Our team

Andy Ratcliffe

Chief Executive Officer

“On GCSE results day, I met one of our charity CEOs. Their students got incredible results – the charity had made a big impact. But the first thing the CEO told me was about how the charity needed to do better for the young people who hadn’t done as well. I love that restlessness. We shouldn’t be satisfied until all young people get the support they need to succeed. I know my team, our partners, and I will stay restless until we get there.”

Read Andy's Schools Week profile or Andy's blogs or watch his BBC interview.

Aishah Akthar

Philanthropy Assistant

"Since joining Impetus, I have had the opportunity to witness the remarkable work that our charity partners do to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. It's a privilege to work for an organisation that follows a unique model with sustainable impact on disadvantaged young people, ensuring that they are succeeding in school, work and life."

Alicia Tompsett

Data and Performance Associate

It’s been fantastic having the opportunity to attend volunteering sessions and celebration events with our charities like IntoUniversity and Resurgo. Every time I go, I hear the stories of the young people our work helps and it always makes me so proud to be a part of Impetus. What we do is so unique and worthwhile!

Aoife Gibson-Ebsworth

Executive Assistant to CEO

On my first away day with Impetus, the CEO was asked why he chose to work for the organisation. His response was so moving and passionate. I see that passion in every member of the Impetus team every day, and it is truly amazing to be a part of that team.

Ben Gadsby

Research and Policy Manager

“Too many of my friends from school didn’t get the opportunities I did, but the charities Impetus works with are putting that right. I love to hear the inspirational before and after stories from the young people those charities work with. Transformational change is possible.”

Read Ben's blogs.

Chiku Bernardi

Investment Director

“At our team away day we held some success and failure awards – which were both hilarious and poignant. It felt great to see everyone in crazy wigs, cheering each other on. We hit gold every time we mix our robust and driven culture with caring and fun.”

Claudia R. Knights

Development Director

When I volunteered with one of our charities at an East London school, I saw that they had made a remarkable difference to young people - improving their grades at school and future aspirations. The charity was clear: they increased their impact by working with Impetus. This has given me confidence that the money I raise from donors really is a great investment.

Daniel Barker

Senior Philanthropy Manager

“I was lucky enough to attend one of our Impact Management Programme training sessions. As well as reminding me that I work with brilliant people, it was the first time I truly appreciated how difficult and how meaningful our work is. Considering the tough decisions that are needed to really put young people first and get the best results possible was an eye-opening experience.

David Edgar

Chief Operating Officer

Bio coming soon.

Elisabeth Paulson

Portfolio Director

When a charity CEO or Chair tells me what’s not working in their organisation or who they are failing – it is a sign of the trust and openness. That’s what’s inspiring, because it’s key to our partnership. Only then can we really help.”

Watch Elisabeth talk about our pro bono work with our charity partners.

Feruza Afewerki-Abraha

Operations Officer

“I love being a part of such a passionate, talented and dedicated team. Throughout my time here, I’ve really been inspired by the creative and resourceful solutions in approaching tough challenges this organisation is committed to pursuing.”

Harriet Gugenheim

Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships

“I love going to our volunteering sessions with donors and young people. One of my favourite memories was an afternoon in a city office with a group of young people and volunteers – at the beginning everyone was nervous and quiet. But by the end of the session, we were all hugging each other good-bye. It’s those moments, where our two worlds collide, when I really see the power of Impetus’ work.”

Harriette Foster

Investment Manager – Pro Bono

I love the moments where we’re able to improve the impact of our pro bono programme. It’s my job to understand how pro bono support can address the specific needs of our charities and of course, benefit our supporters too. It’s great to see our supporters, charities and our own staff working together to change young lives – that’s when we see the impact of our pro bono network.

Heather Poel

Philanthropy Manager (Engagement and Operations)

“Coming from a small education charity working with young people, I was truly inspired by the incredible work that Impetus do to support such a diverse range of charities, each uniquely helping disadvantaged young people to succeed. Since joining I’ve been struck by how passionate and intelligent everyone is and I’m looking forward to being part of such a great team driving for change.”

