Catie Sheret has worked for many years at Pearson, the education company, and is now Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel for Core markets.  She studied law at the London School of Economics, Law Society Finals at the College of Law, then did a Stage at European Commission. Prior to Pearson, she trained with Linklaters law firm then had a short stint with Charles Russell in the Commercial team. She recently obtained the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma and has been building up experience in several NED roles.


Claire is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant. Claire is currently a consultant, trustee and co-opted member of investment and audit committees for various charities, including: National Philanthropic Trust (UK), a donor advised fund provider; The Nuffield Foundation and Comic Relief. She is also on the Supervisory Board of a number of Schroders Charity Common Investment Funds. Previously Claire was the Finance & Investment Director of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Finance Director for GlobeOp, a highly successful start-up financial services business serving hedge funds.


Toby Lloyd has worked in policy across the public, private and voluntary sectors for over ten years, and is currently Head of Policy at the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Previously he has been a consultant advising local and national government, a senior policy manager for the Greater London Authority, a project manager for CDFI the London Rebuilding Society, and taught financial history at the LSE. He has previously served on the boards of the London Rebuilding Society and public art charity the Aluna Foundation, and is the founder of the Hackney Cohousing Project.


I have a variety of professional experience having started by career with an internet firm during the dot com boom. Applying this experience I established a social enterprise which provides a range of web services to the voluntary sector and is run by a team consisting partly of recovering & former drugs users. I also have some overseas development experience and recently spent a year in Bolivia working on a community owned tourism project.

I am passionate about economic and social change at a micro level and the wider impact that this can have on the development of civil society.

I am co-founder of the Bikeworks social enterprise, which recycles old bicycles for community use and encourages cycling, working with groups such as young people with disabilities, Bangladeshi women and on housing estates.


Michael Norton is a social innovator who founded Directory of Social Change in 1975 to provide information and training to help charities manage, communicate and fundraise better. In 1995 he founded CIVA to encourage and support innovation. He has Professorships at the Graduate School of Business University of Cape Town and at the China Global Philanthropy Institute in Shenzhen and Beijing. He is author of 365 Ways to Change the World and The Everyday Activist as well as many books on fundraising. He has the national Charity Award for outstanding achievement and a Beacon Award for innovation in philanthropy.

You can read more about Michael here.


Nicola became Director of the John Ellerman Foundation in 2011. She works with trustees to develop the strategic direction of the Foundation and advises them on governance and grant-making.

Before joining the Foundation she was Director of Grant-making at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Nicola has a background in advice work at national, regional and local level and also worked for the National Lottery Charities Board in the North East of England.

She is a trustee of Pro Bono Economics, a small charity which matches volunteer economists with organisations that are interested in improving their effectiveness, and Chairs the Trustees of the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action. 


I am a consultant specialising in business innovation within education. I formerly held roles as Director of Innovation at Pearson plc and before that at GEMS. Prior to that I was a social entrepreneur having founded Gemin-i, and others.

I’m a dad with three very loud children and am a frequently disappointed supporter of Ipswich Town FC.


Stephen Lloyd was Senior Partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite and expert in charity and social enterprise law, a committed and active environmentalist. He was founding Chairman of CIVA, which benefitted from his commitment to charity and social enterprise, his advice, his personal generosity and his fundraising, where he attracted several major grants which CIVA used to get projects up and running. Stephen died suddenly on 20th August 2014 while sailing in Newport Bay, a place that he loved dearly.