Since co-founding in 1994, Julia has invested a combination of her time and money in a series of new businesses in the digital and environmental sectors.

With fifteen years’ experience in start-ups, including a P2P platform, she recently moved to investment manager Downing LLP where she is Partner and Head of Crowdfunding.

In her role as Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, she has been instrumental in reforming regulation for investors and in the creation of the new Innovative Finance ISA.

She is an active investor in small early-stage purpose-driven businesses and is a champion for diversity, particularly in Fintech.