Amanda Gordon, Investment manager, pro bono
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.
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.
Barbara Storch, Portfolio director
Barbara joined Impetus-PEF in 2011 after spending five years as a consultant to the CEO, Board and senior management team at CARE International UK. Prior to this, she worked 12 years with Management Consultancy Monitor Group, both in strategy and corporate finance.
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.
Elicia Nairn, Events manager (maternity leave)
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 seven 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, VIP parties and film festivals. 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.
Elisabeth Paulson, Investment director
Elisabeth most recently served as an independent consultant, working with innovative funders to identify and develop new initiatives, investments and strategies. She is currently the chair of the Orchid Project and a member of The Funding Network. Prior to this, Elisabeth worked for nearly 10 years with The Economist Intelligence Unit, where she was deputy director for the country forecast service and a senior economist for the Asia team. She was a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, part of the inaugural class of Teach for America. She holds degrees from Wellesley College and the London School of Economics.
Elly de Decker, Investment director
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 coordinator, 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.
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.
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.