Our mentors bring a wealth of skills and experience from a variety of sectors, including fintech, social investment, policy, academic and systems change. We profile the development needs of each of our Fellows carefully and match them to a mentor who can help them address key business and personal development challenges.
As a project coordinator of EU projects in aerospace and “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)”, and as manager of a business support unit at an insurance company, Marjolein has always worked on the interface between people and technological innovation. With a strong interest in human aspects of innovation and governance of innovation, she is doing a part-time PhD at University College London. Her research focusses on (responsible) governance of financial innovation and she is interested ESG investment criteria and Fintech. Furthermore, Marjolein is working with individual clients and start-ups in finance as a certified personal and business coach.
Diane is CEO of Moneyline – a social business with a mission to address the small sum saving and borrowing needs of the 13 million lowest income households in the UK. Diane joined Moneyline in 2003 and has been instrumental in realising the social vision of Moneyline by providing the operational expertise and platform to reach an ever-increasing customer base. Since taking over the CEO role in 2013, Diane has undertaken an overhaul of the business model, delivering sustainability whilst maintaining an overarching commitment to financial inclusion.
In 2012 she completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, followed by a scholarship in 2013 to attend Harvard Business School to complete their Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program, including a study tour of US credit unions and microcredit lenders. Diane has extensive sector knowledge and has been a member of various advisory groups on social enterprise lending and the availability of affordable credit for the financially excluded, including working with JP Morgan, the Centre for Social Justice and the Cabinet Office.
Martin is one of the UK’s leading media advisers to the retail financial services industry. As a founding member of the Virgin Direct (now Virgin Money) management team, he was the product designer for the ground-breaking firm before managing its highly successful PR function, winning the MORI annual journalist poll for best press office for three years running.
After 7 years at Virgin, he left to become a freelance PR and lobbying adviser to other brands competing by offering a genuinely better customer proposition. Martin was pivotal in getting the now legendary Zopa taken seriously and embraced by the press and broadcast media, before handing over to others after 6 years as the pioneering P2P lender’s adviser.
His recent and current clients include leading names in the alternative finance movement – including Abundance, Seedrs, SyndicateRoom, Loot and Landbay – along with influential bodies including the Pensions Policy Institute, The Fairbanking Foundation and Positive Money.
Bruce is Joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment, the first regulated debt crowdfunding company in the UK. He is also a Trustee of the Lab, a visiting research fellow at the Bauman Institute at Leeds University and was a cofounder of Zopa, the first peer-to-peer lending platform. Bruce gained an MA from the University of Cambridge and has since worked for companies large and small on branding, innovation and research.
Madeleine Evans is Director, Business Development at Tes.com, a global digital education company and co-founder, Finance Matters, a social enterprise and capacity-building network to support social impact-focused finance careers. At Tes, Madeleine has led multiple successful B2B SaaS product launches, bringing more effective and efficient recruitment services, and performance benchmarking products, to the education sector. She is a champion of integrating profit and purpose in her work.
Prior to Tes.com, Madeleine was an investment Associate at TPG Capital, where she focused on retail and consumer businesses. She is an occasional speaker and blogger on social impact in finance and has published academic research on the tools available to investors who want to build businesses with positive financial and non-financial returns.
David Floyd is Managing Director of Social Spider CIC. Since 2012 he has undertaken research, writing and consultancy with the aim of making the UK’s social investment market more socially useful. He was project manager for the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation-funded Alternative Commission on Social Investment, co-author of Social Investment Explained, a guide to social investment for charities and social enterprises commissioned by Big Lottery Fund, and part of the Flip Finance initiative. Recent work includes a report on Social Impact Bonds for Centre for Public Impact and an ongoing project on risk finance for Access: the Foundation for Social Investment.
Tony has progressed from a conventional finance career in investment banking and accountancy to championing financial system reform.
He is the Director of Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing at the RSA, where he leads work on progressing towards a more creative, inclusive and sustainable economy, and was previously Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation. He is co-author of many books and reports including Where Does Money Come From?, Strategic Quantitative Easing and Reforming RBS: Local banking for the public good, and is a regular media commentator and public speaker on economic reform. He has contributed to programmes including BBC Newsnight and Today, and written for the Guardian, Sunday Times and Daily Mail.
