Pioneers for Change



Scilla Elworthy PhD

Scilla founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, work which included a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military, for which she has been three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas; Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005. Scilla was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women Rising World advises the leadership of selected international corporations and teaches young social entrepreneurs; her latest book is Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works (North Atlantic Books, 2014), and her TED talk on non violence has been viewed by over 900,000 people.


Simon Boyle
Chef Founder

Simon Boyle is the vision behind Brigade and Beyond Food Foundation. Having started as an apprentice chef aged 16 at The Savoy, Simon has lead a highly respectable career since, working for Saudi Princes, taking Head Chef roles on 5* Cruise Ships, becoming the first ever Culinary Ambassador for the global giant Unilever and running his own Private Catering and Events business. It was in 2004 however, when Simon returned from Sri Lanka where he volunteered as part of the post Tsunami relief team assisting a small community to rebuild their lives, that Simon found his passion and commitment to help and support those less fortunate than himself. Since 2004, Simon has worked tirelessly to help homeless people across London to rebuild their lives, using food as a catalyst, imparting his passion, skills and knowledge of cooking and food on to them and encouraging them to move their lives forward. Following 6 years of relentless hard work, Simon was able to take his vision to the next level. Forging relationships with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, De Vere Venues and the Homes and Communities Agency, Simon secured a grant of £800k to invest into a restaurant that would change the lives of hundreds of homeless people across London.


Stephen Dawson
Social Entrepreneur

One of the first venture capitalists in the UK. Has been involved for over 25 years with ECI, which specialises in mid-market buy-outs; he is now non-executive chairman. Was named Personality of the Year at the Private Equity Awards in 2007. Awarded an OBE in 2010 and a Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy in 2013. Co-founder and former chairman of Impetus Trust, which has pioneered venture philanthropy in the UK; trustee of Impetus-PEF. Founder trustee of European Venture Philanthropy Association. Co-founder and chairman of Jacana Partners, the pan-African SME investment company. Co-founder and chairman of Galleries Ltd, community shop and café.


Caroline Fiennes
Giving Evidence

Caroline Fiennes is one of the few people whose work has appeared in both The Lancet and OK! Magazine.

She is a leading advocate and campaigner for effective philanthropy, in which she has worked for twelve years. She serves on boards of: Charity Navigator; The Cochrane Collaboration (leading global research house at the centre of evidence-based medicine); and the Center for Effective Philanthropy (US philanthropy think-tank & research house). She works with Innovations for Poverty Action and formerly with J-PAL at MIT. A former award-winning charity CEO herself, she founded Giving Evidence which advises donors of various descriptions and in many countries about effective giving, and conducts research to improve it.

Caroline speaks and writes extensively about the need for and barriers to effective giving, e.g., in the Financial Times, Forbes, The Economist, BBC Radio 4, Freakonomics, the Daily Mail, the philanthropy sector press. Her book It Ain’t What You Give, It’s the Way That You Give It is dedicated to all those who miss out because donors make the wrong call. Caroline has taught about effective giving at Oxford, Cambridge and Yale. She holds a surprisingly useful degree in physics and philosophy.


John-Paul Flintoff

If you had the chance, would you change the world? Of course you would! But often we think it sounds like hard work, if not impossible – and we leave it to somebody else instead.

John-Paul Flintoff offers a powerful reminder that through the generations, society has been transformed by the actions of individuals who understood that if they didn’t like something, they could change it.

John-Paul is a writer and performer, an activist and an executive coach. John Paul is a journalist and writes for the Sunday Times (London) and for six years, was a feature writer and associate editor of the Financial Times magazine. He is author of How to Change the World.

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Julia Groves
Chief Executive

Julia is an experienced founder and director of early-stage digital and renewable energy businesses. She joined Trillion Fund from Engensa, a leading UK domestic solar installer. Prior to Engensa, Julia spent five years building a wind turbine business (, which designed and built turbines for the Olympic Park. Her interest in digital business began in 1994, when she co-founded Julia is an investor in and non-executive director of a small portfolio of early-stage businesses including Move Your Money and She gained an MBA from Nottingham University in the same year as coxing its Lightweight VIII to victory at the National Championships and is a whole-hearted YIMBY.


