Evolve Advisory Board

Steve Leach (Chairman)

“As a consultant to leaders in social ventures, the ambitions are on two tracks. Firstly, to engage at a human level to create the relationship where one can be honest and open. Second to be as accurate as possible in the diagnosis of blockage and/or opportunity.”

Personally, Steve would like to apply his experience, knowledge and insights in a way that helps shape the evolving social venture scene. Ultimately, he would love to see all companies becoming social ventures and, in his own words: “Why should they be anything else?”

Lisa Gagliani MBE

Lisa has formerly been chief executive of Kingston Chamber of Commerce 2001-2012, where she also chaired the Richmond & Kingston Area Board for the charity Young Enterprise 2007-2012, lay member for the RBK Education 14-19 curriculum committee, member of the South London Education Partnership and governor to Richard Challoner School 2009-2012.

Lisa set up and ran two borough-wide schools careers fairs for years 9-13 at Chessington Community College. From there she was chief executive of Bright Ideas Trust, a charity committed to helping young people from disadvantaged background and furthest from the employment market to acquire the skills & investment to start their own enterprise, a role for which she was awarded an MBE for services to young people and small businesses in 2015. She now runs her own consultancy helping outstanding educational charities and social enterprises maximise their impact.

Chris Buckley – Director and Co-Founder of The Content Factory

Chris is an experienced senior executive having held CEO and board level positions at a number of national, international and multinational companies ranging from start-ups to businesses with a hundred year history. He is experienced in raising investment from VC and Private Equity funds and in the rapid scaling of businesses in fast-growing sectors.

As Director and co-founder of The Content Factory, Chris advises a range of organisations on media strategy and communications which is then implemented by a team of experienced journalists. He acts as a consultant for a number of companies advising on market entry and business development and work with individual executives mentoring them on customer, investor and boardroom relationships.

Mark Curtin – Operations Director for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Mark has worked as a sports coach, coach educator, FE lecturer, youth worker, community mentor, project manager, senior management professional and board member across the the Sports Development, Education, Health & Fitness and Charity sectors for over 20 years.

Specialising in coaching, operational programme and project delivery & management and safeguarding and child protection across the sectors in a range of roles both in the UK and the USA. He is currently Operations Director for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK having previously spent 2 Years as Chief programmes Officer at Education Charity Achievement for All, 7 years as Chief Operating Officer at Greenhouse Sports, 5 years working in the County Sports Partnership in the London Region and over 11 years as a coach educator for Sports Coach UK.

Mark worked for 2 years coaching and directing commercial soccer programmes in the USA and during his time at Greenhouse Sports lead the development and initiation of the Royal Foundations successful Community Sports Coaching Apprenticeship – Coach Core. Mark also successfully oversaw the delivery of the Sport England funded Community Sports Coaching Scheme across the London region from 2004 -2007.

Mark is a qualified Football, Basketball and Athletics coach, safeguarding lead officer and tutor and has a first class degree in Sports Science and Leisure Management and an MBA from LSBU Business School.

Allan Moffat – Managing Director at Cyan Media

Allan has worked with some of the largest retail organisations in the world to develop programmes that engage customers and colleagues in corporate social responsibility (CSR), charity and sponsorship activation.

His involvement in sport, health and wellbeing has included working with Adidas and Samsung for the London 2012 Olympics and he was part of the team that delivered the NHS Challenge across 400 organisations.

He continues to promote active lifestyles for all ages having previously created the UK’s largest Free Sport for Kids initiative with ASDA. He now helps businesses to make sustainable improvements, through a healthier, happier and more active workforce. Allan continues to support Evolve, having recognised that its work is a shining example of how to really deliver positive sustainable change in children’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Cris Scotter – Head of Strategic Supply, Acute Care and Workforce Directorate, Department of Health

Cris is an experienced civil servant who has worked for the Department for eight years leading programmes on Health and Care Workforce, International Recruitment, Workforce Intelligence, Working Time Directive and NHS Jobs and Careers.

Cris liaises and works closely with other government departments (eg Department for Business, Environment, Innovation and Skills, Home Office, and the Department for International Development) and is the key contact point within the Department for International Workforce issues.

Cris is also a member of both the EU and WHO health workforce experts groups providing advice and opinion on European regional HRH issues.  Cris is an Alumni of Imperial College, London and holds Masters qualifications in Health Policy and Business Administration. Cris previously worked for the Legal Services Commission and held roles in the private sector.