The Social Stock Exchange – where profit meets purpose
The Social Stock Exchange provides access to the world’s first regulated exchange dedicated to businesses and investors seeking to achieve a positive social and environmental impact through their activities.
The Social Stock Exchange stands for something. It stands for change. Change in the way that investments are sought – and sold. To be listed here, a company must pass our stringent validation process. These companies can be big or small; so long as they have the potential to deliver viable returns and can demonstrate how they will adhere to their own social and/or environmental mandates and missions. They are companies that we believe in and can honestly get behind.
The organisations that pass our vetting process and meet NEX’s listing requirements are then free to trade within our liquid and regulated marketplace. Using the Impact Report information generated through this process, investors can then seek out investments that speak to them and that reflect their individual impact goals, often in their local area. Investors can be confident that their money is being invested in credible, social or environmental companies. And business owners can rest assured that their investments are in excellent company.
The Social Stock Exchange stands for integrity and dependability. It’s the new (and only) marketplace where you can find impact investments or register your social impact business – and it hosts a busy, salient events calendar that will help to build and maintain momentum in this important new sector.
Ultimately, the Social Stock Exchange can be the place where profit and progress meet. The future of investment starts here.
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Tomás Carruthers is Chief Executive of the Social Stock Exchange (SSX). He was educated in Northumberland, Edinburgh and at Cambridge, where he launched in 1994 with friends the first website in the world to publish real-time share prices. As an innovator and entrepreneur he has developed his career doing fintech before the word was invented, through founding and running Electronic Share Information, Interactive Markets, Interactive Investor and now the Social Stock Exchange.
The Social Stock Exchange is a new and unique public market for social impact investment in which the impact of the business for all stakeholders is precisely as important as its financial performance. Tomás is convinced that a liquid public market is necessary for social impact investing to become a mainstream activity – a message that continues to resonate with investors across the globe, from SOCAP in California to TEDx in Liverpool and beyond.
Paul has over 25 years of experience in corporate strategy, visioning and finance, driving strategic change, innovation and performance improvement throughout an organization both organically and through M&A transactions. He has a core track record of building businesses in retail financial services, particularly in the online brokerage and online media sectors. He was at Interactive Investor, a regulated stockbroker and online media site, for 9 years, 5 as Head of Finance, and led the growth of the retail investing products achieving 10X growth in revenues and achieving profitability. Paul’s experience ranges across start-ups and large corporates both as a consultant and as an employee. He has led many capital raisings and M&A transactions both from within a company and as an adviser, and is experienced in financial planning and management, leading businesses into growth and profit.
After serving in the Army for thirteen years, Richard began his commercial career at Reuters initially running Lipper’s European data operations before moving to the US to take over global product development and delivery. He then moved on to become Chief Operating Office at Citywire where he spent 5 years helping grow a forward thinking and innovative, financial media business. After a brief spell with Times Education as their Digital Director, he moved on to become Operations Director for Centaur Media plc. Initially he was responsible for the Legal and Financial divisions before taking over the operational leadership for Business Publishing, where he led the re-branding and relaunches of numerous magazines and digital propositions.
Debbie started her career in the public sector and spent a successful 20 year period firstly in the Home Office (1987-1995) and then the Prison Service (1995-2007). Whilst in the Prison Service she jointly developed a number of large scale offender employment programmes, the most significant being a £120 million project which became the largest offender employment scheme in Europe. In addition, she supported many other projects in a variety of countries including Slovenia, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland.
Debbie joined Working Links in 2007 as Head of Business Development and was charged with developing and implementing the company’s diversification strategy with a view to expanding the business across a broader range of Government departments.
Following early success she was promoted to Director of New Markets and focused, specifically, on developing the business in Justice, Skills and Training and Young People and Communities. Company growth resulted in the re-organisation of Working Links in 2011 into four new divisions: Justice, Welfare to Work, Skills and Apprenticeships and International. Debbie was promoted to Director of Justice Services and took responsibility for the delivery of this business.
In 2013 Debbie joined G4S as Director of Resettlement and Rehabilitation to lead the development of their probation business and subsequently moved to Interserve to support their entry to this market. Her work lead to huge success for Interserve moving them from market entrant to leading market share holder in a year.
