Passionate about housing and equal access to suitable housing for all, Eleanor is working to provide ethical business solutions to the problems in today’s housing industry. Her current project, Community Sponsors Homes, aims to fix a small part of the broken housing market and focuses on wheelchair accessible properties.
Her experience includes global communications focussing on ethics in business at FTSE 100s and start-ups, particularly within the property sector, as well as launching Nest Funding, helping Generation Rent to get onto the housing ladder.
A geek for historical properties, Eleanor can often be found exploring National Trust properties and wandering around stately homes with her dog, Eddie.
David has a long track record of innovation in investments which balance social and commercial returns. He has created, built and invested in businesses and run institutional funds as well as established a charity and social enterprise. David enjoys his work, cars and playing hockey.
Sharon developed and maintained major donor relationships within the charity sector for over 12 years, with a long track record of global corporate IT operations and change management. She likes swimming and striding the South Downs.
Liberty has 18 years’ experience of delivering marketing strategy and communications to the charitable and private equity sectors. She set up her own marketing consultancy to offer her services to sustainable enterprises that help create a better world through business and innovation.
Likes exploring oceans, dancing outside and eating good food with family & friends.
Dynamic and full of energy, Ben is driven by the need to make a positive impact on the world and work with others to achieve this. A graduate from the University of Reading, Ben studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics and also participated in multiple theatrical productions for Reading University Drama Society. Ben is an empathetic storyteller at heart, and as such uses his skills in understanding different points of view to present Community Sponsors Homes to different audiences, helping them understand the potential there is if we all work together.
Christopher is an entrepreneur within the UK fund industry. He was the founder and Chief Executive of Hearthstone Investments, a boutique residential property fund manager, from 2010 to 2016. The business attracted over £80m of investment across two funds from both retail and institutional investors.
Christopher now advises clients who want to establish funds in the residential property sector. Prior to his recent experience he qualified with KPMG in London and developed the financial modelling for a £1bn debt restructuring by a major UK utility group, as well as running his own residential property portfolio.
Nick is a non-executive director of Mill Group Holdings and Senior Advisor for Community Sponsors Homes. Nick’s background is in banking and he now holds a portfolio of consultancy and trustee roles centered on social investment and housing. He enjoys singing, playing his violin and long walks with Bertie the border terrier in Suffolk.
Following a long career in investment and wholesale banking, including the financing of accommodation and social infrastructure projects, Anthony was elected a Governor of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, appointed Chief Executive of Oracle Cancer Trust, funding research into head and neck cancer, and a Trustee of Skills for Life, funding the acquisition of life skills by young people in developing countries. When not watching cricket and rugby, Anthony pursues his interests in Africa, Brazil and France.
Mike Mackenzie, Chairman & Trustee of The Poppa Guttmann Trust
Brian has been at Aspire, a National Spinal Cord Injury Charity, since 1998. Over the past twenty years Brian has led the national expansion of the Charity’s work including a National Housing Programme that provides temporary homes for patients being discharged from hospital. Brian is also the Chairman of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity, a Director of Aspire Law, a Trustee of the Triathlon Trust and a Longford Trust Mentor.
In 1985, Stuart was spinally injured at the age of 17. Following this tragic event, he has turned what could have been a negative life into one of success and entrepreneurship.
In 1989, Stuart founded his own company, Cyclone (www.cyclonemobility.com), that is now regarded as one of the leading mobility and rehabilitation equipment suppliers in the UK. During his time in business, he has seen the benefits that correct housing can have on wheelchair users opportunities in life – both from customers and his own personal experiences. Stuart has developed two of his own self-build projects and watched 1,000s of wheelchair users go from restrictive housing to empowering designs.
Stuart will offer Community Sponsors Homes his wealth of knowledge to ensure the best housing resources are offered to the tenants.
Robert advises not for profit entities on investment strategy, and has developed charity related credit rating criteria for private investors. He has has been on housing association Boards, and his other charitable interests include membership of the Woodland Trust and local wildlife trust.
Ben Leonard founded META Finance in 2017 to help people help themselves. META’s mission is to accelerate how data is used to empower people. Prior to META, Ben spent 18 years in Investment Banking at HSBC leading a number of businesses. Most recently, he was Co-Head of the UK Financial Services team where he advised clients on Strategy, Operational & Regulatory change and Capital raising. Ben also spent time working with the UK Retail Business and the Pension Fund at HSBC, engaging with Treasury & the FCA on the Financial Advice Market Review and playing a core role in HSBC’s involvement in the Pension Dashboard project.
His interests include financial inclusion and social impact investing.