Our Business Angels

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Nick is a seasoned businessman with UK and international know-how and wide-ranging experience of private and public sectors; currently chairman of three companies, business angel and mentor, an honorary professor of the University of Glasgow and public interest member of Council, ICAS. He was previously divisional chairman at Coats Viyella, chairman of Dynacast International, Stoddard International, Halls of Broxburn, eTourism and others and managing director of Dawson International and NED of Bank of Scotland (West Board), ScottishPower, Standard Life and many other companies in both Scotland and England.
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Graeme was founder director, technical director and joint managing director of Dog Digital, currently one of the country’s biggest and best full service digital agencies. A highly experienced digital technology specialist with over 20 years in the industry and a geek at heart, Graeme loves learning and is passionate about software and the applications of new technology. Growing and managing a successful agency in the ever-changing and expanding digital sector also allowed Graeme to developed excellent commercial, people and organisational skills.
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Barwell Plc was formed in 1993 and is a privately funded Glasgow based venture capital company acting as an investment/holding company for the Rt Hon Viscount Gough. At 30thSeptember 2011 Barwell had a portfolio of investments in twenty trading companies. The company’s investment approach is “hands on” and focuses on early stage companies generally investing between £75,000 and £250,000, mainly as equity. In 2003 Barwell became a partner with the Scottish Co-Investment Fund and has since made thirteen “partnership” investments
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The company was set up in 1990 to help support start-ups through early stages of growth. To date around 130 businesses have gone through the Incubator, many have established strong growth, steady recruitment and developed into international markets.
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Lynne Ross is an experienced investor with specialist knowledge in the fields of energy policy and climate change. She has extensive practical experience of joint ventures and partnerships, government relations and technology deployment gained from senior roles at Scottish and Southern Energy and at Scottish Power. Lynne invests directly in early stage cleantech companies and lends support to academics and voluntary projects in related fields. These include the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, the 2020 Climate Group and the Climate Challenge Fund.
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After co-founding and successfully exiting business in the life sciences and telecoms/IT sectors, Athol has worked as a consultant, coach, mentor or NXD within several diverse industries including life sciences, food+drink, creative/ digital, franchising, weapons and defence, telecoms, IT and retail. He also acts as Consortium Principal for his family office, Barcapel, which includes a portfolio of investments in life sciences, software/apps, media, specialist recruitment and digital. The family office currently manages investments valued at several £M. His work has taken him across the globe, in particular to the MENA/GCC regions. Athol represents both himself and his fellow members of Barcapel as a Gabriel Angel.
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BioCity Scotland is a state-of-the-art business incubator committed to innovation in the bioscience, pharmaceutical, medtech and healthcare industries. Based outside of Glasgow in Newhouse, Lanarkshire, the complex offers 130,000 square feet of advanced laboratory and office space to various leading life science companies, including EIE14 winners Biogelx. Since opening in January 2012, following on from sister site BioCity Nottingham, BioCity Scotland has been a hub for enterprise and advancement in life sciences, acting as a base for industry-leading research and development.
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Stuart has been a qualified Chartered Accountant for around 10 years, the majority of which time has been spent either working with Private Equity investors or advising entrepreneurs /owner managers on maximising company value.  Over the past three years he has “gone native” working in a semiconductor manufacturing business where his focus is on short/medium term financial planning, strategy, cost control and process improvement.
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Having spent 16 years in the Railway industry , latterly as a CEO within a PLC, Janette has led very large complex organisations through major change, managed complex stakeholder relationships against a background of growth and delivered intensive capital investment programmes, whilst meeting challenging targets on improved profitability, Quality and Safety . Janette has spent the last 10 years working as a Chair, Non-Executive Director and advisor to a range of businesses across the support services sector. She has significant experience in turning around, restructuring and preparing businesses for sale. She has advised and chaired a variety of privately owned businesses, carried out independent business reviews and valued businesses to facilitate shareholder exits.
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Les has over 24 years experience as a company director and senior manager in technology based growth companies. After graduating with a Computer Science degree from the University of Strathclyde Les worked with British Steel and Campbell Lee in senior IT management roles.   Following this, Les moved into board level roles with VC backed companies in both London and Glasgow.  The last of these roles was Chief Executive of Essential Viewing Systems, a spin out from the University of Strathclyde, which he led to a successful exit in 2011.  After spending 3 years with the acquirer of Essential Viewing Systems, a London based AIM Listed company, as a Divisional Director Les now focuses his time on supporting early stage, technology focused business develop and grow
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Currently, Richard is helping early stage technologists and companies plan and execute their value creation. His credentials for this role are based on his experience gained in company start-ups over 18 years including being one of the founders of Cascade Technologies, a Strathclyde University spin out that was created in 2003 and sold to Emerson Process Management in 2014. The company is the largest exit to date by Strathclyde University.Since the acquisition by Emerson Richard has continued to promote and sell Cascades products globally, most recently in a consulting role.Richard was educated at Strathclyde University where he gained a degree in Production Engineering and Management and he is a Chartered Engineer. After University he worked in a number of operational roles in high quality engineering companies; Howden Group (Nuclear manufacturing, power stations, wind turbines and tunnelling machines); Rolls Royce (Aero engine repair and overhaul) and in high volume manufacturing. Prior to involvement with Cascade, Richard worked with a number of early stage companies in the high tech field (synthetic crystal manufacture and medical devices) as both an employee , director and consultant. This mix of engineering, operations, funding and commercial experience is particularly useful in helping to grow high tech opportunities from start up to exit.
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Margaret Coughtrie holds Chartered Financial Analyst and MBA qualifications and has spent most of her career in financial services in North America as a hedge fund manager, global portfolio manager and financial analyst. Key entrepreneurial exploits have been the establishment the European investment team in Canada’s largest investor and one of the first all women owned hedge funds. Her passion is to help facilitate small company growth here in Scotland by offering support. She is currently pursuing doctoral research at the Hunter Centre of Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde with a focus on enterprise growth, policy and economic impact.
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After graduating from University Robert spent 20 years working in research for major multi-nationals involved in the power generation industry.Robert then became involved in the aerospace industry and in 1994 was the co-founder of a company involved in the overhaul of aircraft components.In 2015 after the business was sold to a major compeditor Robert became involved in the Business Angel network.
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