Advisory Board

David Pollock

David Pollock is Founder & Managing Director of Consilium Capital, a specialist corporate finance firm and placement agent wholly dedicated to sustainable and impact finance. Consilium Capital advises and raises capital internationally for companies and investment funds focussed on achieving risk-adjusted market returns to investors and measurable positive impact on the environment and/or on society.

He has over 30 years’ experience in financing of companies and investment funds through public markets, private equity and debt issues both in developed markets and emerging markets.

Former Head of International Equity Capital Markets and main Board Director at HSBC James Capel (now HSBC Investment Bank). Former executive at Morgan Grenfell in capital markets.

Chair of William Pitt Group, Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).

Gunner Burkhart

Gunner has spent the last 38 years running global financial businesses as a Managing Director for Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers and Nomura International. He has worked in the US, Europe and Asia with a primary focus on Capital Markets, Asset Management, Private Equity and Hedge Funds.

He currently serves as a Non-Executive Senior Advisor to the Financial Conduct Authority, Chairman of the Agilitas LLP Senior Advisor Committee, Trustee of Lehman Brothers Foundation Europe, Board Trustee of Greenhouse Sports Charity and Senior Advisor to the St Mary’s School of Business and Law.

Previously, Gunner served as Chairman of Help for Children U.K., Vice Chairman of New City College, Board Non-Executive Director of the Social Stock Exchange, Senior Advisor to the Royal Opera House and Business Mentor to the Prince’s Trust.

Hester Grainger

Hester started her career at ITV presenting daily on The Wright Stuff, she then went on to work on Loose Women and Today with Des and Mel. Since then, Hester has had an exciting PR and marketing career spanning 20 years. Working for a host of household names including BMW Alphabet, Mars Drinks, Sport Relief, AXA PPP Healthcare and more. Hester has also been UK PR and Communications Manager for Hitachi Capital, randstad and British Dyslexia Association.

Hester is also a freelance writer having written for Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest and Evening Standard and is a BBC Radio presenter.

Hester is a leading advocate for awareness and acceptance of autism and neurodiversity. After both of her children were diagnosed as autistic and with ADHD, her husband went on to also be diagnosed with both conditions too. Hester is neurodivergent herself. having been diagnosed with ADHD in her forties. Together they launched Perfectly Autistic, a neurodiversity consultancy.

Jerry Loy

Jerry has over 25 years of experience across the private, public and not for profit sector, specialising in finance, risk, governance and private wealth investments. He sits on the board and audit committees of start-up fin-techs, a commercial bank and advises family offices on governance and investing.   He has worked with the UK Government Department for International Trade and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the design and implementation of foreign investment and cultural programmes.

Prior to taking on portfolio roles, Jerry held proper jobs as Chief Operating Officer in the investment management and private banking sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Mary McLeod

Mary MacLeod has a deep interest in innovation, impact and inclusion, with experience across consulting, banking, government and talent acquisition. She was a former management consultant implementing major IT transformation and human performance programmes in Accenture, on the global operations board in investment banking at ABN AMRO, led integration and communication projects with NatWest Group and founded the executive search non-profit practice at Korn Ferry. Previously, she was also a Member of Parliament, has had policy roles with The Queen and government, was a Commissioner on the UK Social Integration Commission and has mentored young people with autism.

She currently chairs the Board and CEO global search practice at August Leadership, is a trustee of the social mobility charity Career Ready, on the board of Lewis PR and a member of the UK Government’s Women’s Business Council.

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill has a background working for major global professional and financial services organisations including latterly for EY where she was a global director specialising in business strategy focusing on people and organisational change and where she developed well-honed coaching, mentoring and facilitation skills. She has substantial experience of building and leading diverse teams and projects remotely and in person.

Ruth Rainbow

Ruth Rainbow is a resourcing specialist with over 20 years’ experience recruiting for technical talent in candidate short markets. Currently part of the resourcing team at Virgin Media O2 leading the contingent, change management and supplier teams – she has previously managed outsourcing operations across Europe and spent 5 years living in Australia leading head-hunting teams for international corporations.

A graduate from the LSE and Mum to 2 neurodiverse boys, Ruth is passionate about the specific skills that the neurodiverse community can bring to the employment market. Her particular interest lies in seeking ways to bridge the gap between specific talent shortage and assessment pathways – for the benefit of both the individual and the employer.

Ruth also serves on the board for UK based charity Resources for Autism.

Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge. He is author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy. In 2016 he appeared in the BBC2 documentary Employable Me, revealing the remarkable strengths in people with autism and discussing how to promote inclusion.

He has received awards from the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and received the Kanner-Asperger Medal from the German Society for research into autism. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Vice-President of the National Autistic Society, and President of the International Society for Autism Research. He was Chair of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Autism (Adults) and is co-editor in chief of the journal Molecular Autism and a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator.

Stephen Brenninkmeijer

Stephen Brenninkmeijer (Founder and Principal of Willows Investments) is a private investor with interests in impact investing and education. For 30 years he was involved in the family retail business and now holds governance positions within the organisation. He has been involved in impact investing since 2002 and founded Willows Investments in 2008 with the aim of supporting promising ventures with a social mission.

He serves on the boards of Social Stock Exchange (UK), responsAbility AG (Zurich) and Sutton Trust (UK). He is on the supervisory boards of the European Climate Foundation (The Hague) and Pymwymic Group BV (Netherlands). He is a trustee of The Mentoring Foundation (UK) and is on the advisory board of Econnoa GmbH (Germany).

Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Tania Rhodes-Taylor, Founder of Otus Advisory, is an engagement, marketing and communications expert with over 30 years’ experience of leading high achieving teams.  Her career has crossed sectors and continents with experience in IT consulting, Government and Education across Europe, the USA, Asia and latterly as Vice Principal of External Relations at the University of Sydney.  She is a graduate of the Open University and the Institute of Education at University College London and has enjoyed serving on boards that support the Arts, Education and Venture Capital enterprises.