Advisory council

The Impetus-PEF advisory council is composed of a group of international leaders from the private and social sectors who offer their vast expertise and advice on issues of strategic importance to society.

Tom Attwood - Chairman, HgCapital

Tom was for a number of years Chief Executive of Intermediate Capital Group PLC. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of ICG and helped the founders raise its initial equity in 1989 and was responsible for ICG’s flotation in 1994.  Prior to that Tom was a Director of James Capel & Co, now HSBC Investment Bank. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of a number of buyout companies and until recently a Director of the Private Equity Foundation. Tom is now Chairman of HgCapital LLP, a director of the Centre for Social Justice, The Kemnal Academies Trust and a member of the Commission for Social Mobility and Child Poverty. He is also co-sponsor of 5 academies in Thanet, Kent.

Martin Brookes - Chairman, Pro Bono Economics

Trained as an economist, Martin worked at the Bank of England and Goldman Sachs before joining New Philanthropy Capital in 2001 as Head of Research. He was appointed Chief Executive of New Philanthropy Capital in 2008 and worked there until 2011, when he rejoined the private sector as an economist at Fulcrum Asset Management. Most recently, Martin served as Director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Pro Bono Economics, which he co-founded in 2009. Martin has also been a council member of the Economics and Social Research Council.

Jamie Cooper-Hohn - Co-founder, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Jamie Cooper-Hohn currently serves as CIFF’s President and CEO. Prior to the establishing of the Foundation, Jamie was Co-Director of Shine Trust, a grantmaking trust supporting children in poverty in England through educational initiatives. She also served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for Gould Partners in New York City, a non-profit collaborative effort aimed at expanding educational opportunities for inner city children and their families.

Dan Corry - Chief Executive, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)

Dan joined NPC as Chief Executive in October 2011, following a career in public policy and economics. Dan was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Economy from 2007 to 2010. He has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury and has worked as a special adviser to the Secretary of State in the Education Department as well as at DTI and DCLG. Most recently he was a Director in the Economics segment of FTI Consulting. In addition to working at senior levels of government, Dan ran the New Local Government Network think tank between 2002 and 2005 – which was voted Think Thank of the Year in 2004 – and was Senior Economist at the IPPR in the 1990s.

Alastair Gibbons - Partner, Bridgepoint Capital

Alastair joined Bridgepoint Capital in 1984. He led Bridgepoint’s UK business until 2001 and then its German business until 2006. Alastair now focuses on Bridgepoint’s business development and cross-border investments. He currently sits on the board of TüvTurk, a provider of vehicle inspections in Turkey and UK headquartered LGC, the leader in chemical and biological analytical services and reference materials. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand.

Grant Gordon - Director General, Institute for Family Business

In addition to being Director General, Grant is also a co-founder of the Institute for Family Business (UK), established in 2001 as an independent not-for-profit association promoting the success and sustainability of family firms. Grant has been on the board of Laurent-Perrier SA as a non-executive Director since 1999. He is Chairman of the Thames Community Foundation, a charity serving local communities in South West London. He is a Steward of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, Keeper of the Quaich and member of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

Michael Green - Independent economist and writer

Michael Green is an economist and writer, based in London. Together with Matthew Bishop, he co-authored Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World. Michael has worked in aid and development for nearly 20 years. He was a senior official in the British Government where he worked on international finance, managed UK aid to Russia and Ukraine, served as head of the communications department at the Department for International Development, and oversaw £100 million annual funding to nonprofits. It was through his role in government that he saw the rising influence of the philanthrocapitalists in the fight against poverty.

Sir Tony Hawkhead - CBE Chief Executive, Action for Children

Tony is Chief Executive at Action for Children, which helps the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people break through injustice, deprivation and inequality. He was previously Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, prior to which, he was Chief Executive of East London Partnership, a private sector led organisation whose aim was to help regenerate Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Tony chaired the Department for Work and Pensions’ Third Sector Welfare to Work Taskforce, which reported in 2009, and was a member of the Local Government Association Climate Change Commission in 2007. In 2011 Tony received a knighthood for services to environmental regeneration.

