NatWest WISE100 2023: Top women in social enterprise revealed

The WISE100 recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business. Find out who is in our top 100 this year.

Today we reveal the much anticipated sixth edition of the WISE100 list, produced annually by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest Social & Community Capital. 

This carefully selected list brings together the UK's 100 leading women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.

From these 100 women, winners will be selected across four categories: Social Business Leader of the Year, Environmental Champion, Social Investment Champion and Star of the Future. The winners will be revealed at the WISE100 awards ceremony which will be held on 7 March in central London.

Megan Virrels, CEO of NatWest Social & Community Capital, said: “NatWest is incredibly proud to host the WISE100 Awards, celebrating the inspirational women leading the way in social and environmental change. This event is a key component of our work at NatWest Social & Community Capital to support social enterprise, and is in line with our wider support agenda for women in business, ethnic minority enterprise and youth-owned businesses.” 

The in-person event is invitation-only, but access to the awards and speeches will be open to all through livestream via this Zoom link.


Announcing the WISE100 List 2023


Anab Abdalla & Iman Sheel, Co-founders, Sahan Cares CIC


Sandy Abdelrahman, CEO/Co-founder, Skaped


Bayo Adelaja, CEO, Do It Now Now


Bayile Adeoti, Founder and Director, Dechomai


Banke Ajayi, Co-founder and Global Director of Finance and Operations, Secret Projects Community Benefit Society


Susan Aktemel, Founder, Homes for Good


Minna Alanko-Falola, Chief Executive and Founder, Compost Works (UK) Ltd


Patricia Alexander, Managing Director, Shared Interest


Ariana Alexander-Sefre, Founder and CEO, Spoke


Jenny Allan, Founder and CEO, Jenerous CIC


Lisa Ashford, CEO, Ethex & Energise Africa


Karen Jane Balmer, Chief Executive, Groundwork North Wales


Tracey Banks, Founder Director, unpckd


Daniela Barone Soares, Chief Executive, Snowball Impact Management


Alexandra Birtles, Co-founder and CEO, In Good Company


Charlie Blair, Founder and CEO, The Blair Academy


Caroline Boury, Director and Founder, The Boury Academy CIC


Amanda Bronkhorst, Founder and CEO, JUST ONE Tree


Hannah Broughton, CEO, Climbing Calm CIC


Elaine Brown, CEO, Edinburgh Remakery


Saskia BruystenCo-founder and Executive Co-chair, Yunus Social Business


Sharon Bryan, Managing Director/CEO, Sharon Bryan Consultancy CIC


Natasha Buchler, Co-CEO, AKOJO MARKET


Michaela Buck, CEO, Mastercall Healthcare


Gemma Bukel, Executive Director Strategy & Innovation, P3 Charity


Simone Callaghan, Founding Director, The Goodness Collective CIC


Yvonne Clarke, Managing Director, Pathways Community Interest Company


Lorraine Copes, CEO, Be Inclusive Hospitality


Alice Cracknel, Co-founder and Director, Origin Africa


Natalie Dinsmore, Founder and Director, More Life Home CIC


Sarah Dobson, Executive Director, Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers


Grace Dyke, Strategic Director, Yellow Jigsaw CIC 


Victoria Emslie, Actor, Founder & CEO, Primetime


Izzie Eriksen, Founding Director, ApparelXchange


Sol Escobar, Founder and Director, Give Your Best


Lucy Ferguson, Founder, Mediorite


Lucy Findlay, Founder and Managing Director, Social Enterprise Mark CIC


Daisy Ford-Downes, Head of Investment Programmes, Firstport


Joy Foster, Founder and CEO, TechPixies Limited


Nureen Glaves, Founder and CEO, Feed Me Good (FMG Social CIC)


