Paul Williams - Chairman
Paul Williams is an entrepreneur and social impact investor. In 1985 he founded the first environmental magazine in the UK, 'Environment Now', becoming part of the international publishing company ‘World Publications’. He was later CEO of MLS Group plc, employing 800 staff, a global business-support services company mainly comprising fully serviced offices in over 80 locations across the UK, India and China. His other business interests have included events management, IT services and property development. He has been a trustee of several charities and is currently a trustee of Catch22 and New Generation Schools Trust.
I have always taken a keen interest in the charity volunteering sector believing that it had the potential to leverage existing projects and add significant value to the work charities do. However I had become increasingly frustrated by the low-skilled opportunities often pursued and lack of coordination and professionalism in identifying real needs and matching these with skilled volunteers. When I was introduced to Ethical Angel and discussed this with senior trustees and professionals in the Charity sector, and corporate world, I realised that the EA team had come up with the answer to a lot of the difficulties and barriers I and others had seen.
Sir Stephen O'Brien, CBE - Ambassador
Sir Stephen O’Brien CBE is an Ambassador for Ethical Angel. He is also a Trustee of Foundation For Future London, Barts Charity and Music in Secondary Schools Trust. He is Vice President of Business in the Community, Convenor of The Second Curve Network and he Chairs The London Communities Commission
Previously Stephen was Chair of Barts Health NHS Trust, NHS Tower Hamlets, Unicorn Children’s Theatre, University of East London, International Health Partners, London First, Teach First, London Works and Charles Fulton and Co Ltd. He was the first Chief Executive of Business in the Community and London First and he supports several charities in their strategy and fundraising including Bi-Polar UK, Young Epilepsy and Anchor House. He has a special interest in mental health and Chaired The 2015 Commission on Mental Health and Society.
Ethical Angel is a remarkable new platform for measuring the effectiveness of corporate engagement in the community and of charities.
Sir Stephen O'Brien
Mark Lever - Ambassador
Mark Lever is Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. Since 1962, the National Autistic Society has been campaigning for autistic people’s rights and providing support and advice to autistic people and their families. The charity is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
Mark is also a member of the National Autism Programme Board which oversees the implementation of the strategy for autistic adults. Prior to joining the National Autistic Society in 2008, Mark worked for 12 years at the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), holding a range of roles, including, Director of Strategic Development and Operations and then CEO. He was previously a partner at accountancy firm Kidsons (now Baker Tilly). He is a Cranfield MBA, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institutes of Personnel and development, and Marketing.
The relationships between charities and corporate supporters have always been important. Ethical Angel gives charities the opportunity to engage with a wider range of corporate supporters across a wider range of activities and consequently enables them to increase the impact they have for the people they support
Pamela Dow - Ambassador
Pamela leads public service reform at Catch22, a social business providing education, welfare and justice in more human and locally accountable ways, and unlocking capacity across all sectors. A senior civil servant for a decade, she supported the education reform programme of Rt Hon Michael Gove MP 2011-2014, joining him again as Director of Strategy at the Ministry of Justice to help design a more devolved, accountable, porous approach to rehabilitation and resettlement. As well as influencing system and policy reform, Pamela has a record of supporting social entrepreneurs and ‘disrupters’ to challenge and improve the status quo, from Code4000, the first coding project in UK prison, to Beyond Bars, the first prisoner debating tournament. At Catch22 she has formalised the incubation programme, and also sits on the Board of successful ‘incubee’ ‘London Village Network’. Pamela is a frequent judge for schools project Debating Matters, panel speaker at the annual Battle of Ideas, and founded ‘De Beauvoir Debates’, a quarterly event series in North London.
Ethical Angel is the perfect solution to multiple problems. It solves the supply and demand issue where the people in organisations with resources to give can be matched directly with the organisations who need them. It solves a data problem whereby organisations can quantify the resources they are giving and it solves an efficiency problem whereby all of this is automated and transparent.
