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 has been working for Big Society Capital since 2017, where she builds partnerships with charitable foundations to grow the UK social impact investment market and tackle social challenges. As part of this, she is a member of the Social Impact Investing Group (SIIG) steering group and of the advisory group for the Good Food Fund, which was set up to support new healthier challenger brands.

Joanna started working life as a social entrepreneur in South America before a 15-year charity career in fundraising and international development. Her last role was to lead Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises, supporting rural enterprises in emerging markets with technical assistance and impact investment.

Joanna was awarded a research Churchill Fellowship in 2019 and travelled to Bolivia and Peru to explore how community-owned food businesses can be scaled up for public benefit and lessons for the UK. In 2020, Joanna was awarded a Fellowship with the School for Social Entrepreneurs to start a social enterprise supporting Latin Americans in London.

Joanna sits on the advisory board for RefuAid, is a trustee for Chance for Childhood and sits on the social investment panel for the Postcode Innovation Trust.