Our Admissions Panel plays a crucial role in the review and admissions process for businesses seeking to become members of the Social Stock Exchange. The Panel reviews each applicant’s Impact Report to determine if the company is a impact business and therefore eligible for admission to the Social Stock Exchange.

Our Panel is made up of finance and social sector experts who provide the necessary trust, authority and oversight. The Chair is a non-voting member of the panel.


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Elizabeth Austerberry is the Chief Executive of Moat – a housing association with over 20,000 homes across London and the South East. Since joining at the beginning of 2013, Elizabeth has guided Moat through a challenging economic and policy environment, maintaining its strong financial position whilst driving an ambitious development programme.

Elizabeth’s career has been spent at the nexus of property and finance, having been a director of a number of major banks in addition to DTZ and Savills. Immediately before joining Moat, Elizabeth was at EY, responsible for housing and residential real estate consultancy, advising a range of clients including HM Treasury and the Bank of England.

Elizabeth is passionate about ensuring that as many people as possible have access to an affordable home, either to rent or to buy. She is a member of the board of the National Housing Federation, which is the trade body for the housing association sector.

Peter was until recently Head of Institutional Real Estate at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) where he chaired the Investment Committee for 8 years. Peter oversaw c£5bn of funds invested in the UK and has substantial transactional and development experience.

Alexander Nicoll is Corporate Responsibility Director for intu properties plc. He is also charged with corporate affairs initiatives including representing intu at high level private sector, public sector and government events and consultations. He was a member of Westminster City Council from 1994 until he stepped down in May 2010. As an elected member he focused on planning, transportation and public realm matters. Alexander served as Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster for 2006-7. He also served as Vice Chairman of the London Planning Advisory Committee (LPAC) which considered strategic planning matters and issued guidance following the abolition of the GLC and prior to the creation of the GLA. Alexander furthers his interest in regeneration, community building and place-making via a number of organisations and, most notably, is currently Chairman of the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM). Alexander stood as a Conservative candidate in London for the UK Parliament in 2001 and was Chairman of The Bow Group during 1994-1995. He also serves on various committees of property-related organisations e.g. EPRA, ICSC and BCSC.

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.

Mickola has had a long and very successful career in property fund and investment management. She is currently a Director and joint owner of Seven Dials Fund Management, which undertakes property fund and asset management services, and provides consultancy, research and investment management advice to institutional and private investors. Seven Dials are the Fund Managers for the BLME Light Industrial Building Fund and the Jadwa UK Special Opportunities Fund and provide financial management for the Curlew Student Housing Trust.

Previously, Mickola was the non-executive Chairman of Cushman and Wakefield Investors, CEO of Teesland plc a listed public company specialising in property fund management with £5bn of assets under management. Prior to that she was Managing Director of Guardian Properties (now part of AXA) managing the Group’s property investment portfolios.

Mickola is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Livery Company and a non-executive Director of Kalmars , her family’s firm of commercial and residential Estate Agents in the South Bank area.

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.

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.

Jonathan is a Sector Portfolio Manager at Investec Asset Management, where he is a member of the 4Factor Global Equity team. Jonathan is also an active investor in social enterprise companies as one of the founding members of the Clearly Social Angels Network in addition to having substantial angel investing experience. He is also a member of the Finance Committee of the Wates Foundation and is a Trustee of the Irene Taylor Trust.

At Bridges Ventures, Clara takes the lead on the firm's impact strategy throughout the investment cycle and across all fund types. In addition to growing impact through Bridges' own funds, Clara leads the firm's efforts to promote the growth of the wider impact investment sector. She is a member of the Standards Advisory Committee of the Global Impact Investing Rating System and holds a BA (Hons) from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

John Ditchfield is a Partner at Castlefield Advisory Partners (CAP) the UKs leading specialist in ethical, environmental and responsible investment advice for private clients, Charities, private businesses and Social Enterprises; CAP advises on assets in excess of £150M (www.castlefield.com). John was formerly a Board member of UKSIF the UK’s Sustainable Investment and Finance Association and Co-Chairs the Ethical Investment Association. Castlefield is supporting the growth of the high social impact market through direct involvement and support for Social Stock Exchange and Ethex.

Kate Elliot is an ethical researcher, responsible for assessing the social and environmental performance of companies in addition to monitoring daily news flow and emerging ethical themes. Her work also involves engaging directly with companies to address matters of concern or to promote best practice.  She joined Rathbones in 2007 after graduating from the University of Bristol with a Masters in philosophy and mathematics and also holds a postgraduate qualification in Environmental Management from the University of London.

Jeremy Nicholls is the chief executive of the Social Return on Investment (SROI) Network, which is an international membership organisation  for individuals, organisations and companies supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value. He is a director of the FRC Group (a social business based in Liverpool, UK), the Chair of the Social Impact Analysts Association, a director of Social Evaluator, a member of the IRIS advisery committee.

Graham is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and has over 15 years main board experience as a director of four UK listed public companies principally in the IT, electronics and technology sectors. More recently he has been building a portfolio of ethical interests and mentoring individuals and organizations in the renewables, technology and social enterprise space.

Nick is Director of Business and Enterprise at Social Enterprise UK. Before joining Social Enterprise UK, Nick was working as an independent consultant with a wide range of organisations, including UnLtd, Skills Third Sector, The Guardian, Venture Partnership Foundation, Stepping Out, British Council and the London School of Economics. Nick also co-founded and helped run POPse!, the world’s first pop-up social enterprise think-tank, and is on the board of the SROI Network.