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 is the programme lead for Social Finance’s Health and Employment Partnerships initiative and is launching a Social Impact Bond in mental health and employment. Adam also works across Children’s Services and community business. He was previously a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was a core member of the 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.

Alisa Helbitz - Director of Research and Communications

Alisa Helbitz joined Social Finance in 2010 as Director of Research and Communications. She leads our external affairs work and coordinates the global communications activities with Social Finance US. Alisa has built and executed the communications strategy for Social Impact Bonds which have been widely reported in the Economist, New York Times and FT amongst others, and has taken the organisation from an unknown start-up to the second most recognised brand in the global impact investing market.

Alisa has spent the last ten years at the forefront of building the impact investing market place, initially as head of communications for Sir Ronald Cohen in his capacity as Chair of the UK Social Investment Task Force, Chair of Bridges Ventures and the Chair of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets. In this role she co-authored the Commission on Unclaimed Assets which called for the creation of a social investment bank, now Big Society Capital. Alisa has twenty years’ experience of applying communications strategies to deliver long term social outcomes. Her career has spanned diplomacy and economic development in the Middle East (through the British Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Portland Trust) to global impact investment market building.

Amit Shah - Associate Director

Amit is an Associate Director at Social Finance. Prior to joining, Amit was a Principal at Oliver Wyman, a strategy consultancy, where he was responsible for leading and managing the execution of projects for a wide range of asset management, private equity, hedge fund and investment banking clients covering issues including new business design, strategy development, risk frameworks and transaction due diligence. After leaving Oliver Wyman, and prior to joining Social Finance, Amit spent 18 months starting and running an education focused strategy consulting business, where he worked for organisations such as Cambridge University, Ark and New Schools Network.

Amit has also worked for PwC and Barclays Capital. He holds a BSc in Economics from Nottingham University.

Andy Smith - Associate

Andy joined Social Finance in May 2017. He is currently working in the Impact Incubator team focusing on the area of care leavers. Prior to joining Social Finance, Andy spent 6 years working for The Challenge, a social integration charity, where he supported the scale up of the National Citizen Service, he also setup and led the delivery of a new apprenticeship programme – Step Forward.

Andy started his career as a maths teacher in central London on the Teach First programme. He holds an MEng from the University of Cambridge.

Anneka Sillitoe - Digital Labs Fellow

Anneka works as a developer in Social Finance Digital :abs helping to build products to change social problems for the better.

Her background was journalism and she moved away from a hectic music world where she worked as a journalist and editor to focus on how she could better use her skills and love of tech to help people by learning to code.

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.

Antoinette Ale - Marketing & Events Coordinator

Antoinette joined Social Finance in 2017 as the Marketing and Events Coordinator. Her work focuses on external and internal marketing communications and events.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Antoinette worked in healthcare marketing at Publicis Health, where she managed various product campaigns and educational events at global conferences. She has also previously worked as a Client Services and Marketing Manager at St James Place Wealth Management and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Leicester.

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 started off his career working in the NHS. He also led welfare and health policy at a think tank and ,in a voluntary capacity, helped develop a number of community projects.

Bex Evans - Analyst

Bex joined Social Finance in August 2016. Her work is focussed on projects within the Impact Incubator, which develops new models for delivering impact in areas of acute social need.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Bex worked as a Client Relationship Manager at Goldman Sachs, where she provided consulting and project management services to Asset Managers and Pension Funds. She has also previously worked as an Auditor at Deloitte and is studying towards her CIMA qualification.

Bex is a member of The Women’s Foundation, an independent grant-making trust which supports charities working with women and girls in England, and co-runs the branch of the organisation for members aged under 35. Bex holds a BA in Classics from the University of Bristol.

Charlie Pushman - Associate Director

Charlie Pushman joined Social Finance in 2016 as Associate Director. Charlie helps lead our Enterprise and Investor Advisory business, which supports charities and social ventures to grow their organisations and raise investment. Charlie began his career in investment banking where he arranged debt products for firms in emerging markets. In 2012, he worked for LOCOG to help deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London and subsequently worked at the Cabinet Office in their Commercial Models department, leading on the establishment of a new public-private joint venture to tackle the UK’s £12bn debt balance.

Away from the office, Charlie has raised over £100k for charity through various sports-based activities, including cycling from Rome to London and breaking a world-record.