Christine Hodgson - Executive Chairman, Capgemini plc

Christine Hodgson is Executive Chairman of Capgemini UK plc. She also chairs the Capgemini UK Sustainability Board and the Women’s Business Network. In 2011, Christine was named Woman of the Year at the CWT Everywoman in Technology Awards. Having worked at Capgemini for 14 years, her previous roles with the Group include CEO, Technology Services North West Europe, and CFO for both Capgemini UK plc and the Global Outsourcing Division. Prior to joining Capgemini, Christine spent 4 years as Corporate Development Director on the board of Ronson Plc. She joined Ronson from Coopers & Lybrand where she specialised in Corporate Finance after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. Christine serves as an independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered plc and also sits on the boards of Ladbrokes Plc and two charities, Business in the Community, and MacIntyre Care.

Nic Humphries - CEO, HgCapital

Nic joined HgCapital in 2001, having previously worked at Geocapital Partners, where he founded its European business. Prior to that, he was head of Barclays Private Equity’s IT and telecoms team. He started his career at 3i plc and has over 20 years’ experience of the private equity and venture capital industry. Nic is a member of HgCapital’s Executive Committee, as well as its Investment, Portfolio Review and Valuation Committee. He is currently a director on the boards of Visma and Iris Accounting Solutions. Nic is also a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Dianne Jeffrey CBE DL - Chair, Age UK

Dianne graduated from the University of Sheffield in Psychology. She spent 20 years as a successful director of merchandising and management training in the furniture retail sector. In 2008 Dianne was appointed to chair Age UK, the new charity formed from the merger of Help the Aged with Age Concern. She is also the chairman of Digital Outreach and Anchor Trust. Dianne has chaired two NHS Trusts and in 2001 she was invited to serve on the Government’s modernisation action team in preparation for the NHS Plan. She has since served on the national Children’s task-force as well as the Child and Adolescent mental health taskforce. From 2000 – 2003 she chaired the NHS Confederation. Dianne served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2002 – 03.

Ian Meakins - CEO, Wolseley plc

Ian was appointed Wolseley Group Chief Executive in July 2009. He was previously Chief Executive of Travelex Holdings Ltd’ and prior to that, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance UniChem plc, until its merger with Boots in 2006. Ian also spent over 12 years with Diageo plc in a variety of international management positions including four years as President, European Major Markets and Global Supply. Ian spent the early part of his career with Procter and Gamble, joining as a graduate trainee before moving into marketing and then brand management. Subsequently, he joined Bain and Company, where he advised a diverse range of blue chip companies. He then spent three years running his own Management Consulting business.

Chris Outram - Founder and Chairman Emeritus, OC&C Strategy Consultants

Chris has been a strategy consultant for over 25 years, having initially worked with leading US based firms prior to founding OC&C Strategy Consultants in 1987. OC&C boasts more than 400 consultants operating out of seven countries including the US, China and India.  Chris has served global giants, national champions and emerging challengers and worked on most issues of board level, strategic importance related to Corporate/Business Unit strategy, Diversification, Organisation, Performance optimisation, Mergers and Acquisitions etc.  Chris also chairs three fast growing businesses and two charities.

Sanjay Patel - Managing Partner, Head of International Private Equity, Apollo Management International LLP

Sanjay joined Apollo in March 2010 and sits on the Senior Management Committee. He was previously a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he was co-head of European and Indian private equity for the Principal Investment Area. Sanjay was also a member of the Goldman Sachs Partnership Committee and the Investment Committee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. He sits on the boards of Brit Insurance NV, Countrywide Holdings Ltd. He serves as an advisor to Gaja Capital Partners and the India Real Estate Opportunities Fund, as a trustee of the American School in London and on the Executive Committee of the Harvard College Fund Council.

