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

Claire Joined Key Fund in 2021, working within the central team Claire manages social media and internal communications and supports operations with Human Resources and health and safety.

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.

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

Ivor Joined us February 2021. Ivor provides fundamental support to the accounts and finance department. A crucial member of the team offering much needed assistance to his colleagues.

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


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.