Eileen Burbidge New Tech City Chair


Four months after Baroness Shields stepped down as chair of Tech City UK, they have finally appointed a replacement: superstar VC and emerging queen of the UK tech scene Eileen Burbidge. Eileen’s appointment is a significant coup for an organisation that is widely regarded as something of a joke in the London tech community and is still reeling from the Walter Mitty accusations now being leveled at their previous chair Joanna.

Burbidge told Techno that she was looking forward to taking the organisation to the “next level“:

“Hopefully given my operational experience at tech corporates such as Apple, Sun and Yahoo! as well as startups such as Skype and others in silicon valley combined with my experience in working with startup founders now I can raise the bar in terms of what TechCity initiatives and programmes will genuinely add value — and be of impact to the already fast growing but very crucial sector.” 

Come on Eileen…

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