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Expert Impact is supporting social entrepreneurs to scale, with introductions, mentoring and advice from experts.

UK entrepreneurs are tackling a wide range of important issues in education, healthcare, arts, science, poverty, and the environment. Guidance from experienced entrepreneurs who've faced similar challenges and have overcome them is invaluable to help these ventures reach their full potential as quickly as possible. Because the experts who want to help are not always connected to those who need them we have created Expert Impact to speed up advances in these critical areas.


John Hunt


John is Founder and Chairman of private investment holding company Archimedia, which invests in the technology, real estate and consumer sectors. The current Archimedia portfolio includes Aman Resorts, Geckoboard, Graze, Le Chameau, Made.com, Moncler, SuperValu, Virgin Mobile and Qinec.

John is a serial entrepreneur who has created or co-created companies with a combined market value of over $1 billion. He has extensive experience in creating and building successful new ventures across many sectors and geographies having spent over five years in each of London, New York and Silicon Valley. John started as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and VP Marketing at Kraft General Foods (Diageo).

His entrepreneurial activities started as co-founder of Seattle Coffee Company (espresso store chain) acquired by Starbucks and founder of Syzygy (e-commerce consulting) funded by WPP then floated on the German Stock market. He subsequently founded or co-founded many other new ventures that either went public or were acquired by public companies. He has been an active private investor in London since 2008.

Katharine Hirst

Programme Director

Katharine spent over four years at Accenture in their think tank and later co-created their UK Mobile Strategy practice. From Accenture she was recruited to run DropGifts UK - a social gifting service within the Rocket Internet stable. She is passionate about impact and entrepreneurship, having previously served as a Business Advisory Board member of ENACTUS LSE, supporting LSE students setting up social enterprises and as an Advisory Board member for SIME Non-Profit the only conference in Europe linking social enterprises to new developments in digital technology.

Kendra Walsh

Head of Ops & Business Development

Kendra joined Expert Impact in 2013. She moved here from WHEB - a specialist sustainability investment group - where she worked in investor relations. Prior to that she spent 5 years in the not-for-profit sector as a grants officer, disbursing funds to charitable projects across England. She is on the board of trustees for Remade, an award winning social enterprise, and she first caught the entrepreneurial bug while studying Microfinance in International Development.

Hannah Jackson

Programme Manager

Prior to joining Expert Impact, Hannah led the Prince's Trusts' North London enterprise programmes. While supporting 200 unemployed young people to start their businesses she worked with a number social entrepreneurs. Hannah also brings experience in tech recruitment working in the iOS division at Gravitas recruitment. She studied Sociology at the University of Sussex and has worked with a range of social services.

  • British Library

    The Business & IP Centre is designed to support SMEs and entrepreneurs from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing their business.

  • The House of St Barnabas

    The House of St Barnabas is a charity pledging to break the cycle of homelessness and social exclusion in London. They run a social enterprise - a not-for-profit members’ club - to help the people they support back into lasting paid work. They believe access to arts and culture should be equal to all, and run a programme of thought-provoking cultural events.

  • Impact Hub Kings Cross

    An innovation lab. A business Incubator. A social enterprise community centre. Impact Hub Kings Cross offers a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow social impact.


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