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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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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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Jennifer Gordon - Comic Relief

Jen has been working for Comic Relief for over three years and is currently an Advisor on Social Investment and Social Innovation, looking at how Comic Relief can use funding mechanisms other than grants to support charities and social organisations. In previous roles at Comic Relief she managed multi-million pound partnerships with institutional funders and government departments, and supported on the management of High Net Worth relationships. Prior to working at Comic Relief, Jen worked for Rt. Hon Gordon Brown for 4 years supporting him in his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education and his work with New York University and the World Economic Forum.

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Hayley Hand - Big Society Capital

Hayley joined big Society Capital in November 2018. At BSC she focuses on place-based investing and tackling childhood obesity. Before Big Society Capital Hayley worked as a strategy consultant at EY-Parthenon focusing on growth strategy in the education sector. She also completed a secondment to the Social Business Trust, supporting various social enterprises to receive grant funding and pro-bono professional support.

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Manny Hothi - Trust for London

Manny joined the Trust in August 2018. Previously, he was a Director at the London Community Foundation, which distributes small grants to community organisations across the city. Before this, he spent three years working in Nesta’s Innovation Lab helping to use technology to get people involved in social action. He also worked for the Young Foundation for seven years, leading their communities and housing practice. He has extensive experience of working with low-income communities across the country. Manny started his career as a community worker in the Welsh valleys. He has an MSc in Regeneration Studies from Cardiff University.

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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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Amir Rizwan - Comic Relief

Amir is the Senior Advisor for Social Investment and Social Innovation at Comic Relief and is responsible for the strategic management and overall strategy of Red Shed, a designated fund that is looking at how new funding mechanisms other than grants to can support charities and social organisations. Prior to this role Amir worked for the Charities Aid Foundation within its social investment team (CAF Venturesome) as an Investment Manager for 4.5 years where he managed a portfolio of social investments and managed a community housing fund. Amir started off his career in the banking sector for BNP Paribas and Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked across a range of different areas around risk management, portfolio management, political risk and credit risk.

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Gemma Rocyn Jones - The National Lottery Communities Fund

Gemma is Head of Financial Resilience at the Big Lottery Fund, where she is responsible for a £235m portfolio that tests and scales approaches to strengthen organisational and financial resilience.

Prior to joining the Big Lottery Fund, Gemma was Development Director of Right to Succeed. Gemma began her career as a chartered accountant and has 15 years experience in finance across the private, public and social sectors.

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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.