Leapfrog Finance- Board of Directors
Mark Henderson - Chair
Mark is an experienced power sector financier, specialising in renewable energy project finance. After 30 years in investment banking, private equity and investment management, he is currently Chief Investment Officer of GRIDSERVE, a developer, constructor, owner and operator of energy storage and sustainable energy projects.
His career began at Kleinwort Benson (later Dresdner Kleinwort), advising and lending to many landmark transactions in the power sector across South America, South-East Asia, North Africa and Europe, before joining Société Générale where he initiated their lending to renewable energy, restructured distressed power projects and worked on asset acquisitions in the power sector. Subsequently he established Investec Bank’s Power & Renewable Energy project finance team, which won mandates to provide over €1 billion of debt facilities and pioneered mezzanine lending in the renewable energy sector, financing over 1,000MW of renewable energy projects across Europe.
Claire Hanratty - Director & CEO
Claire commenced as CEO of the Leapfrog Group in August 2017 having completed a masters’ degree in impact investing for biodiversity conservation.
Prior to coming to England, Claire was CEO and Managing Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation from 2011 to March 2016, having earlier been the Foundation’s General Manager.
Before to joining the Foundation, she spent eight years with Rio Tinto in global strategy and process improvement roles. Claire began her career in finance with BP, in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe.
She holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, an MA in International Relations (Environment and Development) from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (First Class Honours) from Victoria University in Wellington. Claire is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Research Associate with the Smith School for Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University.
Shelagh Kirkland - Treasurer
Shelagh is a chartered accountant who has worked for over 10 years in the power and infrastructure lending team at Investec Bank. Previously she was the Company Secretary of a small company specialising in corporate and project finance.
She has a broad range of banking and accounting experience and currently provides initial and ongoing client support to UK and overseas clients ranging from covenant monitoring, financing requests and ensuring information and compliance requirements are satisfied. Shelagh is a Governing Body Lay Member for NHS Lewisham CCG and a volunteer for the Royal Society for Blind Children on their Sports without Limits initiative to involve blind and partially sighted people in sport.
Chris Matthews - Director
Chris Matthews has more than 40 years of finance experience including over 20 years specialising in the financing of technology in the low carbon sector. While heading up The Co-operative Bank’s renewable energy lending operations, Chris’s team delivered more renewable energy projects than any other financing organisation in the UK, with £800m related to renewables and low carbon technologies.
Since joining Leapfrog Finance, Chris has helped finance more than 23MW of renewable energy into community hands and adding over £10m in community benefit.
Barbara Sanderson - Director
Barbara has spent more than 20 years working internationally in senior roles within investment management; specialising in product development, commercial strategy and marketing.
Driven by the conviction that investment can be a force for good, Barbara’s experience includes advising an impact investing consultancy Profit & Non-Profit Finance. Prior to joining Climate Bonds Initiative, a leading green finance non-profit organisation, as Director of Operations, she was involved in the launch of an innovative green bond fund at Lombard Odier.
Barbara is a trustee of the Youth Charter, a charity aiming to deploy the ethics of sporting and artistic excellence in addressing a variety of social issues. She previously served as Vice-Chair on the Paris Committee of 100 Women in Finance, a global professional association.
Barbara gained an MA in Linguistics from the English Department of Warsaw University and a degree in Marketing and Management from Kozminski University. Barbara is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA)
Sophie Pughe – Director
Sophie is an Associate with the Charity & Social Enterprise Team at leading law firm, Stone King.
Sophie advises charities on governance issues, grant and funding arrangements, collaborations and resource sharing agreements.
Before joining Stone King, Sophie worked in-house in the European headquarters of an international telecoms company in Amsterdam and as an adjudicator for the Financial Ombudsman Service, experience which allows her to bring a strong, well-rounded commercial perspective to her work.