Our People

Geoff Burnand

Geoff Burnand

Chief Executive

Geoff co-founded Investing for Good in 2004 following over twenty years in private and institutional investment management. His experience includes designing donor advisory services at The Institute for Philanthropy and Charities Aid Foundation, and as Chief Investment Officer at Charity Bank and as Director of Fund Development at the Social Investment Business. With in-depth knowledge on social investing, Geoff is a regular speaker at conferences and in the media and brings a wealth of UK and international contacts, including philanthropic consultants, social financiers, investment managers, regulators and Government. He is a board member of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of Papworth Trust and the Varrier Jones Foundation. He is passionate about changing the way people think about investment capital. 

 

Will Close-Brooks

Will Close-Brooks

Head of Structured Products

Will joined IFG in 2015 to help originate and structure investments with social and environmental impact. He has a long-standing interest in scaled climate finance solutions, including green bonds, having previously worked for EcoSecurities, one of the largest developer of renewable energy projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism, and most recently, Gazprom Marketing & Trading. In both spheres he was responsible for arranging and implementing credit efficient asset backed structures. Will is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has also been involved with various charities and social enterprises both in the UK and overseas. Will studied law at Bristol University (LLB), International Relations at the University of Vienna (MA), is a qualified solicitor in the UK (non-practising) and holds the Investment Management certificate.

 

Alex

Alex Jarman

Head of Investment Advisory

Alex leads on the development and execution of impact investing strategies for financial institutions and funds. He also helps IFG's charity clients to prepare and effectively communicate their prospectus and offering to this investor group. Prior to embracing social investment, he formulated and managed bespoke and fund-based investment mandates as a private client manager in private banking. Alex's early career was spent in business development spanning the multinational BHP Billiton, a tech start-up and a global Internet consultancy. He holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is a Chartered Wealth Manager with a Masters in Wealth Management from the CISI, of which he is a Fellow. He graduated from Bristol University with a BA in Modern Languages and is a Trustee of the charity Hoffmann Foundation for Autism.

 

Sarah Moreau

Head of Impact Advisory

Sarah joined Investing for Good from Accenture’s Global Corporate Citizenship team where she was involved in developing approaches to impact measurement for their Corporate Responsibility Programmes.  Sarah brings a wealth of project management and management consulting experience and has worked across the social and private sector in a range of countries.  Sarah now leads Investing for Good's Impact Advisory Services. Sarah holds a BA in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

 

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Velina Serafimov

Social Impact Manager

 Velina specialises in impact analysis and joined the firm in 2016 to grow this business line and deliver social impact assessments for the needs of both social investors and social sector organisations. She has worked previously for Deloitte and PwC in financial and extra-financial auditing and assurance before specialising in Sustainability and CSR strategic consulting. Among other responsibilities, she carried out an extensive audit on AXA IM’s responsible investment funds for two consecutive years. She is also an accredited auditor for the Fairtrade initiative. She holds a degree in business from Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg and an MSc in sustainable development from Rouen Business School. She is also a leading member of an NGO tackling poverty in South India for which she has developed a social impact framework. 

 

Tom Goodwin

Partnership Programme Manager 

Tom joined Investing for Good in April 2017; on secondment from the UK governments flagship graduate development programme, the Civil Service Fast Stream. He has joined IFG to lead on the development of the Partner Programme. His experience includes roles in government internal audit; monitoring the implementation of major change across various benefit programmes as well as most recently a Finance Manager role within the Crown Prosecution Service. Tom holds a BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield and is currently studying for a chartered accountancy qualification.

 

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Jamie Proctor

Digital Lead 

Jamie joined Investing for Good in April 2017 to focus on expanding the company's digital capabilities. Having started his digital career in the tech startup world he moved to digital in government in 2015. His previous roles within the Civil Service include working as a developer at DWP and as a technical research Analyst at the Ministry of Justice.  Before moving into digital, Jamie founded The Mlambe Project charity where he is still an active trustee (currently Treasurer). He maintains a keen interest in the third sector as a whole and is excited to see IFG positively impacting the area. He holds a BSc in Physics with Philosophy from University of Manchester. 

 

Ed Rowberry

Ed Rowberry

Partner   

Ed is founding Chief Executive of Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC), which seeks to provide civic led, commercially focused and innovative investment solutions that catalyse regional change and solve entrenched social, environmental and economic problems. BBRC aims to invest in high quality homes that benefit the local community and regional economy for the long term. Ed works with investors to identify commercially viable opportunities to invest in the delivery of homes and communities, with projects to access investment aligned with project goals, funding requirements and the community. Originally trained as Chartered Accountant at KPMG, Ed has over fifteen years combined experience in the commercial property, financial services and affordable housing sectors including the management of regulated commercial property funds of significant scale.  Ed is Chairman of the homelessness charity Julian House, a Director of the Social Enterprise Bristol Together and was formerly a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Influence Board.  

 

Michael Dyson

Michael Dyson

Partner

A lifetime in the City with a career starting in fund management, followed by 22 years at Barclays Capital, 4 years at Evolution/Investec and, most recently, 3 years as MD and Head of Fixed Income at Numis. Collectively this has given Michael more than 30 years’ experience in UK debt markets. From professional investor, through sales, trading and, more recently, advising CEOs, FDs and Treasurers on public debt markets and capital raising for medium sized companies through to FTSE100. Spanning both public and private capital markets, Michael has developed a keen interest and specialisation in certain niche areas; be they corporate, infrastructure (including social purpose) plus illiquid or other non-standard developments for wholesale bonds, retail bonds, and inflation investors as well as Private Placement lenders.

