CEO, Director

Neil Sandy

Neil Sandy co-founded Wellers Impact in 2016 and is the firm's CEO. Previously, Neil was the CEO of Truestone Impact and remains a Director. Having grown Truestone Asset Management through to its sale to the founder of BestInvest in 2014, Neil developed a range of innovative impact portfolios which have grown to over £100m AUM today.

Neil has extensive man-management, investment and governance experience. For over 18 years, Neil held senior positions for Barclays Bank, including Customer Services Director for their mutual funds business and was Head of Operations & Rigour as well as Head of Supplier Management & Service Delivery across the bank in the UK and internationally in offshore jurisdictions. 

Neil is the CEO of Wellers Law Group comprising 100 legal professionals serving London and the South-East in areas such as property, company and commercial, charity and private client advice. Neil chairs the board of Five Talents UK, a microfinance not-for-profit that works extensively in East Africa, is a trustee of GivingWorks and is a Trustee of the Hugh Pilkington Charitable Trust which supports the education of over one million children in East Africa.​

Neil has an MBA and is located in the firm's London City office.

Chairman

Dr. Peter Higgs

Dr Peter Higgs is Chairman of Wellers Impact Limited and Tactical Global Management Limited (TGM). TGM manages over £20 billion of assets on behalf of institutions.  Peter has over 30 years of professional experience in economic and financial market analysis and is a significant supporter of sustainable impact investing.

 

Peter has a PhD in economics from Harvard University.  Peter is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Member of the Institute of Directors (MInstD) in London.

Peter has been a reader at the Graduate School of Management and deputy director of the IMPACT Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. He has written a book on applied general equilibrium economic forecasting and published in journals such as the Financial Analysts Journal. Peter has taught a number of courses on economics and applied portfolio management in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo and he has presented at industry conferences around the world.

CIO, Director

Guy Ruddle

Guy Ruddle is a co-founder of Wellers Impact and is a director and CIO of the business. He is a qualified accountant with more than ten years of experience within the financial services sector. Guy trained with Deloitte in South Africa, Australia and Ireland. He then spent over six years at Man Group PLC, managing their structured products valuation team followed by three years with Morgan Stanley helping to set up a global financial resources team within the equities division.

He spent two years at Truestone Impact Investment Management Ltd where he was the senior investment analyst and a member of the investment management committee. He assisted the CEO on the sale of the financial advisory part of the business.

Guy is based in the firm’s London City office.

Investment Consultant

Yusuf Merchant

Yusuf Merchant joined Wellers Impact in September 2019 with extensive experience in structuring, originating and managing the risks of the largest cash and derivative deals at MUFG and Lloyds Banking Group. He has served as a Director at MUFG Securities, MUFG Bank and Lloyds Banking Group. Over his career, Yusuf has originated over GBP 15bn of Structured Transactions and Asset-Backed securities across social housing, small-medium enterprise, infrastructure and property. Yusuf is a trained engineer, having worked in Australia, Germany and Taiwan before joining the City of London as a banker. 

Yusuf has joined the Wellers Impact team to manage the agriculture credit lines facility and develop investable asset-backed deals, notably in the renewable energy space. 

Yusuf is also a passionate entrepreneur and investor having founded his own Private Equity and Venture Capital Firm, Emir Group, in 2013 which has been developed to offer acceleration and incubation services to smaller seed and capital start-ups in the Healthcare, Life Sciences, Micro-Finance and Renewable Technology sectors. 

Yusuf received his CFA and Certificate in Islamic Finance in 2013 and Certificate of Quantitative Finance in 2007. He has a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney. 

Strategic Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Gorelick

Dr Jeremy Gorelick joined Wellers Impact in early 2020 as its strategic advisor in the origination of a pipeline of projects in line with the delivery of global international development goals, particularly in infrastructure and service delivery to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.  Previously, he served as the global lead for the infrastructure finance team for WASH-FIN (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene – Finance), USAID’s flagship global programme for investment mobilisation in the sector.