Tony holds a number of non-executive posts including sustainability advisory committees for Alliance Trust Investments and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and as a Trustee of Transition Network. He was voted one of the Future Finance 50 in the Innovative Thinkers category by Economia magazine.
Richard has spent over 20 years in digital marketing and financial services ranging from the absurdly large (HSBC, Legal & General) to the startup and disruptive sector (Zopa), and further extending that experience more recently to other sectors. He’s worked with disruptive stars and strugglers in equal measure and has valuable experience to share from the highs and lows that go with that.
After several years pioneering and refining approaches to digital marketing in the early noughties, Richard has gone on to advise organisations on everything from early stage market research and proposition development, customer journey design, UI and UX testing as well as the staples of acquisition and engagement through digital and social channels, customer comms strategies and analytics that are essential to continued success beyond launch.
As Marketing Consultant for Stretch Digital, Richard’s own business, he currently works with a range of clients including prior Lab participant CredScope (Insight Reports), The Challenge (a UK-based charity), and several consumer brands.
Richard is also non-executive director with London-based Community Interest Company, Together! 2012.
Emily is Labour & Private Sector Lead at the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She has a wealth of experience in turning organisations around from the inside. She has worked with a number of small but respected charities and enterprises, including ShareAction, the Living Wage Foundation and the Fair Tax Mark, to help them build capacity, learn better working styles, restructure systems and strengthen governance, leading to more efficient, happier organisations overall. As a freelance adviser, she has used these skills to support other organisations including Simple Politics, Pay Compare, Justice for Domestic Workers and Small Projects Istanbul.
Emily has an MSc in Social and Political Theory with Distinction from Birkbeck University and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Oxford University.
Jason is an experienced advisor who works with clients such as Government Digital Service, Imperial College London – Open Air Laboratories and Future Cities Catapult. He is the director of his own innovation and enterprise consultancy.
Jason previously managed programmes for Nesta, Thomson Reuters Foundation and UnLtd. He started his career doing business development for technology startups in Silicon Valley.
Jason has an MA in Social Enterprise Management from Liverpool Business School and a BA in Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jen is an independent change consultant and the Executive Director of The Psychosynthesis Trust. Through these two roles she is working to enable ‘inner and outer change’ that is needed to bring about a more kind, interconnected and thriving world.
As an intrapreneur within WWF-UK, she co-founded the Finance Innovation Lab. Prior to WWF-UK and The Lab, she worked British Airways and The Body Shop leading large-scale innovation initiatives that have helped to redefine travel and wellbeing.
She is an external advisor for the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey, an advisor to the Royal Society of Arts (RSA’s) Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing programme and a Fellow at Cambridge Judge’s Centre for Social Innovation. She continues to develop her insights gleaned from her MSc in Responsibility in Business Practice – ‘How A Relational Reality Underpins Human Designed Systems’ – through speaking, writing and mentoring.
Jo was a founding member of Teamspirit, the financial services specialist, full service agency that became part of Chime in 1999 and has worked in specialist agencies for over 25 years. Nine years ago she set up Teamspirit Public Relations of which she is Chairman, which is now the second largest Financial Services PR agency in the UK.
Jo heads up an international group of agencies, with over 220 people, that specialise in financial services, technology, sustainability and media.
She is a passionate advocate of purpose driven businesses and communications.
Jo is a member of Chime’s management board, chairs Chime’s Youth Board, is a Trustee of Park Theatre, a member of WACL and is on the Advisory Board of the Financial Services Forum.
Julian de Paula
Julian is an experienced entrepreneur and currently founder/CFO of Hermione de Paula bespoke couture. He enjoys problem solving and specialises in creative development, strategy and leadership. He serves on the ICAEW SW regional strategy board and is a mentor for ICAEW financial leadership programmes. He is passionate about developing ‘creativity’, ‘empathy’ and holistic ‘triple bottom line’ thinking and collaborating on business in society, social business, inequality and sustainability.
A chartered accountant, Julian’s career began in finance with Deloitte and Clarks Ltd before he founded six organisations in sporting goods and creative industries and gaining an MBA at Exeter University.
