Good Deals + Beyond Good Business

30+

Social Investors

£300m+

In funds to commit*

150+

Social enterprises seeking to grow 

For the second year running, Pioneers Post and Hatch Enterprise, the organisations behind the Good Deals + Beyond Good Business conferences, bring you the leading event in social enterprise and impact investment in the UK.

This year, we’ll be planning for the future – 2030 to be precise – exploring how creative solutions can be used for positive change, inching us closer to tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges.

We’ll be delving into different practical support that can allow all organisations to progress towards a healthy and sustainable future, while also making sure that we don’t forget about our own well-being and the human behind the social entrepreneur.

To reflect on these topics, to challenge the status quo and to answer your burning questions, we’ve selected over 20 thought-leaders to host keynotes and lead workshops across the day – all entrepreneurs on the front line, investors and sector experts.

Key Themes

Purposeful capitalism

How can we build a future that combines the key components of economic value creation with a drive to deliver social justice and positive change?

Supporting the social investment journey

What practical support can social entrepreneurs, impact investors and mission-led businesses call upon as they journey towards a sustainable future?

Creativity and the new impact economy

How can we bring creative solutions to the social and environmental challenges that loom large as we consider the world’s most challenging problems and the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030?

Putting the Social Sector First

Who has the power in the social investment marketplace? Who dictates the deals, who monitors diversity, and who decides what impact really means?

Looking after our social entrepreneurs

The mental health crisis is real and it is attacking our social entrepreneurs. How do we support and nurture our entrepreneurs to avoid stress and burn out? Giving practical and meaningful advice for the modern day social entrepreneur.

9:00 – 9:20am

Welcome to GDBGB!

As we set out the day’s agenda, and any announcements

Featuring: Dirk Bischof (Hatch Enterprise), Tim West (Fable Bureau), Sergio Lopez Figueroa

9:20 – 10:00am

The people's vote: Co-creating past, present and future for social investment

What’s working and what needs to change in social investment? Who’s missing out, what are the big challenges and opportunities? Using interactive voting tools, our session leaders will work with delegates and guest interviewees to explore issues and opinions and set us on the right track for the day’s conversations.

Featuring: Jessica Brown (Connect Fund), Holger Westphely (CAF Venturesome), Servane Mouzane  (Ogunte), Jari Moate (Resonance ), Richard Litchfield (Eastside Primetimers)

10:00 – 10:45am

Rebels with a cause: stories from the social enterprise front line

Three award-winning social entrepreneurs who’ve inspired us most this year share the highs, lows and lessons of how they turned some massive social challenges into mission driven businesses.

Chair: Megan Peat (NatWest Social & Community Capital)
Featuring: Josh Babarinde (Cracked It), Michelle Morgan (Pjoys), Paul Talliard (Hands of Honour)

10:45 – 11:15am

Coffee, Tea & Biscuits

11:15 – 12:15pm

Morning Workshops

What role can local councils and large businesses play in the impact ecosystem? During this panel talk we will be hearing form innovative leaders within local authorities, housing associations, social enterprise intermediaries and big business.

Chair: Reetu Sood
Featuring: Ashley Richardson (Peabody), Andy Daly (SEUK Corporate Partnerships), Peter Babudu (Southwark Council), Andreea Anastasiu (Government Outcomes Lab)

An interactive discussion around supporting social ventures, the support that is available and what social entrepreneurs should do to enable themselves to build sustainable and resilient ventures. We will share our top-tips to build a supporting ecosystem around yourself when starting and growing your social enterprise. We also discuss how social enterprise support must change to deliver more value to social entrepreneurs in overcoming the key challenges around Access to Finance and Access to Markets (Customers).

Chair: Dirk Bischof (Hatch Enterprise)
Featuring: Devi Clark (Impact Hub), Natasha Jolob (CASE), Caroline Hyde (Allia)

Musicians, producers and storytellers from around the world share their experiences of using the creative arts to and music in particular to lead social change

Chair: Becky Shutt
Featuring: DJ Bola (Brazilian DJ and social entrepreneur), Bridget Rennie (Streetwise Opera, UK), Mark Johnson (Playing for Change, US), Zeejah Fazli (musician and social entrepreneur, Brazil)

The charity grant-maker has been around for centuries but grants appear to have played a very small role in the rise of the social finance market – until now. This session engages with some of the most forward-thinking foundations and explores how grant-making is an increasingly important tool in powering social innovation.

Hosted by Seb Elsworth (Access Foundation)
Featuring: Antonio Gould & Leo Allen (Usborne Foundation), Hannah (City Bridge Trust)

“How are you?”…”I’m fine thanks” is how the typical conversation goes. And yet… the mental health crisis we find ourselves in is real and it’s wearing down our social entrepreneurs. Our moods influence our thoughts and behaviour and as social entrepreneurs, discussing how we feel and finding new language to describe and understand our mood states is essential in ensuring our own wellbeing and that of our organisations. Learn how to manage your moods proactively and some tips on taking care of your mind to create healthier entrepreneurs and working cultures. Mindapples is grounded in science and backed by a passionate community, helping people manage their minds. They aim to make looking after our minds as natural as brushing our teeth. http://mindapples.org/

Featuring: Jana Stefanovska-Nightingale (Mindapples)

Too few hours in the day, not enough sleep, cashflow calamities looming, family tensions brewing all amidst you trying to do good?… Who said being a social entrepreneur was going to be easy?! But it can be super rewarding – and less stressful – with the right mindset. This clinic delivered by the team at Whitten & Roy Partnership focuses on how a positive attitude directly affects business performance, providing real life coaching, tools and solutions to address some of the challenges of social entrepreneurs in order to make a positive impact and build a successful social business.

Featuring: Scott Roy (Whitten & Roy Partnership), Connie Smith

12:15 – 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30 – 2:20pm

Why Capital Needs to Find its Purpose

“We have become separated from capital and are now at its service, as opposed to it serving us” – proclaims author and social entrepreneur Jed Emerson. Join us for an intimate and soul-searching fireside chat between Jed and Mairi Mackay from the British Council, exploring how we can all work to put purpose at the heart of the new economy.

Featuring: Jed Emerson (Blended Value Group), Rosemary Addis (Impact Strategist)

2:20 – 2:30pm

Interlude: quick break

Working with Voice: quick energiser

Featuring: Dolly May

2:30 – 3:30pm

The Big Debate: rebellions, revolutions and social impact

We are living in a time of protest and revolution. In the UK and globally people of all ages are gathering to call for change in the way we do business, how we are governed and the priorities we set around profit, people and planet. This high-energy debate will explore what’s happening and the role of social business and investment in building a new, more impactful economy. Among the panel are Jill Jackson of The Big Issue’s Big Exchange, which is building a new financial system that will give millions of excluded people access to basic financial services; Luke Fletcher of Bates Wells, who is co-creating a new responsible business bill for the UK parliament aiming to squarely shift the focus of business onto impact. Dr Vaqar Ahmed from Pakistan is an expert in economic reform and the role social enterprises are playing within it; Olivia Sibony is a former foodtech entrepreneur entrepreneur now running an angel investment platform that is building an infrastructure to support and connect impactful entrepreneurship.

Chair: Tristan Ace (British Council)
Featuring: Jill Jackson (Big Issue Invest), Luke Fletcher (Bates Wells), Olivia Sibony (SeedTribe), Dr Vaqar Ahmed (Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan) + more

3:30 – 3:45pm

Break

3:45 – 4:45pm

Afternoon Workshops

A selection of the UK’s top social investors help you explore where the money is and how you can access it – with top tips and innovations for clearing some of the most challenging hurdles.

Featuring: Adele Blakeborough (Social Business Trust), Paul Handford (Resonance), Jari Moate (Resonance), Daniel Wilson (Big Issue Invest), Richard Thickpenny (ACH), John Murray (Natwest)

Are you ready for growth and investment? Are you great at managing risk? How about culture, leadership, managing impact? It’s time for a social enterprise health check! Business doctors from Buzzacott and other key advisers take us through our paces as we explore what it means for a social business to be ‘Fit for the Future’.

