The most important social enterprise and social investment conference of the year

13th March 2018 – Royal Institute of British Architects, Marylebone London

A day of Powerful Talks | Workshops | 40+ Speakers | 400+ Entrepreneurs, Sector Support Agencies & Corporate Partners

This year Beyond Good Business & Good Deals are joining hands in collaboration to bring you the most important social enterprise and social investment conference of the year!

It’s the 10th Anniversary of Good Deals, delivered by Pioneers Post, and the return of Beyond Good Business, powered by Hatch Enterprise.

We’ll be exploring how to do good business better, what the current failings are in Social Investment, and where a promising future lies. We’ll be hearing from entrepreneurs on the front line, new investors on the scene and intermediaries and sector experts carving out and cultivating the next best good business deals.

Workshops

Show Me the Money: Social Investors under the Spotlight

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In this ‘Reverse Pitching’ session, we put some of the UK’s leading social impact investors on the spot to be scrutinised by a panel of charities and social enterprises, covering everything from investor/investee relations and interest rates to who gets the money that’s being invested and the infrastructure supporting the UK’s social economy.

Speakers include Holly Piper (CAF Venturesome)Hosted by the Connect Fund

Blockchains, Crowdfunding and the Democratisation Of Capital

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What are the big innovations in social impact investment? How are new technologies, new investment vehicles and new platforms creating opportunities for a significant step change in the way we can use money for good?

Speakers include Nigel Kershaw (Big Issue Invest), and speakers from CAF Venturesome and Ethex.

Growing Pains

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You’ve started successfully and proved the business model – now you need to inject your social enterprise with everything it needs to become bigger and better. It can sometimes be an uncomfortable process. This workshop gives you the tools, the techniques and the top tips for pain-free growth from a range of experts and frontline practitioners

Speakers include Eddie Finch (Buzzacott) Hosted by Buzzacott

A Recipe for Good Investment

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Three mission-driven ventures (and their investors) give us their recipes for good investment, based on their experiences, including who they got the money from, the hurdles they had to jump, how it’s all going now and the impact it’s made.

Hosted by NatWest

Gender Lens Social Impact Investing

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It’s 100 years since women won the vote, yet they are still underrepresented in Parliament and in business. Are social ventures and impact investors doing any better? Some of the leading figures from the NatWest WISE100 and Hatch’s Female Founders programme offer their insights.

Hosted by the Connect Fund

The Secret Social Entrepreneurs in the Creative Economy

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Recent studies have shown the huge value that creative entrepreneurs bring to the economy and to society. Many creative entrepreneurs are also ‘secret social entrepreneurs’ – bringing opportunities in the creative and social economies together in an exciting way. We hear from some fantastic examples, including several international guests.

Hosted by the British Council

Bold Commissioning: The Role of Social Business And Investment in Public Service Reform

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The ministerial promises of a few years ago of a ‘bigger slice of a smaller pie’ have not come true. Despite high-profile collapses of giants such as Carillion, the Government continues to put its trust in a few huge private providers – while the opposition wants to bring everything back to the State. So can charities and social enterprises still grow in public sector markets? What are impact investment vehicles such as SIBs doing to build trust and success? And how can we show that social ventures really are a viable alternative model?

What’s the Deal on Diversity?

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What sort of organisations are successful in winning social investment? What’s the deal for black and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs? Is social investment helping or hindering? And how about social enterprises operating in different parts of the country? We follow the money trail and ask entrepreneurs and investors from diverse communities and in different regions what’s going on – and what needs to change.

Programme

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Welcome + Good Deals of the Decade

As we set out the day’s agenda, we also reveal our shortlist for the ‘Good Deals of the Decade’.

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How Creativity Can Change the World

Two social entrepreneurs share remarkable stories of how they turned some big social and environmental challenges into great opportunities thanks to creative flair, keen business sense, an eye for fashion and a talent for aligning bold social purpose to the needs and passions of enlightened consumers.

Speakers include Kresse Wesling, founder, Elvis&Kresse

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When Capital Meets Purpose: Moving from Concept to Commitment

Plenary discussion with Q&A.
After more than a decade of social impact investment and purpose-driven business, what have we achieved and where have we failed? What are the big opportunities and dangers for the next 10 years? How can we move from shortterm fund and programme launches and commit to system-changing social innovation?

Speakers include Baroness Glenys Thornton (House of Lords), Amit Bhatia (Global Impact Investing Steering Group), Dr Mairi Mackay (British Council), Indy Johar (Dark Matter Laboratories), Jessica Brown (Hatch & Barrow Cadbury)

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Coffee + Tea

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Morning Seminars, Workshops & Advice Clinics

See details above.

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Lunch

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Afternoon Seminars, Workshops & Advice Clinics

See details above.

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The Inconvenient Truth about Social Investment

Is the notion of social investment just a big con?
Can we actually create more social impact through straightforward philanthropy or mission-driven entrepreneurship?

Does an over-supply of willing investors but under-supply of social investmentready entrepreneurs risk a major withdrawal of funds from the social investment market?

