Our Speakers

Let’s talk money

At FinanceCamp you’ll hear words of wisdom from people who have had success in raising funding and experts in financing ambitious businesses. Importantly, you’ll also hear words of warning from those who know the stumbling blocks along the way.

Our plenary speakers are all passionate about helping to nurture successful companies here, in the North East of England.

By sharing their own experiences and nuggets of information they aim to raise aspirations and ambitions – encouraging successful businesses to continue their growth in the region rather than selling up when they reach a ceiling or moving elsewhere.

Taking to the stage are …

Edward Twiddy

With over ten years of HM Treasury experience under his belt, including spells with the Foreign Office and stabilising Northern Rock, Edward moved up to the North East to direct the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

When the chance came to start a new bank Edward was in from the beginning as a founder of Atom. As Chief Innovation Officer and Atom’s Company Secretary, Edward has overseen Atom’s development from a tiny start-up to a fully licensed bank and is now leading the development of Atom’s platform.

Edward will be sharing …

Atom has raised over £200m in the last three years from a variety of UK and international institutional and individual investors and it is in constant dialogue with its investors and prospective new investors. Edward will reveal how his high-growth, high-profile company approaches raising finance and the lessons learned along the way

Zoe Farrington


Zoe is a motorcycling mother of three and CEO of Realsafe Technologies; a company focused on developing safety-based technology connected to emergency services.

The company launched their first award-winning product, REALRIDER®, in 2013. This app for motorcyclists is the first of its kind to detect if a rider has had an accident and notify Emergency Services of the rider’s location.

Prior to Realsafe Technologies, Zoe was MD and co-founder of a Public Sector Marketing Consultancy, which grew to become a profitable £1.8m turnover business until the economic downturn that saw a radical re-structure of the public sector.

Not to be defeated and viewing the new market status as an opportunity, she made a quick and decisive move to wind up the company and re-invest profits into a new business venture.

The company closed a £1m round of funding in 2015 and has recently launched REALRIDER® overseas.

Zoe will be sharing …

At FinanceCamp Zoe will share her own story of success in raising more than £1million-worth of investment in recent years – all from within the North East.

Andrew Mitchell

Andrew is Chief Executive of North East Finance, the holding fund manager for the multi-million pound Finance for Business North East fund (also known as the JEREMIE programme).

Over the past five years, NEF has invested some £160m in over 900 growth businesses in the North East of England and the team has a wide range of contacts with venture capital firms and investors across the UK and internationally. Prior to NEF, Andrew set up a number of media and market research businesses and, in 1997, helped to lead a successful geo-information spin-out from the University of Leeds. He is also an active angel investor in his own right.

Andrew will be sharing …

At FinanceCamp Andrew will provide an update on the latest developments in funding in the North East


Henry Whorwood

Henry Whorwood leads Beauhurst’s bespoke research on high-growth companies. He is a specialist on equity finance, growth companies and equity crowdfunding.

He has written and provided proprietary research for organisations including Barclays, Syndicate Room, Royal Academy of Engineering, Innovate UK, BEIS, Smith and Williamson and the British Business Bank.

Henry will be sharing …

At FinanceCamp Henry will lift the lid on the latest investor trends and share some pertinent findings from Beauhurst’s deep data on high-growth companies

John Cordrey

Foresight Group is a £2.5bn fund founded in 1984. John specialises in private equity and venture capital, and has completed six investments in the last 12 months, ranging from niche technology businesses to buyouts of manufacturing companies. He was shortlisted as “Young Dealmaker 2017” at the Insider Awards. John previously founded and sold several businesses, including a comparison website.  

John will be sharing …

John loves nothing more than helping support exciting businesses in achieving their growth plans. Today he will share his experience to do just that.


FinanceCamp is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, North East LEP and North East BIC, with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Huge thanks go to all our partners. Please visit their websites to find out more.

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