Reetu Sood – Lead Trainer

Reetu is a freelance consultant, coach, facilitator, trainer and grants assessor, bringing more than 13 years’ experience working with commercial start-ups, charities and social enterprises. She brings expertise in funding, governance, strategy and business development, impact measurement, and accelerator programme design. Reetu has just completed her MSc Management at Birkbeck University, and is currently researching the support needs of BAME female entrepreneurs. She has held trustee positions with numerous charities, and is currently a trustee of Impact Hub Brixton.

Kareem Dayes – Co-creator

Kareem is a Community Organiser, Social Entrepreneur and Musician with extensive experience setting up social enterprises. Kareem has set up a successful record label and a Community Land Trust called RUSS that is working with local people to self-build affordable and sustainable homes. Kareem currently works for Lewisham Homes where he is using his experience to try and raise more investment in local projects. As a community organiser Kareem is passionate about building power in the civil sector to drive change in our communities. Kareem is also a lifelong resident Lewisham, “Lewisham is full of hard working and compassionate people, this gives us the potential to make Lewisham a global leader on issues of social and environmental justice.”

Fan Gu – CAF Venturesome

CAF Venturesome is the social investment team at Charities Aid Foundation. We are proud to be part of CAF, a charity helping other charities, supporting them by using philanthropic money specifically given to drive social impact.

Our mission is to provide social enterprises and charities with affordable repayable finance they need to sustain and grow their social impact.

We are unique as a wholly philanthropic social investor, and are funded by over 130 individuals and their families, grant-making trusts and corporates

We have made over 590 high social investments since 2002 worth £48m

Fan Gu is an Investment Executive within the Venturesome team. She manages a portfolio of social investments across Venturesome’s funds, with responsibilities ranging from assessing investment applications to monitoring existing investee performances.

Whitni Thomas – Triodos Corporate Finance

Triodos Corporate Finance support organisations making positive social or environmental change raise capital to grow.

They can advise you on finding and preparing for investment before introducing you to a community of social investors.

They also run their own online crowdfunding platform.

They have a long and successful track record of helping social enterprises raise million of pounds and are a leader in the social investment sector.

Whitni Thomas is the senior manager of investor relations and crowdfunding.