Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta. From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos.
He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve. His recent books include The Art of Public Strategy - Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008) , Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998)
Jon Huggett advises CEOs of global organizations. He has 25 years of experience leading enterprises and advising leaders in both private and social sectors around the world. He has advised companies including The Wikimedia Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières, Social Ventures Australia and many more.
Jon has run three companies: a $75M health care operation on four continents; Bannock Consulting, a London-based firm focused on economic development in emerging countries; and PlanetOut, a lesbian and gay web company. He has served as a community organizer and the board President of the STOP AIDS Project in San Francisco, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing HIV infection. He currently serves on three charity boards: the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration; One Inspire; and Khulisa UK. Jon is the author of book chapters on social enterprise and global nonprofits, and his articles have been carried by Nonprofit Quarterly and Stanford Business in the USA, NetWork in the UK, Third Sector Magazine in Australia, Business Day in South Africa, and The Globe and Mail in Canada.
Matthew Mead is Managing Director of Investments at Nesta and oversees all aspects of Nesta's investment activity. Matt has over 14 years' experience investing in UK and international early stage ventures and was a Partner in 3i's Venture Capital business. He has worked with companies as a Board member through high growth, turnaround, exit and acquisitions. He recently led the secondary market disposal of 3i's Venture portfolio of assets in both the US and Europe.
Matt has worked across all technology sectors but has specialised in the ICT market, working with companies including: Vistorm, a leading provider of e-security services (sold to EDS); Achilles, a provider of supplier information services (sold to HG Capital); Insensys the wind turbine monitoring business (sold to Moog Inc) and other leading venture backed technology businesses such as Garlik, CRF Health, Profile Therapeutics and CDC software.
David Carrington is an independent consultant working on the promotion of social investment and personal philanthropy and also on the funding and governance of charities and social enterprises. His clients have included many endowed, corporate and family foundations, private banks and wealth advisers, the first venture philanthropy 'pooled fund' in the UK, the Big Lottery Fund, the European Foundation Centre and the UK Treasury. He was a member of the UK's Social Investment Task Force from 2000-2010. David also works as a 'mentor/adviser' for senior staff of several charities and has a joint venture ('On Board') with the law firm Bates, Wells & Braithwaite on the governance of charities. He has been Chief Executive of three foundations including The Baring Foundation (1992-8).
He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank in the Netherlands and a Director of Big Society Capital. He is a founder director of the charitable company that publishes the global journal on philanthropy and social investment, Alliance, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Effective Philanthropy in the USA. He is also a founder trustee of SOFII (The Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration). Until last year, he was chair of the editorial group of the Philanthropy UK e-newsletter. He has also been a Trustee of the National Foundation for Youth Music and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and was also the Chair of engage (the association of people working in gallery education).
Philip Colligan is an executive director of Nesta's Innovation Lab, which is developing and testing radical new responses to some of the UK's most pressing social and economic challenges. Philip joined Nesta in May 2010. Before this he worked for the London Borough of Camden and the Home Office. As assistant director for regeneration and partnerships at Camden he led economic development, regeneration, place-shaping and the council's relationship with the third sector. Prior to this he spent two years as deputy director for housing and adult social care, responsible for investment and repairs to 33,000 council homes, including leading major housing regeneration schemes.
Philip was previously Camden's Assistant Chief Executive for four years where he established the Camden Strategy Unit, the strategic centre of the Council responsible for strategy and planning, performance, innovation, efficiency and communications. Before joining Camden, Philip worked at the Home Office where he held a number of senior policy roles, including on youth justice reform, religious issues and community cohesion. He was also private secretary to the permanent secretary, Sir John Gieve and led the Home Office change programme.
Liam Black, Co-Founder, Wavelength Companies Ltd & former CEO, Fifteen is one of the UK's best-known social entrepreneurs, having led some of the country's most successful social enterprises, most recently Fifteen which, with Jamie Oliver, he grew into a global brand with businesses in Europe and Australia. He is author of There's No Business Like Social Business, a board member of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) and speaks and writes widely on leadership, enterprise and social change.
Annika Small, Chief Executive of Nominet Trust Annika Small is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about the power of digital technologies to address big social challenges. As Chief Executive of Nominet Trust, Annika is committed to using online tools to galvanise new approaches to social problems. Online peer mentoring for those experiencing bullying, the first online clinical research trial and new forms of micro-volunteering to help those suffering from social isolation are just some examples of how Nominet Trust has encouraged the use of digital technologies to mobilise new forms of knowledge and social action.
