Executive team

The Impetus-PEF executive team comprises individuals drawn from financial, consulting and professional services as well as the the not-for-profit sector. We believe that this makes for a team that combines experience, discipline and insight.


Andy Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer

Andy joined Impetus-PEF as Chief Executive in 2016. His career has focused on two issues: tackling poverty and educational disadvantage; and making government work better. As Deputy Chief Executive of the Africa Governance Initiative he helped build a global charity working with African governments to strengthen their capacity to tackle deep-rooted poverty. Before that as Senior Policy Adviser for Education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit he developed government policy on social mobility, secondary schools and skills for 14 to 19 year olds. And before that he worked for the Social Policy Department at Oxford University developing measures of neighbourhood poverty and educational disadvantage in the UK and South Africa. Andy has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy both from Oxford University.

Follow Andy on Twitter: @andyratcliffe9

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Steina Adolfsdottir, Associate Philanthropy Manager

As Associate philanthropy manager, Steina manages donor relationships, focusing mainly on trusts and foundations, and has also been instrumental in raising funds for ThinkForward. Prior to Impetus-PEF she served as Information Manager at GuideStar Data Services, where she coordinated charity information for the GuideStar UK website and third sector database. Steina holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Iceland.


Daniel Barker, Philanthropy Manager

Daniel joined Impetus PEF in September 2015 as Philanthropy Manager and is responsible for a portfolio of relationships with grant-making trusts, corporate partners and individuals. Daniel joined from the children’s charity Barnardo’s where he was a Relationship Manager on the Philanthropy team for two years, raising funds for a wide range of Barnardo’s services. Prior to that, Daniel managed the Patrons membership programme at Kew Foundation, having previously worked for the Electoral Commission, the Department of Health and Egon Zehnder. He volunteers for youth theatre charity Angel Shed and sits on their management committee. He holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.

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Kirsten Baumback, Events Manager

Kirsten joined the Events team at Impetus-PEF at the beginning of 2016, with a focus on project managing a range of Impetus-PEF’s internal and external events. Initially the Events Coordinator, she was promoted to Events Manager in May 2016. Having recently relocated from Brisbane, Australia, Kirsten has spent five years working in the Events and Community Fundraising sector for charities in Australia, including the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland and Youngcare. Kirsten holds a Diploma in Events Management.


Chiku Bernardi, Investment Director

Chiku has spent more than ten years in management consulting in Europe and North America. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group, were she worked for seven years on strategy and operational improvement projects for FTSE 100 companies. Since then she has worked for boutique consulting firms and carried out a number of projects in the not-for-profit sector in the UK and India, on a pro-bono basis. In 2011 Chiku was appointed as a trustee of NPL, a sexual health charity. Chiku holds an MBA from Kellogg Business School and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

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Damyana Bozhinova, Events Assistant

Damyana joined Impetus-PEF in January 2016 on a six-month internship. In her role as Events Assistant, Damyana supports the team in organising Impetus-PEF events. She is also a third year student at Brunel University, working on her degree in Media and Communications. Before joining Impetus-PEF, Damyana completed two internships in the publishing sector. Damyana’s native language is Bulgarian, but she is fluent in English and holds a certificate for intermediate proficiency in French. Having grown up in Bulgaria, Damyana has a good understanding the importance of higher education and employment, which prompted her to join the third sector. Damy enjoys making short films, travelling, drawing and reading.

Follow Damyana on Twitter: @dami_db

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Gemma Bruton, HR Business Partner

Gemma joined Impetus-PEF in 2011, originally as the Pro Bono Manager. For five years she worked with the network of corporate partners and individuals who provide pro bono expertise to the Impetus-PEF portfolio. In early 2016, she joined the Operations team as HR Business Partner. Prior to joining Impetus-PEF, Gemma worked on the overseas programme at an international development charity in Ireland. Gemma holds a BA in History & Politics and MA in International Relations from University College Dublin.


Herjinder Cleaver, MCIPD Human Resources Business Partner (on maternity)

Herjinder joined Impetus-PEF on a part time basis following an extended career break from maternity, in October 2014. She carries over 13 years of experience working for the a mix of industries across both public and private sectors, which include Idea Carbon Strategic, Deloitte, Network Rail and NHS (amongst others). Herjinder holds a Masters in Occupational Psychology and Business, a Bachelors of Science Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in HR.


