Bates Wells Foundation

Standing up for sustainable social change

Bates Wells Foundation focuses on supporting sustainable social change. Since launching in 2015, this independent, UK-registered charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) (1150321) has given over £400,000 in grants to ground-breaking causes.

Stephen Lloyd Awards  – backing social innovators

The Foundation gives technical, financial and moral support to innovators who are working on projects to tackle social problems. Shortlisted finalists are awarded up to £2,000, with the winner given £20,000 to help make their social innovation a reality. Applications open in February each year. Click here for more.

All the Foundation’s annual reports and financial statements are on the UK Charity Commission website.

Meet the team behind the Foundation

Mona Rahman

Mona Rahman is the Foundation’s Projects Manager and she’s been the driving force behind both programmes. Working alongside the trustees, she oversees strategic planning as well as the Foundation’s charitable work. Her address book is packed with charitable and social enterprise leaders, who she connects with winners and finalists of the Stephen Lloyd Awards to help them on their way.

Mona’s been with Bates Wells for over 15 years, formerly as a marketing manager. Outside of work, she is a Fellow of the RSA network’s platform for social change, an active member of the Stag Lane PTA and enjoys volunteering in her daughter’s school.

Meet the trustees


Evelyn (Eve) Smith is the Secretary of the Booker Prize Foundation and a trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. She was a trustee and vice-chair of Breakthrough Breast Cancer (since renamed Breast Cancer Now) for 12 years and she’s currently an advisor to Hospice UK.  Eve has helped many charities and not-for-profits to set policies and handle their governance and high-level administration. She began her career as a lawyer, and she was  one of Bates Wells’ partners from 2000 to 2003. Today she’s a freelance consultant.

Chetal Patel is a partner in Bates Wells’ immigration team. She specialises in corporate immigration matters and regularly advises charities and social enterprises on bringing individuals to the UK and the impact of structural changes on sponsor licences.

She has been a supporter of the Stephen Lloyd Awards from the beginning and not only scores, shortlists and interviews projects but also provides support to the nominees and winners.

Chetal is one of Bates Wells’ co-ambassadors of REACH and champions inclusivity and diversity within the firm.

Jim Clifford O.B.E. leads the Social Enterprise consultancy ‘Sonnet Advisory & Impact,’ in association with Sheffield Hallam University. He is a chartered accountant, and corporate financier, and spent his formative years working in the London Theatres.  As their Co-founder he led the design of the Awards’ crowd-based process for scoring applications, shortlisting and selecting winners. With specialisms in charity and social enterprise strategy and development, governance, impact measurement, and social investment, he has held public and advisory roles  including European Commission level, leading the development of its Impact Measurement standards. A published author, he is a Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, teaching on the Charities Masters programmes, having been awarded their MSc with distinction in 2010.  He is a Trustee of The Children’s Society, The Bach Choir, and Go-Forward Youth, one of the Awards’ first winners.

Lorna Lloyd started her working life as a teacher in The Sudan with VSO. On returning to the UK she raised a family, was a school governor and ran a music shop. She retrained as a paediatric speech and language therapist specialising in autism and worked for the NHS.  Lorna is now retired but volunteers as a speech and language therapist and school governor. She was married to Stephen Lloyd.

Martin Bunch

Martin Bunch is a practising employment lawyer who’s been leading Bates Wells as its managing partner since 2013. In that time, he’s overseen the firm’s certification as a B Corp and has spearheaded a number of firm-wide initiatives to advance the responsible agenda – from narrowing the firm’s salary gap to taking practical action to promote inclusion and diversity. Until recently Martin was a trustee and Vice Chair of Migrant Help, a charity providing advice and assistance to migrants to the UK and victims of trafficking, and he’s a qualified RFU referee.

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett is the treasurer of the Foundation. He was previously Bates Wells’ partnership executive officer. Today, he’s an independent consultant. He focuses on law firm management and value driven businesses – particularly B Corps. He’s dual-qualified in accountancy and marketing. And people come to him when they’re looking for legal advice on innovation and using A.I. Peter’s also a board member for Trustees Unlimited LLP and was honorary treasurer of the Institute of Health Visiting for six years.

Rosamund McCarthy

Rosamund McCarthy Etherington is one of Bates Wells’ partners and is the chair of the Foundation. She advises new and established charities on group structures, governance, political activities, fundraising, mergers and collaborations. Rosamund was also the founder and first chair of Poet in the City and she’s been a member or trustee for organisations including the Advisory Group on Campaigning and the Voluntary Sector, and the Small Charities Coalition. She’s currently a trustee of Citizens UK and a director of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. She’s also a governance trainer for Bates Wells’ Onboard consultancy.

Stephanie Biden

Stephanie Biden is a partner in Bates Wells’ Charity & Social Enterprise team. She’s particularly interested in advising faith-based charities and international NGOs. Before joining Bates Wells, Stephanie worked with International Justice Mission in northern Thailand, supporting projects fighting sex trafficking.

Today, Stephanie advises new charities and social enterprises, helping with mergers, reorganisations and constitutional reviews. She also advises on grant-making, fundraising, intellectual property and social franchising, equality and discrimination and corporate philanthropy. She’s also a trustee of Tearfund, Stewardship and a former trustee at Breaking Barriers. Stephanie also occasionally hosts a supper club to raise money for small charities.