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Who are our new governors and advisers? A brief overview

15 October 2020


Edmund Brandt comes to us with a wealth of investment and finance experience, alongside his volunteering roles. Since 2004, he has been an Investment Director for JP Morgan Asset Management. He also brings his in-depth knowledge of equity strategies and socially responsible investing. His voluntary roles have included being a member of the UK steering committee of Access Ability, ​JP Morgan Asset Management’s employee network for people with disabilities, as well as sitting on the JP Morgan Asset Management’s regional Philanthropy committee. ​He has been a member of the Worshipful Company of Innholders’ Charity and Investment Committees, where he had oversight for their charity investment portfolio. Edmund will be taking a lead role in Cripplegate’s Finance and General Purposes Committee.  

Sarah Lee is a local resident and has been working with the Islington-based international law firm Slaughter and May since 1993. (Slaughter and May is also one of Islington Giving’s BIG Alliance members.)  Sarah is a Partner and, until recently, was the Head of Disputes and Investigations Group and has been the partner with overall responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion and Graduate Recruitment. Her many voluntary roles have included: Trustee and Director of the Board of the Royal Courts of Justice and Islington Citizens Advice Bureau; and a Member of Pilotlight, a charity which teams business leaders with charities to support them with strategic planning. Sarah has also received external recognition and was named in the 2016 Upstanding 100 Leading Ethnic Minority Executives List, and the 2017, 2018 and 2019 EMpower 100 Ethnic Minorities Role Model List, featured in the Financial Times. Sarah said: ‘The work of the Foundation to achieve better lives for the people of Islington has never been more important given recent circumstances.’  

Amir Rizwan brings a great depth of experience looking at new funding models to support social change working with civil society organisations and a wide range of other funders. He has been leading on Comic Relief’s social investment work supporting social organisations with innovative funding tools since 2018, and prior to that managed a community housing investment fund for CAF Venturesome. From the end of September 2020, Amir will also join Big Society Capital as a Relationship Director (on a job- share basis) where he will focus on building partnerships and new ways of working on social challenges with foundations and mission-aligned investors. Amir co-chairs the Diversity Forum for the social investment sector which looks at how to improve diversity, equality and inclusion within the social investment.  Amir also brings lived experience, having lived in London for most of his life since coming to the UK as a refugee in 1991 He hopes this will help inform Cripplegate Foundation on how best it can operate in a complex environment. This will be Amir’s first trustee or governor’s role.  

Manny Wiafe was born and raised in Islington and continues to live in the borough. He is a solicitor with the international law firm Trowers and Hamlins, and brings in-depth strategy, planning and financial management skills. Growing up in Islington, Manny has participated in local projects including Access to Sports, St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre and Copenhagen Youth Project. He has a deep connection with the area, local organisations and residents and as such was impressed by the place-based initiatives developed by Cripplegate Foundation, as well as the quality of the organisations it chooses to fund. Manny is motivated to help create consensus on ways to improve social justice for the communities served by the Foundation.  This will be Manny’s first trustee or governor’s role.  





New Advisers 


Jesse Ashman, who has a deep connection to the local area, recently started as the Partnerships Manager and Recovery Worker at the locally based Outside Project and STAR Refuge. The Outside Project is the first LGBTIQA+ identity-responsive homeless shelter, community centre and refuge. In his role as Projects Manager, Jesse manages relationships with grassroots organisations and corporate partners, as well as working directly with refuge guests. Prior to that, Jesse held various roles at Stonewall including Client Account Manager working on their Diversity Champions programme, advising multinational companies on LGBT inclusion, and as a Youth Work Volunteer at Gendered Intelligence. Jesse brings a deep understanding of equality and diversity which he has gained through both personal and professional experience.   

Paul Formosa has lived in Islington all his life and has volunteered, been an activist, and worked in the community for over 20 years. He has been a longstanding Trustee at the learning disabilities charity Centre 404, the Co-ordinator of the Mildmay Community Partnership at its inception, and he currently works at Culpeper Community Garden. He was for a long time a single parent carer to a severely disabled son (who is now an adult), and experienced the financial insecurity, mental ill-health and structural barriers and oppression that come with that for so many people. These experiences are the driving force behind him re-doubling his commitment to standing hand in hand with anyone on the back foot because of who they are or their personal circumstances. Paul also has a PhD, and he was awarded the Pat Haynes Memorial Award for Trustee of the Year in 2019 by Voluntary Action Islington.  

Eniola James is a local resident and has been working with Islington Council as a social worker, working with children and families since 2016, and has recently been promoted to Deputy Consultant Social Worker. Eniola also works with Bright Start Islington as a Parent Champion, encouraging more BAME parents to use the service, as she did herself as a local parent. Eniola’s previous roles included working as a Greenwich Council Support Worker for adults with learning disabilities, and as a Manager at a Children’s Contact Centre in Greenwich. Eniola’s work as a children and family social worker has given her a wider understanding of the challenges and resilience of the local community, and the range of services available to provide support. Eniola has built an online presence where she speaks with new mothers from ethnic minority backgrounds, addressing issues such as identity amongst BAME children, post-natal depression and barriers to accessing services.  


Emmanuelle (Manu) Mathey is a local resident and parent, and a lawyer by training. She worked for JPMorgan for ten years in Risk covering funds (including hedge funds, pension and private equity funds) and she joined Schroders at the end of 2018 as their Global Head of Credit Risk.  At Schroders, Manu is actively involved in promoting an inclusive environment: she chairs SchOUT, Schroders LGBT+ Employee Group, and is involved in multiple philanthropic and mentoring initiatives with a focus on social mobility, opportunities for women and LGBT+ issues. Manu will be taking an advisory role in our Finance and General Purposes Committee.