Joanna Gorniak, Director, Street Factory CIC


Stephanie Graham, Founding Director, Dundee Community Craft


Kirsty Haigh, Head, Edinburgh Food Social


Alice Hargreaves and Rachael Mole, CEO and COO, SIC


Charlotte Harrington, Co-CEO, Belu


Sarah Holliday and Hebe Foster, Co-founders, Telescope Training Ltd


Ren Yi Hooi, Founder and CEO, Lightning Reach


Emily Horton, Founder, More Diverse Voices 


Kathryn Jellings, Director of Business Development, 3SC


Michelle John, Founding Director, PEGS


Michaela Johnson, Founder & CEO, HSO (Herts Schools Outreach)


Sarah Jordan, Founder and CEO, Y.O.U Underwear


Temi Kamson, Founder and CEO, GT Scholars CIC


Megan Kavanagh, Director & Facilitator/CEO, Megzi Pearl's 


Heledd Kendrick, Founder and CEO, Recruit for Spouses


Evie Keough, Founder & CEO, Boromi


Jaki King, CEO, If Everyone Cares CIC


Tiwa King, Founder, Beyond A Song CIC


Christine Kinnear, Founder & CEO, With Insight Education 


Alina Klarner, Head of Ventures, Impact Shakers


Ella Lambert, Founder and CEO, The Pachamama Project CIC


Jacinta Linden, CEO, Bolster Community


Mila Lukic, CEO and Co-founder, Bridges Outcomes Partnerships


Rebecca MacDonald, Head of Investment Management, Big Society Capital


Camilla Marcus-Dew, Co-founder & Head of Ventures, Amplify Goods & Connection Crew CIC


Donna Marshall, Deputy CEO, Selnet Ltd


Sara-Louise Martin, Co-founder, Impact Central


Bilkis Miah, CEO, You Be You


Charlotte Miller, Director and Founder, Intergenerational Music Making CIC


Maria Mills, Chief Executive, Active Prospects


Alice Moxley, CEO & Founder, Pivot


Tracey Muirhead, Director, The School for Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland


Sanyu Musoke, Founder and CEO, Yucan


Dee Norval, CEO, Breakthrough


Beth Nunn, Founder and CEO, PIE: Pursuing Individual Excellence


Jennifer O'Brien, Founding Director, Music Broth


Sapna Patel, Director of Operations, The Social Change Nest


Emma Picken, Executive Director, BE United


Beth Pilgrim, Co-founder, Supply Change


Jill Poet, CEO, Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB)


Zoe Portlock, Co-founder/Co-CEO, Bikeworks CIC


Fiona Rae, Chief Executive, Community Food Initiatives North East


Sarah Rafique, Chief Operating Officer, Generation Medics


Laura Rana, Founder, Khushi Kantha (Happy Blanket) Community Interest Company


Darshika Ravindran, Head of Partnerships and Communications, Well Grounded Jobs


Kim Rihal, Co-founder & CO-CEO, Equal Education


Joana GC Rodrigues, Director of Mentorship, In2MedSchool


Tara Sabre Collier, Director of Impact Investment, Chemonics UK


Isabel Sachs, Founder, I LIKE NETWORKING


Angelica Santodomingo, Senior Programmes Manager, Impact Hub London


Carolyn Sims, Director of Lending, Charity Bank


Anne-Helene Sinha, Senior Investment Manager, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Venturesome


Kate Smith, CEO, Memory Matters CIC


Madeleine Spinks and Sian Basker, Co-CEOs, Data Orchard CIC


Maaha Suleiman, CEO, CareAlgo


Jo Summers, COO, P3 Charity 


Hermione Taylor, Founder / Director, Do Nation 


Kirsty Thomson, Founder and CEO, Circle Scotland CIC (The Circle)


Nickala Torkington, Director, Flourish Together CIC


Vic Elizabeth Turnbull, Founder and CEO, MIC Media


Joanna Vasanth, CEO, MVP Media CIC


Cheryl Ward, CEO, Family Fund Business Services


Liz Warner, Founder and CEO, Different Kind


Joanne Wedderspoon, Senior Development Manager, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Venturesome


Rebecca White, CEO, Your Own Place CIC


Amy Williams, CEO and Founder, Good-Loop



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