Giles Hutchins

Giles Hutchins applies twenty years business experience to the emergence of a new paradigm. Formerly a management consultant for KPMG, more recently Global Sustainability Director for Atos International, co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation, ambassador for Embercombe, adviser for Akasha Innovation, he speaks and writes about the transformation to new ways of operating inspired by and in harmony with Nature. His first book, The Nature of Business, received much praise on both sides of the Atlantic. His second book, The Illusion of Separation comes out October 2014.


Anna Josse

Anna is the founder of Prism the Gift Fund, a UK registered charity, which administers the giving of individuals and foundations gifting significant amounts to charities all over the world. Anna is the director and shareholder of a financial services company, Regent Capital, which specialises in offering tax-driven investment products and services to UK-based high net worth investors. Anna has expertise in relationship management and building operations. Previously Anna worked in the high-tech industry and set up the Yazam Europe office and was their Director of Investor Relations. For six years Anna set up and ran the British arm of a USA based charity, the New Israel Fund. Anna also acts as a trustee for a number of charities.


Justine Lutterodt FRSA

Justine Lutterodt FRSA is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership. She is passionate about helping clients achieve success on their own terms while staying strategically and emotionally ‘in sync’ with the needs of colleagues, their organisation, and greater society. Justine’s project work has been recognised for its innovative design and high impact, receiving Business in the Community awards in 2013 and 2014. She brings to her practice over 13 years of experience working with senior leaders from professional services and Fortune 500 companies.

Outside of CSL client and community work Justine is a regular conference speaker, an occasional lecturer at LSE, and a contributor to several community initiatives, such as Your Future, Your Ambition. She is an active member of the advisory board for UEL’s School of Business and Law and a governor for the Powerlist Foundation College. Justine is a judge for Opportunity Now and the Asian Professional Awards. Finally she is co-founder of the Africa Women’s Circle, a founding member of the BAME Network of Networks (TNON) and a member of the Network for Sustainable Financial Networks.

Justine holds an MSc from LSE in Social and Organisational Psychology and a BA from Yale in Mathematics and Philosophy, both with distinction.


Mac Macartney
Mac Macartney is a social entrepreneur, an international speaker on leadership and sustainability, a coach and an author. In all aspects of his work he seeks to inspire people to step forward and contribute towards the emergence of a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. He is the founder of Embercombe – a land-based social enterprise located in the southwest of the UK.

He has been a faculty member for IMD Business School/WWF ‘One Planet Leaders’ Programme in Lausanne for three years, and regularly contributes to the Exeter University Business School ‘One Planet Leaders’ MBA programme. Mac has co-facilitated leadership, values, and sustainability workshops with INSEAD Business School (Singapore), Lafarge, P&G (Europe), PepsiCo, and Nokia Siemens Networks amongst others. Recent and forthcoming speaking engagements include the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (South Africa), the International Academy for Collaborative Professionals (Vancouver), and the EC Retail Forum for Sustainability (Brussels). He has also spoken at three TEDx events.

For twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of Native Americans. This prolonged and challenging training has profoundly influenced Mac’s worldview and continues to inform all aspects of his work with organisations, children, families, and youth.


Katrin Macmillan
Founder and Director

Katrin founded Projects for All in 2013 with the aim of fostering community ownership of development projects and thereby empowering marginalized communities. Her passion for giving a voice to individuals and communities was shaped by her time living in Nigeria and Ethiopia working in human rights advocacy and development.

Katrin has planned and implemented human rights advocacy events and programs in London, South Africa, Nigeria, DRC and Australia. In New York she launched a city-wide political arts festival and coordinated advocacy events for the UN (OCHA), NY University Center for Global Affairs, NY Public Library, the Culture Project, Speak Truth To Power and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Katrin has extensive experience in engaging communities, incorporating their needs into each project, documenting project implementation and in publicizing each project in through film and photos with the aim of giving individuals and communities a voice and the means to be heard.

