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Joanne Wedderspoon

Development Manager

Charities Aid Foundation


21 November 2019

Hadley manages a portfolio of social investments in our Development Fund,leading on our social investments for international development.


Originally hailing from Michigan (USA), after secondary school I made my way east to study and work in Boston and New York, beginning my career as a leveraged finance banker and subsequently working in finance and strategy roles for an education‐reform focused organisation also based in New York.

After completing my MBA and moving to London, I founded and grew a corporate wellbeing business before returning to more socially-focused work last year. Most recently, I worked with a third sector consultancy, leading investment readiness projects that helped charities and social enterprises with their financial modelling and business planning efforts, in preparation to take on social investment. I really enjoy the process of utilising my technical background for the purposes of helping mission driven organisations grow and increase their impact; meeting and working with incredibly passionate and driven social sector leaders is one of the best parts of this work.  


While I enjoy working with charities and social enterprises across all sectors, areas of particular interest to me are education & training and financial inclusion. Supporting organisations that endeavour to create a society and economy that better provide opportunities for everyone to realise their talents and fulfil their potential is something I care about deeply, and is a big part of what I enjoy most about my role here at Venturesome.  

Want to know more? Talk to our team on 03000 123 300 or email us at and we’ll be happy to help.

Hadley Diest

Hadley Diest

Investment Manager

Hadley manages a portfolio of social investments across all CAF Venturesome funds, leading on our social investments for international development.  Her responsibilities include business development, investment due diligence and investee monitoring.

Hadley has a background in investment banking with a focus on leveraged finance and also in non-profit finance and strategy. Most recently, she worked as a consultant with various charities looking to access social investment, helping them with their financial and business planning work.

Get in touch with Hadley if you are a social organisation, based in the UK, with international projects.


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