Our team

Andy Ratcliffe

Chief Executive Officer

“On GCSE results day, I met one of our charity CEOs. Their students got incredible results – the charity had made a big impact. But the first thing the CEO told me was about how the charity needed to do better for the young people who hadn’t done as well. I love that restlessness. We shouldn’t be satisfied until all young people get the support they need to succeed. I know my team, our partners, and I will stay restless until we get there.”

Read Andy's Schools Week profile.

Feruza Afewerki-Abraha

Operations Officer

“I love being a part of such a passionate, talented and dedicated team. Throughout my time here, I’ve really been inspired by the creative and resourceful solutions in approaching tough challenges this organisation is committed to pursuing.”

Olivia Antoniou

Events Coordinator

“At Impetus-PEF every working day is different and exciting. Every day there is another success to celebrate whether it be fundraising income, our charities, press acknowledgement or a story about our young people doing well.”

Daniel Barker

Philanthropy Manager

“I was lucky enough to attend one of our Access Foundation training sessions. As well as reminding me that I work with brilliant people, it was the first time I truly appreciated how difficult and how meaningful our work is. Considering the tough decisions that are needed to really put young people first and get the best results possible was an eye-opening experience.

Kirsten Baumback

Events Manager

Every time I look around the office, I am in awe of the incredible group of people that work here. Each individual is intelligent, kind, passionate about their work, funny, and dedicated. What more could you ask for in a workplace?

Magdelene Bayin-Adomako

Investment Director

A little while ago, I heard from a head teacher of a school in a very deprived area of the country. They were struggling with smaller budgets. Despite this, they kept the services of our charity partner – which they said were fundamental to the wellbeing of their children. That made me realise the importance of our work with our charities."

Chiku Bernardi

Investment Director

“At our team away day we held some success and failure awards – which were both hilarious and poignant. It felt great to see everyone in crazy wigs, cheering each other on. We hit gold every time we mix our robust and driven culture with caring and fun.”

David Edgar

Chief Operating Officer

Coming soon.

Patrick Edwards

Head of Communications (maternity cover)

“Where I live, people complain about young people ‘hanging around’ their streets. They complain that they’re there, but I’ve always wanted to know why they’re there. To help them move from street corners to other corners of life. That’s why I work for Impetus-PEF.”

Sebastien Ergas

Investment Director

Ending a first meeting with a potential charity partner and saying to myself ‘this Chief Exec takes nothing for granted, is very reflective about her charity's impact and is open about her leadership challenges' – that, was a very exciting moment, and the start of a great partnership.

Harriette Foster

Investment Manager – Pro Bono

I love the moments where we’re able to improve the impact of our pro bono programme. It’s my job to understand how pro bono support can address the specific needs of our charities and of course, benefit our supporters too. It’s great to see our supporters, charities and our own staff working together to change young lives – that’s when we see the impact of our pro bono network.

Ben Gadsby

Research and Policy Manager

“Too many of my friends from school didn’t get the opportunities I did, but the charities Impetus-PEF works with are putting that right. I love to hear the inspirational before and after stories from the young people those charities work with. Transformational change is possible.”

Aoife Gibson-Ebsworth

Executive Assistant to CEO

On my first away day with Impetus-PEF, the CEO was asked why he chose to work for the organisation. His response was so moving and passionate. I see that passion in every member of the Impetus-PEF team every day, and it is truly amazing to be a part of that team.

James Gubb

Investment Manager

“The big thing I learnt from running a social enterprise prior to joining Impetus-PEF is that for a charity to have long-lasting impact on a young person’s life it’s not enough to have a good heart or a great programme; it requires constant self-reflection, dispassionate awareness of performance and making seriously tough decisions day-in, day out. What I love is that Impetus-PEF has the guts to challenge charities to do so, constantly asking the difficult questions and encouraging those in our portfolio to do better and better... and they tell us it’s working!

Harriet Gugenheim

Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships

“I love going to our volunteering sessions with donors and young people. One of my favourite memories was an afternoon in a city office with a group of young people and volunteers – at the beginning everyone was nervous and quiet. But by the end of the session, we were all hugging each other good-bye. It’s those moments, where our two worlds collide, when I really see the power of Impetus-PEF’s work.”

Gabrielle Hamill

Investment Officer

“I had the opportunity to go to a Driving Impact workshop for our charity Teens and Toddlers. It was so interesting to see our Investment team work on such important topics with them and to witness our model at work. It made me realise how great it is to work with such an inspiring, committed and kind bunch of people.

Charlie Higson

Philanthropy Assistant

“One of the most valuable moments I have had at Impetus-PEF was at a charity led volunteering day. I was able to see first-hand the importance of engaging with young people and discussing their futures. Hearing the young people get excited about the variety of career paths that were available to them was a real highlight for me.”

Isabella Horrocks

Investment Manager

Before joining Impetus-PEF, I co-founded a social enterprise. The funders and mentors who were most valuable to me and my team, were those who invested in a long-term relationship based on trust. Those partners respected us enough to know when to challenge us to do better and when we needed practical support. I’m looking forward to putting this into practice with our charity partners at Impetus-PEF.”

