Laura joins from Pentland Group where she has been an Investment Manager since 2014, growing Pentland’s venture investment portfolio. She worked as a Board observer for Heidi Klein, Butterfly Twists and Acme FG, as well as an internal advisor to the senior executive team of Pentland Brands plc.
Prior to this, Laura ran her own consultancy as a strategic business advisor to SME retail, fashion & leisure companies on fundraising and growth strategies, as well as being the Finance Director to the Italian luxury shoe brand, Aquazzura.
Wol Kolade, managing partner at Livingbridge said:
“Laura is a fantastic addition to our team which has now expanded to over 90 people. Her deep sector expertise combined with her experience as an Investment Manager and an entrepreneur in her own right made her a natural fit for Livingbridge and we look forward to working with her.”
Laura Wathen, Associate Director at Livingbridge added:
“I am thrilled to be joining Livingbridge, especially at a time when the business is growing so rapidly. My experience running my own company and as an investor gives me a unique understanding of the journey that entrepreneurs go through, and it’s a privilege to work alongside them as they grow.”