There are plenty of nice words and big numbers describing the growth of social investment in the UK and across the globe. And goodness knows – we’re running a whole conference dedicated to supporting social enterprise and impact investment to thrive. But for some people – like entrepreneur Nick Jenkins (Moonpig.com & Dragons’ Den) – it’s just not living up to the promise.

Join Nick along with social entrepreneur Susan Aktemel (founder and director of Homes for Good), Amy Clarke, co-founder of Tribe Impact Capital, and session chair and social investment soothsayer David Floyd (Flip Finance) as we debate, explore and challenge what’s working and what’s not in social investment.

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Shark Tank: Live Pitching Session

Will they get eaten alive – or get the support they need to swim to the next level? Some of the shiniest fish in the social enterprise sea offer their investment propositions (£25k-£500k) to our panel of (friendly) sharks in our popular pitching session.

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Closing Remarks + “good Deal of the Decade” Winner

Key Themes for 2018

Creative Social Enterprise

New Investor types

Inclusivity & BAME

Equality & gender

New economies in SE/SI

Making Money Fit

Stay up-to-date with all the latest developments:

10 FREE PLACES for Social Entrepreneurs

We will be offering 10 FREE places to established social purpose organisations who are seeking funding of £20k-£250k+

As well as a FREE ticket, 3 lucky enterprises will also be invited to PITCH live to a panel and audience in our Shark Tank session

Apply using this form!

Deadline: 20th February

At GDBGB, we aim to connect innovative, growing and ready social entrepreneurs with like-minded and passionate investors.

We want to help mission-driven businesses get to the next stage of their journey.

Speakers

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Founder - Moonpig.com & Nick Jenkins Charitable Foundation

Nick Jenkins

Nick Jenkins is the Founder of Moonpig.com. After selling the business in 2011 he spent a year as the CEO of ARK, an educational charity and continued as a trustee until 2016. He was a member of the Investment Committee of Impact Ventures UK until 2016. His charitable foundation holds a 15% impact investment in Mwabu, an EdTech business which aims to use technology to help teachers improve educational outcomes for the most disadvantaged children in Africa. He is also a founding trustee of Operation Fistula, which has developed the Global Obstetric Fistula Electronic Register. GOFER helps surgeons and funders involved in treating obstetric surgery in developing countries to track patients from diagnosis through to measuring post-surgery outcomes. Nick is on the board of the Haberdashers Askes Federation Trust, a Multi Academy Trust in South West London. He was also a panellist on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den from 2015 to 2016.

House of Lords

Baroness Glenys Thornton

Global Head Social Enterprise - British Council

Mairi Mackay

Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager - Barrow Cadbury Trust

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is the Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver the infrastructure fund to strengthen and diversify the social investment market, which the Barrow Cadbury Trust manages in partnership with the Access Foundation. With a fund of £1.8m over three years, the investments and grants made by the fund will enhance existing infrastructure, bring new entrants into the sector and develop new tools and methods of data sharing to facilitate market-building. Jessica has experience in social investment, community finance and grant-making, having worked in leadership roles across social enterprises and charitable trusts in the UK and abroad for the past 15 years. Previous roles include Director of the Tellus Mater Foundation and Head of Access to Finance at the new economics foundation. Early in her career, Jessica worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York and London. Jessica has served as a trustee for several small charities and early stage social enterprises, and is currently Chair of Hatch Enterprise, a social enterprise incubator in South London.

CEO - Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

Amit Bhatia

Co-founder - Elvis & Kresse

Kresse Wesling MBE

Founder - Vivobarefoot

Galahad Clark

Galahad is a 7th generation shoemaker.  As a teenager, he spent summer holidays on various shoe production lines in Europe and Asia learning the family’s trade. After finishing school, he went to America on a Morehead scholarship to study Chinese and Anthropology.  While there he founded Students 4 Students International an organisation created to help disadvantaged students in Africa go to the best secondary schools and onto university.  In 2003, lured by the Wu Tang Clan wearing Wallabees, Galahad started his first shoe project: “Wu Shoes”.  From there he went on to launch United Nude, Worn Again and Vivobarefoot (where he now focuses his energies).

Founder and CEO - The Fable Bureau

Tim West

Tim has been working in the space where business and social mission meet for well over a decade. He works with boards and senior teams to bring strategic thinking to their marketing, brand development and communications.  

Tim founded Matter&Co in 2001 after many years working as a journalist and editor on local, national and specialist publications. He is also founding editor of Pioneers Post, the digital and print magazine for social entrepreneurs, with readers in 60 countries and which itself is a social enterprise, ploughing profits back into great journalism and film content. Tim also founded Good Deals, the UK’s leading international conference for social enterprise, impact investing and responsible business, and he created the SE100, the UK’s market intelligence tool tracking the growth and impact of more than 1,300 social enterprises, which aims to help develop the social enterprise marketplace.

Tim has a BA in Music from Oxford University and studied business at Warwick and Cranfield. He is a director of Big Issue Invest, the investment arm of The Big Issue; a trustee of ECT, one of the UK’s leading transport charities; and serves on the UK Council of Social Value International.

