Joanna Heywood

Joanna Heywood

Joanna Heywood

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

About Joanna

Joanna started her working life as a social entrepreneur and has worked in a number of charities in fundraising roles, as well as in international development. Her last role was to lead an initiative called ACRE (Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises), which involved leading and managing a consortium of NGOs identifying high impact rural enterprises in emerging markets and providing pre-investment support and access to finance from impact investors. 

Joanna brings experience of partnership working in the social sector to Big Society Capital, where she builds partnerships and new ways of working with foundations and mission-aligned investors to help solve crucial social challenges. 

Joanna was awarded a research Churchill Fellowship in 2019 and travelled to Bolivia and Peru to explore how community-owned food businesses can be successfully scaled up for public benefit and what lessons can be applied to the UK context. Read the report Hungry for more: scaling up community food enterprises for public benefit

Joanna mentors a number of enterprises and small charities in fundraising, business development and strategy. She is a founding member of the UK Venture Philanthropy Steering Group and co-chairs the Social Impact Investing Steering Group.