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Head of Entrepreneurship
Head of Entrepreneurship
Leads the Crisis Enterprise & Innovation team and manages its existing business portfolio. Is responsible for the development of the entrepreneurship and innovation culture within the charity and the creation of new ventures to end homelessness. She previously worked with deep tech and science startups at Imperial College London. Whilst there she founded its successful women's entrepreneurship programme 'WE Innovate' and has spoken on her experience of increasing diversity and inclusion in tech internationally including at the World Economic Forum.
"I’m thrilled to lead the Venture Studio Team. I’ve been a part of the Enterprise Team at Crisis for six years, helping our different businesses deliver mission and money. Before my time at Crisis I was based in India for almost three years working for No Nasties, an e-commerce startup leading the fairtrade and organic clothing movement. I got a taste for businesses that create real social change during my time at Grameen Creative Lab, a consultancy focused on Social Business co-founded by Prof Muhammad Yunus and a startup company itself. While I was in India, I also co-founded a side hustle apply named The Secret Supper Project."
I manage our individual grants programme that support Crisis members to develop their career prospects. I’m excited to be exploring how the Studio can harness the education, tools and networks that would support our members to build sustainable businesses and leave homelessness behind for good.
"I lead on growing and managing the community of amazing humans that work with the Venture Studio to source diverse founders and deliver support for our portfolio. You can also chat to me about all things content, brand, and events in the Studio. Prior to joining Crisis, I was part of the early team at Zinc VC building socially impactful startups from scratch, and have spent time volunteering supporting refugees and youth in regions of conflict in Greece, Gaza, the Netherlands, and the UK. I’m a bit obsessed with how people-power, innovation, and startups have the potential to tackle huge social inequalities."
"I initially joined the Venture Studio as a Venture Builder during my social innovation fellowship with Year Here. In that time, I have been developing housing-led solutions to homelessness as potential internal ventures and have been leading the growth programme for our investment portfolio. I have recently taken on the role of Commercial Partnership Lead and am most excited about how we embed intrapreneurship more widely within Crisis, and how we build inspiring strategic partnerships that will ensure we realise our mission to end homelessness through entrepreneurship."
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Director of Organisational Development, Crisis & Chair of the Venture Studio Advisory Board
"I joined Crisis in 2013. Prior to this I had spent 12 years at Oxfam as a Director of their trading company in the UK and social enterprise in West Africa. I am focused on ensuring Crisis has the culture, values and leadership we need to deliver our strategy, including increasingly demonstrating the influence of people with lived experience of homelessness. I am responsible for leading our shops, cafes, HR and innovation teams – as well as the Venture Studio. It is a pleasure to work with talented people determined to make a positive difference to the lives of people experiencing homelessness and resolve this injustice once and for all."
Director of Corporate Services, Crisis & Co-chair of the Venture Studio Advisory Board
Su joined Crisis as Director of Corporate Services in 2021. She is a chartered accountant, and has previously held senior leadership roles at other charities, most recently Sustrans, in the NHS, and in education. Su is a Lay Member of Council at the University of Bath, and trustee at We The Curious, a science centre in Bristol.
Chenelle is passionate and fully committed to ensuring diverse founders get access to capital and development that they need to grow. In her role as Head of Cornerstone Partners, Angel Investment Syndicate whose mission is to focus on investing in founders from Black and diverse backgrounds in the U.K., Chenelle ensures that they are leading the charge in investing in founders from Black and diverse backgrounds.
Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Quartz and the New York Times, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent institute exploring the future of human potential. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members.
Rosie is CEO of House of St Barnabas, a social purpose members’ club breaking the cycle of homelessness. She is Chair of ACEVO and formerly CEO of Gingerbread and London Youth. She’s particularly interested in social impact, leadership and culture, organisational change, social enterprise business models.
Ezechi is the Co-Founder of Code Untapped the digital skills accelerator and is currently a Principal and Founding Member of Impact X Capital, a £100m VC fund dedicated to funding underrepresented entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Impact X, he was Co-Founder and founding CTO of multi-award-winning financial wellbeing provider Neyber. Before Neyber, Ez spent 10 years in Investment Banking Technology.
Damien works as a non-executive director across sectors. His contribution covers mostly audit/risk, finance, funding/fundraising, governance/regulation and investments. He has been a charity trustee for ten years. Also, he has worked as a hands-on investor in internet start-ups. He has been a supporter of Crisis since 2007 and one of its trustees since 2017. Damien is pleased to bring his own skills to the Venture Studio Advisory Board where he can help. Most importantly, he is keen to help set up a strong internal framework for Crisis to make the Venture Studio a success.
Director, Entrepreneurship Institute, Kings College London
Julie Devonshire is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s College London supporting students, alumni and staff to learn entrepreneurial skills, have entrepreneurial experiences and, perhaps, start a venture of their own. Before joining King’s Julie was the Director of Ventures at UnLtd supporting exceptional, early stage social entrepreneurs across the country to scale and to raise investment. Julie and her team delivered support in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, the Cabinet Office, Santander, Coutts and many others.
James has an international background in professional services and joined the Aztec Group in 2020 from leading global real estate firm JLL, where he held senior roles including Head of Consulting and Head of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for the UK. Prior to this he worked with PwC in roles across the UK and Australia.
Jouja is a Climate Philanthropy Manager at Impatience Earth, a non-profit philanthropy consultancy, and was formerly the Director of Impact at Regenerative Group, an impact investment fund investing in companies that enable a better and more sustainable world. She is the UK’s Delegate to the 2021 G7 Youth Summit and is a trustee of the New Economics Foundation. Jouja is also a WEF Global Shaper and the Community Partnerships Lead at Migrant Leaders.
Before moving back to London, Sarah Kerruish lived in Silicon Valley for 15 years where she worked with some of the great inventors of our age. Sarah is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Kheiron Medical, working with an incredibly talented deep learning team to improve the detection and treatment of breast cancer. As a filmmaker, her productions have been distributed worldwide and won many awards. Sarah's latest film, General Magic, was the #1 documentary on iTunes in 2020. She is just completing a short film about the last few days of the tech team at the White House under President Obama.
Sue is a highly motivated and empathic business leader with a strong track record of growing businesses with a combination of purpose and pragmatism. A global citizen having lived and been educated in multiple countries including Pakistan, Belgium, U.S, UK and France, creating a strong foundation of empathy for cultural differences from an early age.
Simon is a creative and strategic thinker with an extensive track record in leadership and entrepreneurship. ‘Outcome/results’ driven, demonstrates excellent inter-personal skills, building trusted relationships developing business solutions involving the convergence of people and processes.