Hosted by Buzzacott
Featuring: Eddie Finch (Buzzacott), Eliot Glover (Buzzacott), Anna-Louise Shipley, Charlie Palmer ( Forest Cars)

The aim of the session is to understand the social finance and support needs of entrepreneurs from diverse communities better. We are coming together to design an investment fund that is tailored to suit diverse communities. What could such a that fund look like? Should it invest using specific criteria or be open to respond to market needs? Join us to explore this together with funders, investors, community organisations and change makers.

Chair: Marla Shapiro (investHER)
Featuring: Ceri Goddard (Darrington), Aman Johal (Big Society Capital), Arti Bareja (Clearly So)

Innovative and creative responses to tackling impenetrable issues across the globe.

Featuring: Oliver Hunt (Bates Wells), Robert Knowles (Empower Community), Dr Cat Ball (Medicines Discovery Catapult), Barry Forde  (Broadband for the Rural North), Charles Mayo (Simmons + Simmons LLP)

Ideas Café exists to connect likeminded entrepreneurs and professionals, forge new friendships and share knowledge. You may gain a new insight, solve a problem or make a new connection, but everyone leaves feeling energised and inspired to make things happen. In small groups we create space for new ideas and different ways of thinking. You come with questions and your group uncovers the answers. For this session our theme will be self-care and founder wellbeing.

Hosted by The Happy Startup School
Featuring: Laurence McCahill (The Happy Startup School), Carlos Saba (The Happy Startup School)

4:45 – 5:00pm

Close

Reflections on the day from our conference chairs.

Featuring: Dirk Bischof (Hatch Enterprise), Tim West (Fable Bureau), Sergio Lopez Figueroa

Wonderful day, well thought through, interesting people, stimulating and enjoyable and very well organised.

Duncan, The Mindful Leadership Foundation

It was a great event for those bridging the old business paradigm to a more socially conscious one.

Paddy, Hempen

Inspiring venue, brilliant opportunity for networking, amazing diversity of social enterprises.

Robert Von Kaufmann, Deutsche Bank

Great networking, informative, confidence boosting and inspirational.

Aliya Kaaba, Just AK

Speakers

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Founder – Blended Value Group

Jed Emerson

We are thrilled that the internationally recognised author and “rock-star of mission-led business” – Jed Emerson – will be making a rare appearance with us in the UK.

Jed is now recognised as one of the founding fathers of the impact investment movement. He co-authored the first existing book on impact investing, and coined the term “Blended Value”: the idea that the value we create in our lives is a blend of social, environmental and economic elements.

Several impact investment books later, Jed’s latest work, The Purpose of Capital, explores not just the how to invest for more than money, but the why – meaning how we might think about the integrated purpose of our wealth and place in the world.

Watch Jed in action

Founder – Pjoys

Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan is an award winning founder of 5 purpose led businesses, winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Queens Award for Innovation, Lloyds Business awards and most recently invited to join the Society of Leadership Fellows at Windsor Castle.

In December 2016, 16 years into her entrepreneurial journey, having spent the year leading the Livity the youth led network she founded in 2001 through a successful £1.5million social investment round, she burnt out suddenly and violently, physically and mentally. What came next was even more challenging as she realized her passion and purpose for the business she had created and loved deeply had also burnout, triggering a terrifying episode of anxiety followed by depression.

As part of her own self-care and alongside a medical recovery plan Michelle gave herself permission to play with the idea ‘if I did it all over again what would I do?”. She hit a wall immediately as she found it impossible to follow the rule of ‘do something you love’ as she had depression: “I’m not passionate about anything apart from sitting in my beautiful PJs you bought me for Christmas” she’d wail to her husband Remi Rough, an artist. This continued until one day she suddenly found herself at the crossroads of where brilliance meets madness, where the PJs that represented everything holding back became her inspiration. She wondered, ‘Could we use the duality and symbolism of ‘the PJ day’, both good and not good, to help make mental health an everyday conversation?” Could we make the most kind, caring, ethical and sustainable PJs, designed by the most brilliant artists, using the PJ as our blank canvas to create something beautiful and joyful? And could we use our product, platform, packaging and people as the Trojan horse to deliver hopeful stories of mental health and as a way to celebrate the small joys in life? There might just be something in it…

Founder and CEO – Cracked It

Josh Babarinde

Josh is Founder and CEO of Cracked It, London’s social enterprise tech repair service, staffed by young ex-offenders.

Cracked It delivers pop-up tech repair services in large workplaces, including The US Embassy, Ministry of Justice, Deutsche Bank and River Island.

Cracked It was awarded ‘Social Enterprise of the Year 2018’ by the Centre for Social Justice, named one of ‘London’s best iPhone fixers’ by the Evening Standard, and featured in Natwest’s 2019 SE100 list of top UK social enterprises.

Josh was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List 2019 in the Social Entrepreneurs category. He is one of the youngest ever alumni of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme in its 70-year history, whose graduates also include 337 current or serving heads of government and state. He is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the US State Department.

@JoshBabarinde @Cracked It

Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager – Barrow Cadbury Trust

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is the Connect Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver this 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 £3m over three years, the investments and grants made by the fund will enhance existing infrastructure, bring new entrants into the sector and develop enterprising ideas to build the market. 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 – Social Business Trust

Adele Blakebrough MBE

Adele Blakebrough MBE is CEO and Co-Founder of Social Business Trust (SBT), a charity which supports high-potential social enterprises and charities to grow and become more sustainable.

It does that by investing professional support and cash grants from its leading corporate partners in a carefully selected portfolio of organisations.

Since 2010, SBT has positively impacted the lives of 1.9 million people, providing £18 million worth of in-kind and financial assistance, including 35,000 hours of high-quality business support.

Before setting up SBT, Adele was co-founder and CEO of CAN, a leading UK organisation for the development and promotion of social entrepreneurs.

Adele was also CEO of the nationally renowned Kaleidoscope project, working with 350 heroin users daily.

Adele received the Business In The Community Sieff Award for engaging business for social benefit and was made an MBE for services to social enterprises.

She is a Director of Impact International and Chair of the International Advisory Board for Cardiff Business School.

Founder and CEO – 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 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.

Programmes Director at Impact Hub Kings Cross

Devi Clark

Devi Clark is Programmes Director at Impact Hub King’s Cross, providing a range of business support interventions to help social entrepreneurs start up or grow ethical ventures including the Impact Hub Scaling programme, supporting 110 social enterprises scale across 8 European countries, Feeding the City, an ethical food programme and the ChangeMaker Challenge which offers students funding and support to develop plastic waste reduction solutions. Devi is founder of the Outsiders’ Network, ran TEDxAylesbury 2015 and has blogged at Huffington Post, Brazen Careerist, Life Hack and Third Sector. Her book, People, Planet, Passion, reached #2 in the Amazon Kindle store for Nonprofit Organisations and Charities. Devi has an MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Certificate in Careers Guidance from University of East London.

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.

Co-founder at The Happy Startup School

Laurence McCahill

Laurence McCahill and Carlos Saba are the founders of The Happy Startup School, ex-agency founders and friends since real school. Since 2012 they’ve built a thriving, global community of entrepreneurs and leaders that put purpose before profits. Through an online platform and their legendary off-grid gatherings they provide inspiration, support and accountability for those that want to make money, do good and be happy.

Head of Impact Investment – SeedTribe

Olivia Sibony

Liv is an award-winning entrepreneur who left a career at Goldman Sachs to launch her foodtech startup, GrubClub, which she sold to Eatwith in 2017.

As an ex-founder, she was only too aware of the challenges entrepreneurs face in raising funds and wanted to help make this process more efficient and transparent. So she joined Angel Investment Network (having raised money for Grub Club through them) to launch and grow SeedTribe, a spinoff platform focused specifically on connecting “impactful” businesses with investors.

