My journey in tech started as an academic, working on my PhD on migration and entrepreneurship in the UK, supported by Loughborough University and Paragon Law. It was a process that challenged me to think long and hard about the theoretical underpinnings, and empirical realities of ambitious, brave and driven people.
I built on this experience as a policy researcher at Nesta - the UK innovation foundation for social good, diving deep into the creative economy, political sentiment tracking, data, and digital tech.
After four formative, and enjoyable years working at Nesta with organisations like the Royal Statistical Society, HM Government, Adobe, Pearson, and the University of Sheffield, I went on to launch, grow and head up the research team at Tech Nation, the UK network for ambitious entrepreneurs.
I grew the research team, moving beyond the grant funded work we had initially set out to fulfil, to create commercial research services and products alongside partner sponsored work. After 4.5 years of growth at Tech Nation I was responsible for Data, Research, Comms, Content and PR. It was a pleasure to work with the good and the great of UK tech: HSBC, Sage, BNP Paribas (and BNP Paribas Real Estate), Cognizant, EY, JLL, Wilson Sonsini, Sony, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Fragomen, Peak, Fruugo, GoCardless, Fintrail, LinkedIn, and many, many more superb companies, investors and leaders.
Through my work at Notion Capital, I aim to provide resources, at a number of levels, for evolving ecosystems; for policymakers, for corporates, and for startups and scaleups - to help both imagine and catalyse change, helping to create a world that we all want to live in.