Social Finance
Staff Directory

Staff Directory

Here are the people who make it happen

Adam Swersky - Associate Director

Adam is an Associate Director at Social Finance. He was previously a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he worked with a range of public and private sector organisations on strategic and operational topics. Adam was a core member of BCG’s social investment team and co-authored “The First Billion”, a report on social investment demand. Adam was also previously seconded to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where he supported a West African country to access a subsidy for malaria medication. Adam has a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

Alice Millest - Associate

Alice is an Associate at Social Finance, where she is focused on developing a range of social investment products such as the Care and Wellbeing Fund and various social housing projects. She previously worked in the Private Debt Group at Ares Capital Europe, analysing and structuring debt and minority equity investment opportunities into small and medium sized UK companies. Alice was also instrumental in foundation of a CSR initiative at Ares, which has begun to support Crisis and The Whitechapel Mission. Prior to Ares, Alice worked at Investec for three years, progressing through their Capital Markets Graduate Programme into their mid-market Leveraged Finance team. Alice is also a Trustee for Clean Break, a charity that supports women offenders and women at risk, and Chair of their Development Board. Alice has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Alisa Helbitz - Director of Communications and Research

Alisa joined Social Finance in 2010 as Director of Communications and Research. She leads all our media and public affairs work. Prior to joining Social Finance, she acted as Sir Ronald Cohen’s Head of Communications and aided him in his capacity as Chair of the UK Social Investment Task Force, Chair of Bridges Ventures, Chair of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (which recommended the establishment of the Social Investment Bank, renamed Big Society Capital) and Chair of the Community Development Finance Association. Alisa has nearly 20 years of experience in Communications, including serving as the British Embassy’s spokeswoman in Tel Aviv between 1999-2005.

Andrei Xydas - Associate

Andrei joined Social Finance in November 2013 as an Associate. She works on advancing the Development Impact Bond model. Andrei previously worked as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where she had a focus on strategy in technology and the financial services sector. Andrei has also developed five-year country assistance strategies for the Pacific Islands at The World Bank and investment opportunities in social enterprises in India at Acumen. Andrei holds Bachelors of Laws and Commerce from The University of Melbourne. During her time at university, she successfully expanded Live Below the Line, then a pilot online fundraising campaign and now a multi-million dollar fundraiser, into the corporate sector.

Annika Tverin - Director

Annika joined Social Finance in September 2008 with extensive experience of advising clients on the process of raising equity capital. Notable equity capital raising transactions include the Initial Public Offerings of Telia (Sweden), Statoil (Norway) and Orange (France) and the rights issue of Ericsson. Prior to joining Social Finance, Annika worked as a Director in the Equity Capital Markets departments of Credit Suisse, ABN AMRO Rothschild and Morgan Stanley. She started her investment banking career in Mergers & Acquisitions at Morgan Stanley and worked for London-based strategy consulting firm LEK Consulting prior to becoming a banker. Annika holds a BA and MA degree in Economics from the US and an MBA (Hons) degree from INSEAD, France.

Beck Dabscheck (on maternity leave) - Children’s Services Operations

Beck joined the Children’s Services team at Social Finance in August 2014. She works on a variety of projects including performance management of the Essex Social Impact Bond and provides operational advice and expertise to other children’s services projects underway at Social Finance. Beck has a good working knowledge of the children’s sector, evidence based programmes and underlying theories and is helping build Social Finance’s understanding of this area of work. She brings to this role her extensive experience working with vulnerable young people. Prior to joining Social Finance, Beck spent three years working in youth justice for the London Borough of Hackney. She has previously worked in programme management and business development for Catch22 and with care leavers at Camden Social Services. In her native Australia, Beck worked as a therapist in the field of adolescent trauma. She has BA in Psychology, Grad Dip in Counselling Psychology and an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School.

Ben Jupp - Director

Ben Jupp is a Director at Social Finance. He leads Social Finance’s work on investment in health and social care, as well as supporting commissioners develop their full range of services.

Prior to joining Social Finance in 2011, Ben was Director of Public Services Strategy at the Cabinet Office. In that role Ben led work across Government to improve public services, such as through developing more personalised health and education services and shifting more transactional services on-line. In the civil service, he has also been Director of the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office, responsible for policy and support for the voluntary and community sector and social enterprises, and head of strategy at the Home Office.

