Will has held management positions helping start-up companies to scale alongside working in community and global focused social enterprises. He loves nothing more than taking bold ideas and turning them into reality. Previously, he led the marketing function at Concentra Analytics, taking new products to market while building up a marketing and sales team. Will is currently working with a number of disruptive technology companies in regenerative agriculture and bio-energy helping them commercialise and create impact on a global scale. Previously he has worked on sustainable energy advocacy and a national scale reforestation programme in South East Asia.
Her superpower: Numbers’ geek and early stage venture growth expert. She get excited when cracking a venture needs from a quick look at their financial and performance reports!
Francesca’s background is in start-up support and growth, with a focus on Finance and Business Development. Her working approach with an impactful venture is to highlight its strengths to empower growth while working with the team to overcome its weaknesses.
She has a deep understanding of social sector and venture needs; she supported a vast number of social enterprises to scale and raise investments and consulted large charitable organisations on how to improve their efficiency. She has recently set up her own ventures to support further social enterprises to grow. On an international base she has been working on a Inclusive Businesses development project in Egypt.
Francesca’s also a Resident Mentor for Cambridge University “Social Venture Weekend”.
Thais brings financial and commercial skills to help organisations deliver greater impact in their communities. Her superpower is her ability to communicate effectively with diverse organisations and cultures. She has worked in mission-driven organizations, startups as well as traditional businesses in sustainability, social investment, business development and banking in the UK, Italy and Brazil.
Recently, Thais worked in sustainability and innovation for Interface, prototyping a new circular economy project and looking for sustainable solutions to divert carpets from landfill. She also worked with Numbers for Good, where she advised charities about social investment and social impact bonds. She has co-founded an e-commerce business in Brazil, and began her career at Deutsche Bank as an emerging markets credit analyst. Thais holds an MBA from INSEAD and she is an On Purpose Fellow.
Jonathan has a background in international development and social enterprise. His expertise lies in growth strategy and operations management. He is a skilled organiser and coalition builder and has solved complex systemic social issues.
His recent work includes supporting a leading ethical food & beverage company to reduce plastic waste by moving into a new market segment, and creating a long-term growth strategy for an innovative education charity. Previously, he spent nine years working for the UK Government, including as Head of UK Operations for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. He was formerly Executive Director of a volunteer-run charity delivering sustainable youth development projects across Southern Africa.
Jonathan holds an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and is a Fellow of the On Purpose leadership programme.
Superpower: Bringing teams together to develop strategic and operational plans and deliver them at pace.
Andy brings experience in operations management, process design, bid-writing and business plan development.
Andy has a background in teaching and educational management. More recently, he has designed and delivered training to help small businesses and start-ups to write and execute their business plan and begin trading. He is also skilled in supporting organisations with their messaging and online communications.
He has also run change management programmes at large businesses such as Johnson & Johnson UK, where he helped procurement leaders to engage with social enterprises in their supply chain.
Andy holds an MSC in International Development from LSE, and is a Fellow of the On Purpose leadership programme.
Breaking down a complex project brief or plan and helping a team to understand its component parts and actions.
Catherine is a management consultant with five years of commercial and non-profit experience with a focus on projects based in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. She brings together strong experience in research, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and data management.
Her project experience includes providing monitoring and evaluation technical support to agricultural development grantees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More recently, Catherine has provided gender integration training to Agriculture and Food Security projects for the International Development Research Centre. Catherine also worked with Project Ploughshares, a non-governmental organisation that works to advance policies to prevent war and armed violence, in a research role. Catherine started her career with Ernst and Young, where she was part of the IT Risk Advisory Services.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Combinatorics and Optimization and a Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies, from the University of Waterloo.
Aurelie is an experienced third sector and corporate manager with working experience from multinational firms to start up NGOs, and from government to social businesses, in both the developed and developing world. Born digital marketer, she more recently leveraged her organisational and analytical skills to build up capacity for a start-up NGO in India. Adaptable and used to fast-paced multicultural environments, she’s a doer and can deliver a communication strategy for a social investment fund, as well as organise an event for the Cabinet Office, deliver training for volunteers or take up a research on domestic violence in the UK. She’s fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Her superpower: Super efficient project manager, can keep anyone accountable to deliver on time!
His superpower: Solving tough challenges by questioning assumptions to uncover new information and develop deep insights.
Seigo has worked as a strategy consultant in London, New York and the Middle East across various sectors including energy, industrials and healthcare. His work has ranged from performing a feasibility study of a sovereign wealth fund for a sub-Saharan nation through to scaling a UK charity aiming to leave no older person alone on Christmas day. More recently, he headed up the Circular Economy division of a sustainability research and consulting firm helping clients to mainstream circular economy principles. Seigo is particularly fascinated by combining these principles with social enterprise and has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to pursue research in this area. More widely, he is chair of Freightliners Farm, a school governor and has been runner-up in a UK entrepreneurship competition.
Seigo has a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the Cambridge University.
Nathalie brings 8 years of experience in both private and non-profit sectors, with expertise in strategy, research, project management, and stakeholder engagement. Projects span across the UK, USA, Philippines as well as Europe and West Africa.
She began her career at Standard Chartered Bank as an International Graduate, then founded and scaled her own company in the Philippines, working with women from underserved communities. She drove the company to achieve profitability in five months and expand distribution across nine retail stores in the first six months.
More recently, Nathalie worked with a New York-based non-profit to set up their social venture, developing the strategy and business model, and project managing the implementation of the pilot. In the UK, she led the design and delivery of Ben & Jerry’s climate justice campaign across Europe, and developed a pilot project for the Royal Voluntary Service.
Nathalie holds an MSC in International Development and a certificate in Social Enterprise Management, and is a Fellow of the On Purpose leadership programme.
Her superpower: Challenging social norms and questioning assumptions. Logical reasoning and mapping processes.
Valeria has over eight years of management experience in social development. She started her career establishing and heading the European Information Centre of the Parliament of Moldova. Later, Valeria worked for UNICEF Moldova focusing on improving opportunities for vulnerable groups of the society, particularly for youth and children. She has expertise in child protection and youth and adolescent development. During her career she provided technical advisory and consultancy on developing national and local strategies, working with international agencies, parliament and government of Moldova.
She has extensive project and programme management experience within the UK and overseas. Valeria worked on measuring the impact of Mathematics Mastery (ARK UK Programmes) and HCT Group. She has experience in product and services design, budget management, start-ups, social impact analyses and advisory. She is fluent in English, Romanian and Russian.
Valeria Ilies has a BA in International Economic Affairs and a Master in Business Administration from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova.