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Eileen Burbidge appointed Tech City UK chair

Tech City UK is building a new team to head up the UK’s digital economy agenda, and has appointed Eileen Burbidge as chair

Eileen Burbidge has been appointed as chair of not-for-profit startup support network Tech City UK.

Burbidge, who is a founding partner at investment management firm Passion Capital, will work closely with Tech City UK’s CEO Gerard Grech to develop the organisation’s long-term vision.

The announcement follows Joanna Shields leaving the position in May 2015, when she was appointed minister for internet safety and security.

“With Shields’s support and guidance on programmes such as the Digital Business Academy, Future Fifty, Tech Nation and HQ-UK, the UK has firmly established its position as a digital-innovation powerhouse,” said Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK.

“Building on that legacy, we welcome Eileen as chair. Her excellent credentials and extensive experience mark her out as one of the leading figures in the UK digital community.”

A number of board appointments were also announced, including Robin Klein, founding partner at the LocalGlobe fund; Yonca Brunini, vice-president of marketing, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa at Google; Wendy Tan-White, co-founder and former CEO of website builder Moonfruit; and Tim Luke, vice-president of technology, media and telecoms at Barclays UK.

As part of her new role, Burbidge launched a Tech City UK Entrepreneurs Advisory Panel, including representatives from Zoopla, Just Eat and Transferwise.

These appointments contribute towards the Tech City UK goal of supporting startups and scaleups in the UK, expanding digital and promoting economic growth.

“Digital business and the rapid developments in technology are a key part of our long-term economic plan to support the industries of the future – creating jobs and building a more resilient economy,” said prime minister David Cameron.

Eileen Burbidge will be a fantastic appointment. Her knowledge and experience of the digital landscape will ensure the UK remains at the forefront of this innovative industry.”

Burbidge has previous experience in digital, having worked at Yahoo, Skype and Apple, as well as performing duties across government, such as acting on David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group, working as the HM Treasury’s special envoy for financial technology and the tech ambassador for Boris Johnson.

“I first moved to London in 2004 to join the team at a very young Skype. Since then, the UK’s technology scene has changed beyond all recognition. It has certainly benefited in recent years from the efforts of the Tech City UK organisation,” said Burbidge.

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