Suleiman Abdulahi - Ambassador
HAPANI founder and director Suleiman Abdulahi is a passionate human rights and social justice advocate with a strong social entrepreneurial, IT and business background. Fluent in Arabic, Danish, English, and Somali, Suleiman was one of the first people involved in the development of multiple diaspora and civil society organisations. He was listed in the Ethnic Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and awarded Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s Level 1 Award in 2008.
Charities, Social Entrepreneurs and Businesses coming together to build capacities for good was what I was always looking for. I believe Ethical Angel is well placed to lead a generation of change makers, that is why I have agreed to join as an Ambassador. I am looking forward to participating in this innovative initative which ultimately makes this world a better place for everyone.
Reverend Canon Steve Chalke, MBE - Ambassador
Steve is a British Baptist minister and the founder of the Oasis Charitable Trust, which has grown in 30 years to be one of the largest charities in the UK. Today, Oasis has over 6500 employees and operates in 11 countries, across 4 continents, with the goal of delivering housing, education, training, youthwork and healthcare. Steve is a former United Nations' Special Adviser on Human Trafficking, entrepreneur, author and social activist. Steve holds the Guinness World Record for the largest amount of sponsorsip money ever raised by an individual through a single event, £2.32m at the 2011 London Marathon which he completed in 4 hours and 31 minutes.
Happiness doesn’t last, happiness comes and it goes so happiness doesn’t get you through life. Purpose and meaning get you through life. That’s a diet worth living off. The genius of Ethical Angel is not just to link the corporate sector to the charities and all the great work they’re doing, but it’s to answer the question, “Who am I? Why am I here?” and find purpose through the wonders of digital.
Steve Chalke, MBE
Laila Charlton-Meyrick - Ambassador
Laila Charlton-Meyrick, originally an Iranian immigrant came to the UK with her family over 30 years ago and has since built a professional international career in finance working in research for CrossBorder Capital, in management consultancy at McKinsey & Co and as a strategic advisor to several UHNW families at UBS AG and more recently at Credit Suisse AG. She has a strong interest and passion in social and environment impact and having recently left her career in banking, she has set out with the main objective to “shift the mindset” of private asset owners, in order to direct their funds towards investments and initiatives that make a positive impact on our world. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a member of the Foreign Language Honour Society (speaks Farsi, English and French).
Having worked in large international organisation, I know how critical it is for companies to have the right engagement programme for ALL their employees and the environment the businesses operate in, which for some is on an international scale. It is pure genius how Ethical Angel has set out to efficiently marry the highly skilled and talented pool of volunteers in an organisation with the causes that matter to them and those causes that need the help and resources the most. In addition, the benefits to the businesses are endless and quantifiable, which is unique. This is an outstanding example of using “Tech for Good”.
Paul Afshar - Ambassador
Paul has been working at frontier of responsible business for over a decade. Starting a successful environmental services business in China and selling it to return to consultancy in the UK, Paul has worked with one in four of the FTSE100 to advise how to meet expectations around sustainability and responsible business.
Paul has most recently been working with companies to help them understand the evolving nature of ESG and audience expectations of business. He writes widely for the Independent, Huffington Post and City AM and has appeared on the BBC to discuss Purposeful Business issues. He is a Board Member of technology start-up Circl.
Responsible businesses will only succeed by embodying the issues their employees care about. I can think of no better innovation in the past year than Ethical Angel to connect employees with impactful action and delivering social change.
David Stead - Ambassador
David Stead leads the Philanthropy Division at the Charities Aid Foundation, which works with private client, family and corporate donors globally to help them achieve their goals for philanthropy and social investment. The teams provide expert advice and design client solutions in the most effective ways.
David Stead has been in his current position at CAF since November 2013, having joined after two years as CEO at London legal firm 11KBW. With a background in marketing, he has held directorial positions at a number of major organisations, including Accenture, KPMG and UBS. As well as an MBA from IESE, David holds a BSc (Hons) from Cass Business School.
