Nat Sloane, NOn-executive Chair

NatSloaneNat is a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant and social investor.   Nat is the England Chair of the Big Lottery Fund.  He was also the co-founder and is now Vice Chair of Impetus Trust, the first venture philanthropy trust fund in the UK. Nat also has advisory board membership for Social Finance Impact Bond, European Venture Philanthropy Association Knowledge Centre and Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. He has also been vice chair of Crime Concern.


Benjamin Rick, Co-Founder, Board Member and Managing director

BRBen grew up in London and studied at UMIST in Manchester graduating with a BSc 1st Class Hons degree in Management Science.  He joined Goldman Sachs as a trainee in 1993, working in the Treasury Department. In 1995 Ben started trading corporate bonds at Lehman Brothers, and later went on to jointly run the same department at UBS. In 2002, he joined Green-T Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager, before moving to Merrill Lynch to build a Proprietary Trading Business in 2004.  Over a 7 year period at what was to become Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ben built a highly successful business and was the Managing Director responsible for the EMEA arm of the Global Proprietary Trading Group.  After a short spell as a partner at BTG Pactual, Ben decided to move his career in a different direction, and began his social finance journey.

Adam Knight, Co-Founder and Board Member

AdamKnightAdam started his career at Goldman Sachs and progressed to be the Managing Director and Global Head of Base and Precious Metals.  He moved to the Credit Suisse-Glencore Global Commodity Alliance in 2007 where he ran the business and was a member of the Credit Suisse Global Fixed Income Operating Committee until January 2011.  He is currently a Trustee of The Roundhouse, a social enterprise and an active angel investor.



JULIE CURRIE, board member (social investment business foundation Representative)

Julie is a Trustee of the Social Investment Business Foundation and the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales. She leads the development of their repayable finance strategy. Prior to this, Julie enjoyed 19 years in the Financial Services Industry in a variety of commercial, financial and operational roles. This included roles at Ernst & Young, Bank of Scotland and as Integration Director during the HBOS and Lloyds TSB merger. In the aftermath of the credit crunch she became Chief Operating Officer for the Lloyds UK Business Turnaround Division.

JEREMY newman, board member (social investment business foundation Representative)

Jeremy is a chartered accountant by profession and the former Global Chief Executive (2008-2011) of BDO. Prior to that, he was managing partner (2001-2008) of BDO’s UK firm, having joined the firm as a trainee in 1978. He has worked extensively in Audit and Corporate Finance and has acted for a wide range of businesses across a variety of industries. Jeremy was Chairman of the Audit Commission from 2012 until it’s closure in 2015. He is a non-executive board member of the Crown Prosecution Service Board and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is also the Chair of Trustees of a local primary school and trustee of a number of private charitable trusts.

Paul Cannings, board member (big society capital representative)

PaulCanningsPaul is a Director at YFM Equity Parters Limited.  His private equity experience also includes 14 years with 3i Group based in Cambridge and London and leading the smaller buyout and growth capital team.  Paul was also Director at Angel Springs Ltd.  He recently stepped down from CAF Venturesome’s Investment Committee after 7 years, 5 of those as Chair. CAF Venturesome is a leading social investment fund in the UK, providing affordable finance to charities and social enterprises.