Luke McKeever appointed CEO at fast-growing online business

Neighbourly founder Nick Davies (left) with Joanna Lumley

Neighbourly founder Nick Davies (left) with Joanna Lumley has announced the appointment of Luke McKeever as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

It is internet platform that connects local community projects with companies that want to make a difference.

Insiders say 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

He 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.

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.

Nick Davies comments: “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.

“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.

“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.”