Ben’s previous experience includes leading research on welfare, health and regeneration policy at the think tank Demos and working in the NHS. He is a senior visiting fellow at the Nuffield Trust and involved in the management of a number of local public services.

Beth Green (on maternity leave) - Associate Director

Beth is an Associate Director, having joined the team in November 2013. Her work is focussed around improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. Beth previously worked at The Children’s Society, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities as an Assistant Operations and Business Development Director. There she was responsible for a portfolio of programmes including Children’s Centres and Early Years, Family Support, Drug and Alcohol Services, Refugee Programmes, Sexual Exploitation and Missing from Home Services. Beth is a Clore Social Fellow and has a BSC in Maths from Bristol University and an MBA from Cranfield.


Carlotta Mathieu - Analyst

Carlotta joined Social Finance in October 2012. She has worked on Social Impact Bond feasibility analysis around children and families and her work currently focuses on the health and social care space. Specifically she has worked on the development of Social Impact Bond models around alcohol misuse and community-based healthcare. She holds a degree in Spanish and Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Charlotte Haywood - Associate

Charlotte joined Social Finance in April 2015 as an Associate and is working across a number of social impact areas including welfare-to-work and children’s services.

Charlotte previously worked in international management consulting, specialising on advising international governments and corporates on their energy policy. Recently, she has worked with a number of social enterprises on developing their business and raising capital. She also interned at the Asian Development Bank in their Private Sector division.

Charlotte holds a BSc in Economics from LSE and an MBA from the London Business School.

Cooper Renfro - Analyst

Prior to joining Social Finance in June 2014, Cooper worked at the International Institute of New England, a regional refugee resettlement agency based in Boston, Massachusetts. There he managed strategic fundraising efforts and earned-income programme development. Most recently, he assisted Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation in developing a business model for a social enterprise spin-off benefiting its network of small holder farmers in Africa and South America. At Social Finance, Cooper will be working on building the Development Impact Bond market. Cooper is committed to sustainability, especially alternative energy, and holds a certificate as a Master Urban Gardening. Cooper holds an MBA from Judge Business School, Cambridge, an MA from Harvard University in French literature, and a BA in French literature from Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota).

Daniel Miodovnik - Associate

Daniel joined Social Finance in July 2011. He is currently the product manager of Social Finance Digital Labs, creating digital solutions for the social and public sector to improve decision-making and manage the delivery of social outcomes.

Daniel has in-depth knowledge of children’s services, criminal justice, education and employment. He developed and implemented the performance management systems for the Peterborough SIB, and two DWP Innovation Fund SIBs, all of which delivered improved outcomes to the people they served.

Daniel previously worked for The Reinvestment Fund, a CDFI focused on financing neighborhood revitalisation. Daniel holds degrees from Brandeis University, Boston MA and St Antony’s College, Oxford in political science with a focus on quantitative research methods.

David Hutchison OBE - Chief Executive

David has been Chief Executive of Social Finance since May 2009.  Over this period, he has helped build Social Finance from a concept to a team of over 40 professionals drawn from social, public sector and financial backgrounds. Since May 2010, David has been General Partner for the Peterborough Social Impact Partnership – the initiative to finance a programme to reduce recidivism among short sentenced male offenders leaving Peterborough prison.  Investors in the partnership are rewarded if, and only if, the programme delivers a measurable reduction in re-offending.  The initiative has brought Social Finance significant national and international recognition.

Prior to joining Social Finance, David spent 25 years with Dresdner Kleinwort where he was most recently Head of UK Investment Banking and a member of the Global Banking Operating Committee, coordinating the bank’s activities in the UK across the full range of investment banking products.  David has a BA in History and Economics from Brasenose College, Oxford.

He is a non-executive Director of Start Up Loans, a government funded pilot to extend small loans to young people and help them start their own businesses, and 3i, one of the world’s leading international investors, with over £11bn of assets under management. David was awarded an OBE in June 2013 for his services to finance.