In January this year Debbie joined the Social Stock Exchange as Director of Partnerships to implement their regionalisation strategy, the aim being to make impact investing accessible to all.
Mike is a financial markets professional, starting his career as an equity trader for Aitken Campbell & Co in Glasgow before going on to expand derivative businesses such as CMC Markets and IG north of the border. As Head of Advanced Products for Interactive Investor he led their product development and education initiatives as part of their growing business in Glasgow. Mike is a highly regarded market commentator and is widely published across all media channels. His passion for social inclusion, fairness and integrity in the investment industry has led him to our team.
Colin J Peacock FRICS
Colin has more than 45 years’ experience within the commercial and residential property industry in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, additionally over the last 30 years he has developed extensive experience of the serviced and managed office market within the UK.
Formerly a Partner with Weatherall Green & Smith, President of Speyhawk New York Corporation, Managing Director of Higgs & Hill Developments Limited and Managing Director of Stonemartin plc he has served the boards of three listed companies.
His private company Stonemartin Properties Ltd formed in 1997 is now the focus of his activity, specialising in a flexible and serviced approach to both residential and commercial property and supporting others in securing financial backing.
Colin is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, a Freeman of the City of London, Chairman of the Property Marketing Awards and Chairman of the Property Advisory Board of the Social Stock Exchange.
Jason is the Social Stock Exchange’s business development executive, focused on bringing new impact businesses and investors to the exchange. Jason has worked at a variety of city institutions in his post-university working career, having joined the team in September 2014 from the world of wealth management at Merrill Lynch and latterly, Julius Baer. Prior to that, Jason worked in corporate restructuring and recovery at a top ten accountancy firm with a focus on trading administrations. Jason was educated at RGS Guildford and the University of East Anglia where he read for a BSc in Business Management. Away from the office, Jason enjoys discovering and listening to world music, a range of sport (of which cycling and skiing are his latest passions) and as of November, planning his upcoming wedding!
Clement has a strong background in financial services and investment banking having spent the last 8 years in positions such as auditor, financial manager and risk analyst. He has 2 MSc in corporate finance and financial engineering and speaks French and Portuguese.He joined the SSX as research analyst and is now part of the business development team.
Vitoria has extensive commercial law experience and has worked as an in-house commercial legal adviser for eight years. She is SSX’ Compliance Manager. She is passionate about the need to address the social and economic challenges in today’s society via Impact Investing, specifically via the growth of social enterprises and social financial instruments.
Sara-Louise started her working life in the City of London, organising and managing financial events for investors, fund managers and quoted company directors. Along the way, she helped establish a boutique corporate advisory firm for SMEs prior to becoming a Senior Relationship Manager at PLUS Markets Group. In 2007 Sara-Louise moved to Hong Kong for an adventure that was to last 7 years and included working for Amscan International, the world’s largest party supplies company. In May 2014 Sara-Louise joined the SSX team as Relationship & Events Manager. In her spare time Sara-Louise can generally be found at the side of a pitch cheering her three children on.
Laura’s career in events began in the film and television industry, working on the London Film Festival. Laura then moved into helping to produce awards ceremonies and running on-stage events. More recently, she’s been employed in a niche sector of the telecoms market to organise industry conference and exhibitions, both UK-based and internationally. Outside of the office, she is a servant to two children, and loves walking around her beloved London, iPod blaring.
Mark founded the Social Stock Exchange in 2007, having chaired the working group report ‘Developing A Social Equity Capital Market’ published by the New Economics Foundation in 2006 and secured the support of Rockefeller Foundation and Halloran Philanthropies in our launch years. Mark has twenty seven years’ experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds firstly at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989 with the Ecology Funds, NPI with Global Care, the AMP Capital Sustainable Future Funds, and Henderson Global Investor’s Industries of the Future Funds.
Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003). Mark is a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, is a member of the Advisory Council of ImpactBase.org; a member of the Advisory Board of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s ‘Conservation and Markets Initiatives’; a member of UNCTAD’s Sustainable Stock Exchange’s Green Finance Advisory Group; and is the Hon Treasurer of The Rainforest Foundation UK. Mark is a Fellow of Tribe Impact Capital and Senior Advisor to Consilium Capital, an impact investment advisory boutique. Mark has a BA in Politics & Economic History and a M.Sc in Agricultural Economics.
