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 since 2007, fundraising from a range of sources including trusts, statutory and corporate, most recently heading up the corporate fundraising team at national education charity Teach First where she worked for five years before becoming Treebeard's first employee in 2016. Jessamy has been involved in the trust since its inception, serving as a board member until early 2016. She leads Treebeard Trust's grants programme from her home on the Suffolk coast where she lives with husband Matt and her two sons.
Impact Investment Director
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.
Andrew is passionate about businesses solving societal problems, having purpose, doing good and thereby reducing the reliance on the charitable sector. After starting his career with a multinational in SE Asia where he lived in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan, Andrew has been CEO of out and out for profit businesses (real estate business in Japan), business with purpose (Neal's Yard Remedies), a social impact motivated business (helping young people access apprenticeships) and 3 years as CEO of a leading UK youth charity and which he helped merge with the Prince's Trust.