Charlie has a BSc in Economics from Bristol University, an MBA from London Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Charlotte Haywood - Manager

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.

Cheriel Neo - Graduate Analyst

Cheriel joined the Social Finance graduate programme in September 2015 and works on projects involving children and young people. She has a BA in History and English from Oxford University and an MSc in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh. While at university, she ran a twice weekly outreach for homeless people and co-founded Just Love, an organisation which aims to engage students in local and global issues of social justice.

Chris Clements - Director

Chris joined Social Finance in 2015 as an Associate Director. He primarily works on the Impact Incubator, which partners with foundations to develop sustainable, scaleable solutions to entrenched social problems.

Prior to joining, Chris was Group Operations Director and Director of Oasis UK at Oasis Charitable Trust, a large group of charities which supports individuals and communities across the UK. At Oasis, Chris led on strategic finance, ensuring the overall sustainability of the different parts of the group, and advising on projects and new initiatives. He also managed the organisation’s central operations, led on governance and legal issues and its trading and social enterprise activities. Previously Chris worked for 7 years with the national homelessness charity Crisis, as a project manager and as Head of New Projects Delivery. He started his career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, originating equity-linked and derivative projects. He holds a BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University and an MSc in Development Management from the Open University.

Clodagh Warde - Director

Clodagh joined Social Finance in February 2015. She is responsible for the Care & Wellbeing Fund, working with commissioners and social enterprises to develop innovative, outcomes based services. Before joining Social Finance Clodagh worked in health, both in advisory and leadership roles in the UK and abroad. Most recently she was a Senior Adviser in NHS England, prior to which she was Managing Director of an NHS CSU (Commissioning Support Unit). She was also Deputy and Interim CEO of a large Community NHS trust (4,500 staff) where she gained valuable insights into the realities of care provision, patient experience, and system integration. Clodagh also spent three years working with a HIV/AIDS community care program in Uganda that became the first NGO to dispense ARVs (anti-retrovirals) and was recommended by President’s Bush PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief) fund as a model of best practice.

Clodagh started her career as a systems engineer before developing a career in banking, as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. She received her MBA from Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and holds both a degree in Information Technology and an ACCA (accounting) diploma.

Cooper Renfro - Associate

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 Director

Dan is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day leadership and management of Digital Labs. He specialises in how to embed data and technology into government and social organisation decision-making. He believes that data and technology, if applied at the right time and to the right problem, can help government and social organisations solve them. He has extensive knowledge and experience identifying where tech and data science can improve outcomes and transform services related to children’s services, criminal justice, education and employment.

Prior to joining Social Finance in July 2011, Dan worked for The Reinvestment Fund, a CDFI focused on financing neighbourhood revitalisation.

David Fletcher - Senior Adviser

David joined Social Finance as a Senior Adviser in 2015. He is also non-executive Chairman of Odey Asset Management, a UK fund manager which manages $7billion in a variety of conventional and alternative strategies. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive of Odey for the last 20 years, before which he worked at Leopold Joseph, the UK quoted merchant bank, where he was CEO. David graduated from New College, Oxford, in 1980.

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 70 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 - Director

Diane joined Social Finance in June 2010 and is a Director in the international development team. She leads the development of outcomes-based initiatives in a range of sectors and geographies.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Diane worked at the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics, offering independent advice on economic growth to governments in Africa and Asia. She also worked as a consultant to the Deputy Minister of Finance in Liberia. Before that, Diane was Contributing Editor of the Global Corruption Report at Transparency International. 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 a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

Dominique Carrie - Associate

Dominique Carrie is an Associate at Social Finance, focusing on international development. She has worked on various projects including the design of two development impact bonds in Cameroon (neonatal health improvement through the Kangaroo Mother Care method) and Rajasthan (maternal and neonatal health). She has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, foundations and social enterprises.

She is currently working part-time while finishing her MBA at the London Business School. During this MBA, she also worked as a summer investment associate at Acumen’s West Africa team in Ghana, performing due diligence on several ventures in the renewable energy, agriculture and sanitation sectors. She also worked part-time in two start-ups, Schole (early-stage company developing a chain of affordable and high-quality schools in East Africa) and CustoMem (biotech venture developing water filtration systems). Prior to her MBA, she worked for four years as an investment analyst at Orbis, a private asset management firm, where she analyzed and valuated listed companies in various sectors. She also passed all levels of the CFA examinations.

