Tech Nation chair stands down after five years

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by Charlie Spargo

Eileen Burbidge has stepped down as Tech Nation chair, having led the industry body since 2015.

Burbidge was named chair of the government-funded organisation, which was launched by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 to act as a support network for the growing tech sector, five years ago. Known then as Tech City, it was relaunched in 2017 as Tech Nation.

She is a partner at VC firm Passion Capital - which has invested in names like GoCardless - and a director at Monzo. She has worked at a wide range of tech firms including Yahoo, Skype, and Apple, and was awarded an MBE in 2015, not long before being appointed as a FinTech special envoy for the UK.

Tech Nation has tasked Saxton Bampfylde with the search for a new chair following her departure.

Burbidge said: “It has been a privilege to have served as chair of Tech Nation over the last four and a half years as the company has grown to be a UK-wide entrepreneur network."