Michelle Wright is Chief Executive of Cause4. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle set up B Corporation and social enterprise Cause4 in May 2009. Since then, she has undertaken major strategic and business development projects, including campaign developments with a number of national charities and consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands, developing their cultural sponsorship programmes.
Michelle is the Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy funded by Arts Council England, which she set up in partnership with the Arts Marketing Association and the University of Leeds in 2013, looking to develop and professionalise fundraising and philanthropy practice across the arts in England.
In 2015 Michelle was voted by Salt Magazine as one of the top five compassionate business leaders in the UK, alongside leaders such as Richard Branson. Cause4 was voted one of the top 50 scale-ups in the UK by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK in 2016 and one of the top 10 philanthropic companies in the UK in 2017. In 2017 Michelle was invited to be part of the WISE 100 list for influential women in social enterprise.
Sarah Gee is co-founder and Managing Partner of Indigo, a leading UK-based consultancy for arts and cultural organisations. Sarah has twenty-five years of fundraising, marketing and communications experience with arts, heritage and other charitable organisations.
Alongside her work helping charities to create robust fundraising strategies, she has led training across Europe, Japan and the Middle East for organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union and the British Council.
Sarah is a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society, Flatpack, The Stringcredibles, and Motionhouse Dance Theatre, and a former Trustee of Spitalfields Music and the BBC Performing Arts Fund. She is a Fellow of both the British-American Project and the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Mike Mompi is currently the Director of Early Stage Investment at ClearlySo. ClearlySo works with businesses that have a positive impact on society and the environment, and helps them to secure investment capital. Mike is responsible for their network of individual investors and in 2013 led the UKBAA Social Impact Investment Deal of the Year.
He also co-founded MakeSense, a community of professionals and students who provide consulting services in the social enterprise sector.
Matthew Bowcock CBE was previously Chairman of UK Community Foundations. He is a Trustee of the Beacon Awards and a member of the Big Society Capital advisory board. Matthew was a founding director of Localgiving.com and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board. In 2012 he authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport’s Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy. He has been appointed a trustee of Watts Gallery, and was until recently a National Council member for Arts Council England.
His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment, international marketing and company directorship. After completing a Law degree, Matthew worked for international technology companies before setting up a software business in 1989, the first of several businesses he has established in Australia, the US and the UK. In 2000, Matthew established The Hazelhurst Trust, a private family trust, and since 2005 has focused his energies on developing a new culture of engaged philanthropy in Britain.
Sir Vernon Ellis
Sir Vernon Ellis was Chairman of English National Opera from 2005 to 2012. Through his foundation he supports several arts companies, artists and charities. He was a member of the Philanthropy Review and in 2013 was awarded a Beacon Fellowship for Cultural Philanthropy. Sir Vernon was appointed Chair of the Arts and Media Honours Committee in 2012 and is currently Chair of the British Council, having been re-elected for a second term of three years ending in 2016.