She is also a Board member of UCL’s Fast Forward 2030, which aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to launch businesses that address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Partner – Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher is a partner at Bates Wells, where he co-leads the firm’s Impact Economy practice and advises clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business and other activities.

Luke is an expert on the boundaries and interplay between the worlds of charity and business – his work often involves structuring relationships correctly and appropriately where charities are interacting with businesses or operating in market contexts. His team’s practice therefore spans charity, social enterprise, responsible business and impact investing.

Clients vary from international NGOs, household name charities, Governments, major corporates and investment banks, to purpose driven businesses, impact investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Many clients need strategic, tailored and practical advice.

Luke has worked on many of the most significant developments in the growing ‘Impact Economy’, including:

  • The structuring of key institutions such as Big Society Capital and Social Finance
  • Advising the European Commission on the law and regulation of social enterprise across Europe
  • Working in Government on the design of social investment tax relief
  • Creating governance principles for community interest companies which are endorsed by the CIC Regulator
  • Making the argument for the new statutory social investment power for charities
  • Creating the official model documents and guidance on social impact bonds
  • Developing the legal and governance requirements for B Corps
  • Designing and launching Purposely to help businesses to embed purpose in different ways
Executive Director – Teach Monster Games

Antonio Gould

Antonio heads up Teach Monster Games, the team behind Teach Your Monster to Read, now one of the world’s most widely used digital literacy products. Funded by the Usborne Foundation, they are a charitable social enterprise building digital games and apps for children which are both fun to play and have a positive social impact.

Enterprise and Innovation Lead – Peabody

Ashley Richardson

Ashley is the Enterprise and Innovation Lead for Peabody. She is responsible for delivering the Economic and Innovation strategy by researching and implementing opportunities for economic growth and sustainability in London

Ashley has over six years of experience and a track record of success in supporting the growth of communities. Throughout her career she has led on trailblazing projects with combined income streams in excess of £500K.

With over 55,000 homes, Peabody is one of the largest housing providers in London and the south-east. They deliver services to 111,000 residents, 8,000 care and support customers, and the wider communities in which they work. They focus on those who need our help the most, working with people and communities to build resilience and promote wellbeing. They create and invest in great places where people want to live. Their ambitious housebuilding programme will deliver thousands of new homes by 2021.

Most recently Ashley has been selected as Peabody’s Community Impact Partnership Lead. The Community Impact Partnership is a £3million joint initiative between four of the UK’s leading housing associations which provides social investment in the form of blended grants and loans to help charitable organisations, social enterprises and community businesses to grow and innovate.

Chief Executive – Access Foundation

Seb Elsworth

Seb has been Chief Executive of the Access Foundation since May 2015, overseeing a team of seven.

Prior to joining Access, Seb was Deputy Chief Executive at the Social Investment Business, a leading social investment intermediary, where he led on developing a range of programmes helping charities and social enterprises access social investment, and bringing new investors into the social investment market.

Seb was previously Director of Strategy at ACEVO, and he started his career as a student executive officer at Leeds University Union.

Seb was appointed to the Council of the University of Leeds in August 2016, and was a trustee of Kings College London Students Union from 2011 to 2015.

Co-founder and Director – Whitten & Roy Partnership

Scott Roy

Scott Roy co-founded Whitten & Roy Partnership, an international sales consultancy that helps socially minded businesses and organisations transform their sales results. He previously built and ran large direct sales organisations, as well as co-founded a nationwide direct sales insurance company in the United States.

Together with business partner Dr Roy Whitten, Scott Roy leads a network of consultants operating in 40 countries around the world. Drawing on several decades of sales experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, and with a background in psychology and business development, Whitten & Roy Partnership offers an ethical sales approach that is fit for use by socially minded organisations that are genuinely concerned with the well-being of their own people and the clients they serve.

For more information visit www.wrpartnership.com.

Social Impact & Investment Adviser – Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE)

Natasha Jolob

Natasha Jolob is a social impact and investment adviser for three local infrastructure support organisations in the East and West Midlands – Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE), Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVCS) and Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL). She is currently supporting them to identify and support local organisations to develop enterprise models, collaborate and access patient capital.

Natasha has over 20 years’ experience of working with for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in many roles, at all levels (she has worked from the bottom up) and in most sectors. She has worked for one of the largest funders in the UK, the Social Investment Business, where she provided business development and investment readiness services to organisations across the UK. Natasha knows the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector inside out, having helped hundreds of organisations to develop, grow and access funding and social investment.

Natasha has a Masters in International Development and a Degree in Geography. Her global experience includes experience with Social Venture Network, a network of socially and environmentally responsible business, and the Forum on Early Warning and Early Response – an international peace-building network.

She also has significant public sector experience – she has worked in local authorities, she has strategic commissioning and procurement skills and she has developed public sector business cases and designed social impact bond models for local partnerships across the East and West Midlands.

Natasha also has her own small boutique consultancy social enterprise called Kai-zen Change for Good. Kai-zen is a business improvement concept that literally means to ‘change and improve for the better’. This is her underlying motive – to make a stepped change in how business is done so that markets, commerce, technology and finance improve outcomes for people and the planet.

Natasha has served as a trustee and family support volunteer for Home-Start Horizons for many years. She is a black belt martial artist and she practices yoga and meditation in her spare time!

Senior Investment Manager – CAF Venturesome

Holger Westphely

Holger is part of the senior management team at CAF Venturesome and shares responsibility for the strategy and operations of the investment team. Duties include appraisals of applications, monitoring the CAF Venturesome portfolio, overseeing SE-Assist, the placed-based fund for early stage social enterprises, managing the team’s operations, and supporting new business development. Holger co-founded Aylesbury Partnerships which provides investment and contract readiness services to organsations in the voluntary sector, and co-founded Eastside Primetimers which advises organsations in raising finance.

CEO – NatWest Social & Community Capital

Megan Peat

Megan Peat is the CEO of NatWest Social & Community Capital. S&CC is an independent charity, supported by NatWest, providing loan finance, alongside business support, to viable social enterprises who make a positive impact to their community but who are unable to access mainstream funding. Megan joined NatWest in 2007 from a US investment bank and has a background in credit underwriting and business development. She sits on the board of a personal lending Responsible Finance provider and, along with her team, is passionate about the amazing and life changing social enterprises that S&CC have helped support and the dedicated and committed people who run them.

Head of Corporate Partnerships – Social Enterprise UK

Andy Daly

Andy leads on corporate partnerships at Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), the national membership body for social enterprises. He has a particular interest in the way procurement can deliver a more strategic corporate social responsibility by driving growth and impact at B2B social enterprises.

His role at SEUK includes development and delivery of the Buy Social Corporate Challenge: an initiative supporting a group of high-profile businesses to spend £1 billion with UK social enterprises.

Andy has worked in the Third Sector for 10 years, having previously worked at social enterprises and intermediaries such as UnLtd, School for Social Entrepreneurs and HCT Group.

Andy is a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow (alumnus) of On Purpose. He is also a big fan of live music, and a member of the team which runs the annual Oxjam Clapham music festival.

Senior Policy Engagement Officer – Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford

Andreea Anastasiu

Andreea Anastasiu is a Senior Policy Engagement Officer at the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab), a centre of academic research and practice based at the University of Oxford exploring the practice and impact of outcomes-focused approaches to tackling entrenched social issues.

Andreea leads the implementation of the practitioner-focused work of the GO Lab. As such, she works closely with government policymakers and commissioners, and stakeholders across the private, voluntary and academic sectors in the UK and beyond, to help inform policy decisions and improve the development of outcomes-focused models of public service provision, such as social impact bonds. Andreea manages GO Lab’s programme of capacity building and engagement, which includes advice and support to commissioning authorities and their partners, bespoke training, communities of practice and the annual international conference on social outcomes. Andreea also coordinates GO Lab’s Fellows of Practice network and international partnerships.

Prior to joining the GO Lab, Andreea worked as a Policy Adviser in local government, focussing on strategy and policy development. She is particularly interested in how innovation and cross-sector collaboration can help build a fairer and stronger society, and in ways to improve accountability and transparency in government.