Isabella Horrocks (on maternity leave)

Investment Manager

Before joining Impetus, I co-founded a social enterprise. The funders and mentors who were most valuable to me and my team, were those who invested in a long-term relationship based on trust. Those partners respected us enough to know when to challenge us to do better and when we needed practical support. I’m looking forward to putting this into practice with our charity partners at Impetus.”

James Gubb

Investment Manager

“The big thing I learnt from running a social enterprise prior to joining Impetus is that for a charity to have long-lasting impact on a young person’s life it’s not enough to have a good heart or a great programme; it requires constant self-reflection, dispassionate awareness of performance and making seriously tough decisions day-in, day-out. What I love is that Impetus has the guts to challenge charities to do so, constantly asking the difficult questions and encouraging those in our portfolio to do better and better... and they tell us it’s working!

Josh Kernoghan

Events Manager

“Shortly after joining, I attended an event with one of our supporters. I was blown away by the passion of everyone in the room and their tangible investment in our unique way of working with a diverse range of charities. Our model helps so many young people go on to achieve their dreams and turn their lives around.”

Katherine Holdway

Human Resources and Learning Manager

“Within a few weeks of joining Impetus I got the opportunity to attend the annual Transforming Lives Dinner, it was great to see the way all staff came together to ensure the event was a success. More importantly, it was inspiring to see the young people that Impetus helps. Watching their personal journeys in the Impetus 2018 film really highlighted the importance of our work and made me feel proud and excited to have joined an organisation that is committed to making a real difference to young people’s lives.”

Lara Viesis

Events Assistant

I have already had so many opportunities to see first-hand how Impetus positively impacts the lives of young people and to witness the many dedicated and moving parts involved. Whether it be the Transforming Lives Dinner, volunteering with our charity partner IntoUniversity or the Impetus away day, there’s never an opportunity to forget how important our work is – that’s pretty special!

Lizzie Pring (on maternity leave)

Head of Communications

Going along to a Driving Impact workshop in my first couple of months took my breath away. That our charity partners and their staff feel able to trust us enough to share their innermost workings with honesty and openness spoke volumes to me. The more I learned about Impetus, the more invested I felt. Here was a charity helping the sector in the most unusual but sensible way. Meeting the inspiring folk who would later become my colleagues only cemented those first impressions.”

Read Lizzie's blogs.

Luke McCarthy

Investment Director

The first of Impetus’ Performance Management Working Groups was a fantastic example of how we facilitate best practice sharing across our charities, many of which are grappling with the same challenges around the effectiveness of their programmes and how they track young people’s progress. Through their relationship with us, our charities are able to share expertise on how to overcome these challenges to provide the best opportunities for the young people they support.”

Magdalene Bayim-Adomako

Investment Director

A little while ago, I heard from a head teacher of a school in a very deprived area of the country. They were struggling with smaller budgets. Despite this, they kept the services of our charity partner – which they said were fundamental to the wellbeing of their children. That made me realise the importance of our work with our charities."

Dr. Maria Neophytou

Director of Public Affairs

“I was representing Impetus at a policy event when a government minister came up to me to say she’d been looking forward to meeting us because she had heard about the great work we do with charities. She knew who we were, and for the right reasons! That was priceless."

Read Maria's blogs.

Neha Mahendru

Investment Director

“I was lucky enough to go to an employability day with one of our charities and their young people who’ve been excluded from school. When we stepped into a glamorous fashion office, the teenagers looked around in awe – they’d never been inside a place like that. Yet one of the girls on the programme was so engaged that she’s gone on to do a fashion apprenticeship. Just brilliant.”

Watch Neha talk about our work with Dallaglio RugbyWorks.

Pritie Billimoria

Head of Communications and Events

“My favourite point so far was seeing representatives from our charity partners come together for our quarterly Communications forum. Watching each charity share their highs and lows with each other and learn from one another was so inspiring. The network that Impetus offers our charity partners is really special, because it provides a built-in base of support from people across the sector who just get it.”