Suzi Darsa, PR Manager

Suzi has over ten years’ experience working in Communications and Media Relations for a variety of not-for-profit organisations, including Volunteering England, Action on Hearing Loss, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. She has extensive experience in driving public relations for policy-driven campaigns and high profile events. Suzi has a BSc in Business from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Elly de Decker, Investment Director (on secondment)

Elly combines experience in both the NGO and for-profit sectors. Most recently, she worked for Save the Children UK where she led the strategic review and resulting transformation of the organisation’s overall business model. Prior to this she spent two years with the international humanitarian agency Medecins Sans Frontieres, with whom she worked for a year in Bangladesh and a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Financial Coordinator and Project Voordinator, respectively. She started out her career working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co, managing strategic reviews, as well as process improvement projects. Elly holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Business degree from the University of Brussels, Belgium.


Sebastien Ergas, Investment Director

Sebastien joined Impetus-PEF from management consultancy Monitor Group, where he served as Associate Partner. He brings over 12 years of experience in leading strategy programmes in private and government sectors in North & South America, Europe, and North Africa. Sebastien also worked with New Leaders, a US-based not-for-profit organisation supported by New Profit Inc. He holds a degree in Political Economy from Williams College.


Amanda Gordon, Investment Manager

Amanda works with the network of corporate partners and individuals who provide pro bono expertise to the Impetus-PEF portfolio. She was most recently a consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants, a leading strategy consultancy and Impetus-PEF pro bono partner. Prior to this she worked with a Boston-based social impact and leadership development consultancy and participated in the Teach First programme. Amanda holds an MSc in Public Policy from University of Bristol and a BA in Geography from Oxford University.


Emily Goulborn, Senior Philanthropy Manager

Emily has spent eight years in the voluntary sector, working most recently with the Prince’s Trust where she served as Head of Business Development, Head of Corporate Partnerships and Head of Employee Engagement. Prior to this, she worked with a range of corporate clients in her role as head of account management at Marie Curie. Before transitioning to the voluntary sector, Emily spent four years in the private sector, working primarily in media. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies from Loughborough University.

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Harriet Gugenheim, Senior Philanthropy Manager

As Senior Philanthropy Manager, Harriet focuses on maintaining and establishing new relationships with grant-making trusts, corporate partners and individuals. Born in Chicago, Harriet moved to London when she was 21 and began her career in some of London’s leading literary agencies, before becoming an agent. She then worked as a head of development in television. Harriet has worked with schools in north London, encouraging community support and developing a charitable arm of Highbury Grove School and serving as a Governor for Canonbury Primary School. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck College.

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Gabrielle Hamill, Investment Team Assistant

Gabrielle joined Impetus-PEF in February 2016. Her role provides support to the Investment team to ensure that their projects run smoothly. Prior to joining Impetus-PEF, Gabrielle studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath, where she focused on contemporary security challenges in Asian and European politics. As part of her degree, Gabrielle spent a year working as a Junior Consultant and PA to the Director at Seneca Consultants in Brussels. There, she took part in the writing of reports aiming to influence European and national politics, as well as market intelligence reports. Gabrielle’s passion to work in the third sector was inspired by her studies in international development.

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Charlie Higson, Philanthropy Assistant

Prior to joining Impetus-PEF in February 2016, Charlie studied Evolutionary Anthropology at Kent and Durham University. His studies culminated in a collaborative research project with the Smithsonian, exploring the hunting behaviours of our distant evolutionary ancestors. Charlie has also worked previously as a live illustrator in London, before discovering an interest in the charity sector through volunteering.

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Rachael Ibbott, Investment Manager

Rachael joined Impetus-PEF in January 2016 having recently completed the On Purpose Associate Programme in social enterprise leadership. Previously, she was a Business Analyst at Capital One, during which time she volunteered with Impetus-PEF as a pro bono data analyst. Rachael holds an MA (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. In her spare time she is a governor at a primary school in south London.

Follow Rachael on Twitter: @R_Ibbott


Richard Lackmann, Chief Financial Officer

Richard has over 20 years of international financial and leadership experience as a director and consultant. He is a US-certified public accountant with international private sector experience working for GlaxoSmithKline and Deloitte Consulting. Over the past decade Richard worked for a variety of not-for-profit organisations including as Director of Finance at Beanstalk, Chief Operating Officer of Youth Music and Regional Finance Director based in Botswana for Letloa Trust. He served as trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee for Farm Africa for a number of years.

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Imogen Lucas, Operations Officer

Prior to joining Impetus-PEF as Operations Officer in January 2016, Immy studied English Literature and American Studies at the University of Sussex, where she focussed on Modernist Literature and American Politics. She is particularly interested in social mobility and improving the lives of young people and her passion to work in the third sector was inspired by her involvement with a student led charity that taught music to economically disadvantaged students in Detroit.