She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from HEC Montreal and a MSc in Finance from LSE.

Ellie Nettleship - Manager

Eleanor joined Social Finance in 2012. She focuses on the application of Social Impact Bonds to the area of International Development and has developed outcomes based structures to address a range of development issues such as Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in Uganda, employment in the West Bank and HIV prevention in South Africa. Previously, Eleanor worked at the British Council on their International Education projects, and with Transparency International on developing their anti-corruption reporting methodologies. 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.

Emilie Dussauge - Graduate Analyst

Emilie joined the Social Finance Graduate Programme in October 2016 and is currently working within the Development Impact Bond team to develop outcomes-based initiatives for international development. She recently graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris, where she specialised in social entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Emilie interned for one of Essilor’s social businesses, where she worked on designing business models and partnerships to provide low-income individuals with high-quality affordable eyewear. She also interned as a junior financial auditor at EY and for a start-up social enterprise which specialises in waste-reduction, Gobilab.

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.

Gail Gikes - Executive Support

Gail joined SF in 2015 to provide executive support to the senior management team.  She previously worked at the Financial Reporting Council as a PA/Team Secretary to the Director of Audit of Policy and the Audit Assurance Team. Gail is currently studying Criminology and Psychological Studies at the Open University.

Gary Johnston - Senior Operational Advisor

Gary works as a Senior Operational Advisor on Social Finance Projects, having gained over 25 years’ experience in both Australia and the UK in assisting large tertiary rehabilitation services achieve strategic quality improvements, increased service user outcomes and overall growth objectives.

Over the last 10 years in the UK, Gary has undertaken large scale Individual Placement and Support service integration and improvement projects, won and operationalised large scale new services including a catastrophic case management service for insurers, remote mindfulness services and conditional management programmes for corporates, embedding a vocational rehabilitation service for cancer patients at the Christie Hospital and the development of a followership construct of leadership for an NHS Trust.

In 2016 Gary completed an MBA in Leadership and Change and is a lecturer in Occupational Health and Vocational Rehabilitation at Salford University as well as a Trustee for the Vocational Rehabilitation Association.

Hannah Goldie - Manager

Hannah joined Social Finance in October 2013. She works within the Impact Incubator, where she lead the development of the Drive project, a response to perpetrators of domestic abuse, and is currently working on a digitally-enabled project supporting children leaving care. She also has experience in health and employment, and children’s social care. Prior to joining Social Finance Hannah worked at the Department for Education where her roles included leading the establishment of two Free Schools. Hannah completed a community leadership fellowship programme in 2011-12 and now holds a lay position with a children and family care charity. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford.

Harriet Ballantine - Associate

Harriet joined Social Finance in June 2015 from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was an associate on the sales team, responsible for a number of client relationships across the UK and Channel Islands.  Since joining Social Finance she has primarily worked within the Health team and the Care & Wellbeing Fund, helping to develop the pipeline. This work has included developing social investment partnerships which aim to improve the care provided to people at the end of their lives. She has also worked on a number of advisory projects with commissioners and social enterprises.

Harriet graduated from UCL in 2012 with a BA in Philosophy & Economics, and has since passed Level II of the CFA Programme.

Jack Goldstein - Analyst

Jack joined Social Finance in as an Analyst in September 2016. His work focuses on health, employment and financial inclusion.

Previously, Jack worked as a manager in the internal consulting team of a global professional services firm, and as a senior consultant in Ernst & Young’s strategy consulting practice. He also worked in Ernst & Young’s social enterprise consulting team, as part of which he led a successful project to help a large agricultural social enterprise in Ethiopia expand and improve efficiency.

Jack has experience working with NGOs in the Middle East and in Haiti, and recently completed a year-long fellowship with a fund supporting Israeli and Palestinian human rights charities.

Jack holds an MA in Modern Languages and Linguistics from Oxford University.

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 - SIB Director

Janette Powell joined Social Finance as a director in July 2010.  She led the first Social Impact Bond to reduce re-offending and has since worked on a NEETs Project in Manchester, a Domestic Violence Perpetrator pilot in West Sussex and a Health Social Impact Bond in Worcestershire.  Janette has been working with vulnerable adults and families facing social exclusion since 1993. She holds a degree in Housing & Social Work and is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  For 8 years she 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. Janette sits as a board advisor on a social enterprise aimed at training ex-offenders to work in the construction industry.

