Meet the team
The IMP Team operates out of a non-profit, dedicated to building and applying consensus for best practices in impact management.
The IMP core team is from a wide range of countries, including the UK, Norway, USA, Canada, South Africa, Romania and Australia. We are supported by an invaluable group of consultants and advisors, who contribute to a range of experiences and perspectives.
The IMP Team is legally hosted by Bridges Insights, an independent non-profit set up by Bridges Fund Management, exclusively for the purpose of building the market for sustainable business and investment.
Clara oversees the strategic direction of the IMP and leads its technical facilitation across a broad range of collaborating organisations.
Clara is on secondment from her role as a Partner at Bridges Fund Management, where she previously led the firm’s sustainable and impact strategies across all fund types. Clara also led the firm’s research and development efforts to promote the growth of the wider sustainable and impact investment sector.
Prior to Bridges Fund Management, Clara focused her career on investing in sustainable businesses – most recently on the management team of a healthcare chain in India, an Acumen portfolio company. Clara previously worked for Acumen’s Capital Markets team where she played a lead role in designing an innovative investment vehicle and later co-led the Acumen renewable energy portfolio.
Clara holds a BA (Hons) in Greats from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Jo is responsible for the IMP’s outreach across its Practitioner Community, and overall engagement with the IMP’s Strategic Partners and Advisory Group. She also oversees the IMP’s broader communications efforts.
Jo started as a part-time communications consultant to the IMP in September 2018 whilst studying an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development at the Institute of Development Studies. Having completed her studies in 2019, Jo is now a full-time team member.
Jo’s former work experience includes project and communications management for Impact Ventures UK, and marketing and events management for the UK Wealth and Asset Management division at Berenberg. She has long been interested in the power of businesses to create positive social and environmental change, moving her to become a B Leader for B Corp and to co-found the Social Pop Up, a regular meet-up for individuals interested or working in mission-driven business.
Alongside her MA, Jo holds a BA in French at the University of Leeds, which took her to Bordeaux for a year.
Jo lives in Brighton but works regularly in London. She is happiest when by the water, cooking for friends or travelling overseas.
Talk to me about: Collaborative projects, partnerships, and how to get more involved with the IMP
Florina is responsible for administrating the day-to-day operations for the Chief Executive and IMP team, ensuring that everything is running smoothly.
Before joining the IMP in November 2019, Florina was part of the Corporate Services team at Deutsche Bank, working as an events manager.
Florina was born in Romania and graduated from the Romanian American University with a Bachelor’s degree in European Economic Studies.
She moved to London in 2010, which she continues to love and now calls home.
Talk to me about: Meeting up with the team, climate change and why veganism is a great idea!
James engages with investors who are interested to learn about, and apply, the IMP norms to their investment processes. He also works on the IMP incubated data and technology programme, the IMP+ACT Alliance.
He joined the IMP through the On Purpose Associate Programme, a leadership and career transition programme for mid-career professionals interested in social and environmental impact. Whilst on the programme, James also gained experience managing software development projects at Lightful, a tech-for-good company.
Prior to this, James worked in asset management at M&G Investments. He specialised in private equity and worked on a team investing in mid-market buyout funds. He was involved in all stages of the investment process and travelled extensively to conduct due diligence on funds primarily in Europe and Asia.
James holds a first-class BA (Hons) in Economics from Durham University.
James is based in London but is sure to get into the countryside whenever possible for some kind of adventure sport or, sometimes, a triathlon.
Talk to me about: Mapping the impact of your portfolio; impact data and technology.
Isabella works with Members of the IMP Structured Network on their collaborative work plan aimed at helping enterprises and investors navigate their respective standards and guidance. She also supports Impact Frontiers, an initiative incubated by the IMP that helps cohorts of investors integrate impact into investment decision-making.
Prior to the IMP, Isabella was involved in research, analysis and strategy work at 17Africa, an impact investing initiative, designing an innovative approach to building investment portfolios specifically focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.
Isabella also concentrated on SDG and impact investing research throughout her Master of Development Practice (MDP) at the University of California, Berkeley. Whilst at Berkeley, she worked for the Haas Center for Responsible Business. There, Isabella collaborated with the Executive Director on the Nordic Sustainability Initiative, with the purpose of comparing best practices between US and Nordic approaches to sustainable and socially responsible business.
Isabella is currently based in London but is originally from Sydney, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Business and Arts in Melbourne and has also enjoyed stints working and studying in Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands and California.
Outside of work, Isabella tries to spend as much time as possible in the mountains or by the ocean. She is passionate about the environment and involved in running the Climate Crisis Film Festival and Co-Founder of the Climate Crisis Creative Hub.
Talk to me about: What we can all do to help solve the climate crisis
Mike provides support to investors as they adopt the IMP norms, and leads the Impact Frontiers Collaboration – a forum for supporting investors in pioneering new ways to quantitatively and holistically integrate impact alongside financial risk and return in investment practices. In 2020, he led this collaboration to co-author the article “How Investors Can Integrate Social Impact With Financial Performance to Improve Both” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, as well as an accompanying Investor Handbook.
Mike was previously Head of Impact at Root Capital, where his article “Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier” was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of SSIR. Prior to that, he consulted for Monitor Company and conducted research for Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.
Mike holds an MBA and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University, as well as a BA from Yale University.
In a previous life, Mike was a violinist, pianist, and orchestral conductor, and now lives outside of Boston with his wife and two daughters.
Talk to me about: Putting the IMP consensus into practice in your own organisation.
Spencer oversees the performance workstream for the IMP Structured Network. In this role, he provides technical assistance to the Network Members that are setting sustainability standards for measuring and reporting impact. This is part of a collective effort to articulate the components of a comprehensive corporate reporting solution that would connect financial and sustainability GAAP.
