Stephen Lloyd was an inspirational lawyer and innovator who dedicated his working life to advising charities and social enterprises and who pioneered significant developments in the sector. He died suddenly on 20th August 2014 while sailing in Newport Bay, a place that he loved dearly. The exact cause of his death is unknown.

Stephen was widely known for his expertise, dynamism, creative intellect, wisdom, leadership, sense of fun and commitment to good causes, and his friends and admirers have established the Stephen Lloyd Awards to preserve and perpetuate the memory, ideals and legacy of such an extraordinary man.

You can read Stephen’s obituary in the Guardian here. You can read Stephen’s obituary in the Independent here.

Stephen Lloyd Awards winners are democratically selected by the entire community of charity and social enterprise experts who support the awards. That community includes philanthropists, social investors, lawyers, accountants, governance and management specialists and many others. Winners will also receive valuable pro bono support from that community.

Aim of the awards

Stephen was a passionate developer of new ideas, the Community Interest Company perhaps being his most enduring legacy and a typical example of him identifying a need, thinking around the problem, finding an innovative solution and driving through the required change.

As well as developing his own social innovations, Stephen was an admirer and supporter of other social innovators and throughout his career at Bates Wells always had at least one project on the go, where he gave legal support to getting someone else’s project off the ground because he believed in its potential.The awards are about creating success and, in line with Stephen’s own approach, they will support early stage projects that have real potential to achieve practical, sustainable social change. They will harness the expertise and the finance of those with deep knowledge of the charity and social enterprise sector in order to help socially valuable projects move from concept to realisation.


Award decisions will be taken forward by the Stephen Lloyd Awards steering group, Bates Wells Foundation trustees, comprising representatives of committed supporters and Stephen’s family. The awards will be co-ordinated by Bates Wells Foundation and funded through donations from supporters.

Funding will be held by and financial awards made from the Bates Wells Foundation (where it will be held as restricted funds) and financial support for projects will be given by the trustees of that charity on the recommendation of the Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee.

Opportunities of pro bono support will be provided by the numerous sector experts who commit themselves to the Awards and wish to take on the chosen projects.

Funding and pro bono support required

Pledges of funding and other support can be made online at or by contacting us directly.

Impact Report

We are pleased to share with you the first Stephen Lloyd Awards Impact Report.   This report gives an overview of what’s been achieved collectively through our Awards programme, to date, as well as the positive impact attained by finalists and winners.

Press Releases

Download the 2020 press release here.

Annual Report

Download the Annual Reports here:

2019 Annual Report of Bates Wells Foundation and Stephen Lloyd Awards here.
2018 Annual Report of Bates Wells Foundation and Stephen Lloyd Awards here.
2017 Annual Report of Bates Wells Foundation and Stephen Lloyd Awards here.
2016 annual report from the Stephen Lloyd Awards here.
2015 annual report from the Stephen Lloyd Awards here.


For further information please email:

Mona Rahman | [email protected]