Founder & CEO - Lensational, Managing Director - The Social Investment Consultancy

Bonnie Chiu

Hong Kong-born 24-year-old Bonnie Chiu is the Founder and CEO of non-profit social enterprise Lensational, which aims to empower marginalised women by equipping them with photography training and digital skills. Since launching in 2013, the organisation – which has expanded to a team of 60 volunteers – has taught photography to 6000 women across 15 developing countries. She has spoken about Lensational in two TEDx talks and in 11 international conferences, including at Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting, presented by President Bill Clinton.

She is also the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, an international strategy consulting firm based in London that advises clients and informs the wider sector on social innovation. Her clients include Save The Children, Oxford University Press and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She holds a MSc International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), and has just been listed as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur in Europe.

Dark Matter Laboratories

Indy Johar

Head of CAF Venturesome

Holly Piper

Holly leads the team at CAF Venturesome, including overall responsibility for Venturesome’s funds and
social investments.  Since joining CAF Venturesome in 2012, Holly has led
significant fundraising as well as managing a portfolio of innovative social
investments, including several of the first social impact bonds.

Holly previously worked at the management consultancy firm Oliver Wyman,
specialising in the retail sector.  She has a degree from the University of Cambridge,
an MSc in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of
Economics, and the Investment Management Certificate. She is a trustee of the
social enterprise Yes Futures.

Co-founder - Tribe Impact Capital

Amy Clarke

Founder & Director - Homes for Good

Susan Aktemel

Partner - Buzzacott

Edward Finch

Eddie is a Partner and works in the Charity & Not-for-Profit team. As well as a wide range of charities, he has a particular interest in social enterprise. He oversees the audit and advisory services that Buzzacott delivers to his clients operating locally, nationally and internationally.

As well as advice relating to financial statements and reporting, advisory work for Edward’s clients encompasses structures and governance, financial strategy, risk management, reviews of systems and processes and training. He undertakes a variety of writing and speaking, and is a frequent presenter at the firm’s seminars and sector conferences.

Edward has held a number of voluntary board roles and is currently a member of the risk committee of an international social enterprise working in partnership with major corporates, INGO’s and public authorities.

Chair - Big Issue Group

Nigel Kershaw

Managing Director - Resonance

Daniel Brewer

CEO - RBS Social & Community Capital

Megan Peat

Investment Manager - Resonance

Grace England

Co-founder - GrubClub & Angel Investment Network

Olivia Sibony

Olivia (Liv) Sibony is the co-founder of Grub Club, which she set up in January 2013 with her business partner Siddarth Vijayakumar and exited in December 2017.

Grub Club is the collaborative platform that connects food lovers with amazing dining experiences in spaces you never knew existed.

At the core of the Sharing Economy, it maximises underused resources (spaces) in order to make more efficient use of them. Talented chefs cook their favourite menu for diners around shared tables, which not only creates social experiences but also reduces food waste as they can plan all their portions in advance.

Liv joined the Angel Investment Network in December 2017 to launch their Crowdfunding platform, SeedTibe, with a primary focus on Impact Investments. With a global network of over 160,000 registered investors, she is working to change the mindset of investors, showing them that it’s possible to invest in businesses that focus on a social and/or environmental challenge while also ensuring they are profitable. Doing good business means focusing on the triple bottom line and will lead to much more sustainable businesses in the long term.

Thanks to small behavioural changes that we can all make, Liv believes Impact Investing should and can become mainstream, and now is the time to make this happen.

Managing Director - Social Business International

Jonathan Bland

Associate Director, Social Justice - Dartington Hall Trust

Ceri Goddard

Ceri is Associate Director of Social Justice for the Dartington Hall Trust, leading their new Centre for Social Justice Innovation.

As a previous Director of Equality and Gender Innovation at the Young Foundation she initiated and the Gender Futures initiative which developed new gender equality innovation and gender lens investment frameworks and projects, as well as wider work to increase the equality impact of placed based social innovation and investment.

Prior to this she spent 4 years as Chief Executive of The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading campaigning organisation for women’s equality and rights. Before joining Fawcett, as Director of Practice and Development at the British Institute of Human Rights , she led a range of campaigns and practice initiatives, to bring human rights to life in areas such as equality, health and social care, education, tackling poverty and strengthening the impact of civil society sector campaigning and advocacy.

As well as number of roles building local, regional and national civil society equality organisation’s she also worked for Irelands Combat Poverty Agency where she pioneered programmes to increase the voice and influence of traditionally excluded groups in national anti-poverty policy and the cross border EU Peace and Reconciliation programme.

She is previous Chair of the Women’s Resource Centre, trustee of the UK Equality and Diversity Forum and founder board member of AGENDA – The Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk. An fellow of Young Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts, in 2016 Ceri was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University for innovation in equality and social justice

Recent Publications:

Unequal Nation – The case for social innovation to work for a gender equal future, 2015,
The Sky’s The Limit – Increasing investment impact with a gender lens, 2016

Director - Black South West Network

Sado Jirde

Partner, Charity & Social Enterprise - Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Abbie Rumbold

Director of Community Finance and Social Enterprise - NatWest

Eric Munro

CEO & Director - Ethex

Lisa Ashford

CEO - Hatch Enterprise

Dirk Bischof

Dirk is the CEO/ founder of HATCH. He focuses on achieving it core aim to “support 1000 mission-driven businesses in South London by 2020,” by building partnerships with local and corporate businesses.

