Joanne Whitfield

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 £162.2m NPIF Debt Finance Fund which has a focus on Tees Valley. I joined FW Capital in 2010, and I have a strong track record of making debt and equity investments in growing businesses.

I oversee the management of the £10 million North East Property Fund, which offers loans to smaller construction companies for non-speculative commercial and residential developments. I was 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 am an experienced investment professional having worked in venture capital since 2003. During that time, I have led investments into companies at all stages of development across a broad range of sectors, and I have backed many of the successful businesses based in the North East.

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