CEO – Allia Future Business Centre

Caroline Hyde

Caroline is passionate about social ventures and tech for good and their potential to create positive change for people, planet and place.

Having spearheaded Allia’s Future Business Centre growth from an initial site in Cambridge to four locations across Cambridge, East London and Peterborough Caroline also co-designed and managed innovation programmes such as Serious Impact and Future20, a national programme supporting tech for good ventures addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As CEO, Caroline leads on Allia Future Business Centre’s strategy and partnerships understanding how to develop collaborations between the private, public and philanthropic sectors to support innovation and ventures that can address critical local and global challenges.

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

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 DICE – British Council

Becky Schutt

Prior to her appointment as Head of DICE, Becky built a consulting practice over a period of fifteen years specialising in executive strategy and operational and capital planning for creative and cultural organisations, consortia and funders the world over. She has worked with over 70 clients, including Amman National Music Conservatory, Art Dubai, Arts Council England, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Beamish Museum, National Museum of Afghanistan, Open Society Institute, Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, State Tretyakov Gallery, Tate and the Welsh Government.

Becky began her career aboard Artrain, a museum on a train that toured America and housed the NASA art collection; and then worked at The Newark Museum and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Her interest and mission to working with creative organisations that ignite ‘child-like’ curiosity, inspire agency, build positive community relationships, and explore and address challenging local/global issues was confirmed during this time. With an enthusiastic commitment to inspiring the next generation of board members and directors, Becky was Fellow and Lecturer at University of Cambridge Judge Business School (2007-2016), where she established the Cultural, Arts and Media concentration on the MBA programme. She is Chair of Hoipolloi Theatre and Founding Chair of the UK Relaxed Theatre Project, designed for people with autism and their families. She earned her BA in Arts and Ideas from the University of Michigan and her MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Co-Founder – Playing for Change

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is a Grammy Award Winning Producer/ Engineer and Award-Winning Film Director. For the past 20 years, Mark has worked with some of the most renowned producers in the music, film and television industries, and with such musical artists as Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Bono, Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr. In hopes of showcasing musical talent found on the streets, Johnson parlayed his musical knowledge and technical skills to turn his vision into what is now known as Playing For Change. Mark has recorded and filmed music around the world in over 60 countries and he has dedicated his life to connecting the world through music.

Playing For Change (www.playingforchange.com) is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Mark’s vision became an effort to share this truth with the world. Playing For Change is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Polar Music Prize often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Music.

Mark also sits on the Board of Directors for the Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 2007 in order to bring music education to children in communities the team had visited while traveling. Mark Johnson has also been a keynote speaker at the United Nations, TED Global, the World Economic Forum in Davos and a featured guest on “The Colbert Report”, “Tavis Smiley”, “Bill Moyer’s Journal and CNN heroes. Such icons as Norman Lear, Chris Blackwell and Howard Schultz have supported Playing For Change and the PFC movement continues to grow one heart and one song at a time.

Playing For Change Accolades
Polar Music Prize (Sweden)
Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award
Asia Game Changers Award (United Nations)
Rebel With A Cause Award (Reserva – Brazil)
Human Security Award

Co-Executive Director – Streetwise Opera

Bridget Rennie

Bridget Rennie is Co-Executive Director at Streetwise Opera, an award-winning performing arts charity for people who are or have been homeless. Streetwise Opera runs creative programmes across England and stages critically-acclaimed operas.

Bridget has a proven track record in effective strategic planning, successful fundraising and sector-leading impact measurement. Following a career in arts fundraising and events and concert management, she joined Streetwise Opera in 2011 as Head of Development and after growing the charity’s income by 88% over four years, became Co-Executive Director in 2016.

In 2016 Bridget participated in a Clore Leadership Course, a two-week intensive cultural leadership programme. She has co-led the charity through a strategic planning process, developing a strategy focused on participant progression, regional development, communications and diversity. Bridget is a Trustee of Music in Detention, a charity which works with immigration detainees.

Early Growth Venture, Sales & Distribution – ClearlySo

Arti Bareja

Arti has 8 years of experience in the banking sector doing M&A and Portfolio Management. More recently, she worked for Fair Finance helping to build their SME lending business based on the principles of responsible lending. She joined ClearlySo in 2018 with a mandate to grow their impact focussed individual investor network. Arti holds a BA(Hons) in Mathematics from Delhi University and a MSc in Economics from LSE. In her spare time, she likes to run and read.

Deputy Chief Executive – Big Issue Invest

Daniel Wilson

Daniel has worked with Big Issue Invest since 2011 and has managed a number of funding programs designed to provide investment to smaller social enterprises and charities.

Partnerships & Development, Social Enterprise and Creative and Inclusive Economies – British Council

Tristan Ace

Tristan has more than 15 years’ experience working in more than 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and for the past 8 years in East and South Asia.

Tristan Leads the British Council’s work in social enterprise and impact investment in the Asia Pacific region and is responsible for the flagship policy and government engagement programme which provides support to develop social entrepreneurship policy and strategy in the region. Through this programme, he has developed a range of partnerships and policy initiatives with government and regional multinational organisations.

Tristan is passionate about the role that social enterprises can play in building fair, inclusive and just societies and has a particular interest in both the role that social enterprise can play in strengthening civil society and the role that governments can play in driving innovation in policy that support social entrepreneurship and social innovation more broadly. He is currently based in Hong Kong and has previously lived and worked in mainland China (Beijing), Myanmar (Yangon) and Poland (Krakow).

Director – Ogunte CIC | Cadence Innova

Servane Mouazan

Servane is an experienced conscious innovation entrepreneur, helping small and large businesses understand people’s needs in a changing economy, working across industries in the UK, South America, Europe and the MENA. As the founder/director of Ogunte CIC, a certified BCorp that amplifies women in socially responsible businesses and their ecosystem, she has developed the first incubator and growth readiness program for women in social enterprises in the UK, supported over 7500 change makers, managed funds for social innovators, advised gender-focused funds on programming and strategy, and has run the International Women’s Social Leadership Awards with over 130 finalists from 23 countries.

A management consultant, she currently leads on the Equality portfolio at Cadence Innova, a company that helps the public sector increase its positive social impact, through business and digital transformation.

Proud to be 1 of #WISE100 leading women in social enterprise in 2017.

Managing Director – The Big Exchange

Jill Jackson

Jill Jackson is the Managing Director of The Big Exchange, a simple, mobile first financial services platform that will launch in 2019. It is a mission driven business that is part of The Big Issue family, looking to improve financial inclusion. The first phase this will see investment funds offered that are exclusively focussed on having a positive impact on people or the planet, with future phases including other ethical financial services and a cash account. Prior to this, Jill was the Head of UK Retail at Aberdeen Standard Investments and was responsible for the retail book of business that has around 120,000 direct customers invested in the companies UK Mutual funds. Jill was also a member of the Ethical Funds Advisory Group and the Impact Advisory Group that govern the Ethical and Impact funds run by Aberdeen Standard Investments. Jill is also a member of the TISA board. Jill joined Standard Life Investments in 2015 following the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management where Jill was responsible for a wide range of activities including CRM, the retail business, management information and change management. Jill was at Ignis Asset Management for 18 years and prior to that worked at Scottish Amicable Investment Managers.

Founder – FACE

Zeejah Fazli

Zeejah Fazli is a cultural programs director, educationist, producer, musician and an entrepreneur, in the field for the last 25 years. Besides being the founder and president of FACE – Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education, his initiatives include founding and establishing “The Rock Musicarium”, a 2acre amphitheater facility in Islamabad at Lake View Park. Zeejah has a wide exposure as an Artistic Director and is spearheading flagship projects such as FACE Music Mela (The largest music, food and artisans festival of Pakistan since 2014), Pakistan Showcase Abroad. (Promoting Pakistani culture in the west through Music) and womart.pk (An e-commerce platform for empowering women artisans from underserved rural areas of Pakistan and promoting our culture) and various other national and international training programs and workshops in Arts and Culture.