 

Claudia Alves

Claudia Alves

Partner

Claudia is a Director and Co-founder of I-Impact, an impact advisory firm with a twin UK-Brazil focus. She has over 15 years’ experience of Mergers and Acquisition working for Banco Itaú and Itaúsa Group in Brazil, including on the transformation deal of Itaú and Unibanco. Claudia moved to London in 2015 to set up a social impact investing advisory business, driven by the potential of new financial models that have lasting social impact. She holds degrees from USP, São Paulo and Harvard University.

 

Audrey Lang

Audrey Lang

Communications Associate

Audrey has over 15 years expertise in media and new media and has in the past years consulted with start-ups and social enterprises on digital, content and marketing. She has launched several projects from high visibility jackets for cyclists to a start-up that helps companies comply with the Modern Slavery Act. She recently completed the OnPurpose social entrepreneurs programme, and is very committed to giving a voice to impactful and innovative initiatives in the sector. She holds a Business Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from ESCP Europe and a Certificate in Development Studies from Birkbeck University. She is also a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

 

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Adrian Hornsby

Social Impact Associate

Adrian is responsible for the Investing for Good methodology for impact analysis, and is author of The Good Analyst. In addition to work on impact, he has written and spoken on a broad range of subjects including economics, international development, architecture, urbanism, and cultural and social issues. He is co-author of The Chinese Dream (010 Publishers), a major study on the future of cities in China. He has also written five internationally produced plays and pieces of contemporary music theatre. He graduated from Oxford in 1999.

 

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Jess Daggers

Social Impact Associate

Jess Daggers has been a freelance consultant since 2012, working with charities and social enterprises in and around London. She specialises in impact measurement, helping organisations to define a theory of change and data collection strategy that will produce evidence of impact. Jess has experience working with a range of clients including the community organising charity Citizens UK, with whom she worked for over a year, funding organisations in the heritage sector and various social enterprises across numerous sectors including health and youth work. Jess holds a Masters of Research and is currently studying for a PhD focusing on the development of the social investment market in the UK. She recently completed a piece of research with the Saïd Business School at Oxford University looking at the state of research into social investment and impact investing globally.

 

Louise Venables

Louise Venables

Social Impact Associate

Louise qualified as a chartered accountant with global professional services firm KPMG, before specialising in sustainability consulting. She has advised multinational corporations and public sector institutions on managing their economic, environmental and social impacts. She has international and cross-cultural experience, having lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States. With Investing for Good, Louise has designed impact measurement frameworks and theories of change for various social enterprises. Louise's skill set combines finance and strategic sustainability consulting, which are at the heart of our impact investment advisory services.

 

Governance

The Board is responsible for protecting the values of Investing for Good and setting the strategic direction of the business, together with the management team, and ensuring compliance with all internal and external policies and regulatory requirements. 

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Sally Britton

Chair

Owner, Sally Britton Consulting and Former Chair of the EIRIS board

Sally has a Master’s Degree in Responsibility and Business Practice (University of Bath, 2000) and was an Associate of the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice at Bath University. She qualified as a Social Systems Auditor.

Sally is a consultant and trainer working on corporate responsibility, sustainability, human rights, change management and strategic planning. Her clients have included international corporates, UN agencies, public sector organisations, social enterprises and charities.

She has extensive experience working with and serving on boards of both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. She was chair of the board of EIRIS from 2008 to 2015, and a trustee of the EIRIS Foundation from 2006 to 2016. She was also chair of Bristol Foyer, a multi-sectoral initiative, through its planning and development phase, to build housing and training facilities for 50 young people in the centre of Bristol. Sally has served on the boards of two housing associations and a number of voluntary organisations.

She is a Fellow of the Schumacher Institute and was formerly an Associate of the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, Bath University and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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Stephen Lake

Independent Director

Founding Partner, Common Good Partners

Stephen is a specialist in entrepreneurial business building, strategy, growth and finance. He acts as a Non Executive Director, Strategic Advisor, Mentor & Coach to a wide range of businesses and founder entrepreneurs.

Stephen is an experienced Non-Executive Director, with over 17 years of board experience in both the USA and the UK, helping organisations he works with gain the insights, commercial opportunities, entrepreneurial skills and strategic relationships they need to grow and profit from change. He is a Non Executive Director of Ordnance Survey and an award winning technology growth start-up Geolang.

Stephen has a growing interest in impact investing and social entrepreneurship and is a co-founder of Common Good Partners which supports the incubation of early stage social & environmental impact businesses.

Stephen is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and is also Chair of the Ordnance Survey Audit and Risk Committee.

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Robert Hughes-Penney

Independent Director

Investment Director, Rathbone Investment Management

Robert is an Investment Director at Rathbones, one of the UK’s leading investment managers. He has over 20 years experience managing portfolios for private clients, trusts, pensions and charities. In addition he has had numerous senior management roles and is currently deputy head of Rathbones head office in London

He is qualified as a Chartered Wealth Manager and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment. Robert is a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. He was previously an elected member of the City of London Corporation’s Common Council for eight years, during which time he served as Chairman of both the Investment Committee and the Financial Investment Board.  He has also served as a trustee of the City & Guilds Institute, Mercy Ships UK and Trust for London.

Ben Ferry

Independent Director

Director, Barclays Capital 

Ben is a Director of the Strategic Structuring team at Barclays’ Investment Bank, where he has worked since 2010. He has extensive experience in the development and structuring of financing and hedging solutions for clients and the bank across a range of asset classes.

Prior to Barclays, he was a lawyer at Linklaters for 7 years specialising in finance and tax law for banks and funds. Ben studied Government at the London School of Economics (BSc) before converting to law at the College of Law London. He became a Director of IFG in 2016. 

 

 

Geoff Burnand                     Will Close-Brooks

       Director                                           Director

Alex Jarman

Director