Duncan is our Commercial Director and leads Shift's commercial team. He is focused on ensuring the products and ventures that Shift builds are commercially robust, with compelling business cases, so they can effectively scale to become self sustaining and high impact entities. He is also works closely with our CEO, Nick, on developing the overall Shift business model.

Previous to Shift, Duncan managed a private equity direct investment portfolio for a single family office where he worked closely with founding entrepreneurs helping them grow their businesses, overcoming the myriad of challenges they face in the start-up and growth stages. Duncan holds a BA in History and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Duncan is a secret pilates devotee, which means he spends his spare time strengthening his 'core', whatever that might mean.

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Making a Meal

April 21, 2023

Learning and reflections from three years making affordable good food for families.

Beyond Demand: the social sector’s need for patient, risk-bearing capital

May 29, 2020

Research conducted by Shift in partnership with CAF Venturesome, Unltd and principal funder Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Hot, prepared revolution: A summary of two years work looking at takeaways

December 17, 2018

Shift has developed the UK’s most detailed understanding of takeaway food, families’ relationship with it, the role hot, prepared food plays in their food behaviours, the economics of outlets and the motivations of their owners. Possible avenues for positive change have been tested and the way forward is clear.

Unlocking More Philanthropic Capital for Social Investment: An Exploration of Best Practice

November 20, 2018

Improving the financial support for social entrepreneurs who are using non-traditional business models and structures