My passion for supporting businesses and business owners to succeed goes back a long way. The reason – I like seeing their fabulous accomplishments as they grow and develop their businesses and individual abilities. I could see the challenges that innovative organisations were facing in finding funding and investment to support their R&D and innovation as well as commercialisation and growth thereafter, so I have been lucky enough to combine my financial background of over 20 years, working for NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland together with working closely on Government funded grant and loan support programmes for businesses, to help those organisations with their routes to success. Over my career I have marvelled at the R&D and innovations happening in a range of organisations and sectors which possibly would not succeed/have succeeded without the external support available to them. My current position as Programme Lead, Innovation Loans at Innovate UK fits in so well with my ethos of supporting innovative business.