Our Business Angels

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A founder member of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, John was a shareholding director of a young venture backed technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of laboratory equipment and co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and healthcare industry training. As a CA in professional practice he worked with many of Scotland’s most exciting growth companies after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989. An experienced non-executive chairman and director in growing businesses, currently with two appointments, he is a regular contributor to the media on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Enterprise “Local Heroes” project, based in part on his own MBA thesis “Local Heroes – Scotland’s Entrepreneurial Role Models.
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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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A Non-executive Director and business mentor with over 20 years of experience in mobile and digital strategy, Kenny Fraser specialises in advising businesses, from start-ups to established firms, on how to adapt to a world of constantly evolving digital technologies. In developing a highly-respected career in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry, Kenny has designed and co-ordinated digital and mobile strategies and operations for global leaders in more than 40 countries, leading clients on more than one occasion to revenue increases of over 50%. He is Founding Director of Sunstone Communication which provides advice, ideas and investment for the mobile and digital worlds.
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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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Andrew Barrie has worked in financial services for 30 years. He set up and ran top rated teams in investment banking and fund management. Andrew cofounded Barrie and Hibbert, a risk management company, in 1995. By the time of its sale to Moody’s in 2011, B&H had offices in London, New York, Hong Kong and through Europe. Their clients included most of the largest global insurance companies. Recently Andrew has been supporting a number of early stage Scottish businesses. He is establishing an investment fund that will enable institutional investors to co invest alongside angel investors and corporates. Andrew has chaired Scotland’s oldest youth work charity, Fet-Lor for the past 20 years. He is creating a new social enterprise, FEAST that aims to be a significant employer of young people and a force for economic and social regeneration in North Edinburgh.
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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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James has more than 30 years experience in the IT industry. A board level executive withstrong sales and marketing skills and extensive international experience.He has held leadership roles in the UK and EMEA with Citrix and Hewlett-Packard. He waschief executive at Keltec, a leading UK technology integrator, and Nomad Software, a privateequity backed software business providing card payment solutions for retail banks.He currently balances his time as an angel investor, while mentoring and advising early stagetechnology companies.
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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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Following a 30 year career in Banking & Financial Services, in 2015 Andrew returned to Scotland from Dublin where he had completed terms as CEO of Barclays Bank Ireland plc, and prior to that of BNP Paribas Ireland. A graduate of Dundee University, Chartered Banker, Chartered Director and a Certified Bank Director, Andrew’s business experience has been gained in multinational organisations and he has developed a passion for growing and empowering businesses in a professional and sustainable way. He is a Board Member of Ireland’s State-owned Electricity Supply Board and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Elavon Financial Services DAC, the European subsidiary of US Bancorp. In addition to international coaching & development activities with AP Partners, Andrew is a Consultant to Valuation Consulting LLP, a London-based valuation services company which specialises in Intellectual Property and Intangible Assets..
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