Methodology Subcommittee

Tom Adams

Tom is Acumen’s Chief Impact Officer, leading the organizations work on Lean Data. Lean Data was developed in 2014 to help Acumen and its companies better understand the impact of their work by directly listening to the voice of the customer, thereby enabling our investees to better meet the needs of the poor. Lean Data has grown rapidly since its inception, also empowering social enterprises and investors beyond Acumen to build impact measurement and customer-centricity into business as usual. It is now widely recognized as one of the social sector’s most innovative approaches to impact measurement.

Prior to Acumen, Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), first as Country Economist in Nigeria and subsequently leading its Wealth Creation and Climate Change team in Ethiopia. Tom has also worked as a diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and as an Economic Advisor to various UK Government departments. He began his career working at Credit Suisse pricing equity derivatives
Erik Bichard

Erik Bichard is Director and co-founder of RealWorth, a pioneering consultancy which advises on the value of social and environmental change in the built environment. He is also Professor of Regeneration and Sustainable Development at the University of Salford where he teaches on a part-time basis and has other academic positions as a Visiting Professor at the University of Derby, and as Visiting Fellow of the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute. Erik is a is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a Fellow of the RSA. As well as serving on the SVI Methodology sub-committee he is also on the Councils of both Social Value UK and Merseyside Civic Society and has been a sustainability advisor to Co-operatives UK and Liverpool City Council. He has been a trustee and Board member of the social enterprise, The FRC Group for over 10 years, an organisation that has pioneered the use of SROI in management strategies.
Priscilla Boiardi - Research Manager, EVPA
Rebecca Cain - ThinkImpact

Ellen Carey - IRIS Standards Manager, IRIS/GIIN

Alnoor Ebrahim - Professor of Management, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy I Tisch College of Civic Life I Tufts University

Genevieve Edens - Impact Assessment Manager, ANDE

Simon Faivel - Director, Social Ventures Australia

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.
Tim Goodspeed - Training Manager, Social Value UK

Tim Goodspeed has been the Training Manager since 2008. He has a background in economic development and social enterprise. He is an experienced trainer and an Accredited Practitioner. Tim is one of the authors of the Guide to SROI and has written and been involved in many SROIs. He is also a member of the Methodology subcommittee and is actively involved in developing and applying SROI.
Jenni Inglis

Jenni runs VIE for Life Ltd, offering co-creation, facilitation and evaluation services to public and third sectors across the UK; focused on enabling decision-making that addresses power imbalances in services and systems. She has delivered dozens of social impact/ value analyses, several of which are assured SROI studies, and has supported public bodies, grant-makers, and charities to develop strategy involving stakeholders. She is also founder of an award-winning social enterprise working creatively with people in retirement. Previously she bid for and managed European Social Funded programmes- one on the subject of social enterprise and public sector commissioning- and programme managed capital spend in a FTSE100 food manufacturing business.

She is trained in participatory approaches including Positive Deviance, Participatory Action Research, the Art of Hosting, and Co-design; holding a Masters in Design for Services, an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice and an MEng.
Oliver Kempton

Oliver is a consultant in Social Value and SROI, with a particular interest in the measurement and valuation of well-being, and in using evaluation to help inform and improve decision making. He is an SROI accredited practitioner, and Visiting Tutor in Social Value at the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College, University of London. For more information, please see
Jeremy Nicholls - founder of Social Value UK and Social Value International

Jeremy is also a director of the FRC Group (a social business based in Liverpool), a non-executive director of Social Investment Business and a Fellow of Practice of the Government Outcomes Lab at the Blavatnik School of Government. Jeremy also chairs the British Standards Institute’s social value subcommittee and is a member of the IRIS advisory committee, the Social Value Taskforce 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 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.
Sara Olsen

Nothing drives Sara crazier than funders, who mean to help, accidentally preventing organizations from solving problems by confusing outputs that are easy to count with meaningful outcomes. Captivated by the idea that one day investors could understand not only their financial return on investment but also their social returns, she started SVT Group in 2001. SVT has gone on to train nearly 6,000 individuals in-person and assess the social and environmental value of over $9Bn. Sara is also the co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition, and of Social Value United States.
Stephanie Robertson

Stephanie is the CEO and founder of SiMPACT Strategy Group and has more than 15 years experience in social impact planning, implementation, and evaluation. Stephanie is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the realm of social impact and in the areas of SROI, community investment, volunteering and giving strategy, and programming. In 2012, Stephanie became the first accredited SROI practitioner in North America. She then co-founded Social Value Canada, a non-profit methodology hub for practitioners.
Lilian Wang

Lilian is an environmental economist and accountant in PwC’s London-based Sustainability and Climate Change (S&CC) team. She helps organisations to better understand and manage non-financial impacts, with a specialisation in social impact.

Lilian regularly contributes to the development and application of impact measurement and valuation approaches for both corporate and not-for-profit organisations working in the UK and internationally, covering areas such as education, employment, physical health, and mental health and wellbeing. She also applies her impact expertise in the context of impact investing, and is a member of the Impact Management Project working group focused on developing ways to help investors assess, measure and report impact, particularly with reference to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Lilian holds an MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change from the London School of Economics, a BA degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
Jeremy Wyatt - Director/Chief Executive, Hall AItken/Ayr Gaiety Partnership