Our Board and Staff

Access' board reflects its mission. Its trustees have deep experience in the social sector and in trusts and foundations, as well as the business and financial sectors.

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Board of Trustees

john kingston

John Kingston Chair

John was the Founder Director of CAF Venturesome, the Charities Aid Foundation's pioneering social investment fund (2001 - 2011). He chaired the Association of Charitable Foundations from 2010 to 2014, was a non-executive director of Big Society Capital until July 2015 and was a Senior Adviser at Social Finance until September 2015. Earlier in his career, he was a Director of Save the Children UK and before that worked for 3i Group plc. He is a Trustee of HelpAge International and Chair of ReConnections Ltd, a project working to reduce loneliness in older people in Worcestershire.

John is a member of Access's Endowment Investment Committee and is Chair of the Joint Investment Committee. 

Sue Cooper

Sue specialises in working with charities and social enterprises and is passionate about the difference these organisations can make, both in local communities and in society as a whole. Her business skills and knowledge come from a career in banking. For the past 18 years she has worked with charities and social enterprises for Triodos Bank UK and as CEO of a similar regulated finance organisation in New Zealand. Returning to the UK she set up a new social investment programme for an endowed charitable foundation. Sue is based in Bristol and works as a consultant and non-executive director.

Sue is a member of Access's Reach Working Group. 

David Curtis

David Curtis

David Curtis is currently Chief Operating Officer of Wakelet, a high growth technology platform which helps people to organise online information so it's easier to find and share. Previously, David was Managing Director of the Timewise Foundation, which helps businesses to attract and develop the best talent through flexible working.  He led the business growth of this award-winning social enterprise group, including its jobsite, recruitment agency and support and advisory service, Women Like Us. David began his career in project finance and investment banking, leaving Merrill Lynch in 2002 to join CAF Venturesome in its early stages of growth. He is now based in the North West, and David brings to Access a comprehensive understanding of the needs of growing businesses through relevant finance and operational insights, entrepreneurial knowledge and investment expertise in this sector.

David is a member of Access's Audit and Risk Committee. 

Arvinda Gohil

Arvinda Gohil is the Chief Executive of Community Links, a social action and advocacy charity  based on east London, where she has developed the organisations capacity and structured a strategic partnership with a national charity called Catch22.   Arvinda has worked in the not for profit and charitable sector all of her working life. She was previously Chief Executive of Emmaus UK, where she led the introduction of social investment to member organisations. Prior to this, she ran her own consultancy for five years, specialising in governance, leadership and equalities. Previous roles include Membership Services Director at the National Housing Federation; Assistant Director for Regulation at the Housing Corporation and Chief Executive of two Housing Associations. Arvinda has also worked in South Africa where she assisted in developing a social housing model.

Arvinda is Chair of Access's Reach Working Group. 

Victoria Hornby

Victoria Hornby

Victoria Hornby is currently Director of Grants and Evaluation for the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, where she has been since 2011. Previously, she was on the executive team of the Sainsbury Family Trusts for nearly 12 years during which time she managed the social investment portfolios of the four Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and led the Trusts’ interests in social investment both as a grant-maker and as a social investor. Victoria also served as a member of the Futurebuilders Investment Committee. Current non –executive roles include:  Director, Social Finance and trustee of Bridges Charitable Trust. Victoria brings to the Access Board her significant experience of the social sector as  a pioneering grant giver / impact investor as well as her practical understanding of the UK social investment market.

Victoria is a member of the Joint Investment Committee and Access's Endowment Investment Committee. 

Ann Oldroyd

Ann Oldroyd

Ann currently supports the Social Enterprise Investment Fund as a member of the fund’s external panel and its Reach and Audit committees. Until January 2016 Ann supported the £60m CDFA Regional Growth Fund programme, formerly as a member of its external investment panel and from September to December 2015 as the panel’s liaison with delivery partners.  Ann retired from full time employment in late 2013, having spent the previous 12 years working at the Key Fund, a social investor in the north of England.  For eight of those 12 years Ann led the staff team at Key Fund as Chief Executive Officer and was also Company Secretary.  Previous to 2001 Ann spent time in resource management/administration including periods in manufacturing, agriculture, HM Services and education. She was a director of the CDFA for 6 years and has spent time as a school governor. She now concentrates her business commitment to Access, bringing her wealth of experience on providing appropriate lending to social enterprises at different stages of growth to Access as it develops its Growth Fund.

Ann is a member of Access's Audit and Risk Committee and the Joint Investment Committee. 

