Joanna Heywood

Joanna Heywood

Joanna Heywood

Relationships Director (job share)
Talk to me about:
Social investment for foundations and investors, social enterprises and charities, venture philanthropy and partnerships
jheywood@bigsocietycapital.com

About Joanna

Joanna co-leads Big Society Capital's relationships with mission-led investors and networks (including foundations and corporates) as well as our partnerships and innovation, focusing on the development of early stage impact funds to tackle UK social issues.

Before joining Big Society Capital, Joanna set up Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises, a multi agency partnership led by Christian Aid, supporting rural enterprises in emerging markets with technical assistance and impact investment. Prior to her career in impact investment, she worked for ten years fundraising for UK charities, in international development, medical research and the arts.

Joanna started her first social enterprise in 2000 in Peru and her second in 2020 - Infolatinos which supports Latin Americans settling in the UK. She is a Churchill and School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellow and sits on the social investment panel for the Postcode Innovation Trust, on the steering group of the Social Impact Investors Group, and on the advisory board of charity Refuaid.