Benjamin Rick, Co-Founder, Board Member and Managing Partner
Ben 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.
Natalie Pinon, Director of Impact
Natalie graduated from the London School of Economics and Sciences-Po Paris. She joined SASC from the Charities Aid Foundation, where she managed the foundation’s global philanthropy advisory practice working with philanthropists and social investors to help them achieve their social impact objectives. Natalie began her career in financial services before moving to the international development field, where she worked for the United Nations Secretary General’s office and later the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Natalie was also Head of social investment at the London based family office Novator. Natalie is an affiliate of the Marmanie Consulting platform, one of the first UK based impact investment advisory firms. She is also the co-founder of the social enterprise Development Ratings, an intermediary service for donors to assess the performance and impact of social sector organisations. Natalie is originally French and Czech.
Peter Morris, Investment Manager
Peter Morris worked for twenty-five years in financial markets in New York and then in London. His work mostly involved credit analysis except for one interlude where he helped start a fund management firm that specialized in small quoted companies. Since leaving Morgan Stanley in 2009, he has been a consultant in various roles. This included being part of a team that wrote the “Business in Development” report for the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact in 2014-15. He also conducts independent research into private equity. This has involved publications (academic, think tank, general media), media and conferences. He is currently chair of governors at a primary school and a governor at a second one. Working at SASC reminds him of previous professional roles where he enjoyed being part of a process of coming up with new ways to think about things: in this case, how social impact and finance can be made to work together. His last formal education (a long time ago now) was a degree in classics. That means he also enjoys the challenge of explaining how Latin and Greek help in understanding an organisation’s financial needs!
John Leach, Investment Manager
Before joining SASC John spent 10 years working for Impetus-PEF, the pioneer of venture philanthropy in UK, and for a number of its investee charities and social enterprises operating primarily in the employment, education and training sectors. As Portfolio Director at Impetus-PEF and in senior management positions with its investees, the focus of work was on providing strategic and operational support to help grow high potential social sector organisations.
Prior to Impetus-PEF John spent 20 years in the financial services sector funding venture capital-backed businesses in UK and Europe, latterly as Head of Sponsor Coverage at Barclays Capital, having originally studied modern languages at Birmingham University.
John is a trustee of charities working in overseas development and with adults with learning disabilities and sits on the advisory committee of a social enterprise accelerator and on the impact committee of a youth charity.
Kumar Ghosh, Investment Manager
Kumar has been an Investment Manager with SASC since August 2014. Previously he worked as a credit analyst in the fund management sector at State Street Global Advisors and Aviva Investors. He also uses his professional skills in business mentoring, working with the Prince’s Trust since 2009, and also with the Pilotlight Charity from 2008 to 2013. He has a postgraduate diploma in Civil Society (Accounting and Finance) from London South Bank University and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Sara Redford, Investment Manager
Before moving into the third sector, Sara spent ten years financing private equity-backed buyouts across Europe. Sara left her role as Senior Director, Leveraged Finance at RBS in 2009 and enjoyed volunteering with a number of charities and social enterprises before joining the investment team at the Social Investment Business, where she worked with a wide range of organisations to provide grant and loan finance. Sara joined Social and Sustainable Capital in 2015 following a career break to raise her two children. Sara holds a BA Economics from UEA and BSc Financial Services / ACIB from UMIST.
Jonny Hick, Investment MANAGER
Jonny joined the Investment Team in 2015 from ClearlySo , where he worked in the Capital Raising and Advisory team to support charities and social enterprises with raising capital to grow and scale their impact. Prior to ClearlySo Jonny spent 6 years at PwC in the Transaction Services and Financial Modelling teams, where he qualified as a chartered accountant and advised private equity clients and large corporates on M&A investments. Jonny’s first involvement with the social economy came whilst at University as a director of an award-winning social enterprise and as President of student social enterprise organisation Enactus. His success with both organisations earned Jonny the Nottingham University ‘Union prize’. Since graduating with a degree with Management and Chinese Studies, Jonny created a national mentoring programme to support student social entrepreneurs and also supports social entrepreneurs directly through board membership of a number of social enterprises. He is also governor at South Thames College and a Trustee of East London YMCA.
SUE HAINSWORTH, Executive Assistant and SASC Administrator
Sue graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in English and History and later studied part-time for a Masters at Birkbeck College, University of London, obtaining an MA in London Studies, a pilot course run by the History and Geography departments. After leaving university, Sue worked for a variety of organisations on a permanent and freelance basis, including publishers, advertising agencies, television and charities and studied for a PGCE in primary teaching. After a short period of working for the National Lottery Director at the Arts Council of England, Sue joined him to help set up NESTA, newly established by the Government as England’s first national endowment. Sue had a wide remit including establishing and managing NESTA’s office, developing policies and procedures, supporting the CEO and Chair and managing the Board and Committees. Sue joined SIB Foundation in 2008 as its Governance and Board Administrator, supporting the Board and committees and managing goverance and the Business Development Grant programme. Sue was seconded to SASC in February 2014 to support the Managing Partner and SASC team as well as the Board and Investment Committee and became permanent at the start of 2015.