Our team

Aimee McCarney

Investment Assistant

"Impetus really is a one of a kind organisation: every single team member exerts such passion and excitement when executing our unique business model. It’s such a joy and privilege witnessing the strong relationships that we have with such amazing charities and seeing these charities grow and develop over time. I think knowing that we are making an impact on young people’s lives motivates every single one of us everyday and it’s amazing to see and be a part of that."

Aishah Akthar

Philanthropy Assistant

"Since joining Impetus, I have had the opportunity to witness the remarkable work that our charity partners do to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. It's a privilege to work for an organisation that follows a unique model with sustainable impact on disadvantaged young people, ensuring that they are succeeding in school, work and life."



Alicia Tompsett

Data and Performance Associate

It’s been fantastic having the opportunity to attend volunteering sessions and celebration events with our charities like IntoUniversity and Resurgo. Every time I go, I hear the stories of the young people our work helps and it always makes me so proud to be a part of Impetus. What we do is so unique and worthwhile!

Aoife Gibson-Ebsworth

Executive Assistant to CEO and Administration Manager

On my first away day with Impetus, the CEO was asked why he chose to work for the organisation. His response was so moving and passionate. I see that passion in every member of the Impetus team every day, and it is truly amazing to be a part of that team.





Ashni Shah

Investment Director

“I’ve always felt so thankful for the teachers, mentors and role models around me when I was growing up. The charities that Impetus supports offer such mentorship and play a crucial role in helping young people to succeed in school and life. As we tackle the impacts of a global pandemic, I feel so proud to be able to work in partnership with such an inspiring community.”

Ben Brodie

Investment Manager

"Working with some of our charities on their response to the Covid-19 crisis was eye-opening – I was so impressed by their understanding of the challenge, restlessness to maintain impact during lockdown, and their focus on ensuring long-term financial sustainability. I loved being able to support such driven teams through such a difficult period."

Ben Gadsby

Head of Policy and Research

“Too many of my friends from school didn’t get the opportunities I did, but the charities Impetus works with are putting that right. I love to hear the inspirational before and after stories from the young people those charities work with. Transformational change is possible.”

Read Ben's blogs.

Chiku Bernardi

Senior Investment Director

“At our team away day we held some success and failure awards – which were both hilarious and poignant. It felt great to see everyone in crazy wigs, cheering each other on. We hit gold every time we mix our robust and driven culture with caring and fun.”


Claudia R. Knights

Development Director

When I volunteered with one of our charities at an East London school, I saw that they had made a remarkable difference to young people - improving their grades at school and future aspirations. The charity was clear: they increased their impact by working with Impetus. This has given me confidence that the money I raise from donors really is a great investment.

Daniel Barker

Development Director

“I was lucky enough to attend one of our Impact Management Programme training sessions. As well as reminding me that I work with brilliant people, it was the first time I truly appreciated how difficult and how meaningful our work is. Considering the tough decisions that are needed to really put young people first and get the best results possible was an eye-opening experience.

Eleanor Harrison OBE

Chief Executive

Eleanor Harrison OBE joined as Chief Executive in September 2020. She has a wealth of experience leading non-profit teams around the world.


Read Eleanor's full bio here.

Harriet Gugenheim

Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships

“I love going to our volunteering sessions with donors and young people. One of my favourite memories was an afternoon in a city office with a group of young people and volunteers – at the beginning everyone was nervous and quiet. But by the end of the session, we were all hugging each other good-bye. It’s those moments, where our two worlds collide, when I really see the power of Impetus’ work.”

Heather Poel

Head of Engagement

“Coming from a small education charity working with young people, I was truly inspired by the incredible work that Impetus do to support such a diverse range of charities, each uniquely helping disadvantaged young people to succeed. Since joining I’ve been struck by how passionate and intelligent everyone is and I’m looking forward to being part of such a great team driving for change.”

Helena Vine

Policy and Public Affairs Officer

"What's so fantastic about Impetus is that we not only support our charity partners to achieve greater impact, but we also work in a policy capacity to ensure the barriers facing disadvantaged young people are tackled more broadly. When these two things work together, we have a bigger impact on the young people who need us the most, which is what Impetus is all about."

Irfan Umarji

Director of Finance and Operations

"Having spent over a decade working in the charity sector and many more years volunteering within both the youth and education sectors, I felt Impetus was a place where both my passions and career could meet. We’re all here to make a real difference in young people’s lives by being the driving force behind great charities and helping them deliver the right support to more young people in a truly unique and impactful way."

James Gubb

Investment Director

“The big thing I learnt from running a social enterprise prior to joining Impetus is that for a charity to have long-lasting impact on a young person’s life it’s not enough to have a good heart or a great programme; it requires constant self-reflection, dispassionate awareness of performance and making seriously tough decisions day-in, day-out. What I love is that Impetus has the guts to challenge charities to do so, constantly asking the difficult questions and encouraging those in our portfolio to do better and better... and they tell us it’s working!

