Our People

CEO – Jeremy Nicholls

Jeremy Nicholls is the chief executive of Social Value UK and Social Value International, which are membership organisation for individuals, organisations and companies supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value.

He is also a director of the FRC Group (a social business based in Liverpool), a non-executive director of Social Investment Business and a member of the IRIS advisory committee and the Social Stock Exchange admissions panel. He has lectured at several Universities including the Said Business School at Oxford University, Hult International Business School and the University of Western Australia.

He originally qualified as a chartered accountant, including time as the Finance Director for Tanzania Railways. In 2004 he set up Urban Strategy associates, an economic development consultancy followed by the BETA Model, an online database of trends in UK business stock and then, with FRC, the Cat’s Pyjamas which ran events to promote the value of social enterprise.

He has written’ There is no business like Social Business’ with Liam Black, and worked with others to write a number of SROI guides including, the ‘Guide to SROI’ and regularly blogs on social value.

Operations Manager – Ben Carpenter

During the last five years of working at Social Value UK and Social Value International, Ben has helped to grow and develop a range of membership services, most notably Assurance and Accreditation and SVUK’s involvement in the Impact Management Programme. Working with the membership, Ben has strengthened representation across private and public sectors, and civil society. Ben has also led on international initiatives with the OECD, World Economic Forum and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Ben’s background in homelessness, social housing and the built environment, affords him experience that spans sectors and an in-depth knowledge of Social Value accounting.

Membership and Networks Manager – Catherine Manning

Catherine Manning is Membership and Networks Manager for Social Value International. Catherine manages all individual, organisational and network relationships assuring the delivery of real value for all our members, as well as actively promoting network development. She also works with back to back partner organisations, and coordinates member benefits including regional meetings, webinars and working groups.

Before joining Social Value International, Catherine worked in the UK Higher Education sector, the public sector and with a variety of UK and international third sector organisations managing organisational partnerships and delivering world class, meaningful project solutions for clients and partners.

Catherine holds a BA in Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology, as well as an MA in International Development: Public Policy and Management, from the University of Manchester.

Communications and Campaigns Officer – Lucy Greenwood


Office Administrator – Clare Bentley

Clare Bentley has a background as a book keeper and administrator for third-sector organisations and has previously worked for The Aspire Trust and The Charities Trust. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in History she is particularly interested in the social impact of heritage, culture and the arts.


Our Board of Trustees includes representatives from our affiliated National Member Networks and trustees that are co-opted for their skills and experiences.

Co-Chair – Simon Faivel

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Simon is a Director at Social Ventures Australia (SVA) in the Consulting team. Simon’s focus is on measurement and evaluation and he leads SVA’s work on Social Return on Investment (SROI). He is an accredited SROI trainer and practitioner. Simon is also the Chair of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA). Prior to joining SVA, Simon was a strategy consultant at Accenture and has also started, owned and operated two companies.

Co-Chair – Richard Kennedy

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Richard is current Chair of Social Value UK, an affiliated National Member Network of Social Value International, and an Affiliate Partner and Business Humanizer at Innate Motion. He works with the world’s largest businesses and brands to help them humanize their consumer approach and to prototype social businesses. Previously Richard worked at a variety of charities and social enterprises in the fields of social investment, capacity building, partnership building and measuring impact. He has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and London Business School.

Fredrik Björk – Svenska SROI-nätverket

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Fredrik is a board member of Social Value Sverige (formerly the Swedish SROI Network). He is a PhD Candidate at Lund University, and a lecturer at the department for Urban Studies at Malmö University. His research focus is mainly on leading and organising social enterprises and social innovaiton processes. Recently, Fredrik was part of the editorial team that developed an Agenda for an Ecosystem for Social Innovation in Sweden.

