Our team

Ben Gadsby

Head of Policy and Research

“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.

Helena Vine

Policy and Public Affairs Officer

"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."

Lizzie Pring

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.

Lucy Keating

Head of Communications

"‘Passion’ ‘positivity’ ‘opportunity’ and ‘hope’ were just some of the words charity staff used to describe their work during my first Delivering Impact workshop. Their dedication is testament to the impact they have on young lives, and show that charities aren’t an added extra - they are vital and transformative. I’m proud to work for an organisation that has a unique role in maximising benefit for vulnerable young people, a mission that is more important than ever in today’s uncertain world."

Robin Lanfear

Communications Manager

"Having joined from one of Impetus' charity partners, I know first-hand how a charity can benefit from Impetus' support. One of my favourite experiences there was an Impetus Driving Impact Workshop, when the whole organisation came together to agree how we could better reach the young people we existed to serve. We left that workshop inspired and confident in how we could transform the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds."

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.

Steve Haines

Director of Public Affairs

"Supporting charities to find what works and taking their impact to scale is more vital than ever in tackling the barriers that hold back too many young people.


"Impetus and our partners are uniquely placed to take those voices to power and achieve lasting change.”