Find out more about the AccerlerateHER team

Jackie Waring

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. 

Elizabeth Pirrie

Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth Pirrie works alongside CEO Jackie Waring to develop the strategic direction for AccelerateHER.

Elizabeth brings with her over 20 years of accounting experience including 10 as Finance Director of what was one of Scotland’s largest, independent care home providers. For the past six years she has worked in economic development in Scotland supporting start up and growing companies across several sectors including life sciences, technology and tourism.

Elaine Bone


Elaine Bone has an established career history in event management and in 2000, set up her company, Brightstar – focussed on events and association management.

Elaine and Brightstar associate, Alison Jones, provide operational support to the AccelerateHER team and its wider network.

Alison Jones


Alison Jones supports AccelerateHER. Her background includes marketing, events design, governance and business management. A graduate of Political Science and Political Communication, she has a keen interest in policy, female empowerment, economic development and strategic communications.

She works with AccelerateHER providing operational and executive support, working and supporting high growth founders and collating angel investment.
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