Diane Mak - Associate Director

Diane joined Social Finance in June 2010. She is mainly involved in the development of Social Impact Bonds in the areas of children and families and international development. Prior to joining Social Finance, Diane worked at the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics, which offers independent advice on economic growth to countries in Africa and Asia. She also worked as a financial consultant at the Ministry of Finance in Liberia. Before that, Diane worked in the Policy and Research team of Transparency International, where she was the contributing editor of the organisation’s flagship publication, the Global Corruption Report. Diane started her career in the investment banking division at Citigroup Global Markets. Diane holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, and has a BA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Douglas Hull - Analyst

Doug joined Social Finance in September 2013. He works on a range of projects in the field of children’s services, including the development of social impact bonds. He moved to Social Finance from Charity Finance Group, where he participated in the Charityworks Graduate Management Programme. At CFG he carried out research and policy work in a range of areas, including leading the umbrella body’s engagement with the social investment tax relief consultation. Doug holds a BA in Geography from Cambridge University, where he also founded an overseas volunteering society.

Ellie Nettleship - Associate

Eleanor joined Social Finance in April 2012. She works on the application of Social Impact Bonds to the area of International Development and worked closely with our partner organisation, the Center for Global Development to produce the Development Impact Bond Working Group Report. Previously, Eleanor worked at the British Council on their International Education projects, and Transparency International UK, where she conducted research into different bribery categories and follow-up analysis for the “Transparency in Reporting on Anti-Corruption” Report. She is also a trustee of a charity focused on supporting education in Liberia. Eleanor holds a degree in Chemistry from Oriel College, Oxford and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Emily Bolton - Director

Emily is a Director at Social Finance. She leads the Impact Incubator which partners with foundations to develop “game changing” solutions to entrenched social problems.
Emily joined Social Finance in November 2008. She led the development of the first Social Impact Bond in Peterborough. She also developed new models focused on recovery from addiction, rehabilitation of offenders and financial inclusion.

Emily has been working at the intersection of business and social change for over a decade. Prior to joining Social Finance, Emily worked at REDF, a venture philanthropy fund is San Francisco with a mission to create jobs for people with the greatest barriers to work. There she partnered with high potential nonprofits to develop businesses that provide an access route to the workplace. Emily started her career as a strategy consultant with a focus on financial services and worked with a range of retail finance institutions.

Emily has a BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Berkeley where she received a full merit scholarship. Emily is a trustee of CAADA, a charity working to improve the safety of all survivors of domestic violence.

Fiona Miller Smith - Chief Operating Officer

Fiona is COO of Social Finance and is also the director responsible for leading our enterprise advisory activities including our Investment Contract Readiness Fund and Big Potential work. Fiona is an experienced entrepreneur who has run three businesses over the last ten years in the profit and not-for-profit sectors creating significant economic and social value. Her early career was in finance at Goldman Sachs and Murray Johnstone Private Equity. She has an MA in History / International Relations from St Andrews University and an MBA from INSEAD. She is an adviser to Lotus & Co and Popscience.

Gopi Shah - Associate

Gopi joined Social Finance in June 2013. Prior to joining Social Finance, Gopi worked at the Clinton Development Initiative, created by the Clinton Foundation with the mission to catalyse sustainable economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on agricultural interventions. Gopi started her career in the Capital Markets division at Goldman Sachs where she worked on asset and liability management for UK Pension Schemes. Gopi holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Finance and Development from Columbia University and the London School of Economics, and has a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Warwick.


Gretchen Crosby Sims - Director

Gretchen Crosby Sims joined Social Finance as a Director in February 2015.  She is focused on expanding Social Finance’s advocacy and policy efforts to support and encourage those seeking to redesign public services through outcomes based commissioning. She is also engaged in supporting specific projects in children, family, and education related areas.

Gretchen’s career prior to Social Finance has focused on identifying and scaling social interventions to improve people’s lives, and to promoting supportive public policies.  Most recently, she was the chief program executive at The Joyce Foundation, a private foundation in the US with assets of $900 million and $40 million in annual grant making. At Joyce, she oversaw strategy and impact evaluation process for seven grantmaking programs – education, environment, employment, gun violence prevention, democracy, culture, and special opportunities – and helped win evidence-based social policy changes in numerous issue areas. In earlier roles, Gretchen led Joyce’s K-12 education grant making and served as Director of Strategic Initiatives.  Gretchen has also worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, CNN, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and as a policy adviser to presidential candidate Bill Bradley. She holds PhD and MA degrees in political science from Stanford University and a BA in government from Harvard University.