In 2014, He also founded and set the artistic vision for the first ever Art space in Islamabad called “FACE” where he has conducted workshops and trainings for filmmakers and musicians, presented theater, including Broadway, and visual artists and musicians of all genres. In the last two decades, at various venues in Pakistan and abroad, Zeejah has presented thousands of artists and artisans from a variety of disciplines and premiered numerous new works in programs attracting more than 50,000 of audience annually. Zeejah connected art and people in joyous, creative, and popular programs. His commitment to cultural promotion, public engagement and community connections, promises to promote the rich and diverse culture and hence positive image of Pakistan.

Mental Health Trainer – Mindapples

Jana Stefanovska-Nightingale

Jana Bio: Jana Stefanovska-Nightingale has spent more than a decade working in education and delivers mental health and wellbeing courses in various settings around the country. Jana is also a Psychosynthesis coach and counsellor, qualified with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and PDF (Professional Development Foundation) at post-graduate level. Prior to her work as a trainer, Jana graduated from King’s College London with first class honours in Literature and spent 6 years running her own wellbeing events business, NOW Live Events, which was the official events partner of Psychologies Magazine.

Mindapples Bio: Mindapples helps people manage their minds. Grounded in science and backed by a passionate community, we aim to make looking after our minds as natural as brushing our teeth

Loans Officer – NatWest Social & Community Capital

John Murray

John Murray is a Loans Officer for NatWest Social & Community Capital, providing loan finance to Charities and Social Enterprises across the UK that are making positive changes to their communities but finding it difficult to access mainstream finance. John joined NatWest in 2007 and is involved in delivering NatWest Moneysense and Young Enterprise sessions to local schools, supports local charities with fundraising and volunteering and is active as a Business Mentor as part of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.

Co-founder – investHER UK

Marla Shapiro

Marla is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor and supporter of female founded businesses.

Working for over 15 years in the media technology space, she specializes in building sustainable, revenue generating businesses from new technologies. Through her own advisory business, Front Yard Consulting, Marla has worked with both start-up businesses as well as large corporates seeking to innovate around technical change. Prior to working in media and technology, Marla worked as an investment banker in New York and London and has an MBA from the MIT-Sloan School in Boston.

Marla is a mentor to young entrepreneurs through the Imperial College Venture Mentor Service and also has judged funding competitions for the College’s various venture start-up contests. In addition, she is a new business angel and a member of the Green Angels (green tech) syndicate. And, Marla is committed to supporting women funders and founders as a co-founder of investHER.

Investment Manager – Resonance

Jari Moate

Jari works in the Ventures team at Resonance, advising a range of business types. As a real estate and regeneration expert with particular experience in deal structuring for residential and commercial property, he deals with many of our support-driven, community-led, affordable housing and workspace providers.

Previous work includes property work for large and small organizations including Bristol East Side Traders, the BBC, LoveBristol and Brighton’s Bridge Education Centre.

Outside work Jari is a novelist and short story writer, founder of the Bristol Festival of Literature and runs a writing group for homeless ex-armed service personnel. He is also a lay speaker in his local church.

Councillor – Southwark Council

Peter Babudu

Peter Babudu is a Labour Councillor for Rye Lane, Southwark. Peter is also the Deputy Cabinet Member for Innovation in Southwark Council. He has been tasked with establishing the Southwark Pioneers Fund, an innovation fund to support local entrepreneurs who make a positive contribution to Southwark.

Peter is also Executive Director at Prime Advocates, focusing on helping firms to incorporate responsible investment practices and to become responsible businesses more generally.

Peter is a leading social impact expert and has designed and delivered projects with a wide range of social impact funds, banks, national and regional government departments, private organisations and charitable foundations. His work has also included providing strategic advice on impact measurement approaches to large UK social investors. He has been responsible for impact reporting on various multi-million pound impact programmes, accelerators and government funds.

Peter previously qualified as a solicitor at the magic circle law firm Clifford Chance, in their corporate finance division. Peter holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in International Development from Birkbeck, University of London.

Business Development Manager – ACH

Richard Thickpenny

Working with refugee communities since 2004, Richard has brought his lived experience into the design of innovative programs which challenge the status quo, resulting in ACH becoming recognised as a thought leader in refugee integration.

Richard leads ACH’s ambitious research and consultancy plans, which links world-renowned academics with our #rethinkingrefugee ethos.
He presents regularly on the topics of refugee self-integration and policy-controlled integration, providing inspirational and insightful discourse around how barriers are created by policy and the enhancement of agency necessary to overcome them.

Richard is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Aston Business School focused on international business.

Chief Executive – Eastside Primetimers

Richard Litchfield

Richard is the Chief Executive of Eastside Primetimers – the social sector consultants. The organisation has a mission to build the capacity and effectiveness of social enterprises and charities, which it does through a team of 130 senior business and charity professionals across the country, selected for their experience and commercial know-how. It is a large provider of investment readiness and fundraising support, helping organisations to finance their growth and development.

As well as leading on the firm’s strategic development and partnerships with funders, Richard specialises in charity mergers and finance, and continues to advise clients working in social housing, health and social care, and education.

Organisational Coach – Teach Monster Games

Leo Allen

Leo is an organisational coach, helping companies and the individuals who work in them work better, more efficiently and (most importantly) more happily. Bringing his background of working for tech startups everywhere from Cape Town to Silicon Valley, he loves to help companies take the best ideas to come from that world (lean startup, agile, design thinking, radical candor etc.) and leave out the worst.

He is currently working with Teach Monster Games to help them as they begin to gradually scale up following the huge success of their first game Teach Your Monster To Read. He is particularly a fan of their “patient capital” model of funding, where the focus is on gradual growth and sustainable long-term impact.

Knowledge and Learning Manager – The National Lottery Community Fund

Samantha Magne

Sam’s remit covers the learning that The National Lottery Community Fund are seeking to generate from our work on Social Investment.

In particular this includes work with Access and Big Society Capital on making social investment more accessible through small-scale unsecured blended finance and, the Fund’s work to explore ways of commissioning better outcomes through tools such as Social Impact Bonds.

Sam also plays a role in The National Lottery Community Fund’s wider work to develop a more joined-up ecology of development support for the VCSE sector and, in learning about different ways of putting money to work, to more effectively support cross-sectoral collective impact partnerships.

Sam’s interest in social impact began when working as an engineer in emergency relief and international development, and prior to joining the Fund 7 years ago, also worked as an evaluator, advisor and social researcher with public sector, voluntary organisations and social enterprises for 13 years.

CEO – B4RN Ltd

Barry Forde

Head of Technical Services, ISS, University of Lancaster till I retired in 2005. Responsible for networking within the University and across the NW region. I’m a Professorial Fellow in Computer Networking at Lancaster University. After retiring founded Broadband for the Rural North Ltd (B4RN) a social enterprise working to deliver world class broadband to the deeply rural areas of the North West. Currently CEO of B4RN, awarded MBE for my work on rural broadband.

Founder – Humming in Harmony

Sergio Lopez Figueroa

Sergio Lopez Figueroa is a Spanish social entrepreneur and a creative leader for social change with professional experience as a videographer and music teacher for special needs. He founded Big Bang Lab, an award winning media learning enterprise involved in the use of digital video to bring generations together. As a composer and pianist he has written and performed music for opera, theatre and silent films including concert improvisatory pieces for full orchestra.

He is the creator of Humming in Harmony, a social mindfulness practise designed to connect people together through sound to beat social isolation across ages and promoting inner peace, empathy, resilience and self care with a focus on preventive mental health. He is seeking scientific research partners looking at the interface between music perception, neuroscience and acoustics to validate the crossover application of humming for healing purposes in healthcare, performing arts and education,

He is currently developing a HUM mindfulness learning app to train users on active listening and communal sound meditation. His vision is to include Humming as a model of care for mental healthcare face to face and digitally. The future use of a royalty shared model systems will reward patients to become music creators and performers in the the collective co-creation of sound humming archives available worldwide and locally.