Charities don’t just have a funding gap, many also have a skills and expertise gap especially for special projects. Likewise employees are keen to help and use their skills to make a positive difference at a time when we have so many difficult issues to address. I support Ethical Angel because it helps to bring these different parties together through intelligent matching. This creates a win:win situation for all those involved including the ultimate beneficiaries.
Euan Imrie - Ambassador
Euan is the Chief Operating Officer at Charities Trust the payroll giving agency and donations management organisation. Charities Trust aim to grow charitable giving by making it as simple and as straightforward as possible for companies and their employees to raise money for, and donate money to the charitable sector. They do this by offering their clients a wide range of fundraising tools, services and advice.
Euan also chairs The Learning Trust a Chester based multi-academy trust and has been a trustee at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation for many years. Prior to joining Charities Trust he spent 25 years in business with Unisys, Price Waterhouse and the Littlewoods Organisation, where he was Group Finance Director. An 8 year stint as Bursar at Sandbach School led him into the not-for-profit sector where he has remained ever since.
One of the last major untapped areas of charitable giving is genuine value added volunteering. Ethical Angel provides an opportunity for charities and employers alike to release this latent potential.
Alexander Fahie - Founder & CEO
Ethical Angel was started by Alexander as a passion project while he was working as an investment manager. He was initially interested in trying to find correlations between performance and corporate social responsibility campaigns but quickly found that very few companies were utilising their greatest resource, their people. He then spent the best part of two years asking questions from those at all levels of business and charities to find out why there was so little interaction between the two sectors. Slowly the Ethical Angel solution emerged and is now positioning itself to be the best digital platform in the market for connecting employees 'angels", businesses and causes. You can find him on LinkedIn here.
I love the charitable sector, its innovation, passion and impact. I also love that the private sector is increasingly embedding purpose into business, and the effect bringing its skills and infrastructure could have. I want Ethical Angel to be the easiest to use and most value-adding platform for integrating these two sectors. By providing more value to each sector, there will be more activity and charities will find more help to benefit society.
Claire Wouters - General Counsel
Claire is a solicitor who began her career at Linklaters where she specialised in corporate law. Seeking an alternative to the work offered by international corporate law, she joined a law firm specialising in advising small businesses and start-ups on a variety of commercial law issues. She was subsequently appointed General Counsel at a management consultancy start-up and is responsible for the company’s legal function.
Having seen how rewarding pro bono work could be for both employees and charitable causes in a law firm, I believe Ethical Angel provides a great solution for companies to offer their people the opportunity to apply their professional skills to meaningful causes, and in turn develop a greater connection with the communities in which they live and work.
Morgan Kainth - Strategy Lead
Morgan has worked in the philanthropy space creating innovative solutions to social problems for six years. Passionate about the role of tech in driving intelligent and impactful social engagement, Morgan is now consulting on strategy and routes to market for innovators in "tech for good" and more broadly for charities themselves. Alongside this, Morgan chairs the board of RefuAid, and works on building philanthropic communities for the future.
I am always greatly inspired by platforms that take an holistic approach to encouraging charitable engagement. Ethical Angel has developed, and will always develop, with all pieces of the puzzle in mind: businesses, individuals, and social causes. It's exciting to put my learning about each of those individual cohorts into practice for Ethical Angel, which offers a solution of benefit to all. It's a rare find, and one that has amazing potential.
Zak Cook - Deployment Lead
Zak has 24 years of experience working as a Partner in the professional service sector across a broad array of businesses and industries. During this time he has specialised in managing organisational change programmes often driven and enabled by the introduction of new technology. At Ethical Angel, Zak is responsible for working closely with Businesses to help manage the successful deployment and adoption of the Ethical Angel platform into those organisations.
Throughout my working life I’ve observed a demonstrable change in the private sector’s assumed level of responsibility for positive societal contribution but the capacity for businesses and employees to do more is so much greater. The appetite to do good is not what’s been lacking; too often the private sector’s volunteering modus operandi has focused on low level team building events which can sometimes lack personal meaning. From my own first had experience I’ve left these events questioning the real value that I’d contributed. The Ethical Angel platform addresses this head on. It is both a simple and elegant solution which embraces digital technology to help more effectively match the real needs of causes with individual’s skills and personal preferences.