Pauline is a strategist who is passionate about creating a fairer more just society and helps people build resilient businesses that will deliver on that cause. Pauline blends intuition and perception, with of over 20 years of experience in transformational change. She supports people and organisations through strategy development, coaching, mentoring, training and facilitation. Her projects include social enterprise The People Who Share and The Finance Innovation Lab.
Simon Read is a money writer and broadcaster. He was personal finance editor at The Independent for seven years until its closure, and has since appeared as a money expert in two series of BBC1’s Right On The Money (July 2016 and July 2017) and presented a documentary for BBC Radio 4 on fraud.
He is the Fight For Your Rights columnist for Moneywise Magazine and writes regularly about finance and business for BBC News online, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Standard and Spectator Money, as well as contributing money blogs to several websites.
Steve is Founder and CEO of electronic banking solutions provider Saescada bringing the first challenger banking platform to market in 2015. He has wealth of experience in Financial Services both in the UK and Internationally. He founded the innovative Change Account, is Chair at Ecology Building Society and also Chair at The Big Issue Foundation.
Previously Steve has been Marketing Director at Unity Trust Bank and has advised companies as wide ranging as MasterCard, GE Money and Charity Bank. He has worked and headed projects in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia and South Africa working on range of projects including Community Banking, International Remittances and Loyalty Programmes.
Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner and the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists, students and start-ups, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine and CNN.com.
He is an Associate at the Institute of Social Banking and an advisory group member of the Brixton Pound. He helps facilitate a course on power and design at the University of the Arts London, and facilitates workshops on alternative finance with The London School of Financial Arts. He tweets as @suitpossum.
Farid is an experienced CTO and early stage tech investor, entrepreneur and board member developing financial technology ventures in the low-carbon and ethical finance space. He has helped several early stage ventures including seed investor, mentor and board member roles at ET Index and Enian.
In 2013 he founded the Fintech for Good community, and in 2016 through the Finance Innovation Lab he mentored Ongeza Fund. Farid previously ran ignitr, a company builder, and is now CTO and co-founder at Arowana, a technology-led insurance business.
Zee works with US Capital Partners, Fundsurfer and Fintech for Good. She’s an award winning entrepreneur herself (recognised by Bath Innovation awards, Tech entrepreneurs week and Ignite) and has extensive experience supporting start-ups. She’s particularly interested in funding solutions, business strategy, marketing and branding. Zee is also a fintech influencer. She runs eight meetup groups across the world, including for #WeAreFintech, FintechforGood.com and afrequency.com.
Sian is Director of the Financial Health Exchange at Toynbee Hall in London’s East End, where she leads a programme aimed at making money work better for people. This includes supporting organisations to understand their own impact on the financial health of their service users, as well as making financial products and services more inclusive, and developing effective financial capability interventions.
Innovations include a financial health needs and impact measurement tool, MAPT, a highly effective community peer Money Mentor programme, and research to address significant access gaps, including on the cash and electronic payment needs of consumers and the impact on low-income households of the lack of access to a free-to-use ATM.
Sian sits on a range of industry advisory groups, is a Financial Inclusion Commissioner and a member of the Payment Systems Regulator’s Panel, chairs the Payments Strategy Forum End User Needs Working Group and is a Trustee for the Money Advice Trust. Prior to joining Toynbee Hall, Sian had a 15-year career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Nikki enjoys supporting changemaking entrepreneurs to develop sustainable businesses and to connect, share and learn together. She does this through a blend of strategic and operational support, mentoring, facilitating Action Learning and acting as a connector. Recent formal mentoring has included support to businesses in the Mass Challenge 2016 accelerator and currently through Big Society Capital’s “Get Informed” programme.
Having originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Nikki expanded her focus to include a range of roles in the charity and social enterprise sector including project management, executive support and managing social investments. Five years ago, recognising the potential to work on a varied portfolio of projects and gain a broader range of experience, Nikki began to work independently. She has worked with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the RSA, of which she is now an active Fellow. She has also worked as an assessor and manager on grant and loan programmes.
Nikki sits on the Boards of a Housing Association and a small grant making charity, runs a meetup on facilitation skills and is involved in a number of projects in development including “Networked City” with others interested in connecting Londoners better.