Co-founder – ForestCar

Charlie Palmer

Charlie is one of the co-founders of ForestCar – an airport car sharing service for eco-friendly travelers. ForestCar offer car owners free airport parking in exchange for renting their car out to other members. ForestCar was born from the idea that sharing is an essential part of the fight against climate change. This is also the reason why ForestCar invest 10% of their profits to plant trees in tropical rainforests. Before ForestCar, Charlie spent 5 years working as an innovation consultant. He advised big businesses on how to adapt and survive in the digital age, including helping to manage innovation programs and supporting teams to launch new products and services.

Executive Director – Impact Strategist

Rosemary Addis

Rosemary is a pioneering leader and go to strategist with 30-years’ track record built on a unique combination of commercial acumen, policy, innovation and leading global expertise in impact. She is a highly experienced Chair and Director with deep experience across public, private and community sectors and is widely published on impact, innovation and investment.

Rosemary inspires people to change the way they think about things, informing change agendas shaping society for the future and mobilising innovation and investment to solve complex problems. As a leading global expert in impact strategy, policy, innovation and governance, Rosemary is committed to shaping the world we want for the future and works with like-minded leaders around the world to solve complex problems, drive real solutions and demonstrate impact in action. She has been at the forefront of thought leadership and practice shaping global systems and governance to drive impact at scale for over 15 years.

Rosemary founded and Chairs the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and its operating company, Impact Investing Australia. She was a member of the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce 2013-15 and was elected the board of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment in 2018 and is and expert adviser to the OECD and Impact Management Project.
Over a 30 year+ career, Rosemary has held senior roles as a professional services partner at Allens-Linklaters, in the community and philanthropic sectors and State and Federal Government, including as Social Innovation Strategist leading the Australian Government’s first social innovation unit 2010-13.

Rosemary has a law degree (First Class Honours), the New York Bar, is an experienced director and Chair and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an internationally accredited broker of cross-sector partnerships. She is published widely in social innovation and investment and was recognised in the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence for contributions to innovation (2015), was a finalist for Women in Finance Thought Leader of the Year (2017). Impact Investing Australia was recognised as Impact Investing Asia Pacific Market Builder of the Year (2018).

Founder – Hands of Honour

Paul Talliard

My name is Paul Talliard. Twenty five years ago, I was appointed as one of the first Firemen of colour in Apartheid South Africa.I graduated at the top of my class and enjoyed a sparkling career. Sadly, in my 12th year, I was introduced to crack cocaine and lost everything in one year. I spent the next few years as a transient drug addict/alcoholic, surviving by my wits. One day, seven years ago, I stumbled into a soup kitchen as a 50Kg drug addicted weakling and realised I had hit rock-bottom.

This stark realisation helped me to conquer a 35 year old drug habit and I founded Hands of Honour a few months later. Hands of Honour was formed mostly in response to the alarming increase in the amount of young and adult men just languishing in soup kitchens all over Cape Town. Many of the men were also participating in anti-social activities. In some cases I found up to three generations of the same family present in the Soup Kitchen. That would be the grandfather, son and grandson.

MY SOLUTION Rehabilitating Communities and Waste/Obsolete Stock through engaging the socially marginalised‘’ I was fortunate to be part of Unlimited UK’s (UnLtd UK) pilot Social Enterprise project in Cape Town around 2012 ,where I learned about Social Entrepreneurship and even went on to win seed funding from them in 2013. Through hard work and support from various sources , I have founded an UPCYCLING program that has been widely celebrated and recognized as a creative solution to the social ills that plaque Cape Town, especially the Cape Flats and have attained the following a nominations:

  • Top 5 ( Finalist) Chivas $1 Million Venture SA 2018
  • Finalist: SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards 2018
  • Winner – Swarm Vision – ‘’Future of Education ‘’ 2016
  • Spark* SA Changemaker of the Year 2014
  • Winner SA UnLtd Award 2013
  • Nominee: Rockefeller Foundation 100 Innovators Award 2013
  • Recognised: World Design Capital CT 2014
  • Finalist: Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2012.
Joint Executive Director – Sustainable Development Policy Institute

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed is Joint Executive Director at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Pakistan and lead for Pakistan in a UNDP’s regional programme: ‘Trade Winds of Change – women entrepreneurs on the rise in South Asia’. He is former Advisor, UNDP and has undertaken assignments with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and Ministries of Finance, Planning and Commerce in Pakistan. He was a technical associate and member in the task forces constituted by the Government of Pakistan including Advisory Panel of Economists (2008), Task force on Private Sector Development (2009), Working Group on Macroeconomic Framework for Tenth Five Year Plan 2010-15, and Working Group on Social Sector Development for Pakistan Vision 2025. He has published extensively in areas such as inclusive growth and infrastructure reforms, trade and taxation policies, trade in services, youth employment, women-led social enterprises, and social safety nets.

He is also a visiting faculty member and researcher at the University of Le Havre in France, National University of Ireland, IMT Institute of Advanced Studies in Italy, Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development and Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

Consultant/Facilitator/Coach – Reetu Sood

Reetu Sood

Reetu is a freelance consultant, coach and trainer, bringing more than 14 years’ experience working with social enterprises, charities and commercial start-ups. Reetu previously worked in social investment at the Social Enterprise Investment Fund, and hands-on organisational development roles at Richmond CVS, developing expertise in funding, governance, strategic development, impact measurement, and accelerator programme design. Reetu recently completed her MSc Management at Birkbeck (University of London) and is starting a PhD in entrepreneurial relationships in October 2019. She is currently researching the BAME female founders ecosystem. She has held trustee positions with several small charities, and is currently a trustee of Hub Brixton, a coworking space and community catalyst in South London.

Associate – Bates Wells

Oliver Hunt

Oliver is an Associate in the Charity & Social Enterprise department at the law firm Bates Wells and specialises in charity, social enterprise, responsible business and impact investing.

Investment Director / Trustee – Big Society Capital / Hatch Enterprise

Aman Johal

Aman is an Investment Director within Big Society Capital. Her current focus is Social Impact Bonds, Childhood Obesity and Community Energy. She is also a trustee for Hatch Enterprise, which provides community-based entrepreneurship programmes to emerging entrepreneurs. Before joining Big Society Capital, Aman worked for J.P. Morgan, leading the firm’s philanthropic programme across the UK on employment and skills. During her time there she also played a leadership role in the roll out of signature programmes and in building the visibility of the impact of the firm’s philanthropic efforts across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to this she held a number of positions across the non-profit and public sectors in the UK, including at the Young Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in public affairs for a national health charity and as a caseworker for a benevolent fund working on the frontline to administer support to beneficiaries.

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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 Connect Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver this 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 £3m over three years, the investments and grants made by the fund will enhance existing infrastructure, bring new entrants into the sector and develop enterprising ideas to build the market. 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.

Investment Manager – Resonance

Katalin Juhász

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).

Co-founder & CEO – Social Business Trust

Adele Blakeborough

Adele Blakebrough MBE is CEO and Co-Founder of Social Business Trust, the charity supporting high-growth potential social enterprises to scale-up. Working with its world-class corporate partners, including Bain & Company, EY, Permira and Thomson Reuters, SBT has provided over £15 million of in-kind support and cash grants to help great UK social enterprises grow. Before setting up SBT, she was co-founder and CEO of CAN, a pioneering organisation for the development and promotion of social entrepreneurs. Adele was also CEO of the nationally renowned Kaleidoscope project, working with 350 heroin users daily. She sits on Nesta’s Second Half Fund Advisory Panel and is a Director of Impact International.

Our other details are as follows:

Website: www.socialbusinesstrust.org

Twitter: @SBT_UK

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/social-business-trust

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SocialBusinessTrust/

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

CEO – NatWest Social & Community Capital

Megan Peat

Megan Peat is the CEO of NatWest Social & Community Capital. S&CC is an independent charity, supported by NatWest, providing loan finance, alongside business support, to viable social enterprises who make a positive impact to their community but who are unable to access mainstream funding. Megan joined NatWest in 2007 from a US investment bank and has a background in credit underwriting and business development. She sits on the board of a personal lending Responsible Finance provider and, along with her team, is passionate about the amazing and life changing social enterprises that S&CC have helped support and the dedicated and committed people who run them.

