About me

I am a director and advisor to global businesses and a successful former technology entrepreneur.

I’m a non-executive director at Xero – the global cloud accounting software company, and Cranemere – the holding company for exceptional mid-market sized businesses.

I support the advancement of women in technology via Accelerate:Her and the promotion of high-growth businesses via Future Fifty.

I co-founded Omega Logic which launched mobile phone “top-ups” in the UK in 2001. Within 5 years our gross transaction revenue had grown to £450m p.a. and I completed the sale of my company to First Data Corporation.

I have invested in startups in various sectors including SaaS, ecommerce, fintech and digital publishing. I was awarded British Angel Investor of the Year in 2011.

I have held board roles in startup companies, the British central government (Department for Business and UK Trade & Investment), as well as not-for-profit roles such as the Peter Jones Foundation and the Centre for Entrepreneurs.

I served on the Business Taskforce for David Cameron, the former British Prime Minister, in 2013. Debretts named me one of the “500 most influential people in Britain” in 2015.

I received a CBE in June 2013 from HM the Queen, for services to business.

What I do

I work with high growth businesses to help scale and maximise the opportunities in their market, often with a digital or technology focus.

Xero provides cloud-based accounting software to 2.4 million subscribers worldwide. Xero is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:XRO).

My role at Xero: Non-Executive Director

Cranemere is a holding company for outstanding businesses in the United States and Europe. It is a long-term, values-aligned partner with permanent capital, business-building expertise, and a global network.

My role at Cranemere: Non-Executive Director

Accelerate:Her addresses the underrepresentation of women in technology, by providing events, research, a centre of excellence and building support via our male champions of change initiative.

My role at Accelerate:Her: Board Advisor

Past work

Served as Non-Executive Director,

2012 - 2015

Served as Non-Executive Director,

2013 - 2017

My co-authors and I published and presented the Cut EU Red Tape report to the British Cabinet in London and select EU Prime Ministers in Brussels, 2013

I have enjoyed sitting on the boards of many growth companies like the cosmetics company, Pout, the VC firm, Sussex Place Ventures, and the charity for entrepreneurship, the Peter Jones Foundation.

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