Since 2004 he has raised over £3.5M for sustainability, vocational training and entrepreneurship projects and programmes across the UK and Europe. Dirk helped set-up a number of social enterprises and a commercial Solar PV company. He’s passionate about social enterprise and helping people get their ventures off the ground.

He managed to get through a BSc in Social Anthropology with Business Studies and a Masters in Social Anthropology (Goldsmiths). A cyclist commuter by heart, he loves it so much that he’s done a few 1000+ miles charity rides around England and Japan.

Partner, Charity & Social Enterprise - Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Julian Blake

Loans Officer - RBS Social & Community Capital

Tracy Thomson

Project Manager - Good Finance

Keiran Whiteside

Senior Investment Manager - CAF Venturesome

Holger Westphely

As part of the senior management team Holger shares responsibility for the strategy and operations of the investment team. Duties include appraisals of applications, monitoring part of the CAF Venturesome portfolio, overseeing SE-Assist, managing the team’s operations, and supporting new business development.

Holger co-founded Aylesbury Partnerships which provides investment and contract readiness services to organisations in the voluntary sector, and co-founded Eastside Primetimers which advises organisations in raising finance.

Founder - Chatterbox

Mursal Hedayat

CEO - Catch 22

Chris Wright

Founder - Exchange Supplies

Andrew Preston

Drug worker and harm reduction activist Andrew Preston founded Social Enterprise Exchange Supplies in 2001 to facilitate the supply of novel (and at the time technically illegal) equipment to needle and syringe programmes.

Since then, Exchange Supplies has grown organically to develop an innovative range of injecting equipment, publications, and services along with a global reputation for their efforts to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. They are currently heading towards annual sales of more than 30 million syringes, turnover of £4-£5m, 20 staff, and retained profits of over £200k pa to be invested in pursuit of their health and social mission.

Although he has learnt to use the tools of capitalism to achieve some health social good, he remains as passionate as ever about the need for an end to the drug war, fundamental social and political reform, and an alternative to capitalism that values people over profit, and the environment over growth.

Head of Social Finance - Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Luke Fletcher

Partner - BWB Compliance

Gillian Roche-Saunders

…more to follow

Community Organising Manager - Airbnb

Lauren Allpress

Lauren has a background in political campaigning with a special interest in community organising and a passion for getting more women into positions of power. Her role as a Community Organising Manager at Airbnb allows her to travel the world, meet and connect amazing people to one another, manage an incredible team and take innovative steps towards diversity. Good training, diversity in recruitment, grassroots campaigning and feminism are her specialist subjects.

Policy Analyst/Researcher, New Technology & Startups - Nesta

Siddharth Bannerjee

Siddharth (Sidd) Bannerjee is a policy researcher and analyst at Nesta working on projects dedicated to fostering digital entrepreneurship via the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), and building entrepreneurial ecosystems across Europe through the European Digital Forum (EDF).

He is the Principal Researcher on the European Digital City Index and co-author of Scaling Together, a report on improving startup-corporate collaboration.

From January 2008 to March 2012, Sidd was Director of Research at the Association for Canadian Studies, a non-partisan think tank with a mandate to provide thought leadership and insights on public policy issues.

Sidd has started a community-based organization, NetSquared London, which is a volunteer-led project of TechSoup Global that connects the nonprofit sector with local technology communities.

Sidd hails from Bangalore, India. In 2014 he published Start Up City: Ten Tales Of Exceptional Entrepreneurship From Bangalore’s Software Miracle, a book on entrepreneurship in the software sector of his native Bangalore.

Before obtaining an MSc from the London School of Economics in Social Policy and Development, Sidd studied government at Lawrence University in Wisconsin with a focus on international development and human security.

Founder and Strategist - Make Happy

Jonathan Bannister

Over twenty years experience creating advertising, marketing and communications solutions for B2C, B2B and social business clients in Europe and Asia Pacific. A strategic marketer whose passion is to help entrepreneurs and organisations map and innovate their business models and develop intimate long-term relationships for their customers and all their other stakeholders by driving deeper levels of engagement.

In February 2016 Jonathan’s work with social entrepreneurs was recognised by his inclusion as one of the 100 on the second ‘Maserati 100’ index; a definitive list of Britain’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, and ascending entrepreneurs, who are today supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent. The citation said; “As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Jonathan has supported the organisation’s crowdfunding accelerator pro-bono as an expert mentor. With this engagement alone, he has helped over 100 RSA Fellow-led social enterprises develop, launch and achieve in excess of £350,000 crowdfunding.”

Member of the Academic Council for the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Mumbai, India. Fellow of the RSA.

Research Programme Coordinator, Digital Startups - Nesta

Simona Bielli

Simona Bielli is Research Programme Coordinator  Digital Startups at Nesta. She coordinated the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) and the European Digital Forum (EDF), two European projects dedicated to fostering digital entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurial ecosystems across Europe.

As an expert in corporate and startup collaborations, her work focuses on enabling large firms to innovate by harnessing the potential of successfully working with startups.

