Meet our Investment & Commissioning Panel

Earlier this month we held our first Investment & Commissioning Panel meeting for the Impact for Growth strand of the Impact Management Programme.

The Panel has the important role of selecting the successful Impact for Growth grant applications and provides independent, external oversight to this process. The panel is made up of the programme funders, active investors, commissioners and those with commissioning experience to bring a range of expertise to the decision making and to maintain a portfolio approach to the grants awarded.

Read more about our panel members below:

Rob Abercrombie (Chair of panel), Director of Research & Consulting, NPC 

Rob leads NPC’s Research & Consulting team which works with organisations from across the sector, supporting them with their strategies for achieving social impact. He has a background in effective philanthropy, strategy consulting, and community activism.

Ed Anderton, Strategy and Policy Manager, Access 

Ed leads the development and delivery of Access’s capacity building programmes, which includes the Impact Management Programme. Prior to joining Access, Ed spent three years at Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading #techforgood funder.

Peter Gilson, Senior Investment Manager, Northstar Ventures 

Peter has extensive knowledge of impact management and the issues facing VCSE’s when dealing with commissioners and investors. One of the most influential social investors in the North East of England, Peter has over 10 years experience in social investment and a further 30 years within the banking industry.

Richard Harries, Director of Research Institute, Power to Change

Richard is Director of the Power to Change Research Institute. A former senior civil servant and deputy director of the think tank Reform, Richard has extensive public policy and research experience. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Councils for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the charity Volunteering Matters, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at Queen Mary’s University. Power to Change co-funded the Pathway strand of the Impact Management Programme.

Marcus Hulme, Social Impact Director, Big Society Capital 

Marcus currently leads on social impact for Big Society Capital and has worked in the charity sector for 22 years. He has extensive experience of impact measurement, research, strategy and policy. He helped design the Impact Management Programme and also sits on the Steering Group for the programme.

Mat Ilic, Strategic Director (Justice), Catch 22

Mat has extensive experience in the public, private and third sectors. He has experience of commissioning as well as delivering PbR contracts and creating Project Oracle to improve evidence for London’s youth sector.

Andrew Levitt, Head of Social Impact Bonds, Bridges Fund Management

Andrew leads Bridges’ work managing payment by results contracts. Bridges is supporting 30 mission-driven organisations to deliver payment by results contracts for 33 local and national commissioners around the UK.

Anne Lythgoe, Manager of Policy and Partnerships, Salford City Council

Anne leads the strategic policy team at Salford City Council and brings extensive experience in public sector commissioning, procurement and social value. Formerly in charge of planning, performance and evaluation for the Salford New Deal for Communities programme, Anne has also trained as a social auditor.

Kate Mulley, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Action for Children

Kate leads the policy and campaigns department at the UK charity Action for Children working with over 370,000 children and families each year. She brings experience in delivering commissioned services and demonstrating impact.

Elisabeth Paulson, Portfolio Director, Impetus-PEF

Elisabeth leads the investment team at Impetus-PEF, which works to find, fund and build promising charities working to improve employment and education outcomes for disadvantaged young people. Impetus-PEF is a partner on the Impact Management Programme and developed and delivered the impact management training that all potential providers and ventures attended.

Fiona Sheil, Lead for Strategic Commissioning and Market Making, London Borough of Bexley

Fiona is currently designing an outcomes-based commissioning system at Bexley Council. She previously designed a social impact bond for ‘high-risk’ domestic abuse cases on behalf of Women’s Aid, worked on policy at NPC and was Senior Public Services Officer at NCVO.