Prior to founding Projects For All, Katrin has worked as a development consultant for the World Bank, the International Centre for Energy Environment and Development and USAid, and has assisted Management Sciences for Health with their HIV/AIDS program. She co-launched Bwari, a Nigerian collective aimed at generating jobs using sustainable resources and initiated the emergency relief for Jos in Nigeria, a plan which was then taken up by the ICRC. Katrin also worked with Panzi Hospital in Eastern DRC as a volunteer. She has assisted with their international advocacy, pan-African skills exchange and medical donations.

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Dr Hannah McDowall
Researcher and Storyteller

Hannah is a researcher and storyteller. She researchers social entrepreneurship and social impact and she story-tells everything. Three years ago Hannah found the thing she loves best; telling stories which encourage and inspire people to lead themselves on the path they long to take. Today she designs and delivers workshops using traditional story for personal and organisational development; supporting people to dig deep into rich images and metaphors to find new ways of working with challenges and opportunities. She also coaches social pioneers to integrate well-crafted real life stories about the social impact they create so that others might feel and know it to be real.


Vinay Nair
Director of Business Development // Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) & Social Investment Business Foundation

Vinay is a member of the executive team and Director of Business Development at the Social Investment Business Foundation and its partner organisation, Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC).

Vinay previously worked as Head of International Business Development for a leading global social impact investor, Acumen, where he successfully built out its presence across Europe and scaled up other regional office business development functions. He is a former Executive Director at J.P. Morgan, London, where he was head of a fixed-income marketing team. He took a sabbatical to work on microfinance and social enterprise, primarily in India. He subsequently worked for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Mozambique, and on secondment to the Ministry of Health, co-led the successful application for $175 million, 5-year HIV/AIDS funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has launched two social enterprises, one in rural Mozambique, working with HIV-positive women to make and sell jam, and one in the U.K., focusing on out-of-hours primary health care.


Silja Nyboe Andersen
The Big Issue Foundation

Silja Nyboe Andersen currently works for The Big Issue Foundation. In this role she liaises closely with Big Issue vendors and is continuously looking for innovative ways to connect them to the broader society. She is passionate about the Big Issue’s powerful ethos of helping people help themselves and applies this philosophy across her other philanthropic and social enterprise engagements in Zambia and Denmark.

In addition, Silja is a Director of a sustainable forestry company and an accomplished speaker on the dynamics of next generation family business members and their connection to the world of philanthropy and social Investments.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from Copenhagen University with courses from London School of Economics and Copenhagen Business School.


Paul Robinson
Founder and CEO, Alquity

I have always been an entrepreneur and ran my first business at age 15, a very small software business. I spent the last 20 years building businesses, mainly within the financial services and funds management sector globally, living in Asia for 10 years. I founded and led funds management businesses since 1999 building assets to c.$0.5bn over 5 years. This included initiating development and change through building experienced teams. These businesses have ranged from traditional fund management businesses to private equity funds that have commercialised UK MOD research IP.

I passionately believe in a business model that sees business interacting more closely with society to create real beneficial change, by ensuring everyone get sufficient support to be able to make a positive contribution to their economic well being. In 2006 I appointed a full time CEO to my funds business to allow myself to concentrate on building a new type of business with the focus on ‘profit for purpose’. I then focused my efforts on helping build the One Foundation and Global Ethics into the world leading ethical goods business. Global Ethics sells products such as One Water and then donates 100% of the profits to funding ‘like for like’ projects in Africa, so One Water funds clean drinking water schemes.

In 2010 I launched the Alquity Africa Fund, a financial take on the ‘like for like’ business model. Alquity represents the coming together of altruism and equity to form a new approach to investment management that aims to generate attractive returns for investors through a rigorous, sustainable investment process, whilst positively transforming the lives of people in the areas in which we invest. To date, the Fund has touched the lives of over 12,500 individuals in Africa.

