>> Michelle Wright (Chief Executive) trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle founded Cause4 after leaving the London Symphony Orchestra, where her achievements in private sector fundraising led to her being judged the Best Upcoming Fundraiser at the National Fundraising Awards in 2008.
Since setting up Cause4 Michelle has undertaken major strategic and business development projects, including campaign developments with a number of national charities and consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands developing their cultural sponsorship programmes. Michelle also specialises in philanthropy, having recently developed a number of major philanthropy projects for charities and corporates, and having set up new philanthropic foundations for sports stars, artists and entrepreneurs.
In 2010 Michelle completed her studies as part of the MBA programme at Ashridge Business School and in early 2011 Michelle was awarded a prestigious social enterprise scholarship from Coutts to study at Cranfield School of Management on the renowned Business Growth and Development Programme. Further funding from Goldman Sachs in 2012 enabled study at University College London as part of the 10,000 small businesses programme and at Said Business School at Oxford University in 2013.
Michelle is a Fellow of the Guildhall School (FGS) and of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Trustee and Chair (2011-2013) of national music charity Sound and Music. She is particularly passionate about mentoring emerging entrepreneurs and is a coach and mentor for the Aspire Foundation, the Cranfield Accelerator Network, the Mastermind Network and Emerge Venture Labs, as well as supporting the development of several new businesses in the field of creative entrepreneurship as part of a new partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Michelle was the winner of the female entrepreneur category in the national Natwest Startup awards 2011 and is a top 10 winner in the Ernst and Young Future 100 awards 2011 for entrepreneurs under 35 that demonstrate innovation in progressing a responsible business venture. She is a silver award winner in the 2012 international Stevie Awards for female innovator of the year and a bronze award winner in 2013 for Female Entrepreneur of the Year.
In summer 2013 Michelle was awarded a fast-growth award from Unltd to develop the organisation’s graduate Entrepreneurship programme and was invited by Lord Young of Graffham in 2013 to become an Accelerate 250 member for small businesses showing rapid growth. In 2013 she was also recommended by a panel of independent investors to be part of the Silicon Valley 100 list for businesses showing high potential.
Michelle writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Guardian Women in Leadership and The Next Women.
>> Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett (Chair) Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett became Chair of Cause4 in August 2013 to help steer the organisation and to develop philanthropy initiatives, work on governance and build a peer-to-peer leadership group in philanthropy.
In 2014 Sir Thomas was appointed Chair of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, working alongside his role as Executive Chair of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. He had previously been Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care for twelve years.
Sir Thomas has been author of a number of independent reviews including The Philanthropy Review and a Review of End of Life Care for Adults and Children. In January 2013, he was appointed Chair of Who Will Care? The Hughes-Hallett independent commission into health and social care strategy in Essex.
Sir Thomas was formerly Chairman of English Churches Housing Group and the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, a Director of the National Council for Palliative Care and a Special Trustee of Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is a Trustee of The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The King’s Fund.
In 2013 Sir Thomas was awarded a Beacon Fellowship for Philanthropy Advocacy. His passions are philanthropy, innovation, patient-centered healthcare and choral music.
>> Charles Pike (Company Secretary) is Head of Charities and a private-client lawyer at Forsters, specialising in charity law, personal estate, trust, wealth and capital tax planning for both UK and non-UKdomiciled individuals and institutions.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Charles acts for a wide range of clients including charities, entrepreneurs and sportsmen.
Charles supported the set up and formation of Cause4 and is advising on legal issues where Cause4 can be of help to its clients.