Meet the investment committee

Richard Brass, Chair (independent)

Richard is Head of UK Clients having joined Berenberg in June 2011 from Schroders Private Banking. He started his career in corporate finance having initially qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG and went on to co-found the European office of an international corporate finance firm, Compass Advisers.

Richard is the founder of Impact Ventures UK, an award-winning social enterprise investment fund; a Director of the Montpelier Foundation and a member of the UK Cabinet’s Investment and Contract Readiness Fund. He also sits on the Advisory Council and is a Board Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Richard sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute for Family Business and is a member of the Family Business Steering Committee for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Geoff Burnand (independent)

Geoff has been the CEO of Investing For Good since 2004, a pioneer and a leading intermediary in the impact investing sector, which connects mainstream investment capital with social purpose. He has strong, strategic and sustained relationships with institutional investors, wealth managers, Governments, foundations, FTSE companies, charities and social enterprises of every kind and size both in the UK and internationally. He has delivered several notable firsts in the market, including arranging and bringing to market the first listed charity bonds, and producing the first impact rating and portfolio design capability for the sector, providing a credible, authoritative methodology to analyse socially motivated capital.

He is a media contributor and regular speaker at leading industry events, and a visiting lecturer on Executive MBA programmes at Cass Business School. He is a judge for Responsible Investor Awards and published The Good Analyst in 2012, The Good Investor in 2013 and Oranges and Lemons in 2015. He is a Trustee of Papworth Trust, the Varrier Jones Foundation, and a Director of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association.

Before dedicating himself to the development of socially motivated finance, Geoff enjoyed a successful career in mainstream banking including Head of Wealth Management at Ansbacher & Co, over ten years as a Vice President at Merrill Lynch, and earlier roles at Baring Brothers, Bank of Tokyo Capital Markets and ABN Amro Bank. Geoff is a Freeman of The City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Ross Burnett (Arts Council England, observer)

Ross is a special advisor and policy maker without portfolio to the Chief Executive, Chair and Executive Board of Arts Council England. Ross has developed a number of projects on behalf of the Arts Council including the Arts Impact Fund, The Space and the Holistic Case for Culture as well as the Arts Council’s engagement with the Warwick Commission and the Culture White Paper. He came to the Arts Council after three years at Tate and holds a Masters in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Helen Goulden (Nesta)

Helen is Executive Director in Nesta’s Innovation Lab. The main focus of the Lab is to support the creation of new ideas and help promising innovations to reach and benefit more people. This is combined this with a wider focus on policy and systems change to enable more and better ideas to flourish. The Lab's work is extensive, covering topics as diverse as digital education, the collaborative economy, government innovation, citizen engagement in public services, digital arts & media; as well as incubating the Centre for Challenge Prizes.

Before joining Nesta, Helen worked in the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She spent five years consulting in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive television services.  Helen has a particular interest in sustainability, the future of food, agro-forestry and holds an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice.

Alison Holdom (Esmée Fairbairn Foundation)

Prior to joining the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in 2001, Alison had a variety of roles in the subsidised and commercial theatre sectors, including posts at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre.

Moira Sinclair (independent)

Moira is Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant maker that aims to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. PHF has a particular interest in social justice and in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

Previously, as Executive Director London and South East for Arts Council England, she oversaw a portfolio of 322 funded cultural organisations and contributed to national policy development, with a particular focus on the resilience and sustainability of the cultural sector and workforce development. She played a key role supporting the cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and continues to take forward its legacy at home and internationally.

Before joining Arts Council in 2005, Moira was Director of Vital Arts, an arts and health charity. She has also worked in local government, and in theatre and production management. A graduate of Manchester University where she studied drama, Moira became a Clore Fellow in 2004/05. She is Chair of East London Dance and Vice Chair of Look Ahead Care, Support and Housing. She is also a member of the British Library Advisory Council.

Andrea Sullivan (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)

Andrea oversees Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Environment, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) efforts in markets outside of the USA. In this role, she leads on the environment, community development, arts & culture, governance and sustainable business practices, and focusses on the strategic alignment and integration of ESG within BofA Merrill’s business objectives. Andrea is based in London.

Prior to joining the company, Andrea was a managing director at Lehman Brothers. She has also been the Chief Executive of the Lehman Brothers Foundation Europe and has held various corporate roles focusing on business strategy, marketing and communications.

She holds a BA degree in the Political Implications of Art and a Juris Doctorate from NYU School of Law. She is on various boards and committees including Create London, Children & the Arts and Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

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