Prior to joining the IMP in August 2019, Spencer most recently worked as the Finance Manager for a publicly traded mining company. His stint in the corporate world made him keenly aware of the responsibility that organisations have towards measuring and managing their impact. This experience triggered his decision to pursue an MBA with a focus on social impact at IE Business School. During the programme he worked as a consultant in Johannesburg for a local impact investor.
Spencer was previously a Senior Accountant with KPMG’s Toronto office in the Energy and Natural Resources Group, where he specialised in acquisitions, consolidations, valuations, and public offerings. During his time at KPMG he became Chartered Professional Accountant and legacy Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) accredited.
Alongside his MBA, Spencer holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting from McGill University in Montreal.
Spencer is currently based in London but originally from Toronto, and recently lived in Madrid where he completed his MBA. When not working on his Spanish, Spencer likes to spend time hiking and cycling.
Talk to me about: Impact measurement and disclosure – and why accountants can save the world.
A co-founder of the IMP, Olivia has worked since the project’s inception to facilitate market consensus on sustainability and impact measurement, management and reporting. She focused on leading the development of best practices for investors, such as defining approaches for integrating impact considerations into traditional portfolio construction norms. Now, Olivia oversees the work of the IMP Structured Network of standard-setting organisations; providing technical support to all Members in their efforts to coordinate and co-create content. Olivia also manages the IMP’s internal operations.
Olivia is on secondment from Bridges Fund Management, where she was previously Director of the firm’s impact strategy throughout the investment cycle and across all fund types. Prior to this, Olivia worked in emerging market impact investing at the UK’s Development Finance Institution, CDC, and with the DFID Impact Fund.
Olivia has experience advising both investors and corporates on designing sustainability impact measurement and management approaches across diverse geographies and asset classes. She has authored several publications on this topic, and regularly delivers training for global academic institutions and industry membership networks.
Olivia has an MA in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University. She has lived and worked in New York and Tanzania, and is currently based in London.
Talk to me about: How enterprises and investors can use existing standards for measuring and managing impact
Caroline works closely with the performance workstream for the IMP Structured Network, providing technical assistance to the Network Members, particularly within environmental standards, for measuring and reporting impact. This is part of the joint effort to work towards a comprehensive global integrated reporting solution.
Prior to joining the IMP in 2020, Caroline worked as a Consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants. She primarily worked for private equity clients on commercial due diligence and board-level strategy projects, which required her to focus on the strategic issues facing senior executives and investors.
Caroline studied at the Norwegian School of Economics, where she obtained master’s degrees in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment. She also holds a CEMS Master’s in International Management, which builds on her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Caroline is currently based on London, but is originally from Oslo. She has also lived in Blackpool, Bergen, Hong Kong and San Francisco, and worked for a short stint in Myanmar. Caroline enjoys hiking, food and/or wine tasting, and creative writing.
Talk to me about: Climate disclosures and related disclosure requirements
Liv is on secondment to the IMP, leading the IMP’s facilitation on digitisation. She also chairs the IMP’s Non-financial Digital Transformation Working Group, an initiative aiming to determine if and how non-financial reporting lends itself to structured data using the open international standard for digital business reporting, XBRL.
As the co-founder of XBRL and the XBRL International consortium, Liv works globally with leading market regulators, accounting associations and institutions. She has held several speaking engagements on financial and business reporting standards, its benefits, potential applications and adoption in corporate governance and social responsibility reporting. Liv has also held several leadership positions related to XBRL, including as a member of the IFRS XBRL Advisory Committee, the XBRL International Steering Committee and the XBRL Standing Committee.
Liv has authored one of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)’s most successful professional courses, “Accounting System Technology for the 21st Century”, and published numerous articles for international publications and journals. She is an editorial board member of the “International Journal of Disclosure and Governance”, as well as the co- and contributing author to several books, including “XBRL for Dummies”, and the “Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook”, “The Landscape of Integrated Reporting,” and “Effective Auditing for Corporations”.
For the past 10 years, Liv has also been the Senior Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives at Workiva Inc., which has served over 70% of fortune 500 companies and more than 200 EU companies with their statutory reporting requirements.
Liv is a long-standing member of the IMA and is an Advisory Board Member to the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Albany. She is Norwegian and currently based in Amsterdam.
Talk to me about: How we can make nonfinancial data fit for purpose in the digital age
IMP Advisory Group representatives
Catherine Flockhart and Edward Whitten, Baillie Gifford
Damian Payiatakis, Barclays
Jeremy Rogers and Philipp Essl, Big Society Capital
Kelly Glaser-Scott, UK Department for International Development
Salman Mahdi and Benjamin Alka, Deutsche Bank
Chantal Korteweg and Dietske Simons, FMO
Margot Brandenburg and Sayiddah McCree, Ford Foundation
Grace Eddy and Lila Preston, Generation Investment Management
Christine Chow, Hermes Investment Management
Amy Orr, Heron Foundation
Erin Castellas, Impact Investment Group
Wim Bartels, Serena Brown and Simon Appleby, KPMG
Roshni Bandesha, LeapFrog Investments
Urmi Sengupta, MacArthur Foundation
Anna Snider, Merrill Lynch
Kotaro Sueyoshi and Yuri Imai, Mizuho
Bob Bancroft, Nathan Cummings Foundation
Harald Walkate, Natixis Investment Managers
Jennifer Signori, Neuberger Berman
Chris Jurgens, Omidyar Network
Piet Klop, PGGM
Caroline Bryant, Porticus
Louise Scott and Tom Beagent, PwC