The Sky’s No Longer the Limit
23 April 2019, Informatics Forum, Edinburgh
An Investing Women Event in Association with Informatics Ventures EIE Invest 2019
Speakers (in order of appearance)
AccelerateHER Conference Host, Nicky Marr
Nicky Marr is a freelance writer, editor and event and conference host, based between Inverness and Edinburgh and working all over Scotland. She is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland and is in demand for voiceover work across the UK. Nicky is also a respected media and presentation skills trainer and is a qualified Nicky writes and edits two magazines; Connect, the magazine for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, and FlightLOG, Loganair’s in-flight magazine. She also writes a weekly column for the SPP newspaper group, for titles including The Inverness Courier, Ross-shire Journal and The Northern Scot.
Investing Women CEO, Jackie Waring
Having set up her own company in 2003, Jackie has run 3 companies, including a turnaround 50 employee business, and she has served on multiple boards.
At 25 Jackie was the youngest CEO in the UK enterprise sector. Learning from some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs on her Board, she quickly developed a ‘can do’ approach to business and leading change. This approach earned her the title Scottish Young Career Woman of the Year and a finalist Entrepreneur of the Year, along with several other awards.
Jackie led the Access to Finance for Women Agenda for the UK government as an external advisor which led to a passionate interest to increase the UKs level of Women Angels; recognising this as a major market opportunity. She was also appointed the UK’s first Advisory Board Member to the Global Banking Alliance for Women, based in Washington DC.
Kirsty Ramsay, Vice President, Consulting Services, CGI UK
Kirsty has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of programme, project and change management across the public and private sectors. Kirsty joined CGI in September 2017 as Director Consulting Services working on the Scottish Government account and predominantly with the Agriculture and Rural Economy (ARE) department, that looks after farmers and crofters.
In 2018 Kirsty was promoted to Vice President, with responsibility for the Scottish Government account. ARE remains her main customer, but her new role also involves expanding CGI’s relationship with Scottish Government. Kirsty says, “CGI feels very different to work for our members are owners and we encourage ownership and diversity throughout the organisation at every level.”
Global Headliner: Jaime Nieto, Head of People for Richard Branson’s The Spaceship Company, the first aerospace-system manufacturer building and testing a fleet of carrier vehicles and spaceships that will form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system.
Jaime is a strong believer that people are your most important asset and by building great teams you can reach the stars! After spending nearly two decades working in Leadership and Human Resources for multimillion dollar brands and startups, Jaime knows what truly makes the difference; genuine heart-beating connections with the people around you. Jaime holds an MS is Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University. In her spare time she owns and operates Dare to Dream Homestead, a modern farm which specializes in self-sustainability, animal husbandry, and gentling wild horses.
AccelerateHER Award Finalist Pitch Films – Exclusive Preview
All Day Designs – Amanda Day
Biotangents – Lina Gasiūnaitė
Cedeco Contractors – Jacqueline Morrison
Mark Beaumont Athlete, broadcaster & ambassador
Mark Beaumont’s documentaries, events and books about ultra endurance and adventure have taken audiences to over 100 countries. Outside of sport and broadcasting, Mark is a business ambassador and speaker, as well as working with a number of charities and educational organisations.
AccelerateHER Award Finalists Pitch Films – Exclusive Preview
Criton – Julie Grieve
Cytochroma – Kate Cameron
Empowered Earth – Anji Sandhu
Shelley Kerr, Manager, Scotland Women’s National Football Team.
Shelley Kerr is a Scottish football UEFA Pro Licence coach, former player and football consultant.
She managed English FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies from February 2013 until June 2014. She won the FA Cup with Arsenal twice, including on 1st June 2014. As a player Kerr was a powerful centre back, who captained the Scotland women’s national football team as well as clubs including Spartans and Hibernian. She won 59 caps for Scotland between 1989 and 2008, scoring three goals.
During her playing career Kerr won every domestic honour in Scotland and played in the UEFA Women’s Cup. She also represented Doncaster Rovers Belles in England. As a coach, Kerr gained experience at Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Spartans while progressing through the Scottish Football Association’s (SFA) Long-term Player Development pathway, eventually taking charge of the Scotland women’s under–19 national team in 2009. She gained the UEFA Pro Licence in January 2013, shortly before leaving the SFA for Arsenal Ladies.
