Our team

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.”


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.”


Watch Elisabeth talk about our pro bono work with our charity partners

Gabrielle Hamill

Investment Associate

“I had the opportunity to go to a Driving Impact workshop for our charity Power2. 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.


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.

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.”

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!

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.”

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."


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.”

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!"

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.


Sherine Mahmoud

Investment Director

“The times I’m working with a charity’s leadership team, going through performance data and we have that light bulb 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.”

Tamara Baleanu

Investment Manager

"Witnessing a charity leader's light bulb moment is exhilarating, whether it's to do with using data to improve the outcomes of their young people or developing a new five-year strategy for their organisation. It's such a privilege to get to play a part in it."