Vicki is an Executive Director at Nesta, responsible for the foundation’s grant making function.
She leads the Programmes Team who aim to support and scale innovation for the public good. Much of this is achieved through grant making to support innovators directly, both those prototyping new ideas and those scaling evidenced interventions. Our portfolio of live funds currently totals £20m+, using resources from Nesta’s endowment and working closely with co-funding partners like DCMS, Cardiff University, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, EU, Welsh Government and others. We’re not limited to grant making though. The Programmes Team also incubate new ideas ourselves, run experiments and trials and convene gatherings to surface the best innovations.
Before joining Nesta in 2012, Vicki led the Young Foundation’s public sector and international advisory practice, working with governments around the world, Whitehall departments, and more than 50 local authorities and NHS Trusts to design and embed innovations in public sector service delivery. She began her career supporting regeneration and community initiatives in Sheffield working for both Sheffield City Council and the University of Sheffield.
Vicki is a trustee of Wevolution in Scotland and an active volunteer in her local community. She regularly speaks in the UK and abroad on the subject of public and social innovation and has a long standing interest in people powered public services.