John Medley-Hallam - Graduate Analyst

John joined the Social Finance graduate programme in September 2015 and is currently working within the Enterprise and Investment Advisory Team. Since joining, he has been responsible for researching Community Businesses for a report that Social Finance is creating for Power to Change. Prior to joining, John interned for The Mountain Trust, working to secure corporate sponsorship as well as conducting Nutritional research in Pokhara, Nepal. He holds a MSci in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University where he volunteered for SEEDs Iceland, The Kaleidoscope Trust and Dorset Police.

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.

Kaj Siebert - Chief Technology Officer

Kaj Siebert is Chief Technology Officer for the Social Finance Digital Labs and is responsible for the technical direction and strategy of the Digital Labs. His current focus is on data security in analytical environments and designing a data-driven toolchain to support the Social Finance work.

Prior to joining Social Finance in February 2016, Kaj spent over 15 years as CTO for a number of FinTech startups, where he designed and implemented information and analytics systems for top-tier investment banks. Before that he worked in the technology and strategy group at Reuters and performed technical due diligence for the Reuters Greenhouse Fund.

Kaj holds a PhD in Astrophysics from University College London where he studied the atmospheres of hot stars. He was a key player in the early introduction of Java and Linux to the astronomy community. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Kate Kewley - Manager

Kate is an Associate at Social Finance, working primarily on projects within the Health and Social Care practice. Focusing particularly on scaling social care that better draws on community resources, Kate is working on the Shared Lives Impact Incubator (with projects in Manchester and Lambeth) and the Reconnections project in Worcestershire. Kate joined Social Finance in October 2015, before which she managed Plan UK’s multi-year ‘Financial Education for Girls’ partnership with Credit Suisse, and worked with Barclays and Care UK on ‘Banking for Change’ – developing and extending vulnerable individuals’ access to basic financial services across seven countries. Before Plan UK Kate worked in Oxfam’s Corporate Partnerships team and in the UK Poverty Programme, within which she helped to establish Oxfam’s partnership with Unilever, FareShare and the Trussell Trust. Kate holds a BA in English from the University of Oxford.

Kendall Jamieson Gilmore - Health Advisor

Kendall is a Health Advisor at Social Finance, working across the Care and Wellbeing Fund and the Health and Social Care practice advisory team.

Prior to joining in 2016, Kendall was a senior manager at NHS England, leading development of their commissioning strategy, and supporting local areas developing accountable care models. He previously spent several years at the Department of Health, working across a variety of areas with a focus on innovation and reform of the health and care system.

Kendall has also spent time working at a community development NGO in rural Sri Lanka and a European Venture Capital firm. He holds an MSc in Global Health and Development from UCL and a BSc in Biological Sciences (Hons Pharmacology) from The University of Edinburgh


Killian Troy-Donovan - Graduate Analyst

Killian joined the Social Finance graduate programme in October 2016 and has been working on youth homelessness projects through the Fair Chance Fund, as well as working with the commissioner advisory team across a range of social issues.

Killian previously volunteered with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has degrees from Bristol and LSE.

Laura Dale-Harris - Associate

Laura Dale-Harris is an Associate at Social Finance. She works across a number of social impact areas, splitting her time between the Health and Social Care team and the Digital Lab, Social Finance new business area focused on improving services through generating insight from local government data.


Prior to joining Social Finance in 2016, Laura worked in strategy consulting at the Monitor Group / Deloitte advising both public and private sector clients, as well as charities in the areas of education, health and social care, life sciences and medical research.


Laura holds a MA in Mathematics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Lisa Barclay - COO

Lisa is COO of Social Finance and also leads our work in Children’s Services. She previously supported the growth of small businesses as an investor at Bridges Ventures and co-founded an e-government software business. Lisa started her career as a public policy advisor and was a Special Advisor on welfare to work 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 jointly leads Social Finance’s international development team – designing, developing and delivering payment-by-results and social investment structures for a range of clients including DFID, USAID, Grand Challenges Canada, the Global Innovation Fund and the Shell Foundation, in both sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

In the UK, Louise has led high impact projects on financial inclusion, homelessness, health and regulatory reform for clients including HM Treasury, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Greater London Authority and a number of leading charitable trusts and foundations.

