Our People

Creating a Good Economy

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An experienced, multi-disciplinary team committed to contributing to positive social change in the UK and internationally.

Our Founders

Sarah Forster
CEO and co-Founder

Sarah is CEO and Co-Founder of The Good Economy. She has worked at the forefront of finance for positive impact for more than 25 years, working in the fields of sustainable economic development, development finance, and impact measurement and management both internationally and in the UK.

Mark Hepworth
co-Founder and Director, Research and Policy

Mark is a multidisciplinary economist and entrepreneur whose international career spans academia, public policy and business consulting. Mark’s work over 30 years has focused on innovation and new paradigms for economic development. He directs The Good Economy’s research and policy work on inclusive and sustainable development.


Matt Ripley
Head of Impact

Matt is technical lead for The Good Economy’s impact services, where he advises on best practices and industry standards for managing sustainability impacts. He runs Impact Assured, our assurance and verification service, as well as our work with global impact funds. Matt has an extensive track record in impact investing, working for over 15 years with the United Nations, ‘Big 4’ management consulting and in boutique sustainability advisory.

Andy Smith
Head of Housing Impact

Andy leads on housing impact services at The Good Economy, working with clients to design impact measurement and management systems and deliver independent impact reports. Andy also led the development of the Sustainability Reporting Standard criteria – now being used by over 100 housing providers and lenders.

Sam Monger
Head of PBII

Sam is TGE’s Head of Place-Based Impact Investing, and brings 30 years of experience developing, reviewing and delivering investment solutions from both an advisory and investor/developer perspective.

Sam Waples
Head of Analytics

Sam is a multidisciplinary geographer and highly experienced specialist in data and spatial analysis. Sam has worked in university and business schools and commercial companies. His innovative work on data analytics is integral to TGE’s impact services, economic strategy consultancy and Good Jobs analysis.

Jessica Whitcutt
Head of Marketing Communications

Jessica joined The Good Economy in 2023 as Head of Marketing Communications. She is an accomplished corporate communications and reputation professional with 20+ years of experience in helping both major multinational firms and high growth businesses deliver bottom line performance through enhanced reputational capital.

Amy Ingham
Senior Consultant

Amy has over a decade’s experience in impact measurement and management in the UK and internationally. Most recently Amy led a performance improvement initiative for Homes England to support its new strategy. Amy has joined the Housing and Real Estate Social Impact team as a Senior Consultant.

Anna Haskins
Senior Analyst

Anna joined TGE having graduated with a MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies and a BA in Business Management and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. Anna is part of the housing team having previously held roles as Property Manager and Lettings Agent within the private housing sector.

Astrid Pedersen
Impact Analyst

Astrid joined TGE following her graduation from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Political Science and Political Economy. Her previous roles focused on developing resources for research and impact evaluation, and summarising evaluations and other evidence into digestible materials for policy makers. She mainly works within our housing team, providing analysis and writing reports for our clients.

Ben Rosoman

Ben joined TGE having graduated with a first-class degree in International Development with Economics at the University of Bath. His degree also involved working at The Good Economy on a one-year student placement programme in 2017-18.

Charlie Denney
Impact Analyst

Charlie has a background in international development and experience in designing development impact bonds focused on improving learning outcomes in developing economies. Charlie provides analysis and research for TGE’s clients.

Grace Greenfield
Research and Project Management Assistant

Grace has joined the Good Economy on a work placement as part of her degree in International Development with Economics at the University of Bath.

Isobel Tan
Impact Analyst

Isobel has a background in international development and economics and is currently undertaking a part-time Masters in Urban Planning. Her placement with TGE as part of her undergraduate degree fuelled an interest in people, places and economic development. 

Jenni Zietch
Senior Consultant

Jenni has over five years’ experience working across the impact investing spectrum with specialist expertise in impact measurement and management. As a Senior Consultant in impact services, she helps private equity, debt and venture capital clients understand, measure and improve their impact.

