Heather began her career as a PE teacher, but, fascinated by fitness and seeing a growth opportunity in the market, she founded Bristol-based Lifetime Training in 1995, going on to build the company to become the UK’s number one apprenticeship and skills training provider. It is a journey that has taken her through every stage of the business lifecycle, from sole trader, to scale up, to market leading business with over 1000 staff, and finally, to exit in 2016.
Heather wanted to put her success and experience to work and saw an opportunity to back female entrepreneurs though Angel investing. She began investing through Bristol Private Equity, soon becoming part of the Group and encouraging more women investors to see the benefits of syndicated investing. Heather has made 20 angel investments to date, drawing on her interests in technology and social impact, mainly focusing on women founded businesses, including This Mum Runs and All About the Cooks. Heather has also invested and established Origin Workspace in Bristol, offering a supportive working environment for businesses wishing to successfully scale.