Before joining Social Finance, Louise led the Eastern European programmes of ARK where she worked with government and service providers to accelerate the reform of child welfare systems towards family-based care in Bulgaria and Romania.

Louise is a regular speaker on payment by results and Social / Development Impact Bonds – recent speaking engagements include high profile events at the World Bank, USAID, DFID, WHO and the Brookings Institute.

She holds an MPhil in International Development and a BA in Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology from the University of Oxford.


Luisa Braig - Graduate Analyst

Luisa joined the Social Finance graduate programme in October 2016 and is currently working on projects in the Health and Social Care practice, primarily focusing on the Care & Wellbeing Fund.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Luisa worked for a social enterprise in Berlin which aims to improve basic supply and infrastructure in developing countries. As Junior Project Manager she was responsible for business development, fundraising as well as communications. She has also gained prior work experience at a political consulting firm, as research assistant and in journalism.

Luisa holds a BA in Politics and Administration from University of Konstanz, a MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University,  and is about to conclude a MA in International Relations from Free University Berlin.

Marie-Alphie Dallest - Graduate Analyst

Marie-Alphie joined the Social Finance graduate scheme in September 2015 and currently works across the Health and Social Care team. She recently graduated from NEOMA Business School in France where she specialised in entrepreneurship and corporate finance. She interned for BNP Paribas Asset Management in Paris where she was in charge of pipeline development and investment recommendations for Solidarity funds (socially-focused investment funds) and has also interned in a microfinance investment fund.

Mario Barosevcic - Associate

Mario is an Associate at Social Finance. He has worked on commissioner advisory, Social Impact Bond development and enterprise advisory projects in the fields of children’s services, healthcare and renewable energy.


Prior to joining, Mario worked 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 is a school governor at Harris Academy Tottenham. Mario holds a BA in Government from Harvard University.

Marta Garcia - Director

Marta is leading Social Finance’s work in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico, Brazil and Chile, and contributes more broadly to our international practice. 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.

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.


Matthew Pugh - Digital Labs Fellow

Matthew works in the Social Finance Digital Labs working on backend services for products.

Before joining Social Finance, Matthew worked on automating services for transcription and translation for the television industry, where he designed systems that unified ASR technologies with more traditional methods.  Before that he was a mathematics teacher for 9 years and developed systems that helped teachers how to use technology effectively and better utilise student data.

Matthew has a BSc from the University of Michigan.

Meg Brodie - Graduate Analyst

Meg joined the Social Finance graduate programme in September 2015, working in the Impact Incubator team to develop new approaches to complex and entrenched social issues. Prior the joining Social Finance, she was the Communications Director for Oaktree, an Australian youth-led development organisation focusing on young people in the Asia-Pacific region. She also has 5 years’ experience as a Research Assistant in a University, working mainly on education and employability projects. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Economics and Anthropology from Melbourne University.

Mel Jepson - HR Co-ordinator

Prior to Social Finance, Mel worked for Charlton Athletic Football Club for 13 years. Following a career break to go travelling, she settled in Peterborough and joined the One Service as Office Manager in 2011. She was instrumental in setting up the systems and processes to facilitate the UK’s first Social Impact Bond. When the One Service drew to a close, she helped to build TTG Training CIC. She continues her work at TTG Training CIC as Office Manager, splitting her time as HR coordinator within the Social Finance office. In her spare time Mel is Akela at a Cub Group.

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 a board member of the housing association, Home Group. He is also a trustee of Oasis Charitable Trust and its housing subsidiary, Oasis Aquila.

Nick is also a non executive director of a private property company, Mill Group Holdings.

Nick was until recently an independent Board Member of Homes for London at the GLA and also a member of the Montague Review, examining the Barriers to Institutional Investment in the Private Rented Sector.


