About us

We are the UK network for
ambitious tech entrepreneurs

We believe the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business

If you’re an ambitious tech entrepreneur, then we’ve supported thousands of people like you through all stages of business with our activities as Tech City UK and Tech North.

Our story began in Shoreditch in 2011, launched by the then Prime Minister David Cameron, to support the East London tech cluster known as London Tech City — or Silicon Roundabout. Since then we’ve been on a journey, spreading our activities to cover other parts of the UK, and have set up Tech North to run programmes across the North of England. Last November, Prime Minister Theresa May and the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the launch of Tech Nation, consolidating Tech City UK and Tech North’s impact.

Now as Tech Nation, we’re expanding our network of growth programmes, events, skills and data resources to reach all corners and clusters of the UK.

What we do continues to be shaped by your voices. We just finished a listening tour to meet representatives from the UK’s vibrant tech landscape and understand how best to shape our national network to meet your challenges.

Our vision

To make the UK the best place to imagine, start and grow a digital business.

Our mission

To empower ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through knowledge and connections; to build a UK economy fit for the next generation.

What we do

We help startups compete globally to bring jobs, skills and higher productivity to the UK and build an economy that’s fit for the future. We do this through a range of activities.

Growth programmes

Tailored to each stage of your business cycle

Digital entrepreneurship skills

Digital Business Academy will help you and your team upskill

Visa scheme

Access to Tier 1 visas to bring exceptional tech talent to the UK

Championing UK digital

Through data, case studies, events and media

Our Board

Our board reflect the ethos of the organisation and the audience that it serves. Our board members include tech founders, investors and thought leaders in the digital, financial and creative fields. We are grateful that they work on a pro-bono arrangement, reflecting their strong belief in our cause and mission.

We'll be announcing new members of our board soon.

Entrepreneur Advisory Panel

Meet the team

We might look like a furniture removal company in this photo owing to our fetching sweatshirts, but our talents extend beyond moving chairs. We have specialists in everything from ops and partnerships to content and marketing. We're spread out across the UK too, from London to Newcastle.

Gerard Grech

Chief Executive Officer

MB Christie

Chief Operating Officer

Caroline Rae

Commercial Director

Tia McPhee

Marketing Director

April Williams

Senior Talent Manager

Ashley Hough

Events Manager

Becky Taylor

Programme Manager

Ben Wackett

Digital Marketing Executive

Carol Dametto

Roadmap ManagerCharlie Bailey

Davina Yanful

Events Lead

Doug Jones

Entrepreneur Engagement Lead

EJ Quinn

Events Lead (maternity cover)

Eloise Seriau

Programme Manager

Esme Caulfield

Competitions Lead

Frances Hemingway

Head of Finance & Company Secretary

Francesca Cahill

Insights Manager

George Windsor

Insights Lead

Georgina Hardy

Propositions Lead

Gregoire Michel

Fintech Lead

Hayley Fisher

Senior People Consultant

Heika Fu

Head of Digital Products & Delivery

Henri Egle Sorotos

Senior Insights Manager

Jack Preece

Learning Creator

James Bedford

Head of Investment Partnerships

Jamie Hardesty

Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – North East

Jazz Hanley

Senior Partnerships Manager

Jos Smart

Mid-stage Lead

Kane Fulton

Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – Yorkshire & Humber

Lauren Nicholson

Early-stage Lead

Lindy Pyrah

Visa Analyst

Lucy Cousins

Data Design Intern

Maria Palmieri

Head of Government Relations

Matt Jeffs-Watts

Head of Visas

Monique Anderson

Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – North West

Meera Last

Programme Manager

Nadina Osmani

Content & Creative Manager

Orla Browne

Content & Social Media Manager

Parveen Dhanda

Head of Growth Programmes & Late-stage Lead

Paul Abbot

Tech Lead

Sinead Daly

Programme Manager

Stephan Kuester

Head of International Consulting

Ugne Sapezinskaite

Strategic Accounts Manager

Vicki Shiel

Head of Content & Learning

William Dolby

Senior Digital Marketing Manager

Our funding

We are both publicly and privately funded. We receive public funding from the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Our funding from government for 2018-19 is £5.2m. This represents roughly 80% of our funding. The rest is generated from sponsorship and paid-for educational programmes like Immersion.