Hannah Goldie - Associate

Hannah joined Social Finance in October 2013. She is currently developing a new response to perpetrators of domestic abuse as part of the Impact Incubator. She also works on children’s services projects. Prior to joining Social Finance Hannah worked for three years at the Department for Education where her roles included leading the establishment of two Free Schools. She previously interned with the Social Market Foundation, a leading cross-party think tank. Hannah completed a community leadership fellowship programme in 2011-12 and now holds lay positions with a children and family care charity. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford.

Harriet Ballantine - Analyst

Harriet joined Social Finance in June 2015, working mainly in the areas of health, social care, and children’s services. She previously worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was a member of the sales team and responsible for relationships with financial intermediaries across the UK & Channel Islands. Harriet holds a BA in Philosophy & Economics from UCL.

Ian Best - Analyst

Ian joined Social Finance in September 2013. Prior to joining as an analyst, Ian worked for four years in a policy and research capacity at the Community Development Finance Association supporting the growth of microfinance and social lending in the UK. He is currently working on the performance and analysis of the Social Impact Bond in Peterborough and on Social Finance’s financial inclusion work. He holds a degree in Economics from Newcastle and a MSc in International Development from the University of Manchester.

Jane Newman - International Director

Jane joined Social Finance in 2012 as International Director. She leads work on developing an international network of impact investment intermediaries to develop Social Impact Bonds. She joined from The Social Investment Business, the UK’s largest social investor, where she was Director of Governance and Company Secretary; prior to which she was a senior corporate partner at a leading international law firm, Simmons & Simmons, where she advised a wide range of clients across the commercial and financial sectors. She has broad international experience, leading transactions in a range of jurisdictions, and also held positions as managing partner of Simmons & Simmons’ German operations and as head of its Mainland China office.

Jane studied law at Birmingham University and at Lincoln College, Oxford.  She is a qualified solicitor. She is also a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association and is a member of GECES – the European Commission’s expert group on social entrepreneurship.


Janette Powell - Director

Janette Powell joined Social Finance on 1st July 2010 and leads the implementation of the first Social Impact Bond to reduce re-offending. She has 17 years experience working with vulnerable adults and families facing homelessness and social exclusion. She holds a degree in Housing & Social Work and is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. For the last 8 years she has specialised in managing services for offenders, both within a custodial setting and in communities. She has worked within the statutory and voluntary sectors including roles with a Regional Director of Offender Management Office and NOMS National Operations Group. Prior to joining Social Finance Janette led an innovative community project for prison leavers across the South East Region, on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Jen Copello - Bookkeeper

Jennifer joined Social Finance in November 2012 as part-time Bookkeeper, responsible for our day-to-day financial processing. She is a Chartered Management Accountant with over fifteen years’ financial experience with the BBC. Prior to joining Social Finance, Jennifer took a career break to raise a young family.

John Kingston - Senior Advisor

John Kingston is a Senior Advisor at Social Finance, focusing on social investment by charitable foundations. He also has a portfolio of roles in philanthropy and social investment, including Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, a Non-Executive Director at Big Society Capital and Trustee of HelpAge International.  John was the Founder Director of CAF Venturesome, an early pioneer of social investment in the UK. Previously he was a Director of Save the Children UK, and before that worked at 3i Group plc.

Jonathan Flory - Director

Jonathan Flory is Director at Social Finance Limited. He works across a number of social impact areas including criminal justice, welfare/work, youth, homelessness and the arts. He acted as adviser to Big Society Capital on its establishment. Jonathan is a Director of four SIB project companies which aim to improve educational and employment outcomes for young people and adult homeless.

Prior to joining Social Finance in 2011, Jonathan served as Acting Director of Pro Bono Economics, a charity which introduces economists to charitable organisations to help address questions around measurement, results and impact. Previously he spent over 25 years as a Corporate Finance adviser within the investment banking sector, principally at Dresdner Kleinwort.