 

Throughout his career, Jeremy has been responsible for the raising of over USD 1.2 billion for infrastructure projects in frontier and emerging markets, starting from his role on the origination desks at BNP Paribas and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and onwards through his positions as a strategic municipal / infrastructure finance advisor with various aid agencies and development finance institutions (including the IFC, the World Bank, the OECD, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, and bilateral aid programmes from the American, British, French, and German governments).

 

In his thematic areas of interest, Jeremy has also taken on leadership roles in policy development and financial mobilisation.  In the affordable housing sector, he designed and implemented the plan for the creation of the Capital Markets division at the Affordable Housing Institute and regularly chairs the Affordable Housing: Africa annual summit.  In the water sector, he has served as a Director for the intergovernmental organisation, Water and Sanitation for Africa.  In urban infrastructure, he has advised national and sub-national governments on appropriate legislation and regulations to create enabling environments to ensure funding flows to capital-intensive projects.

 

Jeremy received his PhD from the University of Cape Town with a focus on financing urban infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.  He received his BA and MA in international economics, with a specialisation in emerging markets, from the Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught courses on financial innovations in emerging markets since 2010.

Investment Consultant

Roopal Kanabar

Roopal Kanabar joins Wellers Impact from her role as Chief Operating Officer at Alquity Transforming Lives Foundation. Prior to Alquity, she spent a decade in various Sales and Trading Roles at Citibank in London and Sydney. Her last role with Citibank was as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Derivatives Sales and Structuring.

 

Roopal was raised in Malawi, the third poorest country in the world. Roopal is passionate about leveraging the skill set that she built during her banking career to make a difference to the world by ensuring that capital invested in sustainable businesses globally facilitates the transformation of lives and communities. 

 

Roopal holds a First Class BSc (Hons) in Computer and Management Sciences from the University of Warwick.

 

Roopal is based in the Firm’s London City office. 

Investment Analyst

Sam Njoroge

Sam Njoroge is trained as an Economist with the Kenyan Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology focusing on the budget-making process, policy research, and performance evaluation. He has worked as a policy research officer and analyst at an independent consultancy firm for three years. In the past year, Sam has been involved with project coordination, sales generation and oversight for Wellers Impact’s completed developments. 

Sam holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Economics from the same institution. He has taken courses on derivatives and foreign exchange financial markets. Sam is currently pursuing his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). 

Outside of work, Sam is passionate about livestock farming and nature conservation. He has been involved in a number of volunteering activities throughout his career. 

Sam is based in the Firm's Nairobi office.

Investment Operations 

Phoebe McClements

Phoebe McClements joined Wellers Impact in 2019 after the completion of her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) at the London School of Economics. Phoebe supports the team’s research, financial analysis, fundraising and reporting functions. 

Prior to her MPA, Phoebe completed her Bachelor of Commerce, with majors in Economic and Finance, at the University of Western Australia. Phoebe has previously worked for and as a consultant for not-for-profits, an impact investing fund and a US-Based Charitable Trust. She currently also works as an analyst for Australian Venture Consultants, a Perth-based consultancy engaged in the Australian Indigenous policy space. Phoebe’s MPA Capstone project included developing a mobile money social savings bond “M-Watoto” for UNICEF Kenya, where she got to visit Kenya and Uganda. 

Phoebe is passionate about the ability for innovative financing mechanisms to empower third sector organisations to build capacity, plan long-term and generate greater social and environmental impact for their communities. She believes in Wellers Impact’s ability to do this through their investments in real estate. 

Phoebe is based in the Firm’s London City office. 

Consultant

John Kisenyi, CFA

John Kisenyi joined Wellers Impact in October 2019 as a consultant to help research investment opportunities and shape how the Firm reports impact. Prior to working at Wellers Impact, John had over 9 years of investment experience as a Charity Investment Advisor and Investment Analyst at Barclays. He holds a BA in Economics from Durham University, is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of the UK.

 

John is based in the Firm’s London City Office.  

