Our team

Aishah Akthar

Philanthropy Assistant

"Since joining Impetus-PEF, I have had the opportunity to witness the remarkable work that our charity partners do to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. It's a privilege to work for an organisation that follows a unique model with sustainable impact on disadvantaged young people, ensuring that they are succeeding in school, work and life."







Alicia Tompsett

Philanthropy Officer

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!

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.

Daniel Barker

Senior Philanthropy Manager

“I was lucky enough to attend one of our Impact Management Programme 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.

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.”

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.”

Josh Kernoghan

Events Coordinator

“Shortly after joining, I attended an event with one of our supporters. I was blown away by the passion of everyone in the room and their tangible investment in our unique way of working with a diverse range of charities. Our model helps so many young people go on to achieve their dreams and turn their lives around.”


Kirsten Baumback

Head of Events

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?


Suzanna du Plessis

Philanthropy Manager (New Business and Co-Investment)

"When I worked in wealth management, my clients would tell me that their main concern when it came to philanthropic giving was not knowing whether their donations were having a measurable impact. So, when I found Impetus-PEF and their innovative approach – finding, funding and building charities, I was interested. Since joining Impetus-PEF, I’ve been surrounded by a team who genuinely want to make a difference to the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds."