Set up in 2011, Treebeard Trust is a small foundation with big ambitions.
Founder & Trustee
Barnaby would like to spend most of his time on the water, but is prevented from doing so by a number of other commitments, in no particular order: job (fund manager); family (non-sailing); horse, dog, garden and, not least, Treebeard Trust.
His personal mission is to break down the artificial barrier between philanthropy and business.
Founder & Trustee
Cassandra is a lawyer, initially training at Simmons & Simmons before leaving the city to pursue a career in academia. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at City, University of London, but is currently on secondment to the Home Office funded Operation Bluestone project, which is transforming the police response to rape and serious sexual offences. Her research area is the criminal law in the context of domestic abuse, and her book, Coercive Control and the Criminal Law, is in press and available for pre-order here. Cassandra is passionate about all things Treebeard but her particular interest is in the violence against women strand of Treebeard’s work.
Jessamy has worked in the charity sector for fourteen years, fundraising from a range of sources including trusts, statutory and corporate. Most recently she headed up the corporate fundraising team at national education charity Teach First where she worked for five years before joining Treebeard as Director in October 2016. Jessamy has been involved in the trust since its inception, serving as a board member until early 2016. She runs Treebeard Trust from her home on the Suffolk coast where she lives with husband Matt and her two sons.
Impact Investment Advisor
Shish has worked in impact investment for the last 8 years and cares deeply about investing capital purposefully. He joined Treebeard in 2020, and currently supports the team and Trustees to make impact investments across a range of sectors and themes. Alongside this he continues to work with other investors, social business, and charities on a variety of impact-focused projects.
Lisa has a deep and broad background working to solve societal problems at scale. She is a digital leader, entrepreneur and investor by background, with heavy focus on getting people and culture right, and use of data to really know what is going on. Former Director at Coursera, MD of AVADO Digital, COO at Mustard Seed Impact and Director of Data-Driven Department and Culture Change for the Ministry of Justice -- since 2020 Lisa has worked for the apprenticeship organisation Multiverse, as the VP of Learning and Delivery. In another life she would like to play professional golf and be the drummer in a band.
Mike spends most of his life across sub-Saharan Africa investing in and supporting companies that are using technology to solve large and meaningful problems. Passionate about social justice and sustainable impact, Mike spent time as an investor at the Global Innovation Fund and helped build the early-stage investment practice at ClearlySo, an Impact Investment Bank in London.