Legal Adviser - Property, Company & Commercial, Charity Law

Paul Martin

Paul joined Wellers Law Group in 1978 and became a partner in 1981. He specialises in helping individuals and businesses achieve their goals by providing them with a range of legal solutions.

From the time he started working at Wellers Law Group, Paul developed relationships with like-minded law firms in Australia, the Middle and Far East as well as the USA. As a result, he has acted for many overseas-based clients who transacted business in and through the UK.

One of his favourite transactions concerned the amalgamation between a UK and USA media giant and its subsequent listing on the UK stock market. Outside of the office, Paul has served on the boards of several companies – including as board chair of an international NGO based in the Middle East. He brings commercial experience as well as legal know-how to the team.

Charity Solicitor

Peter Spencer

Peter is an experienced Charity Solicitor, who advises charities on a wide range of legal matters including establishment of and incorporation of charities, constitutional amendments, mergers, charity governance and powers contained in the Charities Act. Peter has previously advices on academy conversions, complex first registrations of charity land, permanent endowment issues and most recently the takeover of a school.

 

Peter is a Trustee of four grant making charities and a member of the Charity Law Association.

 

Peter is based in Wellers Law Group’s London Office.

Corporate and Commercial Solicitor

Parmjit Bhogal

Parmjit has wide-ranging experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer especially in the technology and healthcare fields. He regularly advises on mergers and acquisition transactions, management buy-outs, venture capital/private equity transactions, joint ventures and collaboration agreements.

 

He is also widely experienced in dealing with day to day commercial issues faced by companies, such as trademark and brand protection, advising on terms of business and Companies Act compliance matters. He acts for a range of business clients including individuals, partnerships, start-ups and SMEs that operate in a number of business sectors.

 

Parmjit qualified as a solicitor in 2003 after completing his studies at University College, London and Queen Mary College, London.

 

Parmjit is based in Wellers Law Group’s London Office.

Commercial Property and Investment Property Solicitor

Nina Rajani

Nina deals with all aspects of commercial property and investment property. This includes advice on identifying and acquiring both commercial and residential portfolios as well as locating and dealing with the legal aspects of high-value residential property sale and purchase.

 

Nina works with clients to provide services including acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold commercial and residential premises and mixed-use developments, portfolio management, site assembly and development and real estate finance. She advises a wide variety of clients including property developers and investors both UK-based and overseas.

 

Nina is based in Wellers Law Group’s London Office.

Development Partner

Grant Smith

Grant graduated as a quantity surveyor in 1983. He has worked with international construction companies and has been managing his own consultancy practice in the UK for over thirty years. In the year 2000, he recognised an opportunity to undertake construction work in Kenya, commercially creating fair pay and apprenticeship opportunities.

Today Grant is a director of a Kenyan construction company and a project management company centred in Nairobi. With a reputation for clean operations and fair deals, Grant oversees residential and commercial construction projects with Kenyan partners.

Due to his belief that commercial activity has a response to poverty, Grant is chair of Hand in Hand Foundation.

Kenya Partner/Consultant

Peter Njeru

Peter is a Kenyan citizen and resident. He owns Riva Petroleum Dealers Limited, a significant oil importer and exporter in Kenya. Furthermore, he has extensive involvement in Kenyan construction projects, including as director and 50% shareholder (see Grant Smith in part 4 above) of Briken East Africa Ltd.

Peter has a wide range of Kenyan contacts and expertise. He is a consultant to the Firm’s investment committee and, with Grant Smith, is the Firm’s local representative.

 

In 2005, Peter completed the largest Kenyan supermarket construction (at that time) in Nakuru, plus has worked on many other significant housing and retail developments. Current work includes a new complex for retail, office and accommodation in Embu.

Peter is well respected in the Kenyan business community as exemplified by being a 2011 finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, East Africa award. Having been awarded a BSc in civil engineering by the University of Nairobi, Peter spent his formative years as a road engineer in Kenya’s Ministry of Works.

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