As part of this mission, she leads the Europes Corporate Startup Stars, a ranking of 25 startup-friendly corporates, aimed to promote role models and inspire other large firms to follow suit. Since 2010, she has been working with, supporting and researching startups in Europe, UK and Silicon Valley as a programmes manager, mentor, and researcher.

CEO - Hatch Enterprise

Dirk Bischof

Dirk is the CEO/ founder of HATCH. He focuses on achieving it core aim to “support 1000 mission-driven businesses in South London by 2020,” by building partnerships with local and corporate businesses.

Since 2004 he has raised over £3.5M for sustainability, vocational training and entrepreneurship projects and programmes across the UK and Europe. Dirk helped set-up a number of social enterprises and a commercial Solar PV company. He’s passionate about social enterprise and helping people get their ventures off the ground.

He managed to get through a BSc in Social Anthropology with Business Studies and a Masters in Social Anthropology (Goldsmiths). A cyclist commuter by heart, he loves it so much that he’s done a few 1000+ miles charity rides around England and Japan.

Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager - Barrow Cadbury Trust

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is the Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver the infrastructure fund to strengthen and diversify the social investment market, which the Barrow Cadbury Trust manages in partnership with the Access Foundation. With a fund of £1.8m over three years, the investments and grants made by the fund will enhance existing infrastructure, bring new entrants into the sector and develop new tools and methods of data sharing to facilitate market-building. Jessica has experience in social investment, community finance and grant-making, having worked in leadership roles across social enterprises and charitable trusts in the UK and abroad for the past 15 years. Previous roles include Director of the Tellus Mater Foundation and Head of Access to Finance at the new economics foundation. Early in her career, Jessica worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York and London. Jessica has served as a trustee for several small charities and early stage social enterprises, and is currently Chair of Hatch Enterprise, a social enterprise incubator in South London.

Founder - A Very Good Company

Natalie Campbell

Natalie Campbell is an award-winning businesswoman and HarperCollins author. She won the ‘Community Spirit’ award at the ‘Women of the Future Awards’ in 2016 and was recognised in the Management Today 35 Women Under 35 and City AM Power 100 Women lists. Natalie is the co-founder of A Very Good Company (AVGC), a global social innovation agency, that has built a reputation for delivering success through its work with Virgin Media, Marks and Spencer and Channel 4. As a non-executive director, she chairs the Nominet Trust and is on board of the Big Lottery Fund, UnLtd and LEAP, the Mayor’s London economic strategy board.

Founder & CEO - Lensational, Managing Director - The Social Investment Consultancy

Bonnie Chiu

Hong Kong-born 24-year-old Bonnie Chiu is the Founder and CEO of non-profit social enterprise Lensational, which aims to empower marginalised women by equipping them with photography training and digital skills. Since launching in 2013, the organisation – which has expanded to a team of 60 volunteers – has taught photography to 6000 women across 15 developing countries. She has spoken about Lensational in two TEDx talks and in 11 international conferences, including at Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting, presented by President Bill Clinton.

She is also the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, an international strategy consulting firm based in London that advises clients and informs the wider sector on social innovation. Her clients include Save The Children, Oxford University Press and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She holds a MSc International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), and has just been listed as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur in Europe.

Director - Creamer & Sundt

Alastair Creamer

Alastair Creamer is the co-founder of Eyes Wide Opened and the Director of Creamer & Sundt, a consultancy which brings creativity into business to address issues around culture, communication and leadership. He started out as a musician but gave it all up when he was 21 and has since had 11 jobs over 35 years. He has moved between big business (Sainsbury’s, Unilever), the arts (Blackheath Halls, Aldeburgh Festival, Chicken Shed Theatre) and higher education (Dean of the London College of Music and Media). He founded Creamer &;Sundt in 2006 and EWO in 2012.

Director of Innovation - Young Foundation

Charlie Curtis

Charlie is Director of Innovation at the Young Foundation. He is also a director, coach and consultant to corporate innovations and start-up ventures, specialising in commercial business model design for social impact. He is lead innovation advisor to The Intrapreneur Lab, the world’s largest corporate social accelerator, and is a lecturer on the Saïd Business School Rethinking Business course.

Founder & Creative Director - Calmer

Tania Diggory

Tania is the Founder and Creative Director of Calmer, a platform that supports creative entrepreneurs on their startup journey with a focus on managing feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Recently featured in The Guardian Small Business Network and Psychologies Magazine, Tania is passionate about raising awareness of the challenges entrepreneurs can face and helps them to navigate the SME startup process, so they can approach each step with confidence and achieve what really matters to them. Tania leads on delivering creative startup training and workshops for individuals and teams, Bold Moves events (in collaboration with Executive Coach and Journalist, Mary Fenwick) and has a team of brand specialists to support entrepreneurs at each stage of their startup journey.

Founder - Change Please.

Cemal Ezel

Cemal Ezel is the founder of Change Please a partnership with The Big Issue, and co founder of The Old Spike Roastery.  Change Please trains people who are homeless as baristas and provides each person with a London Living Wage job, housing, a bank account and mental health support. Old Spike Roastery, is a coffee roastery, roasting speciality grade coffee for corporates, offices, coffee shops, events, and restaurants, we also train and provide housing for people who are homeless.