Larissa Kirkpatrick
Senior Analyst

Larissa has experience working with private market investors and social enterprises focused on improving social outcomes in emerging and frontier economies. Larissa is part of The Good Economy’s SME team, providing research and project support.

Mieke Dale-Harris
Senior Consultant

Mieke has a background in assessing the impact of charitable interventions on service users, as well as embedding high standards of data collection and management within growing organisations. She works primarily with our housing team, supporting clients to develop impact measurement and management systems, and driving best practices through collaborative projects.

Sakshi Chaudhary
Impact Analyst

Sakshi is an Impact Analyst at The Good Economy. She has experience in evaluating the social impact of community-led charitable interventions, specialising in research and analysis in the housing sector. Sakshi has a background in economics and public policy and works primarily within our housing team.

Samantha Curtis
Senior Consultant

Samantha is a finance and impact professional with fifteen years of experience working in both asset management and impact investment industries in the UK and Kenya. Sam works with The Good Economy’s Global Funds clients, supporting them to improve and integrate their impact into reporting and decision-making.

Emma Rush
Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to CEO

Emma provides executive support whilst managing the daily operational needs of the business.

Kathryn Jackson
Finance Manager

Kathryn helps The Good Economy with day-to-day financial management.


Mark Hallett
Associate, Regeneration

Mark is a highly experienced regeneration and sustainability specialist. He holds several NED roles including two Local Authority Asset Backed Dev Co’s and a leading RSL, and sits on the Design Review Panel for the Design Commission for Wales. He also holds a number of Special Advisory roles with a variety of place-based impact investors and stakeholders.

Sophie Taysom
Associate, Built Environment and Health

Sophie is an associate at The Good Economy, with experience working in central government, business and academia. She is the founder of specialist ESG Consultancy Keyah Consulting, bringing expertise in ESG within the fields of real estate, health and the built environment.

Tamara Giltsoff
Associate, Natural Capital

Tamara is strategist and innovator in Climate, Nature based Solutions, Regenerative Agriculture Transitions and Innovative Finance.

Vivienne King
Associate, Commercial Real Estate

Vivienne has worked in leadership positions in real estate for more than 30 years, including leadership of ESG strategy, spearheading innovation in social and environmental strategy in real estate.

Paul Stanworth
Chair of the Board

Paul serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at The Good Economy alongside his other roles of Group Chief Investment Officer at Momentum Re and member of the Investment Committee at Lloyds. He also co-led the Place Based Impact Investing (PBII) Project, a collaboration between The Good Economy, the Impact Investing Institute and Pensions for Purpose, that aims to mobilise greater flows of institutional investment for more inclusive and sustainable development across the UK and provides strategic direction to the business.

John-Paul Preston
Non-Executive Director

John-Paul is a trusted adviser to, and commercial negotiator for, entrepreneurs, private equity firms and listed companies. He previously held the post of Chief Operating Officer at Gresham House plc and prior to that, Investment Director and General Counsel at LDC.

Susan Hickey
Non-executive Director

Susan advises on strategies to influence flows of capital to social and affordable housing, including TGE’s work to enhance ESG and impact measurement and reporting for investors and housing associations. She has over 25 years of leadership in senior finance roles, including 10 years as CFO at Peabody Trust and now combines executive project work with several non-executive roles.

Isabelle Irani

Isabelle is the Co-Founder of Sumerian Partners, an impact investment firm that enables early-stage social enterprises to achieve viable growth and impact in their efforts to tackle different dimensions of social inequality in any part of the UK. She has 17 years of experience in investing in both private and public companies worldwide.

Join The Team

The Good Economy is a fast growing company which has established itself as a trusted, specialist impact advisory firm working at the forefront of the impact investing industry in the UK and globally.


We are not recruiting at the moment but are always open to great candidates and associates. Send your CV and motivational pitch to careers@thegoodeconomy.co.uk.

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