Sarah Gordon, Chief Executive
Sarah Gordon is chief executive of the Impact Investing Institute. Prior to this, she spent 18 years at the Financial Times and was most recently business editor. Before joining the Financial Times, Gordon worked in emerging markets fund management for Citigroup’s asset management business and at Foreign & Colonial, reviewing political and economic events and producing analysis of the global economy. She started her career working for the UN Conference for Trade and Development debt management programme in Geneva.
She was a panel member of the recent independent inquiry into the future of civil society, led by Julia Unwin CBE, and was formerly a trustee of CSV, one of the UK’s largest volunteering charities.
Dame Elizabeth Corley, Chair, Board
Elizabeth was CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe then globally, from 2005 to 2016 and continues to act as a senior advisor to the firm. Prior to joining Allianz in 2005, Elizabeth spent 11 years working at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (formerly Mercury Asset Management). Previously Elizabeth was consultant and then partner with Coopers & Lybrand, and prior to that worked for a number of years in the Life & Pensions industry.
Elizabeth serves as a non-executive director for Pearson plc, BAE Systems plc and Morgan Stanley Inc.
Elizabeth remains actively engaged in the investment management industry, particularly on topics of policy and standards development. Having previously set up and chaired the FICC (Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities) Standards Board and the Taskforce for the UK Government on impact investing, she is chair of the newly established Impact Investing Institute. Elizabeth is an Advisory Council member for the AQR Asset Management Institute and a member of the 300 Club, a global, independent group of leading investment professionals.
Elizabeth was named Most Influential Woman in Asset Management in 2009, CEO of the Year in 2011 and Most Influential Person in Asset Management in 2012 by Financial News, in 2015 she received the 100 Women in Hedge Funds European Industry Leadership Award and won the Women in Investment Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018. She is a fellow of the CFA Society of the UK. Elizabeth is a member of the Committee of 200, a membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders.
In September 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the London Institute of Banking and Finance (formerly the ifs University College) and an Honorary Fellowship from London Business School in 2019. As well as being a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Elizabeth is a writer and has had five thriller novels published. Elizabeth was made a Dame in 2019 for services to the economy and financial services.
Sir Harvey McGrath, Chair, Advisory Council
Sir Harvey McGrath is the chair of the Institute’s Advisory Council. Harvey has had a long and distinguished career in the international financial services industry, including chairing both Prudential plc and Man Group plc.
Currently, Harvey is Chair of the Impact Investing Institute’s Advisory Council, Chair of Big Society Capital, Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College, Chair of Trustees for Heart of the City, icould, Funding London and Prince’s Teaching Institute. He is also Deputy Chair of the London Enterprise Panel. He is President of CFAB; Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London and Frontline; and Member of the Advisory Board for Sutton Trust. He has specific involvement with social investment through his roles as Founding Trustee of New Philanthropy Capital, as a member of the Advisory Board of Bridges Ventures and as a social investor.
Bella Landymore, Policy Director
Bella Landymore is policy director of the Impact Investing Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a senior policy advisor on impact investing for the UK government’s Inclusive Economy Unit. Bella started her career in the charity sector before joining UBS Investment Bank, where she worked in New York and London for their equities trading businesses.
Andy Jackson, Operations Director (Interim)
Andy is the interim operations director of the Impact Investing Institute. Prior to this he was the global HR director and general manager of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also known as the Nudge Unit. At BIT he was a member of the management board where he led the set up and transition from Government to the private sector. In 2007 he set-up the Institute for Government as director of operations. He has also held several roles as a civil servant – most notably working on the Government’s commercial programme and social exclusion policy. Andy is a Chartered Member of CIPD.
Dame Elizabeth Corley
Caroline Mason CBE
chief executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
chief executive, Big Society Capital
former member, Supervisory Board, Triodos Bank
principal, Two Rivers Associates
former head, UBS Wealth Management, UK and Jersey
(from January 2020), impact investment banker, CDC board member, and industry contributor
chief executive, Social Investment Business
chair, Financial Investment Board, City of London Corporation
non-executive director, Financial Reporting Council
Sir Roger Gifford
senior banker, SEB and chair, Green Finance Institute
(from January 2020), chief executive and board member, EVPA
chief executive, CFA Society of the UK