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, Philanthropy Manager

Steina joined the organisation in 2011. As Philanthropy Manager, Steina is responsible for a portfolio of relationships with grant-making trusts, corporate partners and individuals. Steina 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.

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Olivia Antoniou, Events Coordinator

Olivia joined Impetus – PEF in May 2016, in her new role as Events Coordinator. Olivia assists with organising events such as the Transforming Lives Dinner and the Triathlon Event. Her previous employment started in Event Management at Google London and became a Fundraising coordinator for a charity named Coeliac UK. Olivia’s particular interests consist of Fundraising and event management and has previously organized her own fundraisers such as a live music event for charities she feels close to home. She thoroughly enjoys travelling, especially around Asia, and has very recently come back from a women’s empowerment volunteer project in Nepal. Olivia has a degree in Communications media and culture which she obtained at Oxford Brookes University, where she likes to go back to visit regularly.

Follow Olivia on Twitter: @livantoniou

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Eleanor Cornish, Database Business Partner

Ellie joined Impetus-PEF in April 2016. As Database Business Partner, Ellie manages the relationship between our database (Salesforce) and ETO and is project managing an ‘enhancement programme’ across these systems to better suit the needs of Impetus-PEF. Prior to this, Ellie worked as a project manager of multiple CRM implementations across both the private and public sector. Ellie holds a degree in advertising and marketing and has an ADM:201 and Advanced Excel Expert certification.

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Luisa Diaz, PR Manager

Luisa joined Impetus-PEF in 2016. Luisa has a decade of PR and communications experience, gained from roles spanning government, private and the charitable sectors. Her career highlights include a stint as a ministerial speechwriter, a secondment to the Prime Minister’s press office and crisis communications lead on the government’s response to the summer floods of 2007. More recently, she led on the PR work for campaigns, commercial activities and corporate reputation at Which? Previously, Luisa was a TV producer and director – making news programmes, documentaries and entertainment shows for the UK and international broadcasters. Her credits include BBC2, Channel 4, ITV and Sky News.

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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.

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Harriette Foster, Investment Manager - Pro Bono

Harriette joined Impetus-PEF in 2016 having started her career at Bain and Company. During her formative years as a management consultant, Harriette had the opportunity to work with multiple youth and education charities through pro bono projects, which led her to follow her heart and move into social investment. Prior to this, Harriette taught English at a university in China and is keen to practise her Mandarin whenever she can. Harriette holds an M.Sci in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

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Aoife Gibson-Ebsworth, Executive Assistant to CEO

Aoife joined Impetus-PEF in May 2016 as our CEO’s Executive Assistant. Aoife brings with her over eight years’ experience as a PA at Executive Level in both the public and private sectors. Before joining Impetus-PEF, Aoife worked for a government-owned property and investment organisation where she supported the CEO, Chairman and Executive Director of Property. In her spare time, Aoife is an avid baker.

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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 Jagger, 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

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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.

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Neha Mahendru, Investment Director

Neha Mahendru has been working as an Investment Manager with Impetus-PEF since September 2012, before being promoted to Investment Director. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Maria Neophytou, Director of Public Affairs

Maria joined Impetus-PEF in 2016, after running gender equality charity The GREAT Initiative.  She previously headed up international policy at ARK and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and has also worked in communications consultancy and the European Parliament. She studied Government at LSE and gained a PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University.

Follow Maria on Twitter: @marianeo77

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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

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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, Portfolio 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.

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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.

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Barbara Storch, Director of Strategy, Impact and Learning

Barbara joined Impetus-PEF in 2011 as Portfolio Director, leading the Investment team and designing the organisation’s impact and performance management strategy, before being promoted to Director of Strategy, Impact and Learning in 2016. 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.

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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.

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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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Alicia Tompsett, Philanthropy Assistant

Alicia graduated with a geography degree from Durham University in June 2015. She interned for six months at the charity Spark Inside, which gave her experience in the charity sector and an interest in helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She started at Impetus-PEF in August 2016 and assists the Philanthropy team (in both fundraising and events) in securing and maintaining income.

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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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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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