Neha Mahendru, Investment Director

Neha Mahendru has been working as an Investment Manager with Impetus-PEF since September 2012. Prior to this, she was with McKinsey & Co., where she focused on designing and delivering performance improvement in health care systems globally. Neha began her consulting career with the Advisory Board Company, where she spent six years in supporting health care providers in the US, UK and Australia. Neha has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a Bachelors from University of Michigan Ann Arbor.


Sherine Mahmoud, Investment Director (on maternity)

Sherine joined Impetus-PEF in February 2013, bringing with her an extensive background in impact-driven investing working with leading microfinance institutions globally. She began her career with Grameen Foundation, replicating the Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank model across the Middle East and Latin America and later worked with Agora Microfinance Partners, making equity investments in other high impact microfinance models in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Impetus-PEF, Sherine consulted to leading UK charities on strategies for effective management. She holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BA in Economic Development from George Washington University.


Harry Mallidis, Associate Philanthropy Manager

Harry joined Impetus PEF in January 2014 as a Philanthropy Assistant and was subsequently promoted to the role of Philanthropy Coordinator, followed by Associate Philanthropy Manager. In this role, he supports the Director of Philanthropy in setting the strategic direction of fundraising and delivering on growth targets. Additionally, he works on process optimization and contributes to managing relationships with donors, corporate partners and individuals. Harry has held a series of stakeholder management, fundraising and communications roles for major art centres and charities in the UK and Europe, including at the Barbican Centre. He holds a Masters in Cultural Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Bachelor in Economics and Finance from Athens University of Economics and Business.


Elizabeth Menary, Pro Bono Associate

Liz joined Impetus-PEF in 2014, originally as the Philanthropy Assistant. In early 2016 she moved on to the role of Pro Bono Associate. Prior to this, Liz interned at the Queensland Welfare Rights Centre and Cole Lawson. Originally from Australia, she worked in Commercial Real Estate Development in San Francisco, before then moving to London. Liz holds a Bachelor of Communication (majoring in Public Relations) and a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Development) – both from the University of Queensland. She also specialised in Human Rights and International Trafficking at the University of Nottingham.


Vanessa Morphet, Investment Director

Vanessa worked in financial services for over 12 years at Goldman Sachs, Arma Partners and Wellington Management International. Motivated by transferring her private sector skills to make a positive social impact, Vanessa then worked on a number of projects focusing on social investment opportunities. Vanessa previously worked at the Private Equity Foundation in 2012 as Social Investment Director and then rejoined Impetus-PEF as an Investment Director in October 2014 after spending a year abroad. Vanessa has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town.


Elicia Nairn, Events Manager

Elicia joined Impetus-PEF after working as a consultant at Grass Roots events agency, where her clients included Barclays, KPMG and Morgan Stanley. She brings more than nine years of experience, from both the private and voluntary sectors, leading and supporting on a variety of events including: gala dinners, award ceremonies, international conferences, fundraising events, and corporate hospitality events. Prior to this, Elicia worked at Teenage Cancer Trust, which saw a significant growth in income generated from events. She holds a BSc with honours from Brunel University.


Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy

Jenny joined Impetus-PEF from Relate, where she served as Head of Public Policy for six years. Prior to this she held policy positions with Maternity Alliance and New Policy Institute. Her experience also includes working at the Home Office as a Crime and Policing Analyst. Jenny holds a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University.

Follow Jenny on Twitter: @JayEeeEnn

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Zoë Northridge, Communications Officer

Zoë joined Impetus-PEF in July 2015. In her role as Communications Officer, Zoë manages the organisation’s website and social media, as well as supporting internal communications, brand and design. Prior to this, Zoë worked at various UK NGOs including Street Child Africa, Advocates for International Development and Chance for Childhood. She is particularly interested in digital communications and her passion to work in the third sector has been inspired by her international upbringing in countries such as Iraq, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, as well as studying abroad in Australia at Griffith University. Zoë holds a Master’s degree in Global Politics and Law, as well as a LLB in Law (European and International) – both from the University of Sheffield. In her free time, she learns Spanish and loves travelling.

Follow Zoë on Twitter: @zoenorthridge


Jatin Patel, Campaign Manager

Jatin is an experienced advocate, having previously worked on campaigns for youth charity Fixers and as Student Union President of Brunel University. He joined Impetus-PEF from the former Olympic Athletes’ Village, where he managed stakeholder and community relations as part of the village’s transition from post-Games to ‘legacy’ neighbourhood. Jatin holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Politics and History from Brunel University.

