Harriet Williams

Harriet has 15 years experience of leading successful grant programmes on behalf of the Goldsmith family and other foundation and high net worth donors. Harriet has particular expertise in relation to climate change, forests and other land use. She is a board member of the Environmental Funders Network and a passionate proponent of more effective philanthropy.

Harriet has guided philanthropic investment to all types of change strategies, from grass roots activism to UN level policy campaigns. She brings a strong social justice perspective to all of her work, which also spans issues such as violence against women and homelessness. Harriet is an active ‘spare time’ campaigner, and in her home city of Bristol, UK, has founded and led an alliance to end the routine use of pesticides in public spaces, along with a climate action network that mobilises families with young children. 

Harriet gained a first-class degree in Biology from the University of Leeds and followed that with a Masters in Environmental Change and Management (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford.  Prior to the start of her philanthropic career, Harriet worked as a journalist on various titles in the academic and B2B finance publishing sector.