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Joanne Whitfield

As FW Capital’s Fund Director in the North East, I lead a team of Investment and Portfolio Executives across offices in Newcastle and Tees Valley. I am responsible for managing the £10m Tees Valley Catalyst Fund which is available across the North East, and the £102m NPIF Debt Finance Fund, with a focus on the Tees Valley, but with the ability to support SMEs in Yorkshire and Humber. I also oversee the management of the new £10 million North East Property Fund, which offers loans to smaller construction companies for non-speculative commercial and residential developments.    I was also responsible for the successful delivery of the £24.39m North East Growth Plus Fund, part of the £160m Finance for Business North East Fund.

I joined FW Capital in 2010 and have a strong track record of making debt and equity investments in growing businesses. I am an experienced investment professional having worked in venture capital for over 13 years. During that time I have led investments into companies at all stages of development across a broad range of sectors and have backed many of the successful businesses based in the North East.

I studied Mathematical Engineering at the University of Leeds and am a qualified Chartered Accountant, having completed my training with Deloitte & Touche. I also hold the ICAEW Corporate Finance qualification.