Meet the Team

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Our staff and trustees are passionate about providing that crucial early stage support essential in enabling start-ups to become financially sustainable. We live and breathe entrepreneurship, having launched and managed our own businesses and social enterprises, we understand the path to success… and it’s a journey best taken together.

So, without further ado…

Select a person to find out more about them.

Chief Executive

Dirk Bischof

Dirk is the founder of One Planet Ventures and HATCH. Since 2004 he’s worked on over 50 projects across the UK and Europe, focusing on sustainability, vocational training and entrepreneurship. Dirk helped set-up a number of social enterprises and a commercial Solar PV company. He’s passionate about enterprise and helping people get their ventures off the ground.

He managed to get through a BSc in Social Anthropology with Business Studies and completed his Masters in Social Anthropology (Goldsmiths). He’s interested in understanding the gift vs contract culture and organisational anthropology. A cyclist commuter by heart, he loves it so much that he’s done a few 1000 miles charity rides around England and Japan.

Programme Manager

Stephanie Gamauf

Steph is passionate about community empowerment and activism. With an MA in International Development, she has coordinated a range of development projects across the globe, and seeks to understand the role entrepreneurship can play in social change.

At Hatch she is in charge of managing the Launchpad and Incubator programme, and growing the Hatch Community. A trained facilitator and dialogue manager, Steph enjoys working directly with entrepreneurs and exploring what is at the heart of an innovative business idea.
Aside from Hatch she loves music, dancing and cycling in London. She is also a strong advocate for everything cake.
Project Coordinator

Laura-louise Mahler

Laura has a passion for environmental projects and sustainability. She has had positions of fundraising for sports clubs and universities and is currently training for the 2016 London Marathon. Since graduating from university, she has pursued a Masters’ degree in Environmental History (King’s College London). For Hatch, she fundraises and campaigns, always looking to make new connections and build her skills. She has a pet turtle named Herby.

Media Coordinator

Adam Koroma

Adam specialises in multimedia design, from websites to booklets, from films to photography. He has a penchant for combining multiple types of media to achieve his end goals and he’s always looking for new challenges to aid him in expanding his skill-set.

Administration/ Programme Support Officer

Chiara Carlini

Chiara graduated in Political Philosophy and has a Master’s in Public Policy (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milan). She is keen on social innovation, philosophy and cinema. Despite being Italian, she looks up to English social entrepreneurialism and thoroughly enjoys exploring London.

Recruitment and Partnership Officer

Angella Williams

Angella is a dedicated professional who enjoys meeting people and building relationships within and outside the Community to let them know about all the wonderful and positive developments continually happening at Hatch. Angella is also an entrepreneur with a small business (Angella‘s Kitchen), who has benefitted from the fundamental principles of Hatch Enterprise after partaking in the Incubator Programme.

In her spare time Angella is working on her manuscript, to raise awareness surroundiing the negative affects of bullying and abuse. Also a qualified Criminologist, advocating for disadvantaged women.

Digital Marketing & PR Officer

Emma Lange

Emma has a passion for social development- from the community level to globally. Since graduating in 2015 with a double major in international relations and political science, she has worked for various charitable organisations in both marketing and outreach. Her interests include traveling, music and outdoor activities.
She is an import from Vancouver, Canada!


Entrepreneurship & Business Development

Thomas Strasser-Neuhofer

Tom literally lives entrepreneurship – from developing and running social entrepreneurship & leadership programmes in Austria to setting up his own company – he’s done it all. With a BSc in Economics and a BA in International Development he’s developed a great understanding of business development, leadership & sustainability. Tom specialises in business coaching for start-ups and has worked with various organisations of different sizes on an international level. Always keen to broaden his knowledge & skills, he currently does a Msc in Organisational & People Development at Roffey Park Institute (University of Sussex).

At Hatch, Tom is bringing in all his experience to make our incubation programmes as valuable as possible. In addition to creating and facilitating our programmes, he provides hands-on support to all the start-ups that approach Hatch. His mission is simple: helping organisations to become successful and (financially) sustainable in the longer term.

Entrepreneur in Residence

Kate Bruce

Kate Jane Bruce initially trained as a teacher delivering classes teaching English and Life Skills. She is now the creative and business force behind Katiico Jewellery (, a culturally rich and colourful jewellery line. As Designer/ Maker and Artist, Kate found her true calling to create jewellery and combining this with her entrepreneurial mindset.

Her completed BA (Hons) in Fashion Promotion equipped her with Marketing, Public Relations and Brand Management skills. Her MA in Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts (London College of Communication) furthered Kate’s knowledge and expertise in running and supporting creative businesses.

Kate has a passion for enterprise innovation and in 2014 she developed and delivered ‘Start Here’, an Ideas Incubator in South London for young people between the ages of 14 to 22 who wanted to start a project or business. After taking part in the Hatch Incubator (2015), Kate has been able to fine tune her business, and push her business to new exciting heights. As Entrepreneur in Residence I provide hands-on support around business planning and I continue to deliver training for creative entrepreneurs.


Karen Pepper

Karen is the founder of Cupcake Mum, a members’ club for Mums in South West London. This led to her being named by Growing Business Magazine as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs in the UK–she managed to raise £3m in investment capital for the concept!Karen also has a lot of corporate experience, working in partnerships and marketing. She’s worked at JP Morgan, American Express and Northwest Airlines andshe holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA from the George Washington University.

Shona Power

Shona is a senior freelance lawyer based in London, specialising in private equity, corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions. She has over 12 years of experience advising private and publicly held clients on corporate transactions in a variety of sectors. She currently works for a range of clients as in-house counsel and legal advisor. Over the last years she have supported a variety of start-ups with their legal needs.

Ben Warren

Before joining Big Society Capital, Ben was a Policy Adviser in the Social Investment and Finance Team at the Cabinet Office where he worked on retail investment, impact measurement and the G8 Forum. He founded a microfinance charity and holds an MSc in Development and Security from Bristol University.

Edmund Papworth

Edmund is a Partner with Jenson Solutions. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton UK LLP in London where he worked in audit, Corporate Finance, Project Finance and latterly the Government, Infrastructure and Advisory team. His career at Grant Thornton saw him work for both the private and public sectors as well as working internationally. He has worked across a range of sectors including transport, waste and renewable energy, urban regeneration, leisure and manufacturing, helping to bid large contracts, complete financial models and provide wider strategic and commercial advice. He is passionate about working with SME’s to drive growth in their business, explore new routes to market and maximise their sustainability. He is also a mentor for ICAS and Virgin Start Ups.

Gareth Davies

Gareth graduated with First Class Honours in Electronic and Information Engineering from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and has an MBA from London Business School. He is the founder and owner of Bestem, a network of entrepreneurs, financiers, managers and consultants who are active in the European energy industry. Bestem’s business model is to create strong, informal networks which lead to high-quality, best-in-class project delivery.