Jonathan holds a MA from Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Jonny Gill - Associate

Jonny joined Social Finance in June 2014. He principally works on the development of Social Impact Bonds in the areas of homelessness and international development. Jonny previously worked at CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, where he spent six years focussing on African investment funds. Jonny is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a BSc in Mathematics with Study in Continental Europe from Bristol University and an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

Lina Behrens - Analyst

Lina is an Analyst at Social Finance. She previously worked as a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she was a core member of both the public sector and the NHS team, and worked across a range of strategic and operational projects. Lina previously worked for the UN Refugee Agency, the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the Preda Foundation.

She holds an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from London School of Economics as well as a BA in Economics and a BA in International Affairs from the University of St.Gallen.

Lisa Barclay - Director

Lisa is a Director at Social Finance having joined the team in September 2010. She leads our work on Social Impact Bond development around children and families. She joined from Bridges Ventures where she was an Assistant Director. There, she focused on making private equity investments which would yield both financial and social returns. Prior to this Lisa founded an e-government software business and worked as a strategy consultant for Marakon Associates. Lisa started her career as a public policy advisor focusing on Treasury, Transport and Employment policy areas. She was a Special Advisor at the Department for Education and Employment. Lisa holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and a MBA from London Business School.

Louise Savell - Director

Louise is a Director at Social Finance with a focus on the development and delivery of new initiatives. In this capacity, she plays a significant role in the strategic development of Social Finance. Louise helped establish the organisation in 2007 and played a key role in the development of the Social Impact Bond approach. She has also led much of Social Finance’s research, policy and financial inclusion work. Before joining Social Finance, Louise was Programmes Manager at ARK, a child-focused foundation raising money from the hedge-fund industry. There she focused on supporting Eastern European governments to reform their child welfare systems. She started her career in East Africa researching and developing youth HIV/AIDS prevention programmes. Louise was a Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she received a BA in Philosophy, Psychology & Physiology and an MPhil in Development Studies. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from the Cass Business School.


Mario Barosevcic - Associate

Mario joined Social Finance in August 2014. He works on Commissioner Advisory work and Social Impact Bond development in the fields of children’s services and healthcare. Prior to joining, Mario spent two years in strategy consulting at Monitor Group/Deloitte advising both public and private sector clients in areas of education, healthcare and consumer goods with a focus on growth strategy. He has experience helping social enterprises develop their business plans and in his free time works with pupils to develop their university applications. Mario holds a BA in Government from Harvard University.

Marta Garcia - Consultant

Marta is leading Social Finance’s work in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Marta brings a hybrid set of skills to Social Finance, with extensive private sector experience in strategy consulting (Boston Consulting Group) and commercial banking (Capital One Bank), and deep expertise supporting the growth, sustainability and impact-creation capabilities of non-profit organisations (UnLtd, The Bridgespan Group, Leaders’ Quest Foundation, Population Services International). Marta is a Spanish national, though her career spans several countries and cultures, and is motivated by achieving tangible impact for beneficiaries. She has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from UAM (Spain) and an MBA from Stanford University. Marta is a Trustee of FPA, a UK-based sexual health charity.

Martin Rich - Sales Director

Martin joined Social Finance as a Director in April 2009. He focuses primarily on developing the investor base for social impact investments and structuring products to link capital with demand. Martin spent over 12 years in international investment banking working on structured debt and derivative products. His last role was in HSBC’s Financing Solutions Group with responsibility for structured financing and hedging solutions for clients across the EMEA region. He was previously in charge of sales for the Pensions Solutions Group and responsible for developing the European Corporate Liability Solutions marketing team with a specific focus on the development of the bank’s inflation-linked capabilities. Prior to this, Martin was Head of UK Corporate Risk Management Sales at JP Morgan. His career started at UBS Warburg in interest rate derivative sales. Martin has a passion for international development and poverty relief.

