International Women’s Day – we highlight 20 woman angel investors
At UKBAA, we are committed to championing women leaders in the early stage investment ecosystem and in the spirit of International Women’s Day on 8th March, we want to highlight some of the UK’s leading women angel investors.
When we look at gender parity with an angel investment lens, we are presented with an ecosystem that has a distinct lack of female representation both in teams receiving investment and those deploying capital. We recognise the direct correlation that an increase in women angels has with an increase of investment in women-led teams, which is why we are committed to unlocking this untapped pool of “smart money” held by women across the UK.
During the month of February, we asked our community to nominate standout women angels that not only support, mentor and inspire fantastic founders, but have also been integral in paving the way for other women to start investing. We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of these 20 fantastic women angels and hope that they inspire more women taking the leap to start backing Britain’s founders.
Sophia is a partner at Atomico and runs their angel programme, being an active angel herself. She was the Global Marketing Director at Spotify from 2007-2014, where she built out a strong consumer brand from scratch, while launching and marketing the service globally. Sophia believes in working with people who share the same set of values and want to improve the world through innovation.
Bridget started investing 5 years ago after being inspired by a presenter describing her first investment at a women’s networking event. She believes it is not necessary to have a traditional finance background to become an investor and to add value to the companies she invests in. Bridget has a commercial background of 20+ years in senior executive roles at logistics giant DHL and mobile phone operator Telefonica. Bridget is an active member of Angel Academe.
Fiona has over 25 years’ experience pioneering innovation in the highly-disrupted and competitive media sector. She was a board director of Time Inc. (UK) for 10 years, and most recently Group Managing Director of Time Inc. (UK) Lifestyle. Fiona is now the CEO of Makerversity, the iconic, international maker membership community and also a member of the investor network 24 Haymarket and the Royal College of Art’s investor group, AngelClubRCA.
Amanda is keen to play her part to address the imbalance of less than 20% of UK investment flowing to female entrepreneurs. Over the last 5 years she’s backed only women founders. She recently won the ‘Best Women Led Investment Innovation’ at the UKBAA Awards for bringing her extensive marketing experience to Big Couch and their FilmChain service; a disruptive blockchain platform for distributing film revenues. She also mentor’s young female talent as part of The Princes Trust.
Andrea has been a member of Anglia Capital Group (ACG) since 2014. She is enthused by the idea of building a network of angel investors in the Norfolk and Suffolk to help retain early-stage, high-growth potential businesses in the region. Andrea supports businesses with a social or environmental benefit, as well as supporting female founders. She led ACG to signing the Investing in Women Code.
Pam Garside is an expert and active angel investor in healthcare and a member of Cambridge Angels. She has her own management consultancy, Newhealth, specialising in organisational strategy and development in health care, and is a Fellow of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. She advises new entrants to the UK health market including digital and start-up companies.
Elizabeth Gooch MBE
Elizabeth Gooch MBE, is an award-winning UK tech entrepreneur and angel investor. She was named as one of The Telegraph’s ‘Most Disruptive Entrepreneurs’ and West Midlands Woman of the Year for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Technology’. Following the acquisition of her company eg solutions plc, Elizabeth founded The Tech Growth Factory. She now assists the founders of UK Tech StartUps and ScaleUps to achieve their growth potential. Elizabeth is a member of Minerva Business Angels.
Caroline has been a business angel for six years, both through direct investment and through the angel groups Equity Gap and Green Angel Syndicate. With a background in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Management, having worked for British Gas and BP, she now has a keen interest in investing in green technology.
Meganne Houghton-Berry, is an angel investor, NED and start-up mentor. She has over 25 years’ experience in tech and consumer marketing and currently sits on the boards of a number of UK startups. She is a Specialist Mentor for the Princes Trust and an active member of several UK and US based angel networks. Meganne was also the UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2017-18 and is a member of Astia Angels and Angel Academe.
Min Kim has two decades of experience investing across multiple asset classes and industries. She has previously worked at Generation Investment Management as a partner and portfolio manager but now focuses her time as an angel investor providing capital to businesses that will make the world healthier and more efficient. Min is a member of Astia Angels.
