NatWest WISE100 2022: Top women in social enterprise revealed

The annual NatWest WISE100 recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business. Who's on this year's list?

The UK’s top 100 women in social enterprise and impact investment have been revealed today.

Produced annually by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest Social & Community Capital, the WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100) recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.

First announced in October 2017, this is the fifth edition of the WISE100 List, which can be explored below.

Megan Virrels, CEO of NatWest Social & Community Capital, said: “We are so pleased to welcome our 2022 cohort of WISE100 Women and to congratulate them on their place in this year's list. Against the pandemic backdrop of the past two years, nominations have remained strong, with exceptional times also generating many stories of exceptional leadership. We are looking forward to sharing some of these stories and experiences at our special event in London on 18 March, when we will also be revealing the winners of our four WISE100 Awards.”

The WISE100 celebration on 18 March will be a daytime event running from 11.30am to 3pm, including time for networking, a panel discussion and the awards announcements. Book here to secure your free place (tickets numbers are restricted but still available).

Next week, Pioneers Post will reveal the finalists in each of the four awards categories: Social Business Leader, Star of the Future, Environmental Champion and Social Investment Champion.


Announcing the WISE100 List 2022


Alessandra Alonso, MD, Women in Travel CIC


Alice Moxley, Founder and CEO, Pivot


Amanda Horton MastinCEO, ActionFunder (former Semble)


Amina Ahmad, Europe Program Manager, Village Capital and Co-Founder, Scoobi


Andrine Allen, Founder and Program Director, AA Educates


Angela Moohan, CEO, The Larder


Anna Hunter, Chief Operations Officer, PBS4


Anna Ware, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Clear Voice Interpreting Services


Anne Bailey, CEO and co-founder, Form the Future CIC


Avye Couloute, Social Entrepreneur, Maker, Coder, Workshop Leader, Female Tech Advocate, Founder, Girls into Coding


Bayo Adelaja, Chief Do-er, Do It Now Now


Beatrice Guessie, Founder, LITD CIC


Beth Pilgrim, CEO, Supply Change


Candice Hampson, CEO, Kiteline Health


Caragh Bennet, Co-founder and CEO, The Zena Brand


Caroline McKenna, CEO and Founder, Social Good Connect


Catherine Jones, Social Enterprise Director, Grassmarket Community and Coffee Saints


