About Us - Our team

Meet the people behind the funding...

As one of the UK’s long-standing community finance investors, we have the experience to help communities and social enterprises to develop and grow.

Adrian Bean

Lead Investment Manager

As Lead Investment Manager, the work itself isn’t dissimilar to his role in the bank – managing a team, providing financial support, networking, meeting and helping clients. Now though, he’s using his amassed skills to ‘put something back’.

Anabel Butler

Governance, Strategy & Policy Advisor

Anabel returned to Guatemala and humanitarian work as a consultant in communications and fundraising. With borders closing in the 2020 lockdown, she returned to West Yorkshire.

Andrew Chapman

Investment Manager

Known as a real advocate for his clients, Andrew builds solid relationships. His focus is on West Yorkshire. Empathetic while pragmatic, his professional guidance is always in a client’s best interests.

Andy Croft

Investment Manager

Andy joined Key Fund in 2013. As one of the most experienced Investment Managers, he understands the power of social enterprise to tackle endemic issues. He developed best practice to create watertight funding applications.

Brian Coghlan

Investment Manager

As the North East Investment Manager, Brian travels from North Yorkshire to the Scottish border, helping clients clarify and articulate their development plans and supporting them submit their funding applications.

Chris Colwell

Investment Manager

Chris thrives on the diversity of his clients, united by a shared drive to make a positive impact. Finding out what motivates social entrepreneurs is his priority. He builds a close working relationship, pre- and post-investment

Claire Mc-Dunn

Resources & Comms Coordinator

Clare felt ‘giddy’ when she came across Key Fund. It was too perfect a match for her skills, values and personality. With experience in equality and diversity training, Clare was a passionate social entrepreneur running the CIC, Pinkconnex, She went on to do a Masters in Human Resources. Throw in a background in marketing and comms, and the role at Key Fund ‘felt like fate’. From juggling HR contracts to Tweeting, Clare’s creativity is hugely valued. She’s incredibly proud to work for Key Fund.

Dave Thornett

Business Development Manager

Dave works with the CEO to identify new funds and shape strategies to ensure investment effectively reaches those who need access to finance. It’s important to Dave to be part of the positive change.

Donna Needham

Chief Finance Officer

As Chief Finance Officer, Donna manages a team of five. Operating a flat structure, her team is close and supportive. Alongside overseeing Key Fund’s finances, Donna works closely with her colleagues on the management team.

Ged Devlin

Development Manager

After seeing the ‘big bad’ side of money working in corporate finance, Ged decided to leave that sector and trained as a lawyer. Wanting to align his career to his values, Ged has worked in the social economy for over a decade. Ged quickly came to realise that access to capital was just as vital for the not-for-profit sector and has spent the last decade working with organisations to try and address this. He’ll support Key Fund to develop both new investment and business opportunities.

Gemma Griffin

Investment and Operations Support

Gemma provides administrative support to the Investment Team. She joined Key Fund in July 2014. Gemma never tires of working in the central office, acting as the point of contact and support to the investment team.

Ivor Reardon

Assistant Management Accountant

With a lifetime of experience in accounting procedures, Ivor’s 40-year career has been primarily in agricultural companies in South Yorkshire. Not ready to retire, Ivor became a fundamental and much-valued support to the Key Fund finance department. Totally new to the sector, he enjoys supporting the team and seeing the incredible impact Key Fund has on the area he’s lived and worked all his life.

James Heeley

Management Accountant

James studied Accounts and Finance Management at Sheffield Hallam University, and after a few temp roles, found his home at the Key Fund in June 2014. Cool around figures, it was always his ambition to be an accountant.

Jane Austin

Operations Manager

Jane oversees all operations including HR, marketing and governance. She plays a crucial role shaping Key Fund’s values and culture, trying to ensure staff thrive and feel valued. How the organisation treats its people and clients.

Karen Hobson

Investment Manager

Karen joined Key Fund in June 2018. Her background supporting social entrepreneurs and charities to improve capacity and growth, matched with her strong values, make her a natural fit. She is committed to creating social impact through all she does.

Lucy Waller

Financial Accountant

Lucy studied Genetics at York University but wasn’t content with the prospect of working in a lab. Lucy works in the finance team and oversees the Northern Impact Fund, from setting up payments to financial monitoring.

Magomed Magomedaliev

Monitoring Support

He collects data from clients on Key Fund investments, including evidence of expenditure, marketing and social outputs. He gathers important statistics from clients on their social impact .

Matt Smith

CEO

A respected figure in the social investment sector, Matt joined Key Fund in 2002 becoming CEO in 2015. His own experience of growing up in disadvantaged communities fuels a bullet-proof belief in equity of opportunity for all.

Rachel Veitch-Straw

Investment Manager

In 2018 Rachel joined Key Fund as an Investment Manager, with a focus on the Midlands. She felt all her past roles, skills, experience, contacts and knowledge built over the years consolidated.

Stephen Hodgson

Outreach Finance Support

Stephen has a natural inclination to solve problems combined with an innate keenness to help. So, joining Key Fund in 2018 was a perfect fit, particularly with his role of Outreach Finance Support.