Adebowale Commission on Social Investment

The Adebowale Commission on Social Investment will be investigating the current state of the social investment market and how social investment could better support the growth of social enterprises.

The current Commissioners are:

  • Lord Victor Adebowale CBE (Chair)
  • Dr Susan Aktemel
  • Dr Jessica Daggers
  • Chris Murray
  • James Broderick

This Commission is kindly supported by Fusion21 – a national social enterprise.

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE

Lord Victor joined social enterprise Turning Point as Chief Executive in 2001 and is a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental health issues, drugs, alcohol, learning disability and complex needs.

Victor began his career in housing and was Chief Executive of Centre Point, the National Youth Homelessness Charity from 1995 until 2001. 

In 2000, Victor was awarded a CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001, he was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords. Victor is on the Board of the Audit Commission and former chair of the Home Office’s Stop and Search Community panel.

He is President of the International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry, President of the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association and sits as a Non-Executive Director at 360 IT collaboration Ltd.  Victor is Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, a commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and sits on the National Quality Board (DH).   He is an associate of the Cambridge University Judge Business School, and Birmingham University Centre for Health Service Management.  He is also Director at Leadership in Mind Ltd.

He has a Post Graduate Diploma from the Tavistock Institute and an MA in Advanced Organisational Consulting from City University London. Victor is also a member of the NHS Future Forum and regularly appears in the national media commenting on various issues relating to health and social care and public policy.

Dr Susan Aktemel

Susan Aktemal Adebowale Commission on Social Investment

Susan Aktemel is Executive Director of Homes for Good Social Business Group. An experienced property developer, she has combined these skills with her commitment to improving people’s lives to create Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency and social landlord in the private rented sector. From 1994-2012 she created and grew Impact Arts, now a leading Scottish charity. Since 2014 she has raised over £12 million in social investment for Homes for Good, named Social Enterprise of the Year 2016 in the Scottish Business and Social Enterprise Scotland Awards.

In 2017 she received an Honorary Doctorate from University of Strathclyde Business School for achievements in Social Enterprise, and in 2019 was inducted into the Strathclyde Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.  In  July 2019 Susan was also  awarded the inaugural Trinity College Social Innovation Prize at Judge Business School in June, Cambridge.

Susan is a mentor for The Young Foundation, a board and investment committee member of SIS Ventures, and a member of the CACHE Knowledge Exchange Hub.

Dr Jessica Daggers

Jess Daggers Adebowale Commission on Social Investment

Dr Jess Daggers is an academic and consultant specialising in social investment and impact investing, with particular expertise in impact measurement. Her PhD thesis ‘Solving’ social problems with markets and measurement: a critical study of social impact investing analysed the growth of the social investment market in the UK between 2010 and 2016.

Alongside her research, Jess’ consultancy work has deepened her understanding of the market and of the challenges of implementing impact measurement. She has worked with a wide range of organisations including small social sector organisations, sector bodies such as Investing for Good, CAN Invest, New Philanthropy Capital, and The Social Innovation Partnership, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, Oxford University.

She was interim Impact Director within Nesta’s Impact Investments team from 2018-9, and has recently joined Flip Finance, a collective of researchers specialising in developing better solutions for the social investment market.  Jess has published work with Oxford University on the landscape of academic research into social impact investing, and is currently working with Cambridge University to produce content on impact measurement for the Masters in Social Innovation. Jess takes a keen interest in the ongoing debate over the potential of impact investing and the role of measurement, regularly writing and tweeting on the topic.

Chris Murray

Chris is Director of Core Cities UK, and has worked previously in a number of cities in the UK and abroad on a wide range of urban issues. He is a visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University, an Honorary Fellow of the Heseltine Institute at Liverpool University, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Prime Ministers’ Regeneration Investment Organisation. Earlier in his career Chris also worked in education, community work and as a psychiatric social worker. Chris holds qualifications in art and design, teaching, business and marketing and European cultural planning. He has published and contributed to a number of books about cities.

Jamie Broderick 

Jamie Broderick is a Director of the newly-launched Impact Investing Institute, an independent, non-profit UK organisation that aims to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investing market.  The Institute is supported by the Government Inclusive Economy Unit, the Department for International Development, the City of London Corporation, and a number of financial services organisations in the UK.

Jamie was head of UBS Wealth Management in the UK from 2013-2017. Jamie joined UBS after nineteen years at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, latterly as Chief Executive of its European operations. He joined J.P. Morgan in New York in 1993 and moved to London in 1996. He started his financial services career at Wellington Management Company, an independent asset management partnership in Boston. He studied Arabic Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard College and continued those studies in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago.

The Adebowale Commission is supported by:

Fusion 21 supported the Adebowale Commission on Social Investment