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David Grahame

David Grahame graduated M.A. Hons from the University of St Andrews in 1976 and started and ran his own businesses for several years before developing the ACS business angel initiative, becoming its first Chief Executive in 1993.

Since then, ACS members have made over 1100 investments in fast growing Scottish companies, making it one of the most successful and effective angel communities in Europe. ACS also pioneered initiatives in investment readiness, syndicate building, public/private co-investment, and sustainable intervention.

David currently has personal angel investments in a diverse group of companies and other current or past appointments include:

  • Board of the World Business Angels Association.
  • Founding board of EBAN (the European Business Angels Network).
  • Expert Panel (Business Angels) for Directorate General, Enterprise, of the European Commission.
  • Programme Monitoring Committee for the European Structural Funds in Scotland.
  • Advisory board of SU2P Scotland – Stanford partnership.
  • Bank of England Small Firms Consultation Group.
  • Committee of Scottish Clearing Banks Small Business Forum
  • Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust.
  • Business Rating Valuation Appeals Panel,

In 2003 he was made an OBE by The Queen for his services to entrepreneurship.