Founder & CEO
Jackie is a pioneer of women angels 'changing the face of angel investing; bringing more women angels into Scotland's dynamic angel investment community. An active and experienced angel investor herself; she established and leads Scotland's all-female angel group Investing Women Angels whose members have invested over 80% of their funds in highly innovative female founded/co-founded companies.
Jackie is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping other entrepreneurs. It was this passion which inspired her to establish AccelerateHER; creating a channel and direct help for female founders going for scale. Publicly recognised by Scotland's First Minister, she is a major player in shaping the ScotCanDo eco-system. The AccelerateHER Awards, workshops, mentoring and other support are achieving tangible impact, boosting the volume and investment in Scotland's female-led companies. She has also nurtured strong international partnerships leading to regular AccelerateHER missions to Silicon Valley, Dubai, Germany; and more recently Boston and New York in partnership with Founders Forum.
Jackie has previously run three companies, including 10 years CEO of a business/economic development organisation in Scotland. She has been an external policy advisor to the UK government; leading on the access to finance or women entrepreneurs agenda. Jackie was also the first UK Advisory Board Member for the Washington DC based Global Banking Alliance for Women.