Dwight Poler - Managing Director, Bain Capital

Dwight joined Bain Capital in 1994 and was named Managing Director in 1999. He has responsibility for Bain Capital’s investment activities in Europe. In recent years, Dwight has invested in, and served as a Director of: Brakes Group, Edcon, Cerved/Lince, Team System, Toys R Us, Boart Longyear and Jack Wolfskin. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Dwight worked at Bain & Company  and Morgan Stanley & Co.  He received an MBA, with distinction, from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where he was a Tuck Scholar, and a BA from Amherst College.

Elizabeth Riker - Managing Partner, New Profit Inc.

After ten years in management consulting and education, Elizabeth joined New Profit and now serves as Managing Partner. Before joining New Profit, she was a consultant at Monitor Group, working with both corporate and non-profit clients on issues of strategy and organisational development. Previously, Elizabeth worked as a consultant at Arthur D Little Inc. In the field of education, Elizabeth has taught and worked on educational development projects in the US, Latin America and Africa.

Ryan Robson - Former CEO, World Class Learning Group

Ryan has worked in private equity since 1993 and has led a large number of successful private equity investments, whilst at HSBC and Gresham. He co-founded and was Co-Managing Partner of Sovereign Capital. Ryan was integral to the development of Sovereign Buy & Build strategy and its team, where he led the education and training team. His transactions included educational Buy & Build successes SENAD and Alpha Plus, training providers Employability and Skills Group and Paragon, and more recently international schools group, WCL. He has also chaired and contributed to a number of policy reviews on educational disadvantage and children in care.

Joseph Schull - Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus

Joe joined Warburg Pincus in 1998 focusing on the firm’s European technology, media and telecommunications investments, as well as its investment activities in Eastern Europe. Joe has been involved in Warburg Pincus investments in cable television, broadcasting, telecommunications, business and information services, digital media, as well as pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was Deputy Director of the International Affairs Program at the Ford Foundation. Joe is currently a director of several technology companies including IPAN, Blue Yonder and Ecrebo. He is also a member of the member of the Visiting Committee to the Social Science Research Council, and a member of the International Advisory Board of McGill University and of the International Advisory Board of the European University at St Petersburg.

Finlay T K Scott - Entrepreneur and Management Consultant

Finlay has been both an entrepreneur and management consultant working with private equity companies and banks for twenty years. He has run a wide variety of businesses, like Tragus, Whitecross and MJP, as well as hi-tech Virtuality. He is currently taking a sabbatical and managing his private business interests and farm. During his sabbatical he is devoting considerable time to the charitable sector, he has been involved with several institutions including: CAF, NHS Trusts and The Clink Charity, of which he is Chairman.

Andrew Sibbald - CEO Europe, Evercore Partners International

Andrew Sibbald is CEO of Evercore’s European Advisory business and a member of the firm’s management committee. He was previously the co-founder and Senior Partner of the Lexicon Partnership which was acquired by Evercore in 2011. He has over 25 years of experience in advising financial institutions on M&A and corporate finance.

Anne Wade - Board Member, Heron Foundation

Anne has significant experience both in traditional investment as well as in venture philanthropy and social finance. She spent 17 years as an asset manager with The Capital Group where she was a Senior Vice President and Director with responsibility for European-based infrastructure companies. Anne left Capital in 2012 to devote increasing time to social investing. She sits on the board of FB Heron in New York, is an Associate with Leader’s Quest, and on the board of GuideStar International. Anne also is a non-executive Director with Holcim, a Swiss-based global industrial company.

Patrick Younge - Chief Creative Officer, BBC Vision Productions

Patrick is responsible for the teams delivering hit BBC shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Antiques Roadshow, EastEnders, Dragons’ Den, Miranda, Frozen Planet and The One Show. Before his current role he was President and General Manager of Travel Channel, Head of Programmes and Planning for BBC Sport, Commissioning Editor for Multicultural Programmes at Channel 4, and a Series Producer for BBC Current Affairs.

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