Introducing our new Senior Fellows

We’re delighted to introduce four new Senior Fellows – innovators, influencers and changemakers whose work and achievements are moving us towards a more democratic, fair and responsible financial system.

Senior Fellowship is a special status that recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution towards building a financial system that serves people and planet, and who have shown ongoing support for the Lab and our work. Our first Senior Fellows were announced in 2015, when the Lab became an independent organisation, and included Bruce Davis, co-founder of Abundance Investment, journalist and author Brett Scott, and Fran Boait, Executive Director of Positive Money.

This year, we welcome four new Senior Fellows:

  • Gemma Bone Dodds – Director at All in Agency, a systems change agency working to transform the economy to serve people and planet. Gemma holds a PhD in diverse economies, researched in collaboration with the Lab, and worked with the Lab to develop the materials for the Green Finance Certificate.
  • Diane Burridge – CEO at Moneyline, a social business providing low-income households access to fair and affordable credit. Diane is a long-term supporter of Lab Fellowship, is a member of our teaching faculty, and was on the advisory group for the Financial Health Fellowship.
  • Reema Patel – Head of Engagement at Ada Lovelace Institute, a research institute with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society. Reema is a leading voice on AI ethics and citizen engagement, having previously led this work at the RSA, has partnered with the Lab on an event on Ethical AI in Finance, and taught on Fellowship 2019.
  • James Vaccaro – Special Advisor and former Director of Corporate Strategy at Triodos, Europe’s leading sustainable bank. James has made a major contribution to the values-based banking movement and has been involved with the Lab since it’s inception, including as the first Lab board chair.

Senior Fellows contribute to and strengthen our work in many ways. To date, they have taught on our Fellowship programme, partnered with us on events, coached our Fellows and helped spread the word about our work and vision. Above all, they show what purpose-led leaders in financial innovation look like, and in doing so provide inspiration to the Lab and our community.

As part of our new community programme, we are strengthening the Senior Fellows group by introducing new ways to work more closely with our Senior Fellows and connect them to our wider community. We are growing the group to reflect the latest work and developments in transforming finance, and recognise the community members who have made important contributions to our work in recent years.

We’re excited about what we can achieve with this new, expanded group of Senior Fellows, and we look forward to working and learning together to build a financial system that serves people and planet.


Learn about all our Senior Fellows here. Find out more about the Lab community and sign up to get involved at filab.uk/community.