Nita Colaco - Associate Director

Nita is an Associate Director in the International Development team. Her projects have spanned a range of sectors (agriculture, health, education, early childhood development) and countries (Uganda, Swaziland, Cameroon, Afghanistan, among others). Previously, she worked in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs, where she covered European integrated oil companies and analysed trends in the oil & gas industry globally. From 2007-2008, she worked in private sector development in Afghanistan as a consultant with Building Markets (formerly Peace Dividend Trust), where she advised international buyers and Afghan suppliers on local procurement solutions. Nita began her career at the Council on Foreign Relations, a foreign policy think tank based in New York. She holds an MPhil in Economic & Social History from Oxford University, and a BA in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.


Osutaro Kili - Graduate Analyst

Osutarö joined Social Finance in June 2015. She works with the Development Impact Bond team to design outcomes-based financing solutions for international development. Osutarö previously worked as a research assistant at the West Africa Civil Society Institute in Accra, Ghana. She holds a degree in Politics and African Development from Sciences Po Paris and an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

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.

Quirine Van Voorst (on maternity leave) - Associate Director

Quirine van Voorst joined Social Finance in 2016 as an Associate Director. She works on projects in the Health and Social Care practice alongside projects within the Enterprise Advisory team.

Prior to joining, Quirine was a Director at Philips Group Strategy, partly in Amsterdam and partly in Singapore. At Philips she worked on both healthcare strategy as well as organisational change. Quirine started her career as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and later at Gupta Strategists, a boutique healthcare consultancy. She has also spent time in India working for a social impact fund, and in Kenya working on M-Pesa, a mobile payment service.

Rachelle Angeline - Associate

Rachelle is an Associate at Social Finance and is currently leading our performance management and analytical work on Rewriting Futures and Your Chance, two of the Fair Chance Fund SIBs, a £15m outcomes fund established by DCLG to improve the life chances of young people who are homeless and NEET by supporting them into accommodation, employment and training.

Rachelle previously worked on the performance management during the final year of delivery and project closure for two of the SIBs awarded as part of the DWP Innovation Fund. Rachelle is also currently working within the Impact Incubator team on a project to improve the equity of mental health for black communities in Lambeth (‘Black Thrive’) as well as working more broadly on projects within Housing and Homelessness. Rachelle holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Rikk Hill - Digital Labs Fellow

Rikk joined Social Finance in 2016 as a Data Scientist in the Digital Labs team.

Prior to this, Rikk worked in a variety of technical fields, including developing infrastructure for the logistics industry and writing logistics and recommender software for the luxury fashion industry. He has yet to produce luxury fashion for any other industry.

Rikk holds a BSc in Economics and Maths from The Open University, and an MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning from University College London.

Rob Mills - Director

Rob Mills joined Social Finance in October 2016 as a director of its international development practice. Rob advises aid agencies, social investors and private enterprises on how development finance can more effectively tackle economic development challenges. He has particular expertise in energy, infrastructure services and private sector development.

Rob worked for eight years at the World Bank, where he originated and managed a large portfolio of energy investments in southern Africa, as well as advising governments on policy and regulatory reforms.

Immediately prior to Social Finance, Rob held a senior role at Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, where he was responsible for the UK’s cross-border infrastructure investment regime, as well as for leading policy work on European energy markets. Earlier in his career, he worked on international issues at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, following four years in Brussels at a development finance think-tank.

Rob started his career at Oliver Wyman, a leading strategy consulting firm focusing on banking and financial markets. He has a graduate degree in economics from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford.

Robert Pollock - Director

Robert is a Director at Social Finance. He joined in October 2016 to lead our advisory work on public service reform and devolution.

Prior to Social Finance, Robert was a senior civil servant at HM Treasury. He worked under four Chancellors on financial regulation, public spending, environment and energy taxation, international development and the financial crisis. Robert has also held senior leadership positions at the United Nations in New York, Department of Communities and Local Government, Westminster City Council and the National Infrastructure Commission. In 2013, he founded the Public Service Transformation Network – a cross-Whitehall unit that partnered with local government, communities and the wider public sector to prototype better services for less. The National Audit Office published evidence that those delivery models could generated cashable savings and public value benefits of over £1bn this parliament.

Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Financial Secretary of the charity Energysolutions, and non-executive director of a social enterprise that delivers the Cabinet Office’s Commissioning Academy. He holds an MA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rosanna Hardwick - Associate

Rosanna joined Social Finance in 2015. She works on the Care and Wellbeing Fund, a £12m social investment fund that supports community-based models of care. Rosanna helps to oversee the management of the Fund and develop investment opportunities, with a particular focus on primary care, end of life care and social prescribing.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Rosanna worked for Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, where she coordinated the charity’s day-to-day operations, supporting 400 volunteers at over 30 universities and managing the charity’s finances and fundraising. Prior to this she worked at Deloitte as an audit associate. She has a first class degree and Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford.

