Liz Barclay - Chair
Liz is a Radio and TV Broadcaster and Producer, writer and author.
She is a consumer champion who is a Financial Inclusion commissioner, a non-executive Director of the Lending Standards Board, a member of several standards setting organisations, a small business director and adviser, a communications trainer and coach, and conference chair and speaker.
Jean de Fougerolles - 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.
Sara Llewellin - Barrow Cadbury Trust
Sara is the Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust in the UK. Her career has included ten years as Deputy Director of the City of London’s largest foundation. Before that, she had a career in operating charities including as Chief Executive of a major homelessness charity and before that, ran a network of women’s domestic violence refuge provision in South London.
Sara is Chair of the European Foundation Council’s Diversity, Migration and Integration Network and serves on the Advisory Boards of Big Society Capital and the Impact Investing Hub. She has served on a number of other national Boards, including the lottery distributors and social investors. Her background is in activism, particularly in the domestic violence movement and in local community family provision.
Tom Colborne - Comic Relief
Tom is a Social Investment Manager at Comic Relief, and has 20 years’ experience working in the development and humanitarian sectors in project delivery, business development and grant-making, as well as a brief spell in Investment Banking. Tom has previously worked in Comic Relief’s grants team, as a fundraising analyst at the British Red Cross, as Head of Business Development at TackleAfrica, and as a data analyst at UBS.
Richard Collier-Keywood is the Chair of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Chair of Fair4All Finance (the new UK financial inclusion organisation funded by dormant assets) and the Chair of New Forest Care (a company that provides bespoke care and education to children with complex needs). He is also on the Board of CoGo in New Zealand, the Marshall Institute at the LSE, Humentum UK and St George’s House in Windsor. Previously Richard was Global Vice-Chairman of PwC from November 2011 to February 2017 and served as Managing Partner of PwC UK from 2008 to 2011. Richard is a barrister and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Hayley Hand - Big Society Capital
Hayley joined Big Society Capital in November 2018. At BSC she focuses on blended finance (grants alongside repayable capital) and innovations to tackle 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.
Denise Holle - Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Denise is Head of Social Investment at Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Just prior to joining JRF, she served as Interim Portfolio Director at Big Society Capital, while previous social investment roles included leading the CAN Breakthrough venture philanthropy fund and providing business and finance advice to social enterprises and public sector commissioners at Numbers for Good. Earlier in her career, she worked for 15 years as a financial institutions specialist at the World Bank and Merrill Lynch.
Kathy Marcham - Social Tech Trust
Kathy Marcham, is a Portfolio Manager at Social Tech Trust. With 10 years’ experience in social investment, Kathy has responsibility for developing and delivering the Trust’s programmes and works closely with the ventures the Trust invests in to support their growth. During the last decade, Social Tech Trust has invested £31 million and directly supported 300 ventures in pursuit of its vision for social transformation to be the driving force behind tech.
Louise Montgomery - Oak Foundation
Louise joined Oak Foundation as a Programme Officer in 2008. She has several decades experience in issues related to poverty and injustice and how they intersect with housing & homelessness. Louise’s expertise at Oak relates to social justice issues in both the USA and UK. Prior to Oak, she previously worked for a variety of non-profits in London working on related issues and direct service delivery.
Amir Rizwan - Comic Relief
Amir is a Social Investment Manager at Comic Relief and alongside his job-share colleague 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. Amir is also currently a Relationship Director at Big Society Capital where he works with trusts and foundations looking to engage in the social investment sector and to deploy catalytic capital to support social funds and ventures to scale. He is currently the Chair of the Diversity Forum which is a group that has been setup to improve diversity, equality and inclusion in the social investment sector and a Governor at the Cripplegate Foundation, a place based foundation in London that helps disadvantaged communities through its grant-making activity.
Rebecca Roberts - Trust for London
Rebecca Roberts joined Trust for London in September 2020 and brings 20 years’ experience in policy, campaigning and research roles across a broad range of areas relating to social and economic inequalities.
She has developed high profile and innovative projects at a local and national level, empowering people directly affected by poverty and injustice.
Gemma Rocyn-Jones - The National Lottery Community 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.
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.
Claire Tracey - Nationwide Building Society
Claire is Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, responsible for Nationwide’s strategy, including strategy execution and long-term growth (innovation, ventures and acquisitions). She leads the Society’s response to climate change and chairs the Society’s Strategy Delivery, Responsible Business and Strategic Investment committees. She also acts as Board observer for a number of Nationwide’s portfolio companies. She was previously a Partner & Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group.
Danielle Walker Palmour - Friends Provident Foundation
Danielle was the founding Director of Friends Provident Foundation. Her career includes senior policy, research and leadership roles throughout the public and social sectors including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Treasury’s Financial Inclusion Taskforce, the Civil Society Advisory Body of the Cabinet Office and the Financial Services Authority Financial Capability Steering Group.
She is currently a board member of the National Lottery Community Fund, a Trustee of Britain Yearly Meeting (Quakers) and advisory roles related to the University of York and is a trustee of local York charities.