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.


JuliaGrant_Headshot_ lowJulia Grant, Chief Executive Officer

Julia joined Impetus in 2011 as Portfolio Director in charge of investment strategy. She has over ten years’ experience as a CEO in the social sector, preceded by 15 years’ experience in a global management consultancy and blue chip senior executive roles. Most recently she was Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme, a charitable trust raising funds to support nursing, caring and gardening charities.

As a consultant she specialised in strategy, organisational development and change management for global clients in the financial services industry and was seconded to government to advise on public sector reform and commercialisation.

Julia has an MA (Oxon) in PPE and an MBA from London Business School. She is currently a trustee of the Community Foundation for Surrey and a member of the Arts and Humanities Funding Council (a ministerial appointment). She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Big Society Capital and Ashoka UK.

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.

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

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 (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 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.

Gemma Bruton, Pro Bono Manager

Gemma works with the network of corporate partners and individuals who provide pro bono expertise to the Impetus-PEF portfolio. Prior to joining Impetus-PEF in 2011, 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.

Hannah Sharp, Fundraising and Communications Manager, ThinkForward

Hannah joined Impetus-PEF from UNICEF where she served as a consultant in the private fundraising partnerships division. Prior to that she served as business partnerships manager at Sense International and new business manager at the British Heart Foundation. She holds a BSc in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics.

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.

Jatin Patel, Campaigns Manager

Jatin is an experienced advocate of the youth agenda, having previously held a campaign role at youth charity, Fixers, and as Student Union President of Brunel University. He joined Impetus-PEF from Get Living London, owners of 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 an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Politics and History 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 crime and policing analyst. Jenny holds a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University.

Karen Campbell, Investment Manager

Karen joined Impetus-PEF in February 2015. Most recently, she worked as an independent consultant on social investment projects in Canada related to environmental venture capital, social impact bonds, and affordable rental housing equity financing. Prior to this, she was at Thames River Capital in London and DE Shaw in New York. Karen holds an MBA from Oxford University and a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

Kevin Munday, Investment Director, ThinkForward

Kevin works to fundraise for, performance manage and develop ThinkForward, the Impetus-PEF charity providing at-risk young people with long-term and intensive support to ensure they successfully transition from school to work. Prior to this Kevin worked for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where he had been deputy head of youth services and then head of 14-19 development. Previous roles include serving as deputy chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and with the national charities Community Matters and St. John Ambulance.

Lizzie Bishop, 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.

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.

Matt Wood, Finance Manager

Matt previously worked for the charity and not-for-profit team at Buzzacott LLP, where he audited a broad range of high profile organisations. Matt’s involvement with the not-for-profit sector since 2006 has provided him with extensive knowledge of the sector and its accounting regulations. Matt played an integral role supporting the establishment of the Impetus-PEF ThinkForward programme, the UK’s first Social Impact Bond for NEETs. Matt is a chartered accountant (ICAEW).

Neha Mehandru, Investment Manager

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.

Olivia Ofer, Philanthropy Manager

Olivia joined Impetus-PEF from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in New York, where she was a fellow on the donor advisory team. Olivia previously spent five years in finance working for Goldman Sachs’ private wealth and Deutsche Bank’s mergers and acquisitions teams, as well as in real estate development for Global Holdings. She is founder and board member of the Bronx-based Education Opportunity Fund and the London-based Propel Fund. Olivia holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania in Health and Societies, and MA in Real Estate from New York University.

Richard Lackmann, Chief Financial Officer

Richard 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. Since 2007 he has served as trustee and chair of the finance committee for Farm Africa.

Sarah Young, Investment Director

Sarah has more than ten years’ experience in venture capital and fund management. She most recently worked for SV Life Sciences, a leading international life sciences venture capital firm, making investments in private and publicly quoted biotechnology companies. Prior to this, Sarah worked for Framlington Investment Management where she managed a unit trust that invested in small, fast growing companies in continental Europe. She has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a professional qualification in fund management (AIMR).

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 from leading growth and organisational strategy programmes in private and government sectors in North America, Western Europe, Brazil, Peru and Morocco. Sebastien also worked with New Leaders, a US-based not-for-profit organisation supported by New Profit Inc. He holds dual French/US citizenship.

Sherine Mahmoud, Investment Director

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.

Sophie Manning, Investment Manager, ThinkForward (maternity leave)

Sophie handles and performance manages the Social Impact Bond commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and helps to develop the operations of the programme more generally. Prior to this, Sophie was a consultant at Accenture, where she managed change management and IT projects with the DWP, and created KPIs and reports for global pharmaceutical companies.

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.

Susannah Behr, Business Engagement Manager, ThinkForward

Prior to joining Impetus-PEF, Susannah worked as Events and Fundraising Manager at the Private Equity Foundation. Before that she worked as events manager at The Haven, a breast cancer charity, planning and delivering a variety of fundraising and engagement activities aimed at the organisation’s high-net-worth supporters.

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.

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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