Michael Corrigan, Co-founder and CEO
Michael is the founder of Prosper 4 Group. Together with Andrew Dixon, fellow co-founder of Prosper, Michael’s passion is to change the way in which work and employment opportunities are provided to marginalised communities in general, and to help them find meaningful and enjoyable work to change their lives. Michael has a varied career including starting out as a Butler, being a Partner at a Big 4 accounting firm, and founding Resume Foundation charity. Quality outcomes are the key drivers for Michael: he wants to ensure positive results from his work.
Andrew Dixon, Co-founder
Andrew Dixon, along with Michael, is co-founder of Prosper. He is an investor, founder of ARC InterCapital, and founding trustee of The Woodhaven Trust. Starting his career in banking at Société Générale and Goldman Sachs, Andrew has spent more than two decades investing in early stage and medium-sized growth businesses. Through ARC InterCapital, he has invested £20 million in more than 40 British companies. Andrew is also the founder of Fairer Share – a grassroots movement to reform Council Tax and abolish Stamp Duty.
Carolyn Doherty, Non-Executive Director
Carolyn Doherty is one of our Non-Execs and has been with Prosper since 2014. She has a varied background in Retail, FMCG, as a change adviser and consultant in sectors including banking and finance. She is a highly efficient, empathetic, no-nonsense authority figure likened to (and strongly resembling) Judi Dench’s “M” in the Bond movies.
Peter Linas, Non-Executive Director
Peter Linas is one of our Non-Execs. Peter has spent over 30 years involved in the recruitment / staffing sector and has spent the last 12 years as an Executive with Bullhorn. Bullhorn is the global leader in software for the recruitment industry. More than 10,000 companies rely on Bullhorn’s cloud-based platform to power their recruitment processes. Peter joined Prosper in 2015 and has supported Prosper 4 on our journey to date.
James Thomas, Head of Employment Services
James built two international energy sector staffing companies from start-up, each successfully transitioned by trade-sale after a decade of profitable growth and having embraced pioneering online recruitment technology.
Subsequently, he has also been supporting Prosper 4’s Inclusive activity in the restorative justice sector, managing delivery of employment services projects from the HMPPS & private sector organisations managing Prisons and Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC’s) across the UK.
He collaborated into the design and launch of the UK’s first bespoke Portal for ex-offenders, www.Prosper4jobs.co.uk, which has been embraced by the Justice community and supported by major employers. He is active in its transition and technological enhancement to https://BridgeofHope.careers, which now provides solutions to employment imbalances – inclusion, diversity and social mobility, aligning with the Government’s Grand challenges.
James is an alumna of Aberdeen University (MBA) and post-graduate of R.G.I.T Business School.
NimishKumar K. Bhatt, COO
Nimish passionately believes in giving people a second chance and to “leave no one behind”. He has spent the past few years working as interim COO and CTO for Prosper4 and Resume Foundation, to help disadvantaged and excluded members of the community to return to work. He has spent his early a career within the corporate environment and learnt to manage large multi-cultural teams and understood the value of inclusion, respect and the value of effective communication between business and technology. He chose to add value to social enterprises and charities that aligned with his core values of building inclusive communities to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
He believes that problems are a series of great opportunities for innovation to be discovered and thrive. Throughout his life he has been fascinated by the evolutionary application of frontier technology to improve civic society and is fearless in testing new ideas. Nimish is tenacious and unashamedly embraces failure as a tool for motivation and inspiration for self-improvement.
He was involved in bringing the first TEDx event into UK prison, also featured in The Economist magazine. He is a proud father of 4 children two of which he has fostered. In his spare time, A keen cricket coach he still plays cricket for his local club.
James Fellowes, Founder of The Bridge of Hope
James founded The Bridge of Hope – the missing link between charities – and now universities – with ‘untapped talent’ and inclusive employers seeking to expand their talent pool.
After graduating with a master’s degree from Edinburgh University, James carved out a successful career as a senior sales and marketing executive on both sides of the pond with industry leaders such as Guinness, Diageo, Bass and Omnicom.
In 2015, James lost (almost) everything through life’s curve balls and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Together with his life-long friend and Member of Parliament for Newmarket, George Freeman MP – whose father lost everything after winning the Grand National as a jockey – they founded The Bridge of Hope. Together they wanted to turn these traumatic events into a catalyst for good.