Seva Phillips

Head of Arts & Culture Finance

Seva is responsible for Nesta's social impact investment work in the arts, culture and creative industries. Seva previously worked at The Young Foundation, where he supported early-stage social ventures tackling inequality in education, and helped to develop policy recommendations promoting impact investment across the EU. Prior to this, Seva managed a portfolio of social investments at CAF Venturesome, a leading UK-wide social investor. Outside of work, Seva supports social enterprises in an advisory capacity, particularly around strategy, raising investment and theory of change development. He is interested in ideas and actions that can bring about positive social change, financial modelling and the arts in all their forms. Seva began his career at professional services firm EY and has degrees specialising in political philosophy and economics. He holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a 2017 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow; his fellowship researched how investment vehicles combining public, philanthropic and private capital can be used to achieve social outcomes, drawing on examples from Australia, Canada and the USA.