In August 2014, Shelley became the first female manager in British men’s senior football when she was appointed manager of Stirling University, competing in the Lowland League.
In April 2017, Shelley was appointed Scotland Women’s head coach, replacing outgoing Anna Signeul after 12 years. In September 2018, Shelley led the Scottish Women’s team to qualification for the World Cup for the first time, taking place in France in 2019.
Ana Stewart – Scotland’s only female founder to float a fintech company.
Ana Stewart is a highly respected pioneer in innovation technologies and a former Scottish Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Nicknamed the Queen of the Cash Machine she built her business empire from her spare room in 1991 and sold her company i-design to US ATM giants Cardtronics for £8.5million.
Ana revolutionised the use of ATMs for marketing and promotion purposes and has forged partnerships with Kellogg’s, Cadbury and British Airways.
AccelerateHER Award Finalists Pitch Films – Exclusive Preview
Snapdragon Monitoring – Rachel Jones
Staels Design – Corien Staels
Juliet Rogan, Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs, Barclays
Juliet Rogan leads a national team of High Growth Relationship Directors focused on supporting companies to scale from start-up to exit. Over the last six years Juliet has worked across Barclays Corporate and Investment bank, specialising in the Tech Media and Telecoms Sector and played an integral role in building Barclays’ high growth franchise and venture debt product. Previously Director for Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms team, Juliet joined Barclays in 2010 after qualifying as an accountant at KPMG.
Michelle Lownie, Director, Eden Scott
Michelle Lownie has been an influential figure in the recruitment market across the country for over 15 years. A co-founder of one of Scotland’s leading independent recruitment agencies, Eden Scott, she and her co-founder have grown the business from a small, one-room operation in Edinburgh to a business with a £14m turnover, offices in four different cities and a staff of over 60 in the last 15 years.
Her passion for business and her drive to support the growth of companies just starting out on their journey led to her and her fellow directors to establish TalentSpark, a bespoke offering for start-up businesses across Scotland.
Global Headliner: Bob Hair, Wealth Planning Director & Head of Edinburgh Office, Cazenove Capital
Previously he was with PwC in London where he was a Senior Director in the Investment Advisory business, Chair of PwC’s FCA Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee. Previously Bob was an Executive Director and Principal of the Turcan Connell group for 10 years, where he headed Wealth Management, was a member of the executive board, created and delivered the firm’s Family Office proposition and served on the firm’s investment committee. He has over 22 years’ experience.
Global legal expert, Ritchie Whyte, Partner, Aberdein Considine
He advises clients on a range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, fundraising and start-ups.
Ritchie and his team have a wealth of experience in the owner-managed business space advising both investors and business owners across a variety of industry sectors, including energy, food and drink and healthcare.
Angela Scott, COO and Founder, TC Biopharm a multi-billion biotech firm backed by Investing Women Angels.
Angela has 37 years in oncology research and regenerative medicine, was part of the team that cloned ‘Dolly the Sheep’, and has designed, built and commissioned several GMP manufacturing facilities. She manufactured product for the UK’s ‘first-in-man’ stem cell trial (PISCES – ReNeuron), and has held MHRA -MIA and -IMP licenses for several cell therapy products.
AccelerateHER Award ‘Rising Star’ Finalists Pitch Films – Exclusive Preview
Alterwaste – Martina Zupan
Cybershell Solutions – Tayyaba Nafees
Game Doctor – Dr Carla Brown
Kate Forbes MSP – Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy
Kate Forbes is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch constituency (which includes Dingwall, the Black Isle & the Great Glen) and Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy in the Scottish Government.
Kate is from Dingwall, although she spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India. Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.
As a backbencher, she has served on the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. She also served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Finance and the Constitution.
As well as leading a campaign to ban plastic straws, Kate has participated in several cross party groups at Holyrood including Crofting, Gaelic, Human Trafficking, Palliative Care and Rural Policy.
A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history earlier this year by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber. During her first two years at Holyrood, she was named as a finalist in the “One to Watch” category at the annual Scottish Politician of the Year 2017 awards, and also a finalist for Holyrood magazine’s backbencher of the Year for 2017/18.
On 27 June 2018 she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy.