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 hedge fund as its COO.

Ed was awarded the Extra Mile award by eFinancial News in 2016 and was nominated for the Beacon Award in Innovation 2017.

Hobbies: Playing Bingo, getting lost on mountains, parties on or near water 

Tenuous claim to fame: Ed ran 27 marathons in 26 days, one more that Eddie Izzard.

Favourite factoid: The man who did the voice of Mickey Mouse was married to the lady who did the voice of Mini Mouse.

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Tom Le Fanu

Tom heads up all things digital at Raise Your Hands. He’s worked for over ten years in digital communications and fundraising. 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. His work has covered everything from writing digital strategies to tweets.

Hobbies: Climbing and falling off rocks, writing stories

Tenuous claim to fame: Once served gravy to Prince Philip, no spillage

Favourite factoid: The sport with the highest death rate after BASE jumping is bowls

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Sophia Rees

Sophia joined the RYH team in 2016, helping Ed coordinate his many marathons. 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.

Hobbies: Surfing in on any wave she find. In Soph's world perfect surf conditions are a state of mind, not a state of sea. She is also a near proficient violin player and would like to apologise to her neighbours.

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