Colin Melvin is Chair of The Social Stock Exchange, Chair of Future-Fit Foundation and Founder & Managing Partner of Arkadiko Partners. He has been at the forefront of developments in corporate governance, sustainability and responsible investment for over 20 years and is an expert in strategy and leadership and the good management and direction of businesses. Until November 2016 he was Global Head of Stewardship at Hermes Investment Management and between 2004 and January 2016 was Chief Executive of Hermes EOS. He was formerly Head of Responsible Investment at Baillie Gifford, a Board Member and Chair of the Principles for Responsible Investment and a Member of the 30% Club Investor Group. Between 2008 and 2013 he was a non-executive director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Aedas, an architectural firm. Colin qualified as a fund manager in 1996 and is and member of the CFA Institute. He holds an MA from Aberdeen University and an MPhil from Cambridge University (both in History), and Diplomas in Investment Analysis from Stirling University and Company Directorship from the Institute of Directors. He is currently a member of the Corporate Advisory Group of The Future of the Corporation and on Advisory Board of InfluenceMap. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Business mentor at the Prince’s Trust.
Tomás Carruthers is Chief Executive Officer of the Social Stock Exchange (SSX). After two successful decades building and growing retail financial services companies – including ESI, which became E*Trade UK and Interactive Investor International plc – Tomás is now committed to delivering not only great returns for investors, but a positive social or environmental impact, too. Tomás is passionate about innovation in finance and is determined to bring impact investing into the mainstream.
John Elkington joined the Social Stock Exchange on 1 May 2015 as the new, independent chair of the Admissions Panel. He is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development and coined the ‘triple bottom line’ concept for business. He is one of the most influential leaders in the spheres of social capital, sustainability and social enterprise. John sits on various strategic advisery boards including Nestle’s Creating Shared Value Advisory Board and is a visiting professor at the Cranfield School of Management, Imperial College and UCL. A co-founder of environmental Data Services (ENDS) in 1978 and SustainAbility in 1987, John is also now co-founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, a think tank and advisery firm that encourages business leaders to address systemic challenges at scale.
Gunner has spent the past 31 years in financial services based in New York and London. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the Financial Conduct Authority following a career as Managing Director and co-Head of the European Equities business at Goldman Sachs, Managing Director and Global Head of Trading at Deutsche Asset Management, Managing Director and European Head of Capital Markets Prime Services at Lehman Brothers and Managing Director and Global Head of Senior Relationship Management at Nomura Intl. He also currently serves as a Board member of Tower Hamlets College, Lehman Brothers Foundation Europe , Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership , an Advisor to the Greenhouse Charity and a Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust.
James, with his brother, has spent the last 11 years building their social-hearted business, COOK (www.cookfood.net). It now employs around 400 people and is rolling out nationally. Since 2004 he has been working with Panahpur, a pioneering foundation exploring the potential of a capital revolution where money can be invested for positive social outcomes.
Stephen is a private investor with interests in impact investing, education and mental health. He is a director of responsAbility Social Investment Services AG, Grassroots Business Fund and The Mentoring Foundation. He is a trustee of Teach First, and a founding trustee of NTYE UK (Network for Training Young Entrepreneurs) – a Community Interest Company specializing in teaching low-income youth about how to build businesses. NTYE grew from Stephen’s directorships with NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs), a worldwide charitable organization with its roots in the US and continental Europe.
Olivier has 17 years of experience in investment banking, capital markets and investment management in New York, Paris and London with Bear Stearns, Deutsche Bank, IXIS and Shinsei International. In 2008, he decided to start his own venture with partners. His interest for disruptive technologies led him to become co-founder of Earlytracks S.A. He then launched SemCap, an advisory boutique focused on start-ups and SMEs. He is also a board member and private investor in various start-ups and is active in the Steering Committee of the “de Duve Institute”, a multidisciplinary biomedical research institute. He holds a Master of Science in Business engineering degree from the Solvay Business School and is a FSA registered investment advisor.