Investing in a recovery landscape

Bringing together key policy makers from across the regional and national economic development and investment landscapes, this panel took a deep dive into the agendas that have driven investment strategy over the last two years. Considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and where we are now in relation to regional economic recovery, the panel asked ‘what’s next?’ and considered how we build momentum, drive connectivity and fill any gaps in regional innovation funding.

Session speakers:

Dr Yvonne Gale (Chair)

Chief Executive, NEL Fund Managers

Yvonne is a Chartered Accountant who leads NEL Fund Managers in their mission to improve the economy of the North East by improving access to finance for growing local businesses. Other local positions include being an advisory board member on the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Business Growth board, Deputy President of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants, advisory board member for the Durham University MBA. At a national level, she is a non-executive director for the Office of the Small Business Commissioner who manage the Prompt Payment Code ensuring fair treatment of small business by large corporates. Yvonne is a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee for the international ethical lender Shared Interest Society.

Yvonne also volunteers as a trustee for two locally based charities: Millfield House Foundation who funds policy work with the aim of reducing poverty and inequality in the North East; and the Shared Interest Foundation who seek to changes lives by breaking the cycle of poverty through the creation of resilient businesses.

Dr Henry Kippin

Managing Director, North of Tyne Combined Authority

Dr Henry Kippin is managing director at the North of Tyne Combined Authority.  He was formerly an executive director at the West Midlands Combined Authority, responsible for its work on inclusive growth, public service reform, climate change and digital.  Previous to this he was chief executive of Collaborate CIC, and held roles in UK public policy and international development.  He is a trustee of the Young Foundation, and between 2013-18 was a visiting fellow of the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.

Sarah Teacher

Executive Director, Impact Investing Institute

Sarah Teacher is Executive Director of the Impact Investing Institute, a non-profit organisation that seeks to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investing market in the UK and internationally. Previously, Sarah worked at Lendlease Europe as Social Impact Investment Manager within its European Investment Management business and has worked in roles at the intersection of social impact, sustainability, and private capital. Sarah was a Director for Next Generation Philanthropy at the Institute for Philanthropy and currently serves as a Director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and its European Chair.

Gurpreet Manku

Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, BVCA

Gurpreet Manku is the BVCA’s Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, and a BVCA board member. She is responsible for leading the BVCA’s response to a wide range of policy challenges facing the private equity and venture capital industry from a legal, tax, reporting and regulatory perspective, both in the UK and Europe. Gurpreet is the executive liaison to the Private Equity Reporting Group, the body responsible for monitoring the industry’s compliance with the Walker Guidelines on Transparency and Disclosure. She is also a member of: the Productive Finance Working Group; the Rose Review Board supporting female entrepreneurship; the board of the Cost Transparency Initiative; and the coalition that developed the Wates corporate governance principles for large private companies. Before joining the BVCA, she worked at Deloitte LLP and specialised in auditing and advising private equity funds and their managers. Gurpreet studied at the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.