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 fields of business, finance, politics and social enterprise, our team has launched a number of successful social ventures. We also work with others to engage with social venturing and implement their own projects to transform society through our SPx programme. This, in turn, enables us to nurture the venture creation ecosystem, and has meant that we have played a significant role in the start-up and growth of over 100 ventures over the last 10 years.
We equip organisations with the tools they need to change the world. Whether it is using AI for better decision making and predictions, or virtual reality to foster better communication and co-working in a hybrid world, we believe that innovation in technology is a vital bedrock for social reform.
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 is the founder of The Shaftesbury Partnership. He was also a founding member of Teach First and founder of 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 is a chartered electrical engineer by profession, and has over 25 years’ experience, mostly in the energy industry. He has spent much of his career managing the development and introduction of new technologies, especially thinking about how new technology might transform the energy system, the business models of the players in the sector, and the customer experience of dealing with energy.
Craig currently works for Mott MacDonald as Director – Energy Transformation. He is responsible for developing a global response to market transition for the Mott MacDonald Energy business.
Until mid-2019 Craig was Director of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy in the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This included leadership of a £500m energy technology innovation programme, management of engineering and science expertise to support energy policy, and oversight of the UK climate science capability. He was also a board member of the Energy Technologies Institute, a public-private research institution which invested £400-500m in energy projects. Prior to this he was Head of Engineering at the Department for Energy and Climate change, where he was also Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser.
Before joining government he worked in engineering and commercial leadership roles for a range of organisations including London Underground, EDF Energy, and Mott MacDonald previously.
He holds a first degree from the University of Sheffield, a Masters from the University of Strathclyde, and is a graduate of the UK government and Said Business School’s Major Project Leadership Academy. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Chair of the institution’s Energy Policy Panel, which advises UK government on issues affecting the profession.