Sara Guerreiro de Sousa - Analyst

Sara joined Social Finance in 2016 as an Analyst, working across a range of issue areas. She has been primarily a part of the International Team, supporting social investment intermediaries in Brazil.

Before joining Social Finance, Sara worked at the Portuguese Social Investment Lab developing a feasibility study for a Social Impact Bond and acted as Assistant Professor of two master courses at university. She has been part of a scientific research project with Siemens, undertaken an internship in financial markets with Santander and worked in projects across education, development, immigration and intercultural dialogue. In her free time, Sara enjoys running, travelling and learning how to code.

Sara holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Computation from the Technical University of Lisbon (IST, Portugal), a course in Finance at Imperial College of London (UK) and an Msc in Finance from NOVA Economics and Business School (Portugal).

Shira Lappin - Analyst

Shira joined Social Finance in 2017, where her work has focused in Enterprise and Investor Advisory, working with organisations to help them better understand their data, develop and present growth strategies and build out financial models in order to attract social investment. She has worked across financial inclusion, education and communities.

Prior to Social Finance, Shira worked for Frontier Economics, an economic consultancy, on a wide range of regulatory, policy and market design issues in the UK and across Europe.

Shira holds an MSc in Economic Policy from UCL and an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Sophie Armour - Manager

Sophie joined Social Finance in 2017 and works in the Enterprise and Investor Advisory team which supports charities and social ventures to grow their organisations and raise investment. Prior to Social Finance, Sophie was a Strategy Consultant at PwC where she both helped corporates to develop and decide their strategic direction and diligenced business plans for M&A transactions. While at PwC, she did a yearlong project with UK Trade and Investment (now DIT) to increase capital investment from Middle East investors into the UK. She was also a trustee of Faces in Focus, a charity helping young people in Lambeth and Southwark to achieve their potential. Sophie has Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA from Oxford University.


Tara Rowe - Analyst

Tara joined Social Finance in 2017 and is working with the Health and Social Care team. She is currently supporting local areas to develop new care models which encourage healthcare providers to take joint responsibility for population health outcomes. She is also advising local authorities on developing outcome-based contracts to support the Transforming Care agenda for those with learning disabilities and complex needs.

Tara previously worked for social enterprise, Koreo, where she managed a national employment and mentoring programme for people with disabilities. Prior to this, she worked for health informatics company, Dr Foster, project managing the delivery of national and international quality benchmarking tools. Tara’s career started on the Charityworks graduate programme where she was placed at the Charity Finance Group. She has a BSc in Biological Sciences from Durham University.

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.

Toby Eccles OBE - Development Director

Toby founded Social Finance in 2007. There are now 70 professionals working in Social Finance UK with sister organisations in the US and Israel, and partnerships with intermediaries in Canada, South Africa, Brazil and Portugal. As Development Director his focus is on new initiatives for the organisation and innovation. He led teams that developed the Social Impact Bond model, from initial concept to the first implementation at Peterborough prison; the first local authority Social Impact Bond in Essex focused on Children in Care; designed the Social Outcomes Fund for the Cabinet Office, the first centrally pooled fund for Impact Bonds; catalysed Development Impact Bonds in partnership with the Center for Global Development; worked with the Inter-American Development Bank on Impact Bond strategies for Chile, Mexico and Brazil; and launched Social Finance Digital Labs, our new business area focused on improving services through generating insight from local government data.

From 2005, he acted as secretariat for the Commission on Unclaimed Assets, which recommended the creation of a Social Investment Bank that later became Big Society Capital. 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. Toby holds a BA in Maths from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Tom Corfield - Manager

Tom works in Social Finance Digital Labs building products that empower people to solve entrenched social problems.

Before joining Social Finance, Tom worked in fast growth education technology startups. His background is in rocket science, management consulting, digital campaigning and social enterprise. He’s passionate about people, problems and products. Tom has a Masters Degree in Engineering Design from the University of Bristol.

Tom Davies - Associate

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.


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