About Us

We support social entrepreneurs to scale, with introductions, mentoring and advice through the Human Lending Library.

We want social entrepreneurs to succeed because we believe organisations that operate with positive social or environmental aims are the best way to achieve a more equal and sustainable world.

We created the first Human Lending Library in 2014, which ran successfully at The British Library in London for 5 years. In order to scale our impact we launched The Human Lending Library® as a franchise, providing the tools, training and support that other organisations need to set up their own Human Lending Libraries. Our network is now global with sites across the UK and USA.

If you think there is demand for a Human Lending Library where you are, please get in touch.

Our Team

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Kendra Walsh
Director
Kendra Walsh
Director

Kendra is a passionate believer in the power of a triple bottom line. She first caught the entrepreneurial bug while studying Microfinance in International Development at Greenwich University. 

Previously she worked in investor relations for a sustainability investment group and prior to that, managed a multi-million pound Government grant programme, supporting disadvantaged families and parents across the UK.

She is the Chair of the board of trustees for The Edinburgh Remakery, an award winning social enterprise, and advisor to many other inspiring social enterprises.

Lee Mannion
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Lee Mannion
Head of Communications
Lee Mannion
Head of Communications

Lee first became aware of needing a job with purpose whilst working as a photo editor at UK national newspaper the Daily Mail. On his half-hour walk to work he passed multi-million pound houses and a man begging for change on the pavement.

After volunteering with a homeless charity and becoming increasingly interested in solutions to inequality, he discovered the concept of social enterprise.

After completing a Careershifters course, he spent several years working as a journalist, writing stories about social enterprises around the world for Pioneers Post and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Kendra Walsh
Alex Allison
Alex Allison Human Lending Library
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Alex Allison
Head of Mentoring
Alex Allison Human Lending Library
Alex Allison
Head of Mentoring

Alex spent the first six years of his career working in recruitment: conducting interviews, winning business, developing relationships and curating suitable matches between his clients and candidates.

These skills served him well in his role as Mentoring Manager for the Human Lending Library’s flagship London operation, where Alex spent a year working from the British Library to deliver and expand the programme.

He has now moved in house, joining Expert Impact as Head of Mentoring, overseeing our operations as we continue growing across the globe.

Alex is also a writer. His debut novel, The Art of the Body was published by Dialogue Books (a Little Brown imprint) in September 2019. The book won the 2020 Somerset Maugham Award for fiction.

Lee Mannion
John Hunt
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John Hunt
Founder
John Hunt
Founder

John is the Founder and Chairman of Archimedia, which creates and invests in the technology, real estate and consumer sectors. The current Archimedia portfolio includes Aman Resorts, Graze, Made, Moncler, SPYSCAPE and Virgin Mobile.

A serial entrepreneur, he has created or co-created companies with a combined market value of over $1 billion and has extensive experience building successful new ventures across many sectors.

His entrepreneurial activities began as the founder of e-commerce consulting company Syzygy, which was bought by the multinational advertising and public relations company WPP and then floated on the German Stock market.

He also co-founded one of the UK’s first coffee chains, Seattle Coffee Company, which was acquired by Starbucks in 1998. He subsequently founded or co-founded many new ventures that either went public or were acquired by public companies.

John started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and VP Marketing at Kraft General Foods (Diageo).

Alex Allison
David Giampaolo
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David Giampaolo
Trustee
David Giampaolo
Trustee

David is Chief Executive of Pi Capital, a unique investor network that finds investment opportunities for its members and negotiates participation in select private equity deals and funds. It allows individual investors to participate in transactions on an opt-in basis that are usually the exclusive preserve of institutions. In addition to investment opportunities, Pi Capital offers its members exclusive vibrant social and educational programmes. David previously founded, built up and sold several businesses and health club chains in the US and UK.

He has financial interests in several other businesses and industries (both as an angel investor or co-investor) and has been involved as an investor, advisor and board member of some of the largest and most successful fitness companies globally including Fitness First, 24 Hour Fitness and Zumba Fitness. 

