The People Behind Makerble
Matt Kepple, Founder & CEO
Matt created Sponsor a Kid for a Quid as a university student 10 years ago when he couldn’t afford to sponsor a child. Students and staff got involved and collectively sponsored 8 children. The idea won Channel4’s Ideas Factory Award and on a bus trip between London and Birmingham Matt had the idea to apply the concept to every every cause so that people could sponsor projects related to the issues they cared about and get progress updates on their achievements. This is what has become Makerble. On his journey to creating Makerble, Matt has worked across the marketing and innovation spectrum ranging from creating campaigns and strategies for brands, government departments and charities; producing parties and ethical fashion shows; managing a music artist; and co-founding the Commission for Youth Social Enterprise, Youth: The Funding Network and Filanthropy*. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures, a former Sandbox Fellow and a former UK Social Enterprise Ambassador appointed by The Cabinet Office. Matt is yet to be defeated in a limbo competition.
partnering with charities, foundations and philanthropists
Annabel Dickson, Director of Social Progress
Annabel and Matt have worked together since 2008 bringing people closer to charitable projects they care about and raising close to £100,000 in the process. Annabel co-created the award-winning Youth: The Funding Network and then Filanthropy*, an organisation that creates parties to spur on social change. She has a background in working with philanthropists to evaluate the effectiveness of the projects they support as well as working front-line for charities whose clients have ranged from people with experience of homeless to people on death row. Annabel has been recognised for her work to catalyse social change by the World Economic Forum, becoming one of their Global Shapers and is a trustee of Nexus (Europe), part of a network of 2000+ young people working to increase and improve philanthropy and impact investing by bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. Annabel has a long held desire to sail across the Atlantic, invest via others in some rainforest and become a shadow puppeteer.
partnering with brands, employers and digital services
Kate Gault, Director of Brand Strategy
Kate and Matt got their first jobs working in the same advertising agency DLKW. Kate went on to become an Account Director at AMV BBDO leading national campaigns for clients ranging from Walkers Crisps on the Create Your Own Flavour which also included a partnership with Comic Relief, to campaigns for the UK Government Department of Transport. She led her team to win Gold at the prestigious Cannes Lions awards for the advertising industry worldwide. Kate then moved to ITV where she looked after the marketing of ITV Drama. Her love for drama runs deep, to this day she can still recite words from the songs of Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Abhi Patel, CTO & CFO
Abhi and Matt went to high school together and have collaborated on ideas since they graduated university. Abhi left Goldman-Sachs to join Makerble. At Goldman-Sachs and Deutsche Bank he programmed trading algorithms and in his spare time learnt to DJ, promoted parties, learnt piano, played Ultimate Frisbee at an amateur European level and became a photographer.
With Special Thanks To
WhatIf Innovation Partners - for donating their consulting services and workspace
WhatIf is a global innovation company with over 20 years heritage in helping organisations create and capitalise on new ideas for products and services. Each year WhatIf donates consulting services and workspace to a socially motivated organisation and in the year of our launch they chose Makerble. Special thanks to the London and New York teams who have made us feel so welcome and shared their insights and innovation processes with us to enrich what we’re creating with Makerble.
TrueUp - for donating their consulting services
TrueUp is a fresh-thinking data-driven agency that helps digital service providers better cater to the needs of the people that use them. Special thanks to the founder Liam Reynolds for continued support and ideas to make Makerble even better and the team in Farringdon donating their time to work on our web analytics.