Ed Wethered

Ed began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he was a member of the hedge fund group. In 2008, Ed moved to Zambia where he worked for a venture capital company, starting, investing in and running a wide range of businesses. Aged 26, Ed returned to London to co-found a $200m hedge fund as its COO.

In 2014, Ed and Chris had the idea to start Raise Your Hands – they wanted to support small effective charities working with children by engaging the next generation in a fresh approach to ‘charity’.

Ed holds an MSc in Psychology and an MA in Organisational Behaviour. He was awarded the Extra Mile award by eFinancial News in 2016 and is nominated for the Beacon Award in Innovation 2017.


Chris Kirkland

Chris works for a family owned construction and real estate business based out of central London. He started his career at Knight Frank where he was an advisor in the capital markets team. He then moved into development working for Landid Property Ltd on a variety of schemes across South East England, comprising retail and residential led mixed use developments and also specialising in the acquisition and development of business space across the UK.

Chris is chairman of the advisory board at Raise Your Hands with a specific focus on wider strategy and fundraising within the organisation.

Will Chelsom

Will has been focused on creating the brand and leads the marketing efforts of the charity.

Anna Chilton


Anna joined the RYH team in September 2013. Since then Anna has combed through thousands of charities searching for interesting and inspiring organisations that will use the RYH funds to their full potential and keep members informed of the good work they are doing. Anna is the point of contact between RYH and the charities. 


Tom Le Fanu

Tom heads up all things digital at Raise Your Hands. He’s worked for over ten years as a digital communications and fundraising specialist. Starting off agency side, Tom worked on a range of clients including Barclaycard and the COI, government communications. He then moved into the charity sector, working in-house for WaterAid, Parkinson’s UK and Diabetes UK amongst others. His work has covered everything from writing digital strategies to building web forms and tweeting.

At other times, you might find Tom halfway up a rock face, or writing stories.


Sophia Rees

Sophia joined the RYH team in 2016, helping Ed coordinate his many marathons. Since then she has gone on to help manage and run the Raise Your Hands events, conduct due diligence and generally stick her thumbs into as many areas of Raise Your Hands as possible.

Sophia has an LLB in law, and has previously worked at one of the top international schools in Tanzania, developing charitable relations between the school and the community.