge almost £2million and some 6,500 volunteer days to local community causes in its first year. The business recently brought in Lloyd Buxton as Head of Client Engagement and Annette Mercer as Head of Operations, to help continue the rapid scaling of the business.

“Neighbourly has made huge strides this year. As we grow, we need an experienced eye on ensuring we continue to deliver a positive impact for companies, and the causes and volunteers in local communities,” explained Nick Davies, Founder and Chief Activist, Neighbourly. “Luke’s knowledge and his belief in our purpose make him the perfect match for the CEO role. It also gives me the time required to concentrate on driving awareness and understanding of Neighbourly’s role in transforming the intersection between business and society, to the benefit of local communities.”

Luke McKeever, CEO, Neighbourly added: “In our journey so far, it has become increasingly clear that we are not just building a company – we’re also building a movement of like-minded individuals and businesses. Driving that type of social change is a full-time role and Nick is the natural leader of these conversations. As CEO I look forward to working with Neighbourly’s talented team in a day-to-day capacity, getting everything in place as we prepare to make an even bigger impact in 2016 and beyond.”