Prior to Nominet Trust, Annika led the Tony Blair Foundation's internationally-acclaimed education programme where she used digital technologies to bring together young people of different cultures and faiths around the world to learn directly with, from and about each other. Prior to this, Annika was Chief Executive of Futurelab, a leading educational R&D organisation, which develops radically new approaches to teaching and learning. Winner of multiple awards including the prestigious BETT award for special achievement in education and technology, Annika is passionate about bringing together policy, industry and academia to create imaginative digital resources and practices that mobilise positive social change. Annika is a member of BAFTA and a Fellow of the RSA.
Maya Prabhu, Head of UK Philanthropy at Coutts & Co.In this role Maya advises individuals and families on developing their philanthropy strategy, understanding the causes they wish to support and assessing their impact. In addition, Maya runs the Coutts Forums for Philanthropy held in London and around the country. Maya brings to her role at Coutts over 12 years experience in the non profit sector. She started her career in development with International Development Enterprises India. In the UK, she was Senior Development Manager at the Prince's Trust. Prior to joining Coutts, she was Senior Development Manager at New Philanthropy Capital.
Mary Reilly is a partner in the Consumer Business division of Deloitte and she works with organisations operating in a wide range of industries including recruitment, retail businesses, media, business services, manufacturing, professional practices and charities including NSPCC, PDSA and Church Commissioners. She also heads up Deloitte's Outsourcing Unit where she is responsible for the finance function and business advisory projects for a number of UK and international businesses.
Mary is a leading Partner in Deloitte's Charities and Not for Profit Group and is also the Corporate Responsibility leader for the London Audit Practice of Deloitte and is a member of the Firm's Diversity Leadership Team. Mary graduated from University College London and did a postgraduate course at London Business School. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of University College London and was Chair of the London Development Agency (2004 - 2008), Chair of the CBI London Regional Council (2003 - 2005) and was a Board Member of London 2012, the London Olympic bid committee (2003 - 2005).
Dave Birch, Director ofConsult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specializes in electronic transactions. Here he provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the OECD. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.
Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as "one of Britain's most acute observers of the internet and social networks", in The Telegraph as "one of the world's leading experts on digital money", in The Independent as a "grade-A geek", by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies" and in Financial World as "mad", Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy, a columnist for SPEED and well-known for his thought leadership blogging at Tomorrow's Transactions. He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies, contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review and Prospect to Financial World and wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.
Dame Mary Marsh
Dame Mary Marsh is the Founding Director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme which identifies, connects and develops aspiring leaders in the social sector. Previously she was chief executive of NSPCC for eight years and Head teacher of two comprehensive schools in 1990's, latterly at Holland Park School. She is a non-executive director of HSBC Bank plc and a member of the Holdings Board Corporate Sustainability Committee. She is Chair of the International Alumni Council and a member of the Governing Body at London Business School. She is also Chair of the State Honours Committee and a member of the Advisory Council of the LSO.
Karl Wilding is NCVO's Head of Policy, Research and Foresight. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness, where he also contributes to the ESRC Centre for Giving and Philanthropy. His professional interests include voluntary sector funding and finance, the relative roles of the state and voluntary organisations, and the impact of new technologies on voluntary action. Karl is a trustee of St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service and blogs at www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/karlwilding
Steve Bridger, Builder of Bridges, Steve helps some of the UK's biggest charities trust more of their own people to build relationships online that support collaboration, transparency, and philanthropy. He is an award-winning blogger, advises a number of start-ups in the charity sector, and is a contributor to several reports on online fundraising. Two decades ago Steve managed a Blue Peter Appeal that raised more than £1m for Oxfam GB. Steve is also collaborating with Spring, the Big Society Network' programme exploring new approaches for the next generation of giving. Twitter: @stevebridger
Richard Craig, Chief Executive Charity Technology Trust (CTT). Prior to CTT, Richard held the post of CEO at Neos Interactive, providing turnkey digital entertainment & technology solutions to the global hotel industry. Before joining Neos, he worked for CDC Software holding the role of Professional Services Director, with responsibility for the project management and implementation across the European customer base.
Richard also worked at Metals Industry Competitive Enterprise, a not-for-profit consultancy improving efficiency across a broad range of businesses and started his career at the steel maker Corus, delivering technology based projects and consultancy across the global manufacturing sites. Richard is a Chartered Engineer with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool, and an MSc. in Business Management from Warwick University.
Eve Sadler leads on volunteering policy for the Cabinet Office and advises on policy relating to the giving of money. She is the Cabinet Office lead for the Innovation in Giving Fund.
