Martin Coppack - Director, Fair By Design

Martin leads the Fair By Design team. Martin has held a range of positions, all with a common objective to place low income and vulnerable people at the heart of policy making. Martin is a Commissioner for the Financial Inclusion Commission, and also an adviser to the Canadian financial regulator on consumer protection.

Previously he has been a board member of the Association of Charitable Foundations, the Nationwide Foundation and the Institute of Consumer Affairs, as well as a Commissioner for Scope’s Commission on Extra Costs for Disabled People.


Jean de Fougerolles - Managing Partner, Fund

Jean has over 20 years of experience working and investing in technology businesses. He is a strong supporter of socially responsible businesses and has overseen investments into ventures ranging from a surplus food programme, to eyewear for the blind, a charitable giving start-up, and numerous EdTech ventures. Jean started his career as an economist at a number of non-profit NGOs in New York and also ran and exited a London-based tech start-up from 2000 to 2010. In 2012, he set-up Ascension Ventures and has gone on to invest in 100 early-stage tech businesses. Jean has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Columbia University and an MBA from INSEAD.


Kip Meek - Chairman, Fund

Kip is an Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority, Chair of A Million Ads (an Ascension investee company) and a non-executive director of the Wireless Infrastructure Group. He is also the co-founder of the Communications Chambers, a network of senior communications industry professionals, providing public policy and strategic advice to the industry. He was previously a board member of Ofcom.


Emma Steele - Investment Director, Fund

Emma is FBD’s dedicated Investment Director. Emma joined from Eastside Primetimers, where she advised charities and social enterprises of various sizes and sectors on investment readiness and capacity building projects. Prior to that, Emma spent 5 years in Corporate Banking at Santander Bank. Emma has a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.


Carl Packman - Head of Corporate Engagement, Fair By Design

Carl previously worked for Toynbee Hall leading research on poverty, financial resilience and capability. Before that he worked with a number of charities, think tanks and academics as a freelancer specialising in research on the impact of high cost credit on people’s personal finances. He has written two books on the subject.


Sohaib Malik - Policy and Communications Officer, Fair By Design

Sohaib previously led on grant administration at the Barrow Cadbury Trust (which manages Fair By Design). Prior to this, he was responsible for academic interventions at a sixth form in Tower Hamlets. Sohaib started his career as a marketing coordinator for a youth charity.


Sam Marchant - Investment Associate, Fund

Sam launched his first business, a low sugar snack bar brand, while studying at university with the aim of tackling obesity and diabetes with honestly healthy snacks. Since scaling this business internationally, he has become an investor in a wide number of impact-focused businesses and is a trustee of a UK based charity that supports food programmes across India.