Investing to Fight Climate Change
As COP26 comes to an end many people are contemplating how they can do their part towards the green agenda, we welcome Caroline Halliday, Angel Investor at Green Angel Syndicate to Friday Focus to discuss what attracted her to impact investing. Caroline, who has previously worked for BP and British Gas will also give us an insight into some of her recent investments and whether any of the outcomes from COP26 will impact on how she invests in the future.
Caroline has been an angel investor for ten years, specialising in clean technology and working with both UK-wide Green Angel Syndicate, with whom she is the Investor Director, and Equity Gap in Scotland.
Green Angel Syndicate was established in 2013 and specialises in the fight against climate change. It is one of the largest angel syndicates in the UK with over 300 members and a current portfolio of 28 companies. The syndicate draws on the strength of its wide and experienced membership to identify, assess and support the early companies in this valuable and rapidly growing area of investment. The syndicate co-invests with its own Climate Change Fund and has been awarded £5M co-investment funding from British Business Investments, a subsidiary of British Business Bank, to support regional companies with a climate focus.
Caroline has an early background in chemical engineering, refinery economics and oil trading with BP. Then, following a career change and second degree in Environmental Management, Caroline joined the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. With SEPA, Caroline progressed through a series of management and leadership roles, focussing on waste minimisation, the circular economy and licensing, eventually joining the Operations Management Team.