Investor Relations & Sustainability Manager
Following a degree in statistics, she practiced for five years in the City of London in the Environmental Finance group at Baker & McKenzie LLP. In 2013 she co-founded Accessible Clean Energy LLP, a listed fund investing across the clean energy value chain.
She is an avid musician, cook, party-thrower (when rules permit), semi-reluctant cold-water swimmer, and a trustee of the Mvumi Trust, a charity supporting bursaries and facilities and is the first boarding school in Tanzania integrating visually impaired and able-bodied students. She lived on a houseboat but now lives in a school boarding house with her husband, two sons, a rescue mutt called Lena, and 52 teenage boys.
She is a graduate of Harvard College (BA, Class of ’05) and the College of Law, London (LLB (Distinction), 2008).
How should startups and scaleups measure & quantify impact?
Startups and scaleups are young, fast-growing companies – which means most of their impact is ahead of them. Because we can’t yet measure the future, we need to look at the impact of these companies in the round, not just what impact they’ve already had, but how much they could have as they scale and grow. There’s no substitute for experience here – because we see an average of 1,000 deals a year, we have a knowledge base that feeds into our assessment of the impact our companies will have in the future. That being said, we also have to measure how much impact companies are having right now, which means a careful and thoughtful selection of what we will measure. We don’t want to skip some companies in favour of others just because their impact is easier to measure. We also want to measure the things directly relevant to the deployment of a company’s innovation. So we select impact key performance indicators that are bespoke for each company. There is a natural balance between robustness and precision here, but a common language will emerge over time.
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