Meet the team

Find out more about the team behind the fund and get in touch

Fran Sanderson, Head of Arts Investments and Programmes

Fran went into fund management at JPMorgan following an MA in Philosophy and Maths and periodic work in charity administration and fundraising. After this, she took a career break in which she travelled round Europe and settled for a year living off-grid in Portugal with her young family. On her return, she started working at Big Society Capital as an investment director, where she worked on a wide variety of social investment deals. Fran is also Treasurer of Cambridge House, a settlement in Walworth, South London, and works closely with UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, in a non-exec capacity. Fran is passionate about literature and creative writing, and enjoys music, theatre and dance as an enthusiastic observer. Fran last trod the boards herself in 1995, taking a minor role in a Winchester performance of Nicholas Nickleby. Her performance garnered generous reviews in the school magazine (of which she was editor).  

Seva Phillips, Fund Manager

Seva joined the Arts Impact Fund (at Nesta) from The Young Foundation, where he worked on a venture support programme and investment fund focused on supporting early stage social ventures tackling inequality in education. Prior to this he was making social investments across a number of thematic areas at CAF Venturesome, a leading social investor. Seva began his career in corporate tax advisory at EY. He is interested in helping good ideas achieve scale and has advised a number of social ventures in his career, including Humanutopia and Hatch. Seva’s cultural interests include cult cinema, aesthetics and all kinds of performing arts – he is currently experimenting with street dance. Seva has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, a MA in Social and Political Thought and holds the Investment Management Certificate.  

Svetlana Karadimova, Assistant Programme Manager

Svetlana was Arts Impact Fund's first Investment Intern, joining the team in October 2016. She now supports the Fund as Assistant Programme Manager and is the first point of contact for all web and e-mail enquiries. Prior to joining the team, Svetlana achieved a Distinction in Arts and Cultural Management from King’s College London where she worked on a collaborative research project with Battersea Arts Centre, exploring how arts organisations can become more resilient by engaging with their staff, partners, audiences and communities. Svetlana's background is in theatre and the performing arts and she has worked on a variety of projects both in the UK and abroad. Her main interests are dramaturgy, European theatre, cross-cultural collaborations and socially engaged practices.


Rachael Bull, Assistant Programme Manager

Rachael works across the Creative Economy, Arts & Culture strand at Nesta, working across the team’s wider portfolio of programmes. Rachael also manages our referrals as an Access Point to the Reach Fund. Prior to joining Nesta in 2015, Rachael was a Project Manager at a leading arts consultancy, with over nine years’ experience working in arts management. Her background is in contemporary visual arts projects, organising exhibitions and national touring shows, and managing commissions, prizes and awards. Rachael has worked closely with a variety of clients and stakeholders including Arts Council England, Southbank Centre, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Visual Arts, Natural History Museum, Haywood Gallery Touring and Forestry Commission England. In her spare time she enjoys analog photography and taking people who wouldn’t normally visit to a museum or gallery.