Fran Sanderson

Director, Arts & Culture Investments and Programmes, Nesta

Fran is the Director for Arts & Culture Investments and Programmes. Fran started her career in fund management at JPMorgan following an MA in Philosophy and Maths and periodic work in charity administration and fundraising. After this, she took a career break in which she travelled around Europe and settled for a year living off-grid in Portugal with her young family. On her return, she started working at Big Society Capital as an investment director, where she worked on a wide variety of impact investment deals. Fran is also Treasurer of Cambridge House, a settlement in Walworth, South London. Fran heads up the Arts & Culture Investments and Programmes team at Nesta. The team works on various projects with the aim of understanding and articulating the full breadth of impact of arts, culture and the creative economy; promoting innovative funding models and partnerships, such as impact investing, blended finance,and crowdfunding; and helping arts and cultural organisations experiment with, benefit from and boost their impact via new technologies.