Alquity believes that it is time for a shift in thinking that will revolutionise investment in emerging markets, providing an investment that strengthens the economy in which it operates long term, and strengthens practices within it, thus is strengthening itself.

I have competed at a World Championship level in two sporting disciplines – dragon boating and elephant polo, winning bronze in each. I am also a keen skier and hiker, and enjoy anything, business or pleasure, with a challenge.

Currently living in Surrey with my wife, Kate, and our two sons, Joshua (14 months) and Benjamin (4 weeks!).


Sue Stockdale

Sue Stockdale is an inspirational speaker, whose achievements in business and adventure have inspired 1000s of leaders worldwide to step out of their comfort zone and achieve extraordinary results. She is the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, has represented Scotland in athletics and was recognised by HM The Queen as a Pioneer to the Nation. Sue now works as an executive coach, facilitator and leadership development specialist with corporate, not for profit and public sector organisations worldwide.

Using dramatic images, and thought-provoking anecdotes, Sue speaks from the heart with passion and authenticity. She is author of eight business books on subjects related to leadership, change, personality and risk.


Catherine Tillotson

As managing partner, Cath oversees the research activity of Scorpio Partnership. She leads the firm’s annual Global Private Banking KPI Benchmark and the Futurewealth project. Additionally, she has overseen many of the firm’s global research assignments on the client experience; brand identity and the value proposition; asset allocation and the investment process; regulatory change in the onshore and offshore environment; and the role of technology to support client needs. In the field of philanthropy, Cath has spearheaded multiple projects among major donors and international family foundations. She is a member of the UK’s Philanthropy Advisors Forum and sat on the Action Group for Advisors as part of the UK Government’s Giving Summit. Cath also sits on the Advisory Board of the Family Office Association in the US.


Fiona Ward
Transition Network

Fiona leads the REconomy Project for the Transition Network, imagining and demonstrating how communities can transform their own economic destiny.

She developed the Economic Evaluation process that some Transition towns are using to build local partnerships, quantify local market potential, create new livelihoods and enterprises, and redefine the purpose of the local economy to be one that that contributes to growth in wellbeing for all and respects resource limits.

The REconomy Project contributed to the Transition Network being awarded the European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize in 2013. She also set up and ran the Transition Streets project for Transition Town Totnes, which won the Ashden Award for Behaviour Change in 2011. Both projects are now being replicated by Transition Towns around the world.

Fiona’s background is in running large projects in the private sector – over the last 20 years or so she has worked with companies of all shapes and sizes to define and deliver business transformation strategies. After realising that these kinds of transformations weren’t generally what served the greater good (or her own!), Fiona moved from London to South Devon in 2006 just as the Transition movement was coming into being – a fantastic piece of good timing!


Debbie Warrener

Debbie is an experienced leadership facilitator and coach whose work focuses on catalysing powerful change agents for the times we live in. She runs a 6 month leadership training course for agents of change called ‘Mastery in Sustainability’ which combines leadership training with spiritual practices and insights. She also runs ongoing groups and works in organisations on leadership, authenticity and emergence and innovation.

She is one of the UK’s leading practitioners of Joanna Macy’s ecopsychology work, running workshops at festivals and other events round the country. A fluent Japanese speaker, her background is in languages and in international development.

Debbie also loves wild expressive painting and dancing. She is passionate about supporting and releasing the potential for being powerful agents of transformative change within those who hear and are responding to the call for change in our times.


Marc Winn

Marc is one of the co-founders of The Dandelion Project which has an aim to make Guernsey the best place to live on earth by 2020. It is a grassroots movement to inspire a nation to disrupt its own bureaucracy. He is also the Curator of TEDxStPeterPort which asked the question in March on how to make the best place to live on earth.

He is also working on a pilot school project to reimagine the upper limits of child education.

Marc has been coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs since 2008. Before that he was an outwardly successful but inwardly unhappy internet entrepreneur. He is married to Valerie and has a 3 year old son called cheeky Charlie.