He previously focused on property development, commodity trading, and sales and now offers free mentoring for organisations in these spaces who are looking to make a significant difference.

Executive Coach & Journalist

Mary Fenwick

Mary is an executive coach and journalist. She works with men and women who want to change the world, and not lose sight of themselves in the process. Mary is on a mission to see more women standing up and being counted in politics, business and public life. She has worked with men and women who share that vision in countries including the UK, New Zealand, India, Tibet, Libya, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mary shares her perspective through her monthly advice column in Psychologies magazine, through workshops (Bold Moves and the University of Oxford) and one-to-one coaching.
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Partner - Buzzacott

Edward Finch

Eddie is a Partner and works in the Charity & Not-for-Profit team. As well as a wide range of charities, he has a particular interest in social enterprise. He oversees the audit and advisory services that Buzzacott delivers to his clients operating locally, nationally and internationally.

As well as advice relating to financial statements and reporting, advisory work for Edward’s clients encompasses structures and governance, financial strategy, risk management, reviews of systems and processes and training. He undertakes a variety of writing and speaking, and is a frequent presenter at the firm’s seminars and sector conferences.

Edward has held a number of voluntary board roles and is currently a member of the risk committee of an international social enterprise working in partnership with major corporates, INGO’s and public authorities.

Head of Ventures - Resonance

Richard Frost

Richard Frost joined Resonance in May 2017 as Head of Ventures and is based in the Bristol office of Resonance. He has a personal focus to support the development of charities and social enterprises through the use of innovation and a business like approach to create long lasting social change.

Previously Richard has spent 27 years setting up and running charities and social enterprises both in the UK and overseas. Richard has been a recipient of social investment to grow the impact and financial sustainability of international disability charity Motivation. Outside of work Richard helped start a community small holding raising animals and growing fruit and vegetables.

Business Counsellor - Business Launchpad

Caesar Gordon

Business Launchpad is a charity on a mission to transform young lives through enterprise. Caesar Gordon is a Business Counsellor at Business Launchpad who specialises in supporting social entrepreneurs start up or scale their ventures to deliver more impact sustainably.

Director of Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing - The RSA

Tony Greenham

Tony Greenham is Director of Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), where he leads a programme of policy research into the future of work, social impacts of technology, green industrial strategy and economic democracy. He is a former corporate stockbroker and has written extensively on financial sector reform and is an advisor to the leading sustainable funds manager Lion Trust. Tony is a Trustee of Transition Network, a non-executive Director of Solidarity Economics and Deputy Chair of the Greater London Mutual.

Deputy Head of Engagement - The RSA

Mark Hall

Mark Hall in Deputy Head of Engagement at the RSA, developing and implementing a strategy for supporting Fellow led projects. This includes our Catalyst and Crowdfunding programmes that help social projects scale and have impact. He has been at the RSA for the past four years, most recently supporting the development of our Fellowship networks and events across London.

Founder - Events For Action

Anna Jagric

Anna is a strategic consultant specialising in scaling social enterprises, coming from a solid background in finance and operations, she has worked across the third sector, government & startup scene. Working with organisations such as UP Global/Techstars, Impact Hub and The Crowd. Anna follows her passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and human development, and the intersection of all these areas.

Anna devotes her spare time to supporting and building communities; she is a founding member of the OpenIDEO community in London, a facilitator and organiser for Startup Weekend. Anna has recently founded Events For Action – an organisation that blends experiential learning, systems thinking & design thinking to create immersive and highly participatory events, and partnerships for education & social impact.

Her ultimate mission is to change the way we hire, view careers, and value experience and life learning.

CEO - iq consult

Thorsten Jahnke

Thorsten Jahnke is Co-founder of Social Impact and CEO of iq consult since 2005. After his training as an industrial clerk and studying educational management and politics (FU Berlin) he gained experience as a CEO and as a member of various managing boards within a broad range of businesses and organisations. He has been working for more than 20 years in the field of Inclusive and Social Entrepreneurship. This includes both leading different start-up support programs for disadvantaged people and business incubators for social start-ups.

There are Social Impact labs in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Duisburg and Potsdam. Some 300 teams were taken on with about 170 Teams setting up a social enterprise. Just over 20 teams discontinued their business activities and teams won over 150 national and international awards.

 

Independent Consultant - Influx Consulting

Max Kalis

Max Kalis is an independent Innovation Consultant helping align strategy and culture in organisations large and small. His specialises in Fintech and in Social Entrepreneurship and founded The Influx Trust, a charity dedicated to helping the United Nations and civil society collaborate on innovation. Previously, Innovation Culture & Events Manger (Lloyds Banking Group), building a culture of innovation through a program of events that support the bank’s ability to evolve for changing customer needs.

Innovation manager - Enviu & CVD coordinator - Tu Delft

Wouter Kersten

Wouter Kersten (1972) is Innovation manager at Enviu (www.enviu.org), a social business initiator in the Netherlands. He also works part time at Delft University of Technology in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, currently in the form of a PhD, on a design approach that embraces complexity to develop better and more scalable solutions for large scale social issues. He holds a double Master (Industrial Engineering & Management and Environmental science) and has previously worked in Telecommunications. This diverse background turns out to be a good basis for his top-1 innovative thinking advice “Always Be Curious”. The combination of designing for complexity (i.e., reality) and creativity is a red thread for his current activities. He is also jury-member for several innovation competitions.

