Pioneers for Change

The Board and Team

Advisory Board


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.


Adam Grodecki

Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group

Adam is a consultant in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group. He is currently working with a coalition of major institutions to launch a Fellowship to support the next generation of leaders in driving the shift to a more progressive form of capitalism.

Adam previously co-founded and was Chairman of Student Hubs, a national charity that works in leading UK universities to engage university students with social issues and launch them on a lifelong journey of civic participation. Adam also worked with the Skoll Centre of Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School to launch Emerge, an initiative to inspire the next generation of social innovators. He is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, which runs the world’s largest specialist sustainability MBA programme.

Adam has been recognised as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and in January 2014 was invited to speak at its annual meeting at Davos. He studied at St Peter’s College, Oxford where he graduated with a First class degree in Theology and was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Civic Award.


Justine Lutterodt FRSA

Founder and Director of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership

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.


Richard Tyrie

Founder, Good People

Richard Tyrie is a social entrepreneur who began his professional life as a headhunter working for James Caan in the early 1990s. In 1996 Richard joined one of the UK’s first ‘dot com’ enterprises, the UK’s first employment website.

Upon exiting in 1998, Richard set up, the UK’s first online employment website for the public and third sector, which went on to create technology that revolutionised the talent management process of hundreds of public and private sector organisations.

Richard’s latest venture is GoodPeople, a strategy and service design consultancy based at The Shard in London Bridge.
The team at GoodPeople work with public, private and not for profit organisations to design, deliver and scale high impact, sustainable social enterprises – typically underpinned by GoodPeople’s proprietary ‘Peer to Peer’ technology.

Richard is a trustee of UnLtd, and also chairs the Awards and Delivery Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and sits on their Catalyst Social Enterprise committee, and also advises the Cabinet Office on the future leadership and skills needs of the social sector.

He lives in south east London with his wife and two daughters, but will one day escape to somewhere with good schools and good broadband near the sea.



The Team


Leesa Muirhead


Leesa is a collaborator, visionary, gentle disruptor and entrepreneur who brings almost 20 years experience to catalysing positive change.

A strategic thinker with immense business acumen, Leesa is motivated by a deep belief of empowering people as a path to social and economic equity.

Leesa founded Adessy in 2011 to inspire and enable organisations and individuals to be a force for good and build a better world. Focused on systemic change, Leesa’s approach integrates purpose, creative thinking, collaboration and innovation. Bringing holistic interests to her work, she believes that sustainable leadership emerges from integrating wellbeing and personal experience.

Adessy comes from a Latin word meaning ‘to inspire’, which encapsulates the vision of Leesa’s work.

Her vision for Adessy is to become an eco-system of connections, collaborations, partners and supporters who champion a new era of leadership, which enables a sustainable future and helps change the world for the better.

Adessy incubated Pioneers for Change, a UK-based social enterprise, which provides a Fellowship for those willing to harness their talents, energy and resources as a force for good. Pioneers for Change is a seed-bed for innovative thought, and a platform to harness collective energy, which is showcased on the Pioneers for Change Huffington Post blog. Published regularly, and inviting a variety of guest contributors, the blog celebrates change makers and topics including entrepreneurship, philanthropy, social impact investing, and social enterprise.

Leesa is a Fellow of the RSA, an accredited coach with Association for Coaching and a qualified partnership broker, further equipping her to catalyse change.


Carolyn Wensley

Consultant, Innovation

Carolyn is an advocate for people and business as agents for positive social and environmental impact. She has held several leadership roles in establishing new initiatives and programmes in practices of social innovation and responsible business to shift the conversation and challenge people to think about a more inclusive world.

Carolyn has a postgraduate certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge, a BCA in International Business and an MA in International Relations.

With an upbringing spanning East Asia and the South Pacific, Carolyn has eight years’ experience in environmental markets, development and finance operations.