Janine Manning is an award-winning angel investor with experience in helping to guide, build and grow early stage businesses with a hands-on approach. Janine is originally from New Zealand where she was a prolific angel investor and has now brought her investment experience to the UK where she actively backs local entrepreneurs. Janine is currently the Director of Crimson Education and the founding investor of Rebecca Page Ltd.
Susannah leads investment and accelerator activities for early-early stage start-ups at Sustainable Ventures and holds more than 20 years’ experience in start-up development and finance. She is passionate about business models which aim to maximise the use of funds and resources to create sustainable enterprises that achieve specific environmental or social outcome. In addition to her angel investments, Susannah is a strong champion of increasing participation rates for women founders.
Vin Murria OBE
Vin Murria OBE is a successful technology entrepreneur and active investor, with over 20 years’ experience in M&A and software sectors, having founded Advanced Computer Systems which she built into a publicly listed company and exited successfully in 2015. Vin is passionate about helping women in tech and also recognises the importance of supporting women to access investment in regions outside the golden triangle. Vin is also UKBAA’s Angel Investor of the Year 2019/20. Vin is also an advisor and investor with Hg Capital.
Deepali is an investor and mentor for early stage start-ups in tech with a focus female founders. She has previously invested in 5, all female led companies including PensionBee, which consolidates pensions online; Adia Health, a women’s healthcare platform focused on fertility; and Live Better With, an ecommerce platform helping patients live with medical conditions such as cancer. Deepali now, also invests on behalf of Atomico Angel Programme.
Helen is a Founding Board Director of NorthInvest, a not-for-profit, early stage investor connector for tech start-ups. She spent 33 years in the UK media and her last position was as the Chief Publishing Officer for Johnston Press. She is a champion for woman founders and investors alike. Helen particularly focuses on closing the gender gap, empowering female leaders and is actively encouraging more women across the north to become angel investors.
Rachel is an investor and non-executive director working with circular economy and green tech start-ups. She was one of the first women to join the Green Angel Syndicate in early 2018. Rachel focuses on emerging innovative businesses that work for positive impact and her passion is to contribute to a future in which all of us can live well, in harmony with nature.
Lynne is an experienced investor with specialist knowledge in energy and climate change. Her professional background spans venture capital, private equity, institutional investment, innovation and academia. Lynne invests directly and via syndicates in early-stage clean tech companies. She also supports academics, social investment and voluntary projects in the field, including the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and Social Investment Scotland. Lynne is the chair of Gabriel Investment Syndicate.
Kirsty is an angel investor and experienced chartered accountant, finance director and non-executive director. As an angel investor, she is a member of the Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC) and Mylor Ventures in Cornwall and has supported Venturefest, SETsquared, Exeter Velocities and Pitch@Palace in the role of panel judge for investment pitching competitions.
Rosalind is an angel investor, telecoms exec and board chair with long experience in technology sectors. For the last four years she has been an active angel investor and mentor and has led several deals. She is a member of the Angel Academe Advisory Board. Rosalind has been Managing Director of UK Broadband since 2017 and has previously held senior roles at BT, Cable and Wireless and Vodafone.
Sarah is an entrepreneur and angel investor. She’s spent most of her career working in digital technology internationally as an advisor and connector. In 2014 she co-founded the fast-growing and award-winning angel network, Angel Academe. Angel Academe invests in women founded and co-founded technology startups who are already demonstrating some commercial success. Their nearly 30 investments include: Provenance, which uses the blockchain to improve supply chain transparency; Raremark which uses AI to help patients with rare diseases make informed choices about care; and Fiskl, a fintech for SMEs.
Over the past 3 years, we have been working on a series of programmes to not only shine light on the imbalances in the ecosystem, but to also work to improve them. From our National Women Angel Investment Forum, a platform that seeks to support, educate and break barriers for women to start investing, to UKBAA being a founding signatory of the Investing in Women Code alongside HM Treasury, we hope that alongside our community and these fantastic women angels, we can continue to help educate, support and empower more women to start angel investing.