The Team

Anna Laycock

Anna Laycock is CEO at the Finance Innovation Lab, where she leads our work to build a financial system that serves people and planet.

Anna is a collaborative leader, systemic thinker and expert facilitator, with extensive experience of coaching and mentoring. She regularly speaks at public events in the UK and globally, has taught fintech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford, and has been published in academic journals, book chapters and a range of online and print media.  She holds an MSc in Global Ethics and a Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma. She has been a judge for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and Young Banker of the Year, and in 2017 she was recognised as one of the leading Women in Social Enterprise and on the Women in Fintech Powerlist. More recently, she has been nominated one of 30 Ones to Watch in 2018 by Brummel Magazine.

Prior to joining The Lab, Anna was Ethics and External Affairs Manager at Ecology Building Society, where she led the Society’s communications, public affairs and impact measurement.  She was instrumental in the development of new regulation to enable building societies to issue a new type of shares to their members, and represented the Society on the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Communications and Impact Metrics expert groups. Anna has previously worked in international development, campaigning, academic research, social enterprise, and community development.

Anna is a Trustee of Just Finance Foundation, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to create a fairer financial system focused on serving the whole community. She has also served as on the Board of NEON, the New Economy Organisers Network, and has advised a number of civil society organisations on planning, impact assessment and governance.  Previous voluntary experience includes three years as Trustee and then Chair of HALE, a community health project in Bradford, and three years serving on the grants committee of Leeds Community Foundation.

She is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), an Associate of the Institute for Social Banking and an Associate of the St Paul’s Institute.

Marloes Nicholls

Marloes is Head of Programmes at the Finance Innovation Lab, where she runs Lab Fellowship and leads research on financial innovation.

Before working at the Lab, Marloes worked at the think tank Meteos as Programme Manager and Researcher working on finance and climate change related projects. There, she led the research for BankingFutures, a unique, multi-stakeholder dialogue that asks: how can we rebuild a healthy banking sector in the UK? She also directed Money Comms Lab, a collaborative research project to understand the most effective ways to engage and communicate with the public on issues relating to money and the financial system.

Marloes has a wealth of experience working in social change, including co-founding the campaign Move Your Money UK and working at Oxfam on global campaigns and policy. At Oxfam, she was a Divisional Project Manager and supported the development and evaluation of major high profile campaigns, including work on Oxfam’s climate change policy and campaigning.

Marloes continues to participate in grassroots, creative activism in the UK, and is particularly interested in drawing on the arts and community organising to create accessible ways for the public to engage with money and the financial system. As Vice-Chair of the Tenants and Residents Association of a large estate in East London, she has helped to establish a community garden and cooking scheme to support connections across people of different ethnicity, age and class. Since 2017, she has been advising the Friends Provident Foundation on their programmes.

An economist by training, Marloes graduated from Nuffield College, University of Oxford, with a Masters of Philosophy in 2011 and received a first class bachelors in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bristol in 2008.


Lydia Hascott

Lydia is Head of Intrapreneurship at the Lab, leading our work with mainstream finance professionals to embed purposeful innovation within their organisations.

Lydia has a cross-sector background focused on systems change and social innovation. Prior to joining the Lab, Lydia worked across a portfolio of organisations in strategy design, innovation programmes and leadership development within the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Lydia brings to the Lab half a decade in the startup incubation space having designed, delivered and mentored on five accelerator programmes worldwide. She has also focused on supporting organisations with social innovation projects including UK internet company, Nominet and publicly listed companies in New Zealand through the University of Auckland’s corporate innovation programme. Lydia continues to support the innovation ecosystem through mentoring those running accelerator programmes and their participating enterprises.

Alongside her work at the Lab, Lydia is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Impact Investment Summit which convenes the Asia Pacific community of private wealth, institutional and government investors directing capital toward social and environmental transformation. She is also an Associate of leadership development consultancy, Koreo, where she contributes to organisational development and culture change projects within large UK charities.

Lydia is particularly interested in how private sector organisations can create both financial and social value through co-designing innovations with underserved market segments. She gained direct experience in this through working with one of the first disability-focused tech accelerators in the world, supporting corporates and startups to design tech products with and for the £250bn p.a. disability market.

Lydia graduated from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology). She then obtained a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact through the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales (Australia). Lydia is a qualified workplace coach and a trained action learning facilitator. She is currently seeking to contribute to social innovation through directorship roles after completing governance training with the Future Directors Institute (Australia).

Naomi Alexander Naidoo

Naomi Alexander Naidoo is Community Manager at the Finance Innovation Lab, building and supporting the Lab’s community of innovators, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders.

Before working at the Lab, Naomi worked at ISEAL Alliance, the global membership organisation for sustainability standards. Working predominantly on membership management and growth, Naomi developed relationships with standards initiatives and peer organisations spanning a range of sectors including agriculture, textiles and carbon. She also delivered ISEAL’s training programme, which involved coordinating public training workshops and tailored services.

Naomi has extensive experience in community management, including engagement and community roles at the sustainability offices of London School of Economics and Utrecht University, as well as for sustainability communications consultancy Sustainability Consult.

Naomi has an academic background in philosophy, with a particular focus on ethics in the context of climate change. She graduated from King’s College London with first class degree in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in 2013, followed by an MA in Applied Ethics from Utrecht University in 2015. Her master thesis explored the role of hope in enabling and motivating action on climate change. In addition, she completed an honours programme in innovation for sustainability at Utrecht University, and a course on climate innovation from the EU’s knowledge and innovation initiative Climate KIC.

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Rose O’Donnell

Rose is Team Coordinator at the Lab. Rose graduated from the University of York with first class honours in English, with her work taking a particular focus on Petroculture Studies, interrogating petrocapitalism through the lens of literature.

Rose is a passionate environmentalist and advocate for social change, with five years’ experience in the voluntary sector working with vulnerable people. Alongside her work at the Lab, Rose supports a number of community organisations in North London, working closely with young and vulnerable people on educational projects, in the hope of aiding people to overcome societal blocks. She is also a lively participant of her local environmental advocacy groups.

Prior to joining the Lab, Rose spent a number of years developing her understanding of the system and how to change it from the sunny shores of Spain, where she worked as an English teacher, and Australia, where she spent time working with alternative growing systems. This thinking time was vital in the shaping of her ethics and her direction. She now speaks Spanish fluently.

Charlotte Millar

Charlotte is a Cofounder of the Finance Innovation Lab and advises the design and pedagogy of our incubation programmes.

She is widely recognised as an expert in systems change, transformative facilitation and leadership development, and regularly advises social change organisations on strategy and culture. Charlotte is also Head of Training at the New Economy Organisers Network, where she leads the training strategy for NEON’s community of over 1,600 activists and coaches emerging leaders to maximise their impact.

Charlotte has 10 years’ experience of building pioneering systems change programmes, including in her previous role as Sustainability Adviser at WWF-UK. She has also taught and spoken on a wide range of programmes including the Masters for Sustainable Leadership in Sweden, the Amani Institute in Kenya, and the Bold Academy in the USA.

Charlotte graduated from Goldsmiths College with a first class degree in Spanish and German and has a Masters in Marketing from Strathclyde University.


You can contact the team by emailing or tweeting us at @TheFinanceLab.