Katherine Holdway

Human Resources and Learning Manager

“Within a few weeks of joining Impetus I got the opportunity to attend the annual Transforming Lives Dinner, it was great to see the way all staff came together to ensure the event was a success. More importantly, it was inspiring to see the young people that Impetus helps. Watching their personal journeys in the Impetus 2018 film really highlighted the importance of our work and made me feel proud and excited to have joined an organisation that is committed to making a real difference to young people’s lives.”

Lara Viesis

Events Officer

I have already had so many opportunities to see first-hand how Impetus positively impacts the lives of young people and to witness the many dedicated and moving parts involved. Whether it be the Transforming Lives Dinner, volunteering with our charity partner IntoUniversity or the Impetus away day, there’s never an opportunity to forget how important our work is – that’s pretty special!

Lizzie Pring

Head of Communications

Going along to a Driving Impact workshop in my first couple of months took my breath away. That our charity partners and their staff feel able to trust us enough to share their innermost workings with honesty and openness spoke volumes to me. The more I learned about Impetus, the more invested I felt. Here was a charity helping the sector in the most unusual but sensible way. Meeting the inspiring folk who would later become my colleagues only cemented those first impressions.”

Read Lizzie's blogs.

Lucy Keating

Head of Communications

"‘Passion’ ‘positivity’ ‘opportunity’ and ‘hope’ were just some of the words charity staff used to describe their work during my first Delivering Impact workshop. Their dedication is testament to the impact they have on young lives, and show that charities aren’t an added extra - they are vital and transformative. I’m proud to work for an organisation that has a unique role in maximising benefit for vulnerable young people, a mission that is more important than ever in today’s uncertain world."

Luke McCarthy

Investment Director

The first of Impetus’ Performance Management Working Groups was a fantastic example of how we facilitate best practice sharing across our charities, many of which are grappling with the same challenges around the effectiveness of their programmes and how they track young people’s progress. Through their relationship with us, our charities are able to share expertise on how to overcome these challenges to provide the best opportunities for the young people they support.”

Maggie Allen

Philanthropy Manager (Co-investment & New Business)

"Growing up with a brother who was excluded from school, I know the importance that education has on employment outcomes. I am passionate about ensuring that young people gain the support and opportunities then need to realise their full potential – which is exactly what Impetus facilitates."

Robin Lanfear

Communications Manager

"Having joined from one of Impetus' charity partners, I know first-hand how a charity can benefit from Impetus' support. One of my favourite experiences there was an Impetus Driving Impact Workshop, when the whole organisation came together to agree how we could better reach the young people we existed to serve. We left that workshop inspired and confident in how we could transform the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds."

Sebastien Ergas

Director of Strategy and Impact

Ending a first meeting with a potential charity partner and saying to myself ‘this Chief Exec takes nothing for granted, is very reflective about her charity's impact and is open about her leadership challenges' – that, was a very exciting moment, and the start of a great partnership.


Watch Sebastien talk about our work with The Access Project.

Sherine Mahmoud

Senior Investment Director

“The times I’m working with a charity’s leadership team, going through performance data and we have that light bulb moment when we can see how to improve results that’s the magical moment. And then from there we build a plan together to make that change happen. Every time we have that moment, and kick off a change, it reminds me of how much I love working at Impetus helping great charities to have an even bigger impact on young people’s lives. It’s hard work, but it’s so worth it.”


Watch Sherine talk about putting impact into context, as well as other videos on Driving Impact.

Sonal Shenai

Investment Director

"Every young person deserves the chance to fulfil their potential. Our charity partners strive to support disadvantaged young people to succeed in school and life. It’s a privilege to work with such dedicated charity teams and see more young people achieve their dreams, particularly in such unprecedented times."

Steve Haines

Director of Public Affairs

"Supporting charities to find what works and taking their impact to scale is more vital than ever in tackling the barriers that hold back too many young people.


"Impetus and our partners are uniquely placed to take those voices to power and achieve lasting change.”

Suzanna du Plessis (maternity leave)

Philanthropy Manager (New Business and Co-Investment)

"When I worked in wealth management, my clients would tell me that their main concern when it came to philanthropic giving was not knowing whether their donations were having a measurable impact. So, when I found Impetus and their innovative approach finding, funding and building charities, I was interested. Since joining Impetus, I’ve been surrounded by a team who genuinely want to make a difference to the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds."

Tamara Baleanu

Investment Director

"Witnessing a charity leader's light bulb moment is exhilarating, whether it's to do with using data to improve the outcomes of their young people or developing a new five-year strategy for their organisation. It's such a privilege to get to play a part in it."



Tom Barker

Investment Manager

"During my first week, I was able to join an Impact Forum with our portfolio charities. Seeing some of the brightest minds in the space come together and have an honest discussion about what is going well, and where there are challenges, was really motivating. We are so lucky to work alongside honest leaders who are invested in having a sustained positive impact on young people."

Will Simpson

Finance Manager

“When we hosted our annual Transforming Lives Dinner, I was able to meet a number of young people from our charities. A young man told me how one of our charities had helped him gain confidence and the skills to obtain a meaningful job. This illustrated to me just how much of an impact our work can have on the lives of young people.”



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