Martin is a member of the Asset Allocation Working Group for the G8 Social Investment Task Force, Chair and Co-Founder of the 3D Investment Foundation, a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee for The Social Investment Business, sits on the Investment Committee for the Panahpur Foundation, a Trustee of the Arcubus microfinance investment fund and a member of Christian Aid’s “In Their Lifetime” Campaign Cabinet.  He holds a double-Masters in Engineering from Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Marva Gowie - Office Manager

Marva joined Social Finance in September 2008 prior to which she spent ten years at Citibank working as a PA and training coordinator. Her previous career includes ten years at World Jewish Relief as Appeals Administrator and Secretary.


Nathan Elstub - Consultant

Nathan joined Social Finance in 2013 to raise and manage our impact investment funds.  His previous career was as a partner in a leading private equity investor and as a business angel and mentor.  He has invested in an institutional and personal capacity in early stage through to mid market UK based private businesses for many years.  He is an engineer by degree and chartered accountant by professional qualification and spent the early part of his working life advising companies, public sector and not-for profit organisations on financial and fund raising matters.  He has both extensive non-executive and hands on operational management experience in businesses undergoing rapid growth and significant change.

Alongside Social Finance Nathan is on the advisory board of an education centric Social Enterprise Accelerator organisation, and mentors a handful of small businesses.  He spends too much time on his bike, and not enough time in his kayak.

Nick Matthews - Associate

Nick joined Social Finance in March 2014, and works primarily on the development of Social Impact Bonds and in Sustainable Communities. Since joining, he has been responsible for the performance management of the Essex County Council SIB for children on the edge of care, supported the structuring of community owned solar panel projects, and worked with a number of local authorities to develop youth employment programmes. Prior to joining, Nick trained as a management consultant at PwC for two years, working in particular across the public sector and within the NHS. At University, Nick set up and ran a student volunteering project with the Son-Rise Program, a home-based and parent-directed program for autistic children. He holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

Nick Salisbury - Consultant

Nick, after a career in property finance with Barclays, is now using his knowledge and business expertise for a wider social benefit. This carries a specific focus on housing and regeneration. He has a portfolio of varied non-executive and advisory roles where he brings added value from his banking and property background and is working with Social Finance on a consultancy basis, looking particularly at housing and related areas. He is an independent Board Member of Homes for London at the GLA and has joined the board of the housing association, Home Group. He is also a trustee of Oasis Charitable Trust. Nick was a member of the Montague Review, examining the Barriers to Institutional Investment in the Private Rented Sector.


Nima Shah - Financial Accountant

Nima joined Social Finance in December 2012 as Financial Accountant. She is responsible for the preparation of the management accounts and other financial reporting. Prior to joining Social Finance, Nima spent eight years working as Finance Manager at Egerton Capital Limited, a hedge fund manager. Nima is a Chartered Accountant and trained with Ernst & Young LLP in London specializing in the investment management sector. She holds a MSc in Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol.

Nita Colaco - Associate

Nita joined Social Finance in October 2013. She works on application of the Impact Bond model to the area of International Development. Previously, Nita spent three years at Goldman Sachs in London, where she covered European oil companies and analysed trends in the global oil & gas industry. She has experience working in private sector development in Afghanistan as a consultant with Building Markets, where she advised international buyers (e.g., NATO, UN, US Military) on local procurement solutions. Prior to this, she spent three years at the Council on Foreign Relations, a foreign policy think tank based in New York. Nita holds an M.Phil. in Economic & Social History from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.


Peter Nicholas - Director

Peter has over 25 years of management and project experience at the World Bank, including serving as Director of a five country Department in Southern Africa. He has focused on delivering projects with measurable and sustained impact, and on results-based country strategies. His experience ranges from environmental assessments to budget management, and from community-based social projects to the fiscal impact of mining investments. He has worked with countries in Africa, South Asia and the former Soviet Union, specialising in the development challenges of low-income and fragile states. He is also a Trustee of BRAC UK. Peter holds an M.Phil in Economics and a D.Phil in Philosophy from Oxford University.

