Valerie spent ten years in corporate finance in the City, with Schroders, Cazenove and Flemings, before moving into venture capital, investing mainly in early stage, high growth businesses. She currently manages a university seedcorn fund and a number of EIS funds.

Valerie has a first class degree in engineering from Cambridge University, a diploma in Management Studies, a diploma in Charity Accounting and is a Chartered Secretary. She is also a trustee of the Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Beat (The Eating Disorders Association).