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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.