Follow Jatin on Twitter: @JatTel

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Elisabeth Paulson, Investment Director

Elisabeth joined Impetus-PEF in 2014, after spending several years as a consultant to innovative, international funders and philanthropists seeking to develop performance and impact-oriented investments and initiatives. Prior to this, Elisabeth worked for nearly 10 years with The Economist Intelligence Unit, where she was deputy director of the country forecasting division, lead South Asia analyst and a senior economist for the Asia team. She holds a BA in Politics and Chinese from Wellesley College and an MSc from the London School of Economics. After leaving college, she was a primary school teacher in New York and a member of the inaugural class of Teach for America. She is currently the chair of the Orchid Project and a member of The Funding Network.


Lizzie Pring, Communications Manager

Lizzie joined Impetus-PEF from Genetic Disorders UK where she drove public engagement in high-profile campaigns for the charity’s fundraising day, Jeans for Genes Day, and its schools programme. She is passionate about advancing opportunities for young people and enjoyed previous marketing roles at national youth charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She has over eight years’ experience working in marketing and communications for the charity sector and holds a BA in Media from the University of Brighton.

Follow Lizzie on Twitter: @lizzie_pring

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Erin Segilia Chase, Director of Philanthropy

Erin has over 20 years’ international fundraising experience as a senior executive and consultant. Prior to joining Impetus-PEF, Erin was most recently Global Director at Catalyst Consulting Group LLC and has served as a Director at the British Heart Foundation, the Legal Aid Society, and New York University. She is a member of the UK Board of Seeds of Peace. Erin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Luther College, and an MPA (ABD) from New York University. She is also a member of the Institute of Fundraising.


Barbara Storch, Portfolio Director

Barbara joined Impetus-PEF in 2011 as Portfolio Director, leading the investment team and designing the organisation’s impact and performance management strategy. She has over 20 years of experience in consultancy and corporate finance. Prior to Impetus-PEF, she worked as a consultant for the CEO and Board of CARE International UK, advising on strategic and organisational topics. Before, she was a partner at Monitor Group, advising international corporates on strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), and serving as Operating Officer of the M&A advisory subsidiary. Barbara holds a law degree from Freiburg University, Germany, and a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Barbara is a trustee of WorkingRite and ThinkForward.


Amelia Sussman, Investment Director

Amelia is a solicitor by training, qualifying in England and Israel where she worked in central and local government as well as in the private sector. Prior to joining Impetus-PEF, Amelia spent two years as a freelance consultant, including working for the NHS Appointments Commission as an independent assessor. From 1999-2003 she served as chief operating officer for Common Purpose, a leadership development social enterprise, which runs educational programmes and activities for leaders of all ages, sectors and backgrounds. Amelia holds a BA in Law from Oxford University.


Marina Svistak, Investment Manager

Marina joined Impetus-PEF in January 2015. Most recently she worked as a consultant in Measurement and Evaluation at New Philanthropy Capital helping charities build and improve their impact evaluation frameworks. One of her focus areas was on conducting return on investment analyses. Prior to this she worked in investment banking with UBS and RBS in London. Marina holds a BA in Economics from Cambridge University and has a passion for the arts for social change.

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Caroline Watson, Interim Communications Assistant

Caroline joined Impetus-PEF in March 2016. Working as the Communications Assistant, Caroline supports the Communications team by monitoring and tracking PR coverage, assisting with brand and design and updating the organisation’s website. Before joining, Caroline worked in a variety of digital communications roles in the arts industries, before making the transition to the third sector while living in Sydney in 2015. There, she worked for cancer charity CanTeen. Caroline holds a BA in French and Drama from the Queen Mary University of London. She also loves to travel whenever she can and is a keen amateur photographer.


Matt Wood, Finance Manager

Matt joined Impetus-PEF from Buzzacott LLP, where he had qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW). He has a strong understanding of the sector and its accounting regulations as well as experience in audit, management accounting and financial control. Matt played an integral role supporting the establishment of the ThinkForward programme, the UK’s first Social Impact Bond for NEETs.

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Sarah Young, Investment Director

Sarah joined Impetus-PEF in 2009. Prior to this, she worked for SV Life Sciences, a leading international life sciences venture capital firm, where she made investments and supported management teams in the biotech sector. Prior to this, Sarah managed a trust that invested in small, fast growing companies in continental Europe at Framlington Investment Management. She has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge.

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