Rianna King

Policy and Communications Apprentice

A little while after I joined Impetus-PEF, I was asked if I wanted to write a blog about my experience as their first-ever apprentice. That moment made me feel really valued and encouraged me to keep going. It made me think that they really care and want to hear from young people.”

Claudia R. Knights

Development Director

When I volunteered with one of our charities at an East London school, I saw that they had made a remarkable difference to young people - improving their grades at school and future aspirations. The charity was clear: they increased their impact by working with Impetus-PEF. This has given me confidence that the money I raise from donors really is a great investment.

Neha Mahendru

Investment Director

“I was lucky enough to go to an employability day with one of our charities and their young people who’ve been excluded from school. When we stepped into a glamorous fashion office, the teenagers looked around in awe – they’d never been inside a place like that. Yet one of the girls on the programme was so engaged that she’s gone on to do a fashion apprenticeship. Just brilliant.”

Sherine Mahmoud

Investment Director

“The times I’m working with a charity’s leadership team, going through performance data and we have that lightbulb moment when we can see how to improve results that’s the magical moment. And then from there we build a plan together to make that change happen. Every time we have that moment, and kick off a change, it reminds me of how much I love working at Impetus-PEF helping great charities to have an even bigger impact on young people’s lives. It’s hard work, but it’s so worth it.”

Luke McCarthy

Investment Director

The first of Impetus-PEF’s Performance Management Working Groups was a fantastic example of how we facilitate best practice sharing across our charities, many of which are grappling with the same challenges around the effectiveness of their programmes and how they track young people’s progress. Through their relationship with us, our charities are able to share expertise on how to overcome these challenges to provide the best opportunities for the young people they support.”

Dr. Maria Neophytou

Director of Public Affairs

“In public affairs, a big part of your job is persuading decision-makers to make time to talk to you. I was representing Impetus-PEF at a roundtable when a government minister came up to me to say she’d been looking forward to meeting us because she had heard about the great work we do with charities. She knew who we were, and for the right reasons! That was priceless.

Zoë Northridge

Communications Associate

For me, it was the moment I saw Hafso stand up on stage at our Transforming Lives Dinner. Here was a young woman who had been through so many hard times. Yet she had the courage to feature in our film – and tell a room full of 400 strangers. She changed her life around. She said that she couldn’t have done it without our charities. Without us. In that single moment, I realised that all my hard work was worth it.

Elisabeth Paulson

Portfolio Director

When a charity CEO or chair tells me what’s not working in their organisation or who they are failing – it is a sign of the trust and openness. That’s what’s inspiring, because it’s key to our partnership. Only then can we really help.”

Heather Poel

Philanthropy Manager (Engagement and Operations)

“Coming from a small education charity working with young people, I was truly inspired by the incredible work that Impetus-PEF do to support such a diverse range of charities, each uniquely helping disadvantaged young people to succeed. Since joining I’ve been struck by how passionate and intelligent everyone is and I’m looking forward to being part of such a great team driving for change.”

Lizzie Pring

Head of Communications (maternity leave)

Going along to a Driving Impact workshop in my first couple of months took my breath away. That our charity partners and their staff feel able to trust us enough to share their innermost workings with honesty and openness spoke volumes to me. The more I learned about Impetus-PEF, the more invested I felt. Here was a charity helping the sector in the most unusual but sensible way. Meeting the inspiring folk who would later become my colleagues only cemented those first impressions.”

Suzanna Rennie

Philanthropy Manager (New Business and Co-Investment)

Coming soon.

Will Simpson

Finance Manager

“When we hosted our annual dinner, I was able to meet a number of young people from our charities. A young man told me how one of our charities had helped him gain confidence and the skills to obtain a meaningful job. This illustrated to me just how much of an impact our work can have on the lives of young people.”

Barbara Storch

Director of Strategy, Impact and Learning

Having been around for quite a few years, and having gone through the very tough and difficult decisions we made following the merger, I was elated when the first amazing improvements in outcome data came in from some of our charities! While it has taken a few years, we are now seeing that our Driving Impact approach does work – our charity partners work with the right young people in their programmes, and deliver more meaningful outcomes for them.

Marina Svistak

Investment Manager & Performance and Analytics Lead

“I always feel inspired when our charities get really interested in data analytics and performance management. That’s the bread-and-butter of what I do. But it was a bit of a surprise when our first Youth Job Index generated keen interest across the sector too. It confirmed to me that the sector is thirsty for data insights into issues affecting young people and that this knowledge can drive real strategic change.

Alicia Tompsett

Philanthropy Assistant

It’s been fantastic having the opportunity to attend volunteering sessions and celebration events with our charities like IntoUniversity and Resurgo. Every time I go, I hear the stories of the young people our work helps and it always makes me so proud to be a part of Impetus-PEF. What we do is so unique and worthwhile!

Sarah Young

Investment Director

"The reason I love what I do is the close partnership that we have with our charity CEOs. They are an extremely inspirational group of individuals and it is a privilege to help them overcome the inherent challenges that come with running an organisation that tackles social disadvantage head on. A recent great moment for me was being able to bring in a pro bono expert to help a CEO think about how their leadership team would need to develop to manage future growth. An hour and half of conversation later and the answer was much clearer!"