Martin Rich

Martin Rich is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Future-Fit Foundation, a non-profit focused on creating a truly sustainable future. Before this he spent seven years as Sales Director of Social Finance Limited where he focused primarily on developing the investor base for social impact investments and also served as a member of the Asset Allocation Working Group for the G7 Social Investment Task Force. Martin previously spent over 12 years in international investment banking working on structured finance products for UBS, JPMorgan and HSBC. He has a passion for sustainable development and poverty relief and is engaged in a range of trustee, investment committee and advisory roles, including as a member of the Social Investment Business Assets and Liabilities Committee, helping to oversee the investments of the Futurebuilders and Modernisation funds.

Martin is the Chair of Access's Endowment Investment Committee. 

Annika Small

Annika Small is Co-Founder and Director of CAST, a non-profit focused on accelerating the use of technology to drive social change. Age UK, Breast Cancer Care, Safe Lives, Centrepoint, National Childbirth Trust and Parkinsons UK are among the charities working with CAST to improve their service delivery. Prior to CAST, Annika was founding CEO of Nominet Trust which, under her leadership, invested more than £25m in early-stage ventures that deploy technology for social innovation. Before this, Annika founded Generation Global which is now operational in more than 25 countries, using technology to bring together young people from different cultures to learn directly with, from and about each other. Previously Annika was CEO of Futurelab, which develops radically new approaches to teaching and learning using technology. Annika is a Trustee of the Design Council, a Trustee of Founders4Schools and a Non-Executive Director of Lightful. Annika brings to Access her first-hand experience of supporting early-stage social ventures to develop and grow as well as a strong track record in social innovation. 

Annika is Chair of Access's Audit and Risk Committee. 

Steve Wyler

Steve Wyler

Steve Wyler was CEO of Locality  between 2011 and 2014 and previously Director of the Development Trust Association for ten years before it merged with Bassac to become Locality. Prior to this, he worked as an advisor to grant making organisations including the Big Lottery Fund, Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, the Kings Fund and the Bridge House Estate Trust Fund. He is a former Vice Chair of Social Enterprise UK, Social InvestmentTask force advisor and co founder and board member of the Adventure Capital Fund. He currently sits on the Board of a number of charitable organisations and is working as an independent advisor and writer in the field of social change and innovation. Steve brings to Access a strong understanding of the social sector across the UK, including its financial and support requirements.

Steve is a member of Access's Audit and Risk Committee and Access's Reach Working Group. 


Seb Elsworth Chief Executive

Seb has been Chief Executive of the Access Foundation since May 2015, overseeing a team of six.

Prior to joining Access, Seb was Deputy Chief Executive at the Social Investment Business, a leading social investment intermediary, where he led on developing a range of programmes helping charities and social enterprises access social investment, and bringing new investors into the social investment market.

Seb was previously Director of Strategy at ACEVO, and he started his career as a student executive officer at Leeds University Union.

Seb was appointed to the Council of the University of Leeds in August 2016, and was a trustee of Kings College London Students Union from 2011 to 2015.

You can follow Seb on twitter at @sebelsworth


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Simon Meldrum Investment Manager

Simon is responsible for the Growth Fund and brings extensive knowledge of banking and finance as well as working with social sector organisations. His banking career covered a variety of roles across debt capital markets at leading international institutions. He also acted as a Finance Director for an early-stage venture and has experience of advising social sector organisations. He enjoys working with people and teams to implement projects which deliver social and financial objectives. He was awarded a scholarship to study at London Business School where he obtained an MBA and is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.


Ed Anderton Strategy and Policy Manager

Ed joined Access in July 2015 as the Strategy and Policy Manager. He leads the development and delivery of our Capacity Building programmes, alongside managing our work with data, systems and reporting processes. 

Prior to joining Access Ed spent three years at Nominet Trust, the UK's leading #techforgood funder, where he led their involvement in the 360giving open data initiative, developed systems for their Triple Helix impact reporting process, and was principal researcher for the Nominet Trust 100.  He began his career working in performing arts education, which led circuitously into community development, education consultancy, conflict resolution (mediation and training), and a stint in Whitehall (BIS) working on improving the regulation of the social sector.

You can follow Ed on Twitter @ejanderton


Janie Oliver Finance and Operations Manager

Janie joined Access in May 2015 as the Finance and Operations Manager.

Janie will be responsible for all financial, compliance, legal and HR requirements, both in the initial set-up and then the continued operations of the Foundation.

Janie is a qualified chartered accountant, who prior to joining Access, worked for nearly 8 years in UK Retail Banking, primarily in Finance and HR Reward roles. Prior to this, Janie spent time in both Cape Town and New York working in audit for a variety of clients.

Janie’s broad range of experience will be invaluable in ensuring the Foundation has robust processes in place, allowing for its smooth running going forward.