Our Venture Board
Ashoka UK's Venture Board brings together some of the leading experts in the field of social entrepreneurship.
Venture, Ashoka’s search and selection process for new Fellows, relies on nominations from the public as well as our trusted partners. The aim of the Venture Board is to discuss leading innovations and share best practice for building the field of social entrepreneurship in the UK. Members include:
Director of Corporate Responsibility - Deloitte LLP
Bob started his career with Andersen, before moving on to Deloitte as a manger in Audit & Business Advisory with a focus on the Not-for-profit sector. In 2006 Bob moved out of the commercial practice to lead the firm’s community programme, one of the largest in the UK with an annual contribution over £11m and more than 80,000 hours of volunteer and pro-bono time provided each year. Bob is now the Director of Corporate Responsibility, coordinating the firm’s wider Responsible Business and sustainability agenda. Bob is a trustee on a grassroots community arts charity in London and continues to play football regularly indulging his other great passions.
Interim Head of Ventures - UnLtd
Dan has, since 2011, served as the Head of Ventures at UnLtd, the UK’s Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, supporting the country’s most high-potential social ventures to raise investment and scale. He is also the Trustee of FoodCycle, a student-led food waste charity, and Co-Founder and Trustee of Trans Tanz, a charity working in rural Tanzania to provide free transport for people living with HIV/AIDS to access anti-retroviral drugs.
Grants Manager - The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Since 2009, Derek has served as Grants Manager at the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, which is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in England. Before joining the Foundation, Derek was Director of Education (2006-2009) at the Stephen Lawrence Trust and prior to that he was a print and broadcast journalist.
Portfolio Director - Impetus Trust
Julia joined the Impetus Trust, the UK's leading venture philanthropy charity, in 2011, as its Portfolio Director, bringing with her over ten years’ experience of working as Chief Executive for large social organisations, such as The National Gardens Scheme and the Surrey Community Action. Prior to this, Julia also worked in the management consultancy and business development sector for 15 years.
Director of Business - Social Enterprise UK
Nick has served, since 2011, as Director of Business at Social Enterprise UK. Previously, Nick was the Director of Policy and Communications at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and he used to work as an independent consultant with a variety of organisations, including UnLtd, the Guardian, Venture Partnership Foundation, British Council and the London School of Economics.
Social Business Manager - ClearlySo
Since 2008, Simon has served as Social Business Manager at ClearlySo, which works with promising social entrepreneurs to help them structure their investment proposition and translate their opportunity to impact investors. Prior to this, Simon worked as Business Development Manager at the International Knowledge Measurement.
Executive Director - The Funding Network
In 2008, Sonal became the first Executive Director of The Funding Network, a small charity which is the UK’s first open giving circle and has raised well over £4 million for over 590 diverse local, national and international projects from 4,000 people donating tens, hundreds and thousands of pounds. Previously, Sonal ran corporate planning at HarperCollins, and worked in business development at Random House Publishing Group. She has an MBA from INSEAD and her voluntary roles have included being a school governor at Moselle School and mentoring through the charity Friendship Works.
CEO - Catalyst at Large Consulting
Since 2005, Suzanne has served as CEO of her own consulting company, called Catalyst at Large Consulting, giving advice to early stage ventures and non-profits in the areas of sustainable business and social innovation. Additionally, Suzanne also serves as Senior Advisor at ClearlySo, and is a former CEO of Investors’ Circle.
Director – Mix-Fits
Vik is the Director of Mix-Fits a non profit backing social intrapreneurs at ideas stage and the organisations around them to see these ideas flourish. She is also a board member of VSOUK, Social Venture Committee Member of Venture Partnership Foundation and a mentor for CharityWorks and an Angel for Make a Wave. Previously, she has worked at UnLtd, Charities Aid Foundation and Big Lottery.