Scottish Young Career Woman of the Year
Finalist Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Jackie is a leading expert in both women’s enterprise and corporate leadership. As one of the UK’s most experienced specialists in women’s enterprise and women’s markets, she is highly active in the design and delivery of growth support for women owned businesses, influencing enterprise policy, research and increasing levels of women angel investors. Jackie has been named Scottish Young Career Woman of the Year and led the Access to Finance for Women Agenda for the UK Government as an external advisor and was appointed the UK’s first advisory Board member to the Global Banking Alliance for Women, based in Washington DC.
She is the Founder and CEO of Investing Women, a pioneering, growing community in Scotland of women angel investors; women entrepreneurs seeking growth and those who want to help both. Much more than just a syndicate, Investing Women is about more than just the money. She is keen to bat away preconceptions that angel investing takes place in a Dragons’ Den-style set-up or is the domain of multi-millionaires.
“It’s the sum of the parts that’s important … we’re not competing on how big our cheque book is. Very few women choose a hands-off approach when they invest and most are seeking to actively support the entrepreneurs. They make the best investors because they are sharing their knowledge. At some lovely time in the future there won’t be a need for the group to be wholly female – but at this point in time, to create the change that’s necessary, there is.”
One of IW’s early investments was in biotech, when in 2015, it led the £1.2 million equity and grant funding enabling Lanarkshire-based TC Biopharm (TCB) to start its first treatment of UK patients with melanoma, lung and kidney cancers. IW contributed £680,000, backed by the likes of the Scottish Investment Bank and it also works with other angel groups in Scotland such as Kelvin Capital and Equity Gap.
Jackie is also the Managing Director of Blue Horizons (Scotland) and Jackie and her team of associates deliver leadership training and work with organisations on leading cultural change. She has a 1st class Masters in Corporate Leadership and frequently mentors executives from both the private and public sectors.
Jackie has developed an innovative and trademarked survey tool called Culture Pulse TM to help organisations specifically measure and improve levels of staff engagement. Both as back up to this process and independently, Jackie profiles and mentors senior executives and managers to improve their leadership performance and develop stronger organisations.
Jackie was also the Co-Founder and Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, a social enterprise structured as a Community Interest Company (CIC) – founded by people who believe that women’s enterprise can make a dynamic contribution to the Scottish economy.