Sam Windett

Director of Policy

“Having worked in the voluntary and private sectors, and with public sector bodies for many years, I’ve always wanted to combine the best of them into one organisation – and Impetus is the closest I’ve experienced to it being managed successfully. And we don’t lose our focus on the frontline. Within the first week of joining I was celebrating young people’s achievements at an awards ceremony in Hammersmith, talking to the charity partner CEO, young people and their parents about the impact of the work we support. That has to be the starting point of our policy and advocacy work and is drives me to help transform more young people’s lives for the better.”

Read Sam's blogs, watch her Youth Jobs Gap webinar, her presenting on the Youth Obligation to the House of Commons and her video on the Youth Jobs Gap.

Sarah Young

Interim Youth Endowment Fund Director

"The reason I love what I do is the close partnership that we have with our charity CEOs. They are an extremely inspirational group of individuals and it is a privilege to help them overcome the inherent challenges that come with running an organisation that tackles social disadvantage head on. A recent great moment for me was being able to bring in a pro bono expert to help a CEO think about how their leadership team would need to develop to manage future growth. An hour and half of conversation later and the answer was much clearer!"

Watch Sarah talk about our work with IntoUnversity.

Sebastien Ergas

Investment Director

Ending a first meeting with a potential charity partner and saying to myself ‘this Chief Exec takes nothing for granted, is very reflective about her charity's impact and is open about her leadership challenges' – that, was a very exciting moment, and the start of a great partnership.

Watch Sebastien talk about our work with The Access Project.

Sherine Mahmoud

Investment Director

“The times I’m working with a charity’s leadership team, going through performance data and we have that light bulb moment when we can see how to improve results that’s the magical moment. And then from there we build a plan together to make that change happen. Every time we have that moment, and kick off a change, it reminds me of how much I love working at Impetus helping great charities to have an even bigger impact on young people’s lives. It’s hard work, but it’s so worth it.”

Watch Sherine talk about putting impact into context, as well as other videos on Driving Impact.

Suzanna du Plessis

Philanthropy Manager (New Business and Co-Investment)

"When I worked in wealth management, my clients would tell me that their main concern when it came to philanthropic giving was not knowing whether their donations were having a measurable impact. So, when I found Impetus and their innovative approach finding, funding and building charities, I was interested. Since joining Impetus, I’ve been surrounded by a team who genuinely want to make a difference to the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds."

Tamara Baleanu

Investment Manager

"Witnessing a charity leader's light bulb moment is exhilarating, whether it's to do with using data to improve the outcomes of their young people or developing a new five-year strategy for their organisation. It's such a privilege to get to play a part in it."

Will Simpson

Finance Manager

“When we hosted our annual Transforming Lives Dinner, I was able to meet a number of young people from our charities. A young man told me how one of our charities had helped him gain confidence and the skills to obtain a meaningful job. This illustrated to me just how much of an impact our work can have on the lives of young people.”

Zanna Karsan

Youth Endowment Fund Coordinator

"Since working at Impetus, I have been really inspired by the collective ambition of the team to complete their work to the highest standards whilst always keeping young people at the forefront of this ambition.

Impetus puts partnerships and collaboration at the heart of everything they do and for me, working on the Youth Endowment Fund has highlighted just how important this joined up work is when working to improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society."

Helena Vine

Public Affairs Assistant

"What's so fantastic about Impetus is that we not only support our charity partners to achieve greater impact, but we also work in a policy capacity to ensure the barriers facing disadvantaged young people are tackled more broadly. When these two things work together, we have a bigger impact on the young people who need us the most, which is what Impetus is all about."

Aimee McCarney

Investment Assistant

"Impetus really is a one of a kind organisation: every single team member exerts such passion and excitement when executing our unique business model. It’s such a joy and privilege witnessing the strong relationships that we have with such amazing charities and seeing these charities grow and develop over time. I think knowing that we are making an impact on young people’s lives motivates every single one of us everyday and it’s amazing to see and be a part of that."