Phillip Young - Consultant

Phillip joined Social Finance in May 2015.  He works primarily with private clients, family offices, private banks and private wealth managers to develop their interest and investment in socially beneficial investment projects and products.  Phillip spent over 10 years in investment banking in London and New York, including Head of EMEA for HSBC’s Corporate Finance Solutions team, a partnership between their Global Banking & Markets and Global Private Banking divisions.  He has previously advised listed and unlisted small- to mid-cap. companies on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions.  In addition to his work at Social Finance, he advises ZBS, a leading tertiary education provider to minorities in south Asia, on international development.  He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a Freeman of the City of London.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Melbourne.

Rachelle Angeline - Analyst

Rachelle joined Social Finance in June 2013, focusing on the issue area of Young Adolescents with complex needs. Rachelle has previously worked in a social enterprise working to improve outcomes for youths, young and vulnerable adults who are NEET. Rachelle holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham.


Richard Speak - Associate Director

Rich joined Social Finance in August 2013. He leads our work advising charities and social ventures on growing their businesses and raising social or other forms of investment. Rich works across all sectors and is particularly focused on the sustainable communities, renewable energy and community enterprise sectors. Prior to joining Social Finance, Richard was a Director in corporate finance at Pall Mall Capital in London, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory and capital raising transactions across the UK and Europe. Rich is a Chartered Accountant and holds an LLB in Law and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments. Alongside Social Finance Rich is the advisor to Rovers Trust, the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Trust, which he helped to set up and grow to a fully-fledged social enterprise with membership, charitable and trading operations deeply involved in the sports community in the Blackburn area. Rich also holds senior advisor and mentoring roles with a handful of small businesses.  Rich is recently married and is currently enjoying learning about his new Indian/ Kenyan family heritage and community.

Robert Craig - Analyst

Robert works on the Impact Incubator, which delivers scalable solutions to some of society’s most entrenched problems, focusing on the Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. He is also part of the Health and Employment Partnerships venture that works with commissioners, providers and investors to develop services spanning the traditional boundaries of health and employment provision.

Prior to joining Social Finance in 2015, Robert delivered advisory projects across the public sector as part of KPMG’s Strategy & Operations practice. He read English Literature and German at Edinburgh University and is a qualified Management Accountant. Robert is Treasurer of The Boxing Academy, an Alternative Provision school in Hackney.

Sarah Barber - Financial Accountant

Sarah joined Social Finance in January 2011 as Financial Accountant. She is responsible for the preparation of the management accounts and other financial reporting. Prior to joining Social Finance, Sarah spent five years working as Finance Director of Odyssey Entertainment Limited, a film sales and financing company. Sarah is a Chartered Accountant and spent five years working for Deloitte in London and the Cayman Islands, followed by two years working for HSBC as an account manager in mutual fund administration. Sarah holds a BA in Economics and Law from the University of Leicester.

Sophie Ruddock - Analyst

Sophie joined Social Finance in September 2013, working mainly in the areas of health and social care. She is a trustee of the Second Half Centre, an organisation seeking to tackle the social isolation of the elderly and leading their strategy for impact measurement. She is also actively involved with IntoUniversity, a charity which aims to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people. She holds a BSc in Politics and Sociology from the University of Bristol.


Stephen Brien - Director

Stephen is a Director, and joined Social Finance in March 2014.  His focus is on commissioner advisory work, including SIB development. He has a particular interest in exploring ways of scaling proven interventions and reducing the barriers which constrain the ability of commissioners to deploy these effectively.

Stephen worked at Oliver Wyman, the strategic management consultancy, between 1997-2011. He was made partner in 2003 and was head of the London office from 2004 to 2008. Between 2011-2013, he was Expert Adviser to the Secretary of State at DWP. He is also a Board Member at the Centre for Social Justice. He has a B.Sc from University College, Dublin and a D.Phil in Computation and M.A in Law from Christ Church, Oxford.


Suzanne Ashman - Associate

Suzanne joined Social Finance in February 2010 as an Analyst. She works on the Social Impact Bond (SIB) at HMP Peterborough and on SIB development in the field of vulnerable children. She has also worked on health and financial inclusion projects. Suzanne previously worked at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation on the Yale University Faith & Globalisation Initiative as well as on programmes focused on the UN Millennium Development Goals. She interned with the Portland Trust, a foundation committed to promoting peace and stability between Palestinians and Israelis through economic development. Suzanne is a governor of a primary school in Westminster. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Trinity College, Oxford.