Kate Ruff – SIAA Canada

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Kate is a PhD Candidate in Accounting at Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada and supported the formation of SIAA Canada. Her research focuses on the implications of different approaches to measuring and reporting social results. Prior to returning to school, Kate was a lead researcher at Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci), responsible for developing methods for assessing the social impact of charities.

Stephanie Robertson – SROI Canada Network

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Stephanie is the CEO and Founder of SiMPACT Strategy Group , a niche consultancy focused on demonstrating the value of investment in community and society. SiMPACT’s client work is intertwined across the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors. Known for her skill as a teacher and love of enabling social value to be communicated effectively, Stephanie has led diverse initiatives that include the launch of Generation 2000 (Canadian youth network), the SROI Primer (educational tool), LBG Canada (professional association) and the SROI Canada Network (methodology hub).

Dr. Terence Yuen – Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts (HKI-SIA)

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Terence, a qualified accountant and a seasoned evaluation researcher, is the Founder and CEO of the HKI-SIA. In recent years Terence has also worked as an independent research consultant affiliated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. ​He has been conducting research on program evaluation, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship for over fifteen years.

Dr. Andreas M. Rickert

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Andreas is CEO of PHINEO, a not-for-profit corporation that analyses non-profit organisations and projects to encourage donors and investors to support organisations with the potential to make a lasting impact. Prior to initiating PHINEO, Andreas served as director at Bertelsmann Stiftung, and worked as consultant with McKinsey.

Tris Lumley

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Tris is Director of Development at NPC, a UK charity think tank and consultancy which supports charities and funders to achieve impact. Tris helped initiate, and now coordinates, the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to embed impact measurement across the UK charity sector by 2022. He is also engaged in international efforts to advance an impact focus in the social sector as a member of the EU GECES subgroup on impact measurement in social enterprise, the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community and the Alliance for Effective Social Investing.

Pieter Oostlander

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Pieter is the founding Partner of Shærpa, which supports families, funds and foundations to be actively involved in Venture Philanthropy and Social Investing. Shaerpa is also the fund manager of SI2 Fund. Pieter’s professional background is in accountancy and finance, but eleven years ago he switched to the Venture Philanthropy sector. He is Chairman of the EVPA and Chairman of the Social Alpha Investment Fund.

John Tamihere

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A former New Zealand Government Minister, John Tamihere is the CEO of urban Māori organisation Te Whānau o Waipareira and CEO of Te Pou Matakana, the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, who are intrusted to distribute $42 million of Government contracts annually. As a leading voice for Māori, Mr Tamihere, a lawyer, has been a Member of New Zealand Māori Council, Auckland Council’s Independent Māori Statutory Board and voted on by the community to the Waitakere District Licensing Council, who re-distribute $12 million to the west Auckland community. He is also an executive member of the National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) and director of Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, who have grown a $20 million settlement to $26m. He is a recent ministerial appointment to the board of Māori TV.

Ken Ito

Ken Ito is Founder and Executive Director of SROI Network Japan. He has a bachelor degree in economics and MBA in International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in the United States. Ken spent ten years in the private sector, with his last position at GE Capital. He subsequently joined the Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) to launch the Center for Social Innovation, to promote social innovation through its leadership training programs. Ken teaches at Graduate School of Media and Governance as Lecturer and conduct research programs since 2010 and as Project Assistant Professor from 2016. Ken also works as Regional Head (East Asia) for Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.

Federico Mento

Federico is the CEO of Human Foundation, which promotes collaboration between different actors to generate and implement innovative solutions for social problems, as well as Secretary General of Social Value Italy.

He is Lecturer at post masters studies as EMSE - Executive Master in Social Entrepreneurship by ALTIS Cattolica University in collaboration with Human Foundation and MEMIS - Master in Economy, Management and Social Innovation by Human Foundation and Tor Vergata University of Rome.

Federico is an expert in institutional relations, having worked in the European planning sector and in the Department of Youth and National Civil Service at the Council of Ministers. He holds a PhD in ethno-anthropological sciences, and conducts urban studies.