Q&A on Esmée's new strategy and how we make decisions

Put your questions to the Esmée Team on our new strategy and how we make decisions

We launched our new strategy in October 2020 where we outlined our mission to improve Our Natural World, secure a Fairer Future and nurture Creative, Confident Communities. To help us, we'll be playing a more active role ourselves - by brokering alliances, using our influence and removing barriers to achieve our goals. At the same time, we also introduced a new process for applying for our support, which we hoped would make it easier and quicker for organisations to find out if we are a good fit as a potential partner.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about our new strategy, how we will be working to deliver it and how we make decisions including what we look for in the work we support.

It will also be a chance to put your questions to the Esmée Team and for us to hear your feedback.

Date and registration

Date and time

14 January 2021, 11.00am



  • Esmée’s new strategy & direction: what we want to achieve – Caroline Mason, Chief Executive
  • Our support
    • What we’re looking to support, what we’re not, and how we make decisions – Sharon Shea, Director of Portfolio
    • Social investment – Ben Smith, Head of Social Investment
    • Tools beyond our funding – Shemain Wahab, Tools Manager
  • Q&A

This session will be facilitated by Hannah Lim, Funding Manager and Social Change Lead




Workshops taking a closer look at our impact goals & priorities under each aim:

  1. Our Natural World: Click here to join
  2. A Fairer Future: Click here to join
  3. Creative, Confident Communities: Click here to join

Please note that these will run concurrently and joining links won't be live until a few minutes before the start of the workshop on 14 January. Each workshop will have 10-15 mins for an overview of the impact goals and our priorities from our Funding Team, followed by 25-30 mins for a Q&A. All the sessions will be recorded.

Not sure which aim workshop is most relevant for you to attend?

You can learn more about each of our aims here or read our guidance for support. Don't worry if your work is relevant to more than one aim - choose a workshop you most want to learn more about and you can watch recordings of the other workshops on our website in due course.


If you'd like to ask a question about more than one aim or aren't able to make any of the workshops, send your questions to us in advance so we can cover it during the webinar. You can email them to


Event ends

In case you missed them, you can also find details and watch the recordings of our Unlocking Change webinars where we explored issues within our three aims below.

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    Restoring our natural world

    To tackle climate change, we believe restoring our natural world is vital and the need to do so more urgent. Watch our webinar, where we asked our panel of experts whether it was time to try something new.

    Read more
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    Creativity is Everywhere

    Watch our webinar, Creativity is Everywhere, where our panel of experts share their perspective of what it means to take a truly collaborative approach to culture and creativity.

    Read more
  • People make change webinar

    People make change

    Watch our webinar, People Make Change, where we heard from a panel of experts on harnessing the power of people's experiences to bring about a fairer future.

    Read more