Prior to this, Eve's work spanned the social, public and private sectors and across countries (Thailand, Iraq, Hungary and UK). This included her work with Groundwork, Oxfam and national infrastructure body Skills-Third Sector; as well as advising social enterprises and charities. Eve has also developed numerous partnerships with FTSE-100 business, local authorities and think tanks, and in 2012 she set up her own social change organisation The Abundance Lab. Eve holds a Master of Research in Development, is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and was been elected as a Fellow of the RSA in 2012.
Sue Killen, Chief Executive - St John Ambulance. Sue is the Chief Executive of St John Ambulance (SJA). Before joining SJA in September 2007 she was a Director General in the Department for Transport where she was responsible for Rail, Aviation and Maritime issues including a major restructuring of the Rail Sector. She previously held a number of roles including Director of the Government's Drug Strategy in the Home Office leading cross departmental work to tackle drug abuse and setting up the unit at the Treasury responsible for advising business on the impact of the single currency.
She was also responsible for the restructuring and privatisation of a number of major companies including British Energy. From September 2006 to June 2007 she led an independent review of children and young people's palliative care. She is a Trustee of Addaction, and is a former Board Member of East Potential, part of the East Thames Housing Group and of the National Treatment Agency, a specialist Agency of the NHS and of FYF which supports the rural poor in Southern Africa and India.
Gavin Jones, Chief Executive, Swindon Borough Council. Gavin joined Swindon Borough Council in 2004, having previously worked in a variety of private sector organisations and market sectors and has been Chief Executive since 2006. Immediately prior to joining SBC, Gavin worked for SITA (a Global airline and telecommunications provider) as Vice President for Customer Services and Marketing. Gavin previously worked in Information Technology with British Telecom. From here he moved to the TSB Trust Company and then onto Galileo International, where he was Business Development Director for Europe Middle East and Africa. Gavin is a Board Member of the national think tank the New Local Government Network, (NLGN) a Trustee of the Prospect Hospice and Chairman of Forward Swindon Ltd.
Caroline Beaumont, Programme Director at Go ON UK. Caroline Beaumont is Programme Director at Go ON UK, a new charity with a mission to make the UK the world's most digitally capable nation. She is a 2010 Clore Social Fellow and the author of 'From Fundraising to Resource Raising', a report which sets out how charities can become more strategic about raising and deploying non-cash resources. Caroline has previously developed partnership programmes at Action for Children, Transaid, VSO and Reach Skilled Volunteering. She is also a Trustee of the PSHE Association, the subject association for professionals working in Personal, Social, Health and Economic education.
Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer. Tom spent 22 years in banking and in 2000 became Chief Executive of Marie CurieCancer Care. He is also a member of The King's Fund General Advisory Council and a Trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Chairman of the End of Life Care Implementation Advisory Board and the Review Chair for the Palliative Care Funding Review for adults and children in England.
Greg Wilkinson is an independent adviser and consultant,specialising in creative solutions for strategy and policy in the public realm. He was previously a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP and Accenture (UK) Ltd, an official and elected member in local government, an associate director of the Audit Commission and a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.
Kevin Waudby, Founder and Director of Good Innovation. As Head of Innovation at Cancer Research UK Kevin established the charity's innovation program and managed it for over 5 years, leading several business development teams to deliver millions in future income. In 2011 he established a specialist consultancy called Good Innovation to help charities and other civil society organisations innovate successfully to deliver new sources of income. His clients include WWF, Barnardo's, RSPCA and UNICEF UK.
Helen is an executive director of Nesta's Innovation Lab. She oversees the design and delivery of projects that test new models for supporting and scaling social and environmental innovation. She oversees the Innovation in Giving Fund and The Lab's work with Local councils and collaborative technologies.
Prior to Nesta, Helen has worked in the private sector, developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She also spent five years working in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government developing national innovation programmes and piloting radical learning and evaluation processes.
Rachel Botsman (advisor to the Fund)
Rachel Botsman is a social innovator who writes, consults and speaks on the power of collaboration and sharing through current and emerging network technologies, including how it will transform business, consumerism and the way we live. She is the author of the influential book What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. TIME magazine recently called Collaborative Consumption one of the "10 Ideas That Will Change The World"
Consultant to Fortune 500 companies and former director at the William J. Clinton Foundation, Rachel has presented at high profile events including The Clinton Global Initiative, TEDx, Google and No.10 Downing Street. She was recently named by Monocle as one of the top 20 speakers in the world.
Rachel is the founder of innovation consultancy Collaborative Lab and a partner in the Venture Fund, Collaborative Fund. She has a monthly column called Interface in the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine and is a regular contributor to WIRED on topics related to the intersection of people and technology.