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

Sado Jirde is the Director of Black South West Network (BSWN), a charity focused on human rights, equality, access to knowledge and socio-economic inclusion within the framework of advocating on behalf of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. Sado has over 10 experience working in the Civil Society sector in the UK & Internal. She was awarded The African Achievers Award in 2015. Sado has also been leading on the discussion around inclusive growth and the role social investment could play in addressing economic inequality in Bristol.

Partner, Charity & Social Enterprise – Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Abbie Rumbold

Investment Manager – Resonance

Meena Manian

Meena joined Resonance in July 2017, based in the London hub. Working within our Ventures team providing bespoke advisory and social investment support to charities and social enterprises enabling them to create long-lasting social change.
Previously
Meena is a finance professional with over 10 years’ experience at Lloyds Banking Group. She specialised in management buyouts and held a number of operational roles. Meena also has experience working with charities, developing specialist funding programmes for Lloyds Bank Foundation.
Outside Work
Meena enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is a keen runner and more often than not can be found knee deep in soil and seeds in her garden.

Founder and CEO – 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 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.

Head of Community Investment – Orbit

Sam Scharf

Sam Scharf is Head of Community Investment at Orbit and a Director of the Community Impact Partnership.  Sam oversees a programme of over £3million a year at Orbit, focused on the development of their BetterDays programme, designed to provide customers with universal and targeted support to achieve positive individual, family and community impact as well as business benefits.  Previously Sam has worked for Big Society Capital, looking at social investment into the housing sector and within communities, worked across government and large charities as well as a stint working in the USA on the Obama/Biden election campaign.

Founder – Toby Eccles

Toby Eccles

Toby founded Social Finance in 2007. There are now 70 professionals working in Social Finance UK with sister organisations in the US and Israel, and partnerships with intermediaries in Canada, South Africa, Brazil and Portugal. As Development Director his focus is on new initiatives for the organisation and innovation. He led teams that developed the Social Impact Bond model at Peterborough prison; the first local authority Social Impact Bond in Essex focused on Children in Care; designed the Social Outcomes Fund for the Cabinet Office, the first centrally pooled fund for Impact Bonds; catalysed Development Impact Bonds in partnership with the Centre for Global Development; worked with the Inter-American Development Bank on Impact Bond strategies for Chile, Mexico and Brazil; and launched Social Finance Digital Labs, our new business area focused on improving services through generating insight from local government data.

From 2005, he acted as secretariat for the Commission on Unclaimed Assets, which recommended the creation of a Social Investment Bank that later became Big Society Capital. Prior to this, he was a Director of Research at ARK, a child focused foundation and also worked in corporate finance at UBS Warburg. Toby holds a BA in Maths from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.

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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

Kieran Whiteside

Co-author – The Sky’s the Limit: Increasing Social Investment Impact with a Gender Lens

Katherine Miles

Drawing on over 15 years international experience, Katherine advises multilateral and bilateral international development agencies, corporates and foundations on corporate sustainability, women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment and financial systems development including gender-lens investing.

She has mapped the social enterprise ecosystem in India for GIZ and co-authored a number of publications on gender-lens investing including: The State of the Field of Gender-Lens Investing for US-based Criterion Institute, and The Sky’s the Limit – Increasing Social Investment impact with a gender lens, for the Young Foundation in the UK. Katherine is currently supporting the Dartington Hall Trust on its Equality Impact Investing work.

She is also a long term consultant to United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) on the development of its global women and girls’ economic empowerment strategy and acts as a gender advisor for its SHIFT ASEAN Programme. As an impact investor, SHIFT applies a gender lens to its funding facility.

Senior Investment Manager – CAF Venturesome

Holger Westphely

Holger is part of the senior management team at CAF Venturesome and shares responsibility for the strategy and operations of the investment team. Duties include appraisals of applications, monitoring the CAF Venturesome portfolio, overseeing SE-Assist, the placed-based fund for early stage social enterprises, managing the team’s operations, and supporting new business development. Holger co-founded Aylesbury Partnerships which provides investment and contract readiness services to organsations in the voluntary sector, and co-founded Eastside Primetimers which advises organsations 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.

Partner – Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher is a partner at Bates Wells, where he co-leads the firm’s Impact Economy practice and advises clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business and other activities.

Luke is an expert on the boundaries and interplay between the worlds of charity and business – his work often involves structuring relationships correctly and appropriately where charities are interacting with businesses or operating in market contexts. His team’s practice therefore spans charity, social enterprise, responsible business and impact investing.

Clients vary from international NGOs, household name charities, Governments, major corporates and investment banks, to purpose driven businesses, impact investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Many clients need strategic, tailored and practical advice.

Luke has worked on many of the most significant developments in the growing ‘Impact Economy’, including:

  • The structuring of key institutions such as Big Society Capital and Social Finance
  • Advising the European Commission on the law and regulation of social enterprise across Europe
  • Working in Government on the design of social investment tax relief
  • Creating governance principles for community interest companies which are endorsed by the CIC Regulator
  • Making the argument for the new statutory social investment power for charities
  • Creating the official model documents and guidance on social impact bonds
  • Developing the legal and governance requirements for B Corps
  • Designing and launching Purposely to help businesses to embed purpose in different ways
Partner – BWB Compliance

Gillian Roche-Saunders

Managing Director – Social Spider

David Floyd

David Floyd is Managing Director of Social Spider CIC and blogs at Beanbags and Bullsh!t. He was the project manager for the The Alternative Commission on Social Investment, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, which published a report in 2015 on ways to make the UK social investment market relevant to a wider range of charities and social enterprises.

David has carried out writing, research and consultancy on social enterprise and social investment for clients including: Access: The Foundation for Social Investment; Centre for Public Impact; GMCVO; Nesta; Power to Change; RBS and Social Investment Business.

David is a trustee of Haringey Law Centre and Magma, and a non-executive director of Doing Social. He is also a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Finance Innovation Lab, a member of the Good Finance steering group and a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College.

Website: https://beanbagsandbullsh1t.com / http://socialspider.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidsocialsp

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsocialspider/

Ecosystem Development Lead – Anthemis

Katrina Cruz

As a member of the Ecosystem Development team at Anthemis, Katrina is focused on strengthening Anthemis’ community of founders, venture partners and investors. She has strong grounding in the impact investment market having previously worked for leading firm ClearlySo in supporting early stage businesses to scale and raise private equity. She became the youngest angel investor network manager for the firm, focused on growing the investor base and making strategic connections between investors and entrepreneur clients to ensure values-aligned investment.

Katrina read Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at the University of Manchester before exploring social anthropology and entrepreneurship in the Philippines. Outside of work, she is on a constant hunt for great coffee, learning by travelling and supporting the Filipino entrepreneurial community.

COO – Fearless Futures

Rachel Curzons

Rachael Curzons is the COO of Fearless Futures. Her expertise lies in inclusion and equalities thinking, innovation strategy, operationalising good ideas and organisational change management. Rachael’s work is constantly informed by her research and practice on issues of social justice and anti-oppression. Before joining Fearless Futures in 2016, Rachael was the Director of a national education charity, and before that worked as a leader in secondary education. She excels at developing and managing large scale and complex projects whilst simultaneously ensuring internal systems and processes are highly effective and fit for purpose. She also works on organisational design, strategy, programme design, internal learning and development and external quality assurance. Alongside her BA in English and an MA in Education from King’s College London, Rachael has an MSt in Literature and History of Art from University of Oxford.