Thomas Kent - Associate

Thomas joined Social Finance in April 2015 as an Associate. He works primarily on advising organisations on ways to further develop their business and raise capital. Thomas has previously worked in corporate finance and private equity, specialising in mid-market transactions across a wide range of industries in Europe and the Middle East. He has founded an emotional intelligence venture to raise awareness of the importance of soft skills supported by a range of classroom based training courses. He holds an LLB in law and an MBA from Said Business School, Oxford.

Tim Bryson - Interim Essex SIB Director

Tim is Interim Director for the Essex Social Impact Bond (SIB), overseeing the contract with Action for Children for MST provision in Essex and liaising with County Council social care services. Tim is a qualified psychiatric nurse, with clinical experience in adult mental health services and substance misuse services. He has worked at Board level in commissioning and provider organizations. From 2002 to 2012 Tim was executive Director of Children’s Services and Nursing for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). Whilst at CPFT, Tim was involved with and supported the development of multisystemic therapy services (MST). Since 2012, Tim has worked as an independent healthcare consultant with project assignments for Cambridge University Health Partners, CPFT, the Health Foundation, Camden & Islington NHS FT, and NHS London. Tim has a Masters in Social Research, and a Masters in Health & Social Care Management. Tim is also chair of Blue Smile, a children’s charity in Cambridgeshire, which provides therapy and support for primary school age children.

Tim Rothery - Associate Director

Tim leads on much of Social Finance’s work in property and housing, focused around increasing the supply of good quality, well managed, affordable property for low to middle income households and those with additional support needs. Tim works with a wider range of organisations from charities and social enterprises through to local authorities, helping develop robust business plans, raising capital and supporting the implementation of projects ranging in size from £2m to over £100m. Tim has advised DCLG on ways to help attract institutional investment into housing for homeless households, as well as being co-author of a report with the Resolution Foundation on “Building Homes for Generation Rent.”

Prior to joining Social Finance in 2011, Tim worked at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Vice President in the Global Investment Research department in London, most recently leading the European Capital Goods Research team. Tim is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds an MPhil in Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Economics from Cambridge. As a confused fun runner, Tim has completed over 20 ultra-marathons including the 2012 Marathon des Sables, but now finds most of his running is spent chasing after his young daughter.

Toby Eccles - Development Director

Toby founded Social Finance in 2007. He assembled the initial team and led the development of the Social Impact Bond from first concept to implementation. As Development Director, Toby oversees all our Social Impact Bond work. From 2005, he acted as secretariat for the Commission on Unclaimed Assets, where he helped develop the recommendation for the creation of a Social Investment Bank. Prior to this, he was Director of Research at ARK, a child focused foundation, where he built programmes around education in the UK and communities with high levels of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. In the commercial world, Toby worked in corporate finance at UBS Warburg, and built a next generation internet protocols business for Data Connection, a leading UK software company. He has taken non-executive and investor roles in two technology related start-ups and is a non-executive director of Antidote, a charity developing emotional intelligence in schools. Toby holds a BA in Maths from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Tom Davies - Analyst

Tom joined Social Finance in March 2014 in the Development Impact Bond Team. He is currently assessing the feasibility of applying the DIB model to different issue areas across the international development sector, as well as assisting on a range of DIBs under development. On leaving University Tom interned at Social Enterprise UK, and the Social Market Foundation – a leading cross-party think tank – where he produced a report on public service mutuals. Prior to joining Social Finance, Tom worked for The DoNation, a start-up social enterprise promoting sustainable behaviour change, and was principally responsible for social impact measurement. Tom holds a BA in Classics from The Queen’s College, Oxford.


Tom Shirley - Associate Director

Tom joined Social Finance in September 2013 from the UK Government’s Cabinet Office. His work is focused on the fields of health & social care and education. Tom’s work in Cabinet Office has focused on public service reform strategy and the creation and expansion of new commercial models to deliver public services, in particular the creation of new Public Service Mutuals. Tom has conducted doctoral research on school reform in England and has a BA(Hons) in Social and Political Science and an MPhil in Education Research, from Downing College, Cambridge.

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