Jessica Brown is the Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver the infrastructure fund to strengthen and diversify the social investment market, which the Barrow Cadbury Trust manages in partnership with the Access Foundation. With a fund of £1.8m over three years, the investments and grants made by the fund will enhance existing infrastructure, bring new entrants into the sector and develop new tools and methods of data sharing to facilitate market-building. Jessica has experience in social investment, community finance and grant-making, having worked in leadership roles across social enterprises and charitable trusts in the UK and abroad for the past 15 years. Previous roles include Director of the Tellus Mater Foundation and Head of Access to Finance at the new economics foundation. Early in her career, Jessica worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York and London. Jessica has served as a trustee for several small charities and early stage social enterprises, and is currently Chair of Hatch Enterprise, a social enterprise incubator in South London.
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.
As angel investor and startup advisor, Thomas focuses on underrepresented founders that have a positive impact on society. He has been mentoring founders on a broad range of topics since 2013, supporting Google for Startups, Google’s internal incubator and Techstars.
With more than 20 years of experience in technology, media and privacy in a diverse set of roles including 14 years at Google, he has been responsible for strategy & operations, regional sales management, hands-on sales and project management. Thomas joined Shazam ($400m exit) as one of the first employees and worked on everything that needed to be done to launch the service and make it commercially successful. Thomas has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.
Anne-Helene Sinha Teyssedre
For the last ten years, I have worked as a senior consultant, trainer, researcher and mentor with strategic management consultancies in France and UK.
Having obtained a business management degree, I have worked in many countries including Australia, France, India, Vietnam and UK and undertaken consultancy support work for major corporations, public organisations as well as a number of small enterprises and charities.
I have first-hand experience in the third sector having worked with numerous local and national charities, VCOs and social enterprises, helping them to diversify their income streams, apply for funding and grow successfully, I have also delivered a number of enterprise skills programmes, which has allowed me to mentor personally over 30 individual entrepreneurs.
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A passionate, motivated individual who has a thirst for knowledge and is keen to learn. My varied roles allow me to combine my technical experience in investment analysis, structuring derivatives and designing complex structured solutions, with my ability to build strong relationships and communicate successfully as a salesperson to engage effectively in most industries.