In 1999 I co-founded Omega Logic, which launched electronic mobile phone top-ups in Britain alongside the mobile phone networks and other "top-up solution providers".
By 2005 Omega Logic was processing £450 million of top-ups per annum in Britain and the USA, generating £25 million of net revenue, and I completed the disposal of my interests in the company to First Data Corporation.
I then began to invest in startups in various sectors including software-as-a-service (SaaS), ecommerce, fintech and digital publishing. I was awarded British Angel Investor of the Year in 2011 (UK Business Angels Association).
I served on the Business Taskforce for David Cameron, the former British Prime Minister, and published a report on EU Red Tape in 2013. Debretts named me one of the "500 most influential people in Britain" in 2015 and I've also enjoyed a number of TV appearances, including on the BBC's show "The Apprentice - You're Fired".
I was honoured with a CBE in June 2013 by HM the Queen, for services to business.
What I do
I work with leadership teams and companies with both a growth and profit focus, either as an advisor or as a non-executive director. I speak on panels and at events and conferences on leadership, entrepreneurship and women in business.
Xero provides cloud-based accounting software to over 1 million subscribers worldwide. Xero is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. I serve as a Non-Executive Director.
Sussex Place Ventures is an early-stage venture capital investor which backs entrepreneurs building software and digital companies.
I serve as a Non-Executive Director.
JLA is the UK's biggest specialist agency for keynote and conference speakers.
JLA manages my public speaking.
Some of the companies I've backed
SaaS/Web content management
Served as Non-Executive Director, 2012 - 2015
Served as Non-Executive Director, 2013 - 2016
My co-authors and I published and presented this report to the British Cabinet in London and select EU Prime Ministers in Brussels, 2013