SEP renews its commitment to diversity

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As a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter, we have renewed our pledge to help build a more balanced and fairer UK financial services industry, announcing our annual statement of progress against diversity targets. We are delighted to report that we have retained female representation in senior management positions at Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) at 38%, while also making progress in developing the careers of female staff. This has included the promotion of Rachael Williamson to Director of HR and the recent appointment of Alizeh McClelland as an Associate in our investment team. We have also engaged with Future VC, a mentoring programme run by Diversity VC which aims to encourage those from communities underrepresented in venture capital to join the industry.

Calum Paterson, Managing Partner of SEP said: “We believe that improving the gender balance at board level leads to greater diversity of ideas and improved business decision making and performance. Gender diversity within the senior management team at SEP has brought unquestionable benefits to our firm. We are pleased to also report an improving position across our portfolio of high growth technology companies, where 29% of new senior appointments over the last 12 months have been female. We fully acknowledge that there is still much more to do.”

Committed to encouraging a sustainable and inclusive culture, not only within our firm but also across our portfolio of investee companies, we signed the Women in Finance Charter in September 2018 declaring our objective of ensuring a minimum of 30% female representation within our senior management team at all times.

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