Our experienced team and board are passionate about realising the potential of tech to drive social transformation and understand what’s needed to enable social tech ventures to excel.

Team

Ed Evans

CEO

Ed joined Social Tech Trust in 2016 and leads the charity to deliver our vision of a world where social transformation drives tech. Passionate about the potential of socially motivated tech, Ed has a background in social investment and venturing. He joined the Trust from the Cabinet Office, where he led the government’s work on innovative finance – blending philanthropic and commercial investment to scale ventures by developing initiatives including the Dementia Discovery Fund.

Jessica Dillon

Marketing and Communications Manager

Jess heads up our communications activity and ensures everything we do is driven by our vision of a world where social transformation drives tech. Jess is the voice of our organisation, sharing our passion for socially motivated tech, through an engaging variety of comms channels. Jess previously worked at RM Education, marketing tech to schools and building strategic partnerships with Education Authorities.

Theana Greenfield

Project Co-ordinator

Theana leads on the organisation, planning and coordination of the team. With over 6 years experience as practising as a social worker in the adult and children’s sector, Theana has seen the impact that technology can have to support complex social challenges. Theana is motivated by addressing societal barriers, injustices and empowering people and communities to reach their full potential.

Kathy Marcham

Portfolio Manager

Kathy has been with the Trust since 2012, and as a Portfolio Manager has plenty of experience in helping early-stage organisations to grow. She works closely with the organisations the Trust invests in, as well as with collaborative partners, helping us maximise the social impact achieved with our investments.

Annie Radl

Development Manager

Annie works with our partners to ensure that social impact drives all of our investments and our programmes, such as Tech to Unite Us. She brings over 15 years’ experience in the social sector to her role as a Development Manager and specialises in building cross-sector collaborations to find innovative ways to take on the biggest social opportunities of our time.

Kate Rjabinina

Investment Manager

Kate brings over a decade of financial advisory and investment experience. Kate started her career in KPMG Financial Due Diligence, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW. She later switched to the KPMG Corporate Finance London Regions team, working as a manager on transactions under £100m in a variety of sectors. Kate then spent three years in the Investment Team at Marwyn Private Equity, where she was actively involved in fundraising and managing transactions from origination through to completion.

Sutin Yang

Portfolio Manager

Sutin is passionate about helping early stage startups and works closely with our ventures and partners to help them grow and maximise social impact. She also runs the support platform for our current and alumni ventures. Sutin is an experienced investor and entrepreneur with over a decade of financial expertise from working for JPMorgan Chase before becoming an entrepreneur and advising startups. After leaving JPMorgan, she co-founded an FCA authorised property crowdfunding platform to help people get onto the property ladder.

Robert Cashmore

Finance Officer

With 20 years of experience in accounting, Rob plays a key role in the financial operations of the Trust. Rob leads on the development and implementation of our financial processes, including our grants and investments. Rob was initially drawn to our work after seeing first-hand the positive impact that social tech has on his son, who has a diagnosis of autism.

Irene Omaswa

Associate

Irene Omaswa is leading on scaling up the Trust’s technical assistance programme for ventures. She has over 15 years of experience spanning various sectors including ecommerce, payments, telecoms and financial services. This included 8 years at eBay in a variety of UK & EU leadership positions. Most recently, she has had various roles in startups including her own ventures as well as CEO of an early stage digital food startup, brought on by the founder to lead the team through a pivot and develop a vision and a growth plan. She is passionate about the transformative potential of social tech.

Trupti Gardner

Associate

Trupti’s experience in charity finance and operations spans a decade, most recently in her role as Operations Manager at Social Tech Trust. Trupti’s valuable knowledge makes her ideally placed to work alongside the team as an Associate, providing, flexible support and expertise in areas including systems, data and governance.

Board

Bill Liao

Chair of Trustees

Social entrepreneur, special diplomatic envoy, investor, entrepreneur, business mentor, speaker and author, Bill co-founded the business social network service XING and is a general partner at SOSV, a global venture capital and investment management firm. Founder of WeForest.org, an international not-for-profit organisation combating global warming in the most natural way possible, Bill is also Co-Founder of the CoderDojo movement that helps young people learn how to program, which is now part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Beth Murray

Vice Chair of Trustees

Beth is an experienced Trustee and board advisor. Beth runs Workplace for Good at Facebook, a global programme supporting charities and educational institutions to collaborate and build their community through Facebook. Prior to this, Beth was Director of Communications and Engagement at social business and charity Catch22, working to build the resilience of individuals and transform communities. Her communications experience spans the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and across innovative tech and banking companies.

Hannah Keartland

Honorary Treasurer and Senior Independent Trustee

Hannah is Director of Innovation, Insight & Portfolio Strategy at Cancer Research UK and previously led their award-winning Citizen Science Programme. She adds immense value to the work of the Trust with her direct experience of implementing and harnessing technology for social change in the health sector, and leadership experience in the charity sector. Hannah trained as a Chartered Accountant and has worked at Deloitte, Emerge Poverty Free and Innocent Drinks.

Sebastien Lahtinen

Trustee and Committee Chair

Sebastien is an entrepreneur with a strong interest in internet-related projects. He’s a Director of hosting company NetConnex and co-founder of independent broadband information resource thinkbroadband.com. Sebastien is also a Non-Executive Director of the London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the global leaders of Internet Exchange Points with over 600 connected networks. Previously he has served as Chairman of LONAP, the UK's second largest Internet Exchange operator, and as Senior Independent Director at Nominet. Sebastien holds BSc Management and MSc Information Systems degrees from the London School of Economics.

Nick Temple

Trustee

Nick is Chief Executive Officer of Social Investment Business and a leading figure in the social investment and enterprise sectors. As well as serving as Chair of Social Investment Forum, Nick was previously Deputy CEO at Social Enterprise UK, where he helped the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK more than treble its membership numbers, develop its Buy Social Corporate Challenge and led the organisation on healthcare and research. Previously, Nick worked with organisations including the British Council and UnLtd.