David is passionate about the power of education and encouraging entrepreneurial talent in the next generation. He is a trustee for Speakers for Schools, an organisation that provides free talks in state schools by distinguished and eminent figures. He is also a patron of Pro Bono Economics, an organisation that matches volunteer economists with charities wishing to address questions around measurement, results and impact.

John Hunt
Edwina Dunn
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Edwina Dunn
Trustee
Edwina Dunn
Trustee

Edwina is CEO of Starcount, an innovative company creating the next generation of insights, analytics, and profiling products and services. These bring clarity to social media and transaction data, to provide a view of the “Complete Customer”.

Prior to Starcount, Edwina was co-founder of dunnhumby, which she set up in 1989. The business focused on the application of customer data to understand and predict consumer trends and behaviours. At that time, customer data was not valued or stored but simply discarded following a transaction.

In 1995, Tesco embraced the dunnhumby approach for its Clubcard programme and so it became the first mass customisation-marketing programme in the world. The insight into customer behaviour Clubcard enabled helped to transform Tesco from a secondary player in the UK to the significant market and global leader it is today. In 2011, after 21 years of profitable growth, Edwina and her partner sold the business to Tesco.

Edwina runs a not-for-profit platform around women’s perception that seeks to amplify their voices and self confidence called the What I See Project. A book, The Female Lead is aimed at showing girls the vast range of opportunities that are available to them.

David Giampaolo
Kim Rihal
Kim Rihal
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Kim Rihal
Alumni Network Board Member
Kim Rihal
Kim Rihal
Alumni Network Board Member

Kim is the co-founder (with Paul Singh) of Equal Education, an ambitious and growing social enterprise targeting inequality in education around the globe. Her experience is rooted in senior leadership teams and Headship of two inner City London Schools.

Kim has been recognised by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as a prominent educator and rising prospect to tackle some of our most difficult education problems in London.

Following that she was invited to the Mayor’s International Programme where she has spoken about her work in three different continents.

She is passionate not just about social mobility but social justice.

Edwina Dunn
Julian Warowioff
Julian Warowioff
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Julian Warowioff
Alumni Network Board Member
Julian Warowioff
Julian Warowioff
Alumni Network Board Member

Julian is the UK Managing Director for Lemonaid Beverages, the Social Enterprise behind ethical soft drink brands Lemonaid & ChariTea. Beyond supporting Fairtrade and a sustainable agriculture, over £4 million have been raised for social projects in the Global South.

Kim Rihal
Charly Young
Charly Young The Girls Network
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Charly Young
Alumni Network Board Member
Charly Young The Girls Network
Charly Young
Alumni Network Board Member

Charly is the CEO and co-founder of The Girls’ Network, which offers girls from the least advantaged backgrounds mentorship from inspirational and motivated women across a range of professions and from a wide range of backgrounds. The aim is to develop confidence in the girls, inspire them to be ambitious and create amazing futures.

Julian Warowioff
Paul Singh
Paul Singh Equal Education
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Paul Singh
Alumni Network Board Member
Paul Singh Equal Education
Paul Singh
Alumni Network Board Member

Paul is the CEO of Equal Education. His career journey into social entrepreneurship began in ice cream research in Unilever’s chemical engineering division.

As co-founder of the social enterprise, he is targeting educational disadvantage amongst vulnerable children and young people. Placing a firm belief that culture, a dedicated team and technical innovation will bring about the evidenced social change we need.

Equal Education has provided over 50,000 hours of tutoring delivered by over 1000 qualified teachers across the country. It continues to grow to reach more young people.

Charly Young
Jemma Phibbs
Jemma Phibbs School Space
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Jemma Phibbs
Alumni Network Board Member
Jemma Phibbs School Space
Jemma Phibbs
Alumni Network Board Member

Jemma is the founder and Director of School Space, a service which helps schools generate extra funds by hiring out their spaces to individuals, clubs, societies, and local businesses. A Cambridge University graduate, Jemma is also part of the 10,000 Small Business Programme run from Said Business School at Oxford University.

Paul Singh

Find out more about our impact

How do we know if the Human Lending Library is helping social entrepreneurs create more positive social impact? Download and read our impact report (click on image).