Peter Moys - Finance Director
Peter is a Chartered Accountant who has over 20 years experience as an International Group Finance Director. He has taken (as FD) a company onto the London Stock Exchange and worked with Private Equity backed Media companies for 10 years with revenues ranging from £1 million to over £70 million employing over 450 staff.
Ludovic Williams - Senior Engagement Manager
After seeing not only the need for, but the power of, corporate social responsibility, Ludovic has been researching and working with businesses and charities to generate better and more fruitful relationships. With a B.Sc in Psychology an MA in Human Rights and a career in building and generating relationships, he has been working towards not only the business but the normative case for a corporate community engagement. You can find him on LinkedIn here.
I passionately believe in the reciprocal relationships between businesses, their employees and causes. Not only the immediate positive outcomes, but the long-term impacts that can be shared through all parties. What excites me about Ethical Angel, is the simplicity of its product in facilitating this relationship, the efficiency it can deliver, and the passion behind the team. The field of community engagement is relatively new and the possibilities are endless in this very exciting time. I firmly believe that Ethical Angel has the ability and the drive to make a real positive difference to causes and business alike.
Callum Leslie-Draper - Engagement Manager
Callum has several years of experience within the private sector working strategically with businesses and individuals to transform their relationship with work. While working at Unilever he led company-level internal culture change projects placing social and environmental impact at the core of business operations and as a result has enjoyed observing the development of happier, more fulfilled and energised individuals. At Ethical Angel, Callum is responsible for working closely with businesses, showcasing how Ethical Angel’s platform can deliver a service that is valued by all stakeholders. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.
I enjoy seeing people develop as they realise they can contribute their skills and abilities for the common good in their day-to-day lives. There is something that moves inside all of us as individuals when we make a conscious choice to work for the benefit of all, and this is what attracted me to the Ethical Angel platform. By simplifying the ease at which private sector employees can connect their skills with charitable causes it’s a win-win for all parties and humanity benefits as a result.
Leanne Ledgard - Charity Relationship Manager
Leanne is very excited to join Ethical Angel as our Charity Relationship Manager having worked as a Programme Manager for an NGO in Hong Kong for the past four years. Leanne was responsible for developing relationships with organisations and creating opportunities for volunteers to meaningfully impact the wider community. Having experienced the importance of matching volunteers skill-set to the needs of charities, she is passionate about working with our causes to help them connect to the corporate sector.
Ethical Angel facilitates a collaboration between charities and corporates to work together to tackle some of societies biggest problems. By empowering employees to offer their professional skills to good causes, we are changing the landscape of volunteerism to be more meaningful and to have more impact.
Sebastian Hoeg - Non-Executive Director
Sebastian started his career working for an Investment Bank in Paris, firstly as an Analyst in the LBO team, then onto Corporate Finance and Syndicated Debt in London. Having decided the banking sector was not for him and with a yachtmaster licence, and many nautical miles, under his belt, he co-founded the Environmental Investment Organisation, an NGO and think-thank with a mission to rank the world’s largest companies by carbon emissions. This incubated what became Engaged Tracking Ltd, which he co-founded in 2014. Engaged Tracking provides climate-related data, analytics and investment strategies to the financial services industry. Sebastian has launched, invested in, advised and consulted for a number of startups in the tech and sustainability spaces. You can find him on LinkedIn here.
There are currently far too many barriers, insufficient awareness of and a distinct lack of choice, when it comes to matching professionals with the good causes that need their help. Ethical Angel is an opportunity to bridge this divide, providing not only an elegant connection for the parties involved, but also a valuable source of data to further improve the efficiency of and reporting on these social contributions. We are striving to shape tools which will measurably increase and improve the understanding of impact in the social giving arena.