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.
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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.
Baron is a chartered accountant and business adviser with a passion for innovation, purpose-driven strategy and products that impact communities positively. With more than 15 years experience working across the public and private sector in finance, strategy and transformation roles, Baron has helped organisations identify, deliver and sustain profit-optimising and performance improvement initiatives. As a tech enthusiast and champion of social causes, Baron is keen to support the growth of social enterprises. He currently sits on the board of governors at London Metropolitan University, is a member of the People Committee at the charity Crosslight Advice and volunteers as a mentor.
Iqbal Wahhab has lived in Britain for almost his whole life and in a career spanning 30 years he has built a reputation for delivering world-class excellence through his highly successful restaurant businesses, Roast and The Cinnamon Club. It was Iqbal’s early experience in the media which saw him run his own hospitality PR business and Indian food publication, Tandoori Magazine that launched his career in the restaurant industry.
In 2003 he co-authored The Cinnamon Club Cookbook and in 2005 opened the highly renowned Roast, the British restaurant and bar in Borough Market.
Iqbal has won a number of major awards and accolades during his career. He was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and listed in the Caterer Power 100, GQ 100 Most Connected and The Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of East London and an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of West London.
He chairs two social enterprises – Mum’s The Chef and Bounce Back and is actively engaged in the prison reform agenda, social entrepreneurship and in the social investment sector.
What Iqbal said about joining Hatch as a Patron: “I’ve long watched how Brixton’s entrepreneurial talent has been growing in the past. There is a sense of people in Brixton and South London generally that they are building themselves into the centre. Hatch is empowering them to be part of this and being a patron with Hatch is a great way of getting involved in this movement.”