FinanceCamp Speakers 2019

Jenny Campbell

Entrepreneur and Investor

After leaving school at 16 to begin her working life counting cash in a bank branch, Jenny climbed through the ranks to become one of the few senior female bankers at the time in the UK.

Following thirty years in the banking trade, Jenny left the corporate world in 2006 in pursuit of a new challenge – to turn around a failing cash machine business. Jenny launched a major operational restructure of Hanco ATM Systems (later relaunching as YourCash Europe Ltd), turning it from a business that was making a huge loss in competitive markets to a thriving, profitable entity operating across Europe.

Now sharing her business experience with hopeful entrepreneurs in the BBC’s fifteenth series of Dragons’ Den, Jenny brings feisty northern grit to the panel, sticking true to her favourite business motto- live by corporate standards, but breathe like an entrepreneur.

Chris Reed

Founder, ProxiSmart Ltd

ProxiSmart Ltd was founded on the back of an idea to help reinvigorate the UK’s High Street, with ParkingPerx developed as a tech enabled solution. Since then Chris has won numerous awards, including being named one of Tech Nation’s ‘Northern Stars’. In February 2019, Chris entered the Dragon’s Den and secured backing from Jenny Campbell. 

Elaine Warburton

CEO, QuantuMDx

Elaine Warburton is an entrepreneur with over 30 years’ healthcare & biotech experience. She is currently CEO of pioneering diagnostics company, QuantuMDx Group. QuantuMDx’s flagship device is the Q-POC™, a rapid DNA analyzer. The company has taken an entire molecular diagnostics laboratory and compressed it into a credit card sized disposable cassette costing a few dollars. The disposable is read by a simple-to-use, portable reader. Elaine was awarded an OBE in the 2014 Queen’s New Year Honours for services to Innovation in Healthcare.

Jason Hobbs

Chief Executive, North East Fund

Jason has worked in the development of the access to finance infrastructure in the North East for the past 15 years.  During this period he has helped to develop and manage over £300m of investment funds, including the £160m JEREMIE Fund that operated in the region between 2010 and 2016.  He has been a director of The North East Fund since its inception.

Jenny Tooth

CEO, UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)

Jenny has over 20 years’ experience of facilitating SMEs’ access to investment and ran her own consultancy on access to finance for SMEs, including working closely with the EC in Brussels for 9 years.

In 2009, Jenny co-founded Angel Capital Group, which incorporates London Business Angels and was sold to Newable in April 2017. She has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to small businesses.

Jeremy Middleton

Local Angel Investor

Jeremy runs Middleton Enterprises, an investment company in Newcastle, and owns minority stakes in a number of SMEs.

Susie McDonald

Local Angel Investor

Susie started her first company at 21 to finance her Primary Education Degree at Edinburgh University and in doing so unlocked a passion for business development. Susie and her husband took advantage of a gap in the market to found industrial renewables business, SDS in January 2017. They recently teamed up recently with Maven Capital Partners and the Durham Fund to increase briquette production to 1.5m per annum.

Nadia Whittley

Arquer Diagnostics

Nadia is a seasoned Senior Executive in the Life Science sector spanning several therapeutic areas and across different geographies (EMEA, Asia Pacific and North America).

She has held senior positions at Alium Medical Limited, Allergan, Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Most recently Nadia has served as the Partner & Managing Director Europe for Tefen Management Consulting. Nadia has a strong background in business management and product commercialisation.