Catherine Manning, Operations Director, Social Value UK


Charlie Blair, Founder and CEO, The Blair Academy


Charlotte Miller, Director and Founder, Intergenerational Music Making CIC


Charlotte Newman, CEO, Carefree


Claire Buckle, Director and Founder, Ability Consultancy NW Ltd


Collette Williams, People and Culture Director, FRC Group


Dee Murray, CEO and Founder, Menopause Experts


Devi Clark, Managing Director, Impact Hub Kings Cross


Dominique Unsworth, CEO, Producer and Trainer, Resource Productions


Dr Susan Aktemel, Founder and Executive Director, Homes for Good


Elaine Brown, CEO, Edinburgh Remakery


Emma Baines, CEO, Find Your Voice CIC


Emma Lange, Programmes Director, Impact Hub King's Cross


Emma Lower, CEO, Lendology CIC


Emma Steele, Investment Director, Fair By Design Fund


Erika Brodnock, Co-founder and Research Director, Extend Ventures


Erika Rushton, Creative Economist, Kindred


Esme Verity, Founder, Considered Capital


Esther Foreman, Founder and CEO, The Social Change Agency


Eve Wagg, Founder and CEO, Well Grounded CIC


Fiona Jeffrey OBE, Founder, Just a Drop


Gabriela Matouskova, CEO, Hope 4 The Community CIC


Gemma Bukel, Executive Director Strategy and Innovation, P3 Charity


Gill Coupland, Co-director, Social Business Brokers CIC and Zero Waste Leeds


Isabel Mack, Founder, Party Kit Network CIC


Isobelle Ford, Co-founder / Community Manager, Anqa Collective / TERN


Jacqueline Hollows, Founder, Beyond Recovery CIC


Jane Binnion, MD, The Growing Club CIC


Jo Summers, CEO, P3 Charity


Jo-Anne Shellum, Founding Trustee and CEO, Noah's Star


Joanne Hay, Portfolio Director and Deputy CEO, Social Business Trust


Joy Foster, Founder and CEO, TechPixies


Julie Hawker & Kate DoodsonJoint CEOs, Cosmic     


June O'SullivanCEO, London Early Years Foundation


Karen NgInvestment DirectorBig Society Capital


Kariba AmachreeCEOPragmatic Healthcare Services


Karis GillDirectorSocial Stories Club 


Kate Smith & Laura WalkerJoint CEOsMemory Matters South West CIC


Kate StewartCEO and Co-Founder, We Make Places CIC


Kim RihalCo-Founder and Head of PartnershipsEqual Education


Kirsty ThomsonFounder & CEOCircle Scotland CIC


Laura HamiltonOwner & InstructorJust Dive In CIC


Laura NorthCEO and FounderWe Speak


Laura RanaFounderKhushi Kantha (Happy Blanket) Community Interest Company


Lisa AshfordCEOEthex and Energise Africa


LJ WinterburnCEOValley House


Louisa ZianeChief Operating OfficerToast Ale


Lucy ByrneManaging Directordot-art


Lucy Findlay MBEManaging DirectorSocial Enterprise Mark CIC


Maaha SuleimanCEO, CareAlgo


Maeve MonaghanCEONow Group (NI)


Mary DeBoosTrusteeRingwood Actions for Climate Emergency


Mathu JeyaloganathanHead of InvestmentUnLtd


Michelle JohnFounding Director, PEGS


Myrna AtallaExecutive DirectorAlfanar


Nadia LaabsCo-Founder & COOSafetyNet Technologies


Naomi MunroeCo-FounderScoobi


Naomi Watkins-LigudzinskaCEONW Counselling Hub CIC


Nat MadyFounder/DirectorHackney Herbal CIC


Natasha Eeles, FounderBold Voices


Nickala TorkingtonManaging DirectorFlourish Together CIC


Patricia AlexanderManaging DirectorShared Interest Society


Pollyanna ChapmanCEOHighlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone, trading as Impact Hub Inverness


Rachel MussonFounding DirectorThoughtBox Education


Rebecca DeeganFounderI Have A Voice CIC


Rebecca WhiteCEOYour Own Place CIC


Renata Graver, Contracts Director (London)Shaw Trust


Rosie GindayManaging DirectorMiss Macaroon


Ruth RogersCEO & Founder, The Canvas


Samantha BamertFounder and CEOAsk Inclusive Finance (Askif)


Sarah JordanFounder & CEOY.O.U Underwear


Saskia BruystenCEO & Co-FounderYunus Social Business


Sharon GormanFinance Director and Head of PeopleResonance


Shelby JamesPartnership CoordinatorClear Voice Interpreting Services


Sophie KennedyJoint-CEOEQ Investors


Stacey-Jade MasonFounder and DirectorCreative Optimistic Visions (COV)


Susanna WenCo-founder and Designer, Birdsong London


Susannah McClintockInvestment DirectorClean Growth Fund


Tina ChenFounder/Chief Tea OfficerHumaniTea


Tracey SmithOperations DirectorGTS Solutions CIC


Veronica Bamford-DeaneManaging DirectorWork for Good


Vicki RoskamsEngagement Manager/DirectorEnbarr Foundation CIC


Victoria Elizabeth TurnbullFounder/ManagerMic Media


Yvonne Farquharson, Founder and Managing DirectorBreathe Arts Health Research 


Zoe PortlockCo-founder & Business Development LeadBikeworks CIC


Explore more stories and interviews with leading women in social enterprise in our WISE collection.


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