We seek to inspire social transformation by working with partners, individuals and networks at a global scale. Our work has three main elements:
Through years of experience in both the public and private sector, working across the sectors of business, finance, politics and social enterprise, our team has launched a number of successful social ventures
We help to embed our DNA in organisations looking to enact system reform in their contexts through our SPX programme. We offer advice and help a range of businesses, charities and public bodies engage with social venturing and implement their own projects to reform our world.
Through our School for Social Transformation, we help to equip individuals to become the Reformers of today. Using a mixture of face-to-face interaction and online resources, we help to raise up people who will become catalysts for social change in the 21st Century.
We take our inspiration from the work and legacy of the great 19th Century social reformer Antony Ashley Cooper, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.
Shaped by his faith and values, he and many others like him brought significant transformation in the context of the Industrial Revolution, rising globalisation and demographic and climate change shifts. As an individual, he influenced millions of lives, both during his lifetime and after his death.
Today we seek to honour his legacy of social reform. Where he saw the injustices of child labour and inhumane psychiatric institutions, he introduced and scaled systemic changes to society. So too, for the last 10 years, we have been highlighting injustices and offering scalable solutions to the issues of the 21st Century.
Who we are
Nat Wei is a graduate from Jesus College, Oxford. He is a social entrepreneur with an avid interest in social reform and was founder, The Shaftesbury Partnership; founding member, Teach First; and founder, Maker Life. He is a former fellow of the Young Foundation and was a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
He has served as a Government Advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron and was the first British-born person of Chinese origin to become a member of the House of Lords. He started out as a McKinsey & Company consultant specialising in technology, particularly mobile, before shifting into venture capital, social enterprise, and more recently policy development.
He has previously served as founding Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for East Asian Business, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group and treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Trade and Investment to promote better trade and political and cultural links between the UK and East Asia. He has served as a member of the House of Lords EU Internal Affairs Committee and was founding Co-Chair of the Conservative Friends of the Chinese.
Patrick Shine has 15 years’ experience in advising charities, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on scaling strategies, leadership development and social investment. He also mentors individuals with business experience who wish to transition into the social impact sector.
He has been a partner at The Shaftesbury Partnership since 2008 and has led the organisation since 2011. Patrick manages the overall business strategy, and as such he has established social ventures in a range of sectors including employability, ageing, youth and education.
Patrick has active links with policymakers, think tanks and academics, focussing on how policy ideas can be made to work in practice. He was the Founding Chair of The Challenge Network, the leading provider of the government's National Citizen Service programme, and the Founding Governor of the Southwark Free School.
Before joining the voluntary sector, Patrick worked for over 20 years’ experience in financial markets, specialising in global fixed income and derivatives, and was a director of Lazard Brothers Asset Management. Patrick read Mathematics at Queens’ College, Cambridge and has an MA in Middle East Studies from SOAS.
Profiled by Guardian Newspapers as one of the UK’s top social entrepreneurs, Chris Mould is an innovative leader, widely experienced in both the public and the voluntary sector.
Chris has founded more than 20 organisations in the public and private sectors. He is the founder and CEO of the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion, a Bulgarian organisation working to break the cycle of poverty in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Between 2007 and 2017 Chris led the Trussell Trust through its transition from a small Christian Charity developing community based projects tackling poverty and exclusion to a multi award winning national organisation that has launched over 450 foodbanks, providing three days’ emergency food to over 1 million people each year and engaging over 4 million citizens as supporters.
With particular expertise translating public policy into practice, Chris has worked with the highest levels of government both in the UK and in the European Union.
Before focussing on the voluntary and social sectors, Chris spent over twenty years in senior public sector management where he held both Chief Executive and Chairman roles at local and national level. He was Chief Executive of Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust for ten years and the founding Chairman of Healthwork UK (now Skills for Health). He then became Chief Executive of a new non-departmental public body responsible for police training across England and Wales.
Chris read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, and has an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics
Anoop is a social reformer with a long-standing interest in social impact. He wrote the first plan for the Precision Medicine Catapult, a government initiative to transform medicine, and its economics using BigData, diagnostics and the latest science to more accurately diagnose and treat patients. He also worked with cities to design a ‘learning city’ blueprint to catalyse bottom-up change in local health & care systems.
Prior to this Anoop was Senior Policy Advisor to Monitor, the sector regulator for the NHS in England, where he led the system-wide innovation programme, which paved the way to the NHS Five-Year Forward View. He was founding Director of Indigo Health, a health solutions consultancy where he worked with more than 100 companies, international and NHS organisations, government bodies and clinical innovators in implementing novel models of health delivery and commissioning. He is currently Chair of Health 2.0 London, the largest health-tech network in Europe and Visionary Healthcare, a start-up innovation driven provider of health services.
Previously Anoop was Commercial Director of an innovative international media company, and in financial services he worked at Goldman Sachs and has been Strategy Advisor to the FairBanking Foundation. He won a scholarship to read Engineering at the University of Cambridge, then read Management at Warwick Business School. During this time he served on the National Council of the Chartered Management Institute and worked with the Home Office on pioneering social innovation programmes to create more active communities.
Craig Lucas has over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure industries, mostly in the energy sector. He has wide ranging experience in both the public and private sectors in engineering management, innovation and research and development management, including being a business unit Director for a major international utility company.
He has been a Director of various startup businesses in the UK, South America and Africa, and he has also been involved in the management of a large educational charity in Brazil. For 6 years he was a Director of a strategic consulting business in the energy sector, with projects and operations around the world and a strong focus on developing and emerging markets.
Craig is currently Head of Engineering for the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). As part of this role he manages DECC’s innovation programme which currently funds around 160 projects in the sustainability/cleantech area. His team is also responsible for the coordination of energy industry innovation across government.
Craig read Electrical Engineering at Sheffield University, has an MSc in Electricity Industry Management and Technology from University of Strathclyde, and a postgraduate diploma in Telecommunication Systems from INATEL, Brazil.