Jenny Pupius - Chair of the Organisational Development Committee

Born and brought up in an industrial community in South Wales as part of a socialist and non-conformist family, making a contribution to society is part of Jenny’s DNA.

She began her career in the public sector before running her own marketing and event management business. A values-driven leader, she became managing director of Destination Sheffield moving on to the role of business director at Manor and Castle Development Trust.

It was a fish and chip shop that led Jenny to the Key Fund in the early noughties. She was supporting residents at a housing estate in Sheffield who wanted to take over their local chippy as it was set to close. It was one of a number of social enterprises Jenny supported that Key Fund gave finance to.

In 2007, she became Chief Executive of Bradford’s Action for Business Ltd – another client of Key Fund. The social enterprise supported the economic development and social cohesion in the severely disadvantaged area of Manningham in inner city Bradford. Jenny instigated capital investment programmes, introduced new income streams and developed the staff team, leading to Investors in People accreditation.

In 2012, she joined the Key Fund as a board member and non-executive director. In the same year, she set up her own business – the Pupius Partnership – a consultancy supporting social enterprises, facilitating strategy and growth. She also acted as a volunteer mentor for UnLtd and South Yorkshire Community Foundation. She retired in 2019.

As someone who had experience as a Key Fund client, alongside her intricate experience of the sector and running a business, Jenny is a valuable asset to the board.

Alongside looking at the finances of potential investments, Jenny always looks at the story behind the figures. She asks not only what the social benefit will be, but do the people behind it have the right skills – and if not, how can we help them get them. People are always her priority.

Jenny has been a passionate advocate of Key Fund’s implementation of its values, mission and strategy as very much a collaboration between board and staff.

She believes Key Fund is an exemplar to the sector. As well as its success in delivering the right money to the right hands, she sees Key Fund as crucial in lobbying and influencing policy on social investment.

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