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. 

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 is Chief Executive of Mental Health Innovations, a new charity building a portfolio of innovative, digital mental health services. She was previously Director of Grants and Evaluation for the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and Senior Executive at the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.  Victoria has served as a member of the investment committees of Venturesome, Futurebuilders and Charity Bank. Current non–executive roles include:  Director, Social Finance, Adviser to the Charles Dunstone Charitable Trust and a Trustee of Bridges Charitable Trust.

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

Ann Oldroyd

Ann Oldroyd

Ann retired in 2013, after 12 years at Key Fund, 8 of those as Chief Executive. Previous to that, Ann spent time in resource management and 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. Ann supported the DoH £100m+ Social Enterprise Investment Fund from inception in 2007 to 2017.  The Fund invested in a wide range of health and social care areas.   Previous to and after retirement Ann supported the £60m Responsible Finance Regional Growth Fund programme supporting business growth, firstly as a member of its external investment panel and latterly as the panel’s liaison with delivery partners. Across 2015/2016 Ann acted as a liaison between Responsible Finance, social investors and private sector supporters developing an on line fast, fair and flexible personal credit product.

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. 

David Curtis

David Curtis

David is Chief Financial Officer of LivingLens, a technology business which helps unlock insights in people's stories for the world’s leading market research agencies and brands.  Previously, David has led the growth of scale ups, both within commercial and social enterprise settings. This includes his time as co-founder and MD of Timewise, the groundbreaking social enterprise group which helps businesses to attract and develop the best talent through flexible working.  David began his career in project finance and investment banking, leaving Merrill Lynch in 2002 to join CAF Venturesome in the early stages of its growth, supporting the development of the emerging social investment market in the UK.

David is a member 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. 

Staff

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

seb.elsworth@access-si.org.uk

Photo by Claudia Leisinger

Janie Oliver Finance and Operations Manager

Janie is the Finance and Operations Manager at Access. Janie is responsible for all financial, compliance, legal, HR and operational aspects of the organisation, including leading on the investment of Access’s £60m endowment.

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 has a passion for supporting front line charities and social enterprises and is a trustee and treasurer of FISCH UK (Future for Iringa Street Children), supporting street children in Iringa, Tanzania, as well as a founding trustee of Orchards, a charity currently being established with the vision to see women free from sexual exploitation and thriving.