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Liz Barclay - Chair

Liz is a Radio and TV Broadcaster and Producer; writer and author.

She is a consumer champion who is Chair of the Money Advice Liaison Group, non-executive Director of the Lending Standards Board, a member of the Fundraising Regulator Standards Board, The Equity Release Council Standards Board and the Ofgem Consumer Progress Panel. She is an Ambassador for the Money Advice Trust and IPSE the organisation for freelancers and the self-employed.

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Jean de Fougerolles - CEO, Ascension Ventures

As CEO of Ascension Ventures, Jean has lead the investment of over 85 early stage technology businesses, a number of them with a social impact focus. Jean has over 20 years experience working in media and digital businesses. After obtaining his MBA from INSEAD in 1996, he became Head of Distribution for MTV Europe out of the London office.

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Candice Hampson - Big Society Capital

Candice has been with Big Society Capital since June 2013. She has a focus on place-based investing, and impact strategy development. Before Big Society Capital, Candice worked as a strategy consultant at The Foundation, and participated in the social enterprise leadership programme On Purpose, during which she designed and implemented a social impact measurement system for HCT Group.

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Sara Llewellin - Barrow Cadbury Trust

Sara is Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Her career has included 10 years as Deputy Director of City Bridge, the City of London’s largest foundation. Before that, she was Chief Executive of a major homelessness charity, and prior to that, ran a network of women’s domestic violence refuges in South London.

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Kathy Marcham - Social Tech Trust

Kathy Marcham, is a Social Investment Manager at Social Tech Trust. With over eight years experience in social investment, Kathy has responsibility for developing and delivering the Trust’s funding programmes. During the last decade, Social Tech Trust has invested more than £30 million in over 750 socially motivated tech initiatives in pursuit of its vision for social transformation to be the driving force behind tech.

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Deborah Mattinson - Britain Thinks

Deborah has more than 25 years’ experience providing clients with research-based strategic advice. In that time, she has worked with global businesses, major charities, international governments and senior politicians. She is particularly well known for developing innovative ways to bring decision makers closer to their stakeholders.

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Daisy Sands - Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Daisy is a senior campaigns professional with over a decade of experience working on equality and social justice. During this time she has undertaken a range of roles including Head of Campaigns at the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading campaign for gender equality, and Head of Climate and Energy at Greenpeace UK. She has also spent time working in central government on the UK’s adherence to UN and EU equality requirements, and supporting a Baroness to undertake an independent review of how rape complaints are handled by public authorities.

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Frank Soodeen - Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Frank leads on JRF’s external profile, positioning JRF as a leading authority on UK poverty, with an authoritative, compelling and impactful presence. He is responsible for developing and leading a strategy, in partnership with others, to build political will so that more people want to solve UK poverty, understand it and take action. He also provides strategic leadership to the media, policy campaign and events teams.

Prior to his appointment Frank held a series of campaigning, policy and influencing roles at JRF, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, The Nuffield Trust, The Royal College of Physicians, and Alcohol Concern.

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Amir Rizwan - Comic Relief

Amir is the Senior Advisor for Social Investment and Social Innovation at Comic Relief. He is responsible for its new work on developing and testing new financing mechanisms outside of grant funding, through its funding pot, Red Shed. Prior to working at Comic Relief Amir was an Investment Manager at CAF Venturesome where he was also responsible for the management of a community housing fund.

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Annika Tverin - National Lottery Community Fund

Annika joined the National Lottery Community Fund as Head of Funding, Financial Resilience in March 2018, after nine years as Director at Social Finance. Prior to this she held roles as Director in Equity Capital Markets (ECM) at Credit Suisse, Assistant Director in ECM-JV at ABN AMRO, Vice-President at Morgan Stanley, and Associate Consultant at LEK Consulting.

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Claire Whyley

Claire is a professional researcher, policy analyst and consumer advocate, focusing on consumer behaviour and decision-making, consumer protection and consumer-focused regulation. She specialises in user-led, evidence-based and impact-focused policy development, across a range of markets, with a particular interest in vulnerable and excluded consumers. She has delivered a wide range of projects supporting organisations to put consumers at the heart of their processes and business planning.