I have always been motivated by two things: to build a full-service consultancy offer for the not-for-profit sector and to work with brilliant people. It’s never been of interest to go it alone so what’s sustained and excited me is developing Eastside People as a utility for the sector with colleagues who have believed in the same. Everyday I learn from them.
I am the Chief Executive of Eastside People and have been advising social sector organisations for 20 years now.
In the early part of my career, I worked for Citigroup and other financial institutions with a particular focus on corporate mergers – which became of value many years later when we started to develop a merger support service for charities and social enterprises.
Having gained experience in the private sector, I then transitioned into the social sector by assisting the Big Issue on the development of their social investment fund, Big Issue Invest.
It was a fantastic entry point giving me exposure to the homelessness sector, social enterprise and social investment – areas which I am still passionate about today and which then became important priorities for the firm.
Around this time, I collaborated on the idea of a consultancy firm for the not-for-profit sector that could offer strong finance and business advice, which would become Eastside People. Beyond management duties, I continue to work with a group of leaders in social housing, health and social care, education and youth services, and particularly focus on how we can build world class operations for purpose.
I’ve also had the privilege to support some wonderful organisations as a board member including Big Issue Invest (an impact investment fund), 3SC (a fundraising platform for charities), Computer Aid International (an NGO tackling digital inclusion), a local music festival and a large local secondary in Suffolk, Farlingaye High School.
I am married to an Estonian wife and together we have three football-mad children who keep me on my toes and on the side of a football pitch most weekends.