CEO - salt communications

Andy Last

Andy Last is the co-founder of salt (www.salt-communications.com), a B-Corporation that works with brands and businesses to help them use social issues to drive growth, and communications to drive positive change. He is the author of ‘Business on a Mission: How to Build a Sustainable Brand’

Founder - Growth4Good

Martin Leuw

Martin leads the Growth4Good investment strategy and is a serial entrepreneur specialising in digital media with a 25 year track record of driving growth.

From 2001-2011, as CEO and significant management investor he grew IRIS Software from small beginnings to become the UK’s largest private software house, successfully exiting business twice to PE, ultimately with a $1bn MBO, having grown EBITDA from £2m pa to £50m pa. Martin is currently Chairman/NED and investor in a range of businesses both in technology and talent management.

His charitable interests are focused on youth employment and self-employment specifically as an Enterprise Fellow of the Princes Trust and Trustee of work Avenue as well as a mentor to Charity CEOs.

Managing Director - Three Hands

Jan Levy

Jan joined the founder of Three Hands in 2005 and became MD in 2009. Together they pioneered the concept of experiential, community-based leadership development and he has worked over the past few years to develop and deliver a wide offering that supports clients to do business in ways that benefit society, and on growing the Three Hands team – slowly, surely and sustainably.

Jan has had the privilege of applying Three Hands thinking to leadership development at Sky, Nationwide and Vodafone; to CSR and Citizenship at RSA, Unilever and Lloyds Banking Group; and more recently to product development and innovation at Legal & General.

Social Intrapreneur & Lawyer - BNP Paribas

Maya Mehta

Maya Mehta is a keen advocate of Social Intrapreneurship.

In 2003, while practicing as a capital markets lawyer at Clifford Chance, Maya launched an advice surgery in Newham, moved by the plight of Asian girls subjected to honour killings, forced marriages and other abuse.  Colleagues and clients volunteered in their lunchtimes to help local women.

In 2010, Maya established Clifford Chance’s global Microfinance Group, encouraging colleagues to use their legal and financial skills to help low-income individuals start their own businesses.

In 2011, Maya joined the legal team at BNP Paribas where she has recently worked on Green Bond issuances.  She helped launch and runs the bank’s microfinance and social enterprise network in London, encouraging colleagues to volunteer their skills and resources to support the social enterprise and microfinance sector.

In 2014, Maya was named in Financial News Extra Mile 40 and in 2016 in Brummel Magazine’s 30 Ones to Watch in recognition of her efforts to encourage professionals to use their skills as a force for good.

Founder - The Future Academy

Nicola Millson

Nicola recently founded The Future Academy, helping organisations to create brave, commercial solutions to the biggest challenges of our times. She delivers strategic innovation programmes with pioneering Companies including: Interface, the Carbon Trust, SABMiller, Lloyds and M&S. She creates, coaches and connects disruptive start-ups to scale impact. She convenes change-makers, including 6heads and the League of Intrapreneurs in the UK. Nicola is a trustee of 64m Artists and Tsiba University.

Co-Founders - Corporate Rebels

Joost Minnaar & Pim de Morree

Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree, known as “The Corporate Rebels” to their readers, are on a mission to make work more fun. They quit their boring jobs to find a solution to a widespread problem: 87% of all employees are disengaged at work.

They travel the world and learn from workplace pioneers by checking off their renowned Bucket List. They share their findings and everything they learn about the unique workplaces they visit on their blog, www.corporate-rebels.com, and through talks and keynotes around the world.

Head of the UK, External Payments - Amazon

Karen Pepper

Head of the UK for Amazon External Payments and founder of Cupcake Mum, a members’ club for Mums in South West London. This led to her being named by Growing Business Magazine as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs in the UK–she managed to raise £3m in investment for the concept! She’s worked at JP Morgan, American Express and Northwest Airlines and she holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA from the George Washington University.

Co-Founder - Mustard Seed

Alex Pitt

Alex Pitt is a co-founder of Mustard Seed, a principal investor in world-class early-stage businesses that generate compelling financial and societal returns.  Mustard Seed invests in conjunction with their global member network of business luminaries, an FCA-authorized venture fund, and events at many of the world’s leading universities.  They believe that solving the greatest of societal challenges drives commercial success in the long run.

Alex was formerly Senior Vice President at Mubadala in Abu Dhabi, Project Leader with The Boston Consulting Group in New York, Chicago and Dubai, and Investment Banking Analyst with Goldman Sachs in London . He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

CEO - Big Society Capital

Cliff Prior

Cliff Prior CBE took up the leadership of Big Society Capital in March 2016. Prior to that he was CEO of UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, for the last nine years. UnLtd has supported 13,000 people to start new social ventures, with cash, coaching and connections, and backs people from start-up to investment readiness and major impact.