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CEO – Numbers for Good

Dominic Llewellyn

Dominic Llewellyn, CEO, Numbers for Good: Dominic Llewellyn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Numbers for Good, a social innovation and social impact investment organisation working with social enterprises, governments, foundations, corporates and investors. He has developed a number of impact investing projects across impact bonds, accelerators and incubators and investment funds as well as helping advise over 100 organisations. Dominic is a social entrepreneur and strategic thinker with a focus on integrating economic sustainability with social transformation. He has previously worked in politics and government and his work involvement included standing for Parliament, advising governments and co-authoring UK Government policy on social innovation, impact investing and economic growth.

Dominic is a trustee of Home for Good, a pioneering fostering and adoption charity.. He was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, sits of Big Society Capital’s Advisory Board and is a Fellow of Practice of the Government Outcomes Lab at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Manager – Art Impact Fund, NESTA

Seva Phillips

Seva is the Manager of the Arts Impact Fund, a social investment fund supporting
the arts and cultural sector in England backed by Arts Council England, Bank of
America Merrill Lynch, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Nesta. The Arts Impact
Fund is testing the idea that there is demand for repayable finance amongst arts &
culture organisations in England, as well the ability to repay it. At the same time, it is
working to improve the way arts & culture organisations, monitor, evaluate and
communicate their social impact.

Seva joined Nesta from The Young Foundation, where he worked on the Young
Academy and helped develop policy recommendations promoting social investment
across the EU. Prior to this he was making impact investments in UK charities
at CAF Venturesome, a leading social investor. Seva began his career at
professional services firm EY.

Founder – Canvas Coffee

Pravin Isram

Pravin is the founder of Canvas Coffee, a speciality coffee shop based in Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station which began as a pop-up in 2014.

To the customer Canvas is simply a great coffee shop but behind the scenes the café is used to help those in early recovery from addiction develop skills and confidence to take the next steps in their lives through volunteer opportunities and barista skills training courses.

In 2014 the Canvas Coffee won Small Business Social Enterprise of the Year award for Portsmouth from Shaping the Future of Portsmouth and In 2017 were voted second in the Best Station Café award from Railfuture.

Alongside Canvas, Pravin is also the founder of a micro coffee roastery in 2015 called Sunday Coffee Roasters which roasts small batch speciality grade coffee.

Founder – Ogunte

Servane Mouazan

What if 1 million women social enterprise leaders connected to learn, lead and change the course of the world, by 2020?

Servane believes in future-centric good businesses, and in the power of conscious innovation, courageous conversations, and action!

In 2001, She founded Ogunte, the social business development company, and later Make a Wave, the first incubator for women social entrepreneurs, with a team of outstanding mentors, investors and coaches. They have supported over 5200 social innovators, managers, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders and their networks through business coaching, impact investment training, leadership development, awards and challenge prizes.

She is a founding partner at Conscious Innovation with peers in Rio, London, Berlin. They provide prototyping experiences that help individuals and organisations explore and implement future scenarios, to change people’s world.

Since Feb 2015, Servane also ran the Womanity Awards Programme, an initiative that invests in an ecosystem preventing violence against women through replication of innovative models and ideas.

Chief Brand & Finance Officer – Toast Ale

Louisa Ziane

Louisa set up Toast Ale in 2015, with founder Tristram Stuart, and is now the Chief Brand and Finance Officer. Toast Ale brews award-winning beers with fresh surplus bread that would otherwise be wasted and pours all profits into the environmental charity Feedback to end food waste. The UK-based company is expanding internationally with a subsidiary in the US, franchises in South Africa and Iceland and a licensee in Brazil. Growth has been funded by the founder and a crowdfunder in 2017, and is now raising equity finance from social impact investors. The equity raise, ‘Equity For Good’, is a circular economy financing model requiring future net capital gains to be reinvested in social enterprises or social impact funds with an environmental mission.  Louisa was previously a sustainability consultant at the Carbon Trust and is a chartered management accountant with a masters in Environmental Decision Making.

Founder – Somerset Wood Recycling

Tristan Tudor

Tristan Tudor History BA (hons) and MA from UWE, Bristol. Tristan worked in local government for 3 years before starting Somerset Wood Recycling in 2007. Tristan is the Project/Site Director.

Investment Director – Big Issue Invest

James Salmon

James is an Investment Director within the Fund Management unit of Big Issue Invest, one of the UK’s leading UK social impact investment firms. BII Fund Management currently has three investment funds with £45m under management, making debt, equity and project finance investments into charities, social enterprises and other mission-led organisations across the UK, with the common theme being an explicit goal of creating a positive social impact.

Previous to working at Big Issue Invest, James worked at RBS for 9 year where he was a Director within the leverage finance team, responsible for originating and executing transactions of private equity backed UK mid-market corporates. James has a BA in Economics and Management studies from Leeds University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers

HR & Compliance Manager – The Citizens’ Trust

Steve Jones

Steve Jones has been working within welfare to work since 1998 within administration, change management, compliance and audits departments and has extensive experience of payment by results contracts across London and the South East. In 2011 Steve joined the Disability Times Trust where he works closely with the Senior Management Team as the HR Manager where he has helped the organisation develop; operational processes, HR systems and procedures and supervises payment by results contracts in west London which support disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable people of working age into training and employment.

Co-founder & Artistic Director – Hoipolloi

Shôn Dale-Jones

Shôn Dale-Jones is Artistic Director and Founder (with Stefanie Mueller) of Hoipolloi, an award-winning theatre company established in 1993. Hoipolloi today focuses on making work that weaves the personal with the political, aiming to inspire social action in audiences, partnering with charities to present shows, offering a new model for theatre and social justice.

Based in Cambridge, UK, Hoipolloi has performed all over the world – from Sydney Opera House and Meyerhold Theatre, Moscow to the Royal Court, London and in the past two years has raised almost £70K for partner charities Save the Children and Street Child United through two new productions, The DUKE and ME & ROBIN HOOD, now on tour and adapted as radio plays by BBC Radio 4.

Founder – From Babies With Love

Cecilia Crossley

Cecilia Crossley, Founded From Babies With Love in 2014, following the birth of her son and building on a successful career at KPMG. From Babies with Love is an award winning social enterprise that funds the care of orphaned and abandoned children around the world by donating 100% of its profits from the sale of premium, organic baby products.

Tickets

50 Bursary Tickets Now Available – made possible with thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund!

Option A “(Bursary ticket FREE)”
If you’re a small organisation with up to 100K turnover, you can apply for a FREE ticket . [Only 25 of these tickets are available, with 90% to be allocated to organisations outside London (not including Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.)  You will be asked to pay a £45 booking fee, which will be refunded after the event after confirmation of your attendance.]

Option B “(Bursary ticket DISCOUNTED)”
For organisations with a turnover of up to £250,000, you can apply for a £90 ticket (plus VAT and booking fee). [Only 25 of these tickets are available, with 90% to be allocated to organisations outside London (not including Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.)]

Early Bird for Charities/Social Enterprises

£190

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Early Bird for Investors/Corporates

£250

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General Release for Charities/ Social Enterprises

£240

General Release for Investors/ Corporates

£290

Thanks to our partners we are able to sell GDBGB tickets at a reduced price. All proceeds will go towards supporting social enterprises that instigate change.

Event Partners

The National Lottery Community Fund are invested in helping civil society organisations to develop their resilience so that they are in a stronger position to pursue their goals.

One way of developing that strength is to build financial resilience through generating unrestricted income.  Social Investment – the offer of repayable finance for organisations delivering a social purpose, from an investor who is looking for both social and financial return – can help.  It is especially useful for civil society organisations who struggle to access high street loans and, for those who are looking for investors who share their values.

Social investment can also be structured so that it is useful for commissioners and civil society organisations who are working together on early action and innovation around complex social issues; it can help by covering costs until preventative outcomes have been achieved, which in turn release funds – that may otherwise be locked up in acute care services – to repay the social investors for the preventative intervention they have financed.Since the Fund’s work in social investment began in 2010 they have commissioned a number of evaluations and research studies.

These include some in-depth, long-term evaluations which will generate a number of reports between now and 2023. You will find the reports here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/insights/social-investment-publications