Before UnLtd, Cliff was CEO of Rethink, the charity for people affected by severe mental illness, which is both a mass membership campaigning charity and a major provider of mental health services to the NHS and local authorities. His earlier career includes work in counselling, youth, civil rights campaigning, social housing, supported housing, community care, offender resettlement, learning disability, dementia, research and development, and mental health.

Cliff is also a founding trustee of Clore Social Leadership, a non-exec at health innovation agency UCLPartners, and member of Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee. He also chaired the mission alignment group for the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. He has been an adviser to Government on health and medicines regulation, NHS modernisation, skills, and civil society. He has set up several ventures over four decades of work in the social sector.

Director - NOW Live Events

Jana Stefanovska-Nightingale

Jana Stefanovska-Nightingale is Founder/Director of the award-winning NOW Live Events. NOW create experiences to connect people creatively with mindfulness and self-development, focusing on tapping into our creative potential and the wisdom of conscious awareness. NOW offers the space to step beyond the daily routine, take stock and understand the stresses of modern life. NOW is the partner of Psychologies Magazine in the UK and runs regular events, retreats and immersions, working with some of the top names in wellbeing, including Ruby Wax and Dr Tamara Russell.

CEO - GoodPeople

Richard Tyrie

Richard Tyrie began life as a headhunter – working for James Caan in the early 1990s. After an epiphany in an internet cafe in 1996, Richard joined a team that launched one of the UK’s first ‘dot com’ enterprises – Taps.com, the UK’s first employment website.

In 1998, Richard went on to set up Jobsgopublic.com – an employment website for the public sector that attracts over 1 million visitors each month. Richard’s latest venture is GoodPeople – a social business that designs and delivers HR & CSR programmes for The Shard, BT and the NHS. Richard is a long-serving Trustee of UnLtd, where he chairs the Awards and Delivery Committee.

Founder of Pathfinder @ GPI – Experienced Coach & Consultant

Kerstin van Eckert

Kerstin is passionate about people and believes that putting them at the heart of each business delivers results that are far greater than the sum of the parts. She believes that this not only makes the workplace more inclusive and flexible but also more productive and healthy in the long run.

She helps social enterprises, start-ups and scale-ups finding their path to purpose and sustainable growth. She loves to mediate between small and big businesses, having become an expert in start-up and corporate collaborations over the years – in the UK and across the channel.

In addition, Kerstin co-heads the RSA Conscious Living Network, is member of the RSA Mindfulness Steering Committee and facilitates resilience workshops for conscious leaders. Her aim is to increase our awareness and expand our consciousness to live a more creative, inspired and balanced lives.

Founder - Roast Restaurants

Iqbal Wahhab

Iqbal Wahhab, OBE is a Bangladeshi-born British businessman. He is the founder of Tandoori Magazine, and multi-award winning mission-driven restaurants The Cinnamon Club and Roast. He was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and listed in the Caterer Power 100, GQ 100 Most Connected and the Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors.

Director - Power of Uke

Sarah Weiler

Sarah’s superpower is designing awesome events, which provide a safe platform for people to lift the lid off their limitations and experience success in things they never thought possible.

She currently does this through three projects: Firstly she designs, coaches and facilitates the Hatch Female Founders Accelerator, helping women to step into their greatness and shine as entrepreneurs. Secondly, she runs Rye Laughs, a comedy night, which gives people the opportunity to do their first ever gig alongside top acts from the circuit. Thirdly, she runs Power of Uke – high energy, transformational team-building workshops, which help companies tap into their inner child, discover their hidden talents and feel on top of the world, especially in times of high pressure. Sarah will be hosting Beyond Good Business and if you’re lucky you may get a couple of ukulele entrepreneurship comedy songs in between speakers!

Founder and CEO - The Fable Bureau

Tim West

Tim has been working in the space where business and social mission meet for well over a decade. He works with boards and senior teams to bring strategic thinking to their marketing, brand development and communications.  

Tim founded Matter&Co in 2001 after many years working as a journalist and editor on local, national and specialist publications. He is also founding editor of Pioneers Post, the digital and print magazine for social entrepreneurs, with readers in 60 countries and which itself is a social enterprise, ploughing profits back into great journalism and film content. Tim also founded Good Deals, the UK’s leading international conference for social enterprise, impact investing and responsible business, and he created the SE100, the UK’s market intelligence tool tracking the growth and impact of more than 1,300 social enterprises, which aims to help develop the social enterprise marketplace.

Tim has a BA in Music from Oxford University and studied business at Warwick and Cranfield. He is a director of Big Issue Invest, the investment arm of The Big Issue; a trustee of ECT, one of the UK’s leading transport charities; and serves on the UK Council of Social Value International.

Investment Manager - Resonance

Ben Wrigley

Ben Wrigley joined Resonance in November 2015, working from the Launceston office as Investment Manager. He is passionate about mobilising social enterprise and investment to bring about real change in society and generate greater equality of opportunity.

Previously he has over 15 years experience in corporate finance and private equity at companies including Deloitte, Sindicatum and Climate Change Capital. Ben has helped set up businesses and has worked with start ups, SMEs and multinationals in the UK, Europe and emerging markets of Eastern Europe and China. Outside of work, Ben enjoys exploring the beaches and countryside of the South-west and volunteering in schools with Young Enterprise.

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