Described by Fortune Magazine as “The Queen of British VC”, Eileen Burbidge is one of the UK’s biggest Tech personalities and one of London’s most influential venture capitalists. She is the UK Treasury’s Special Envoy for Fintech, appointed by the Chancellor as well as the Chair of Tech Nation, the British government-funded organisation boosting the digital economy across the whole of the UK.
Eileen Burbidge started her career in Silicon Valley, working for some of the world’s most prestigious tech companies, including Apple, Yahoo!, and Sun Microsystems. In 2004 she moved to London to become one of Skype’s earliest employees. In 2011, as a founding partner of Passion Capital, Burbidge was part of the team that built the pre-eminent early-stage technology venture fund based in London. At Passion, she serves as board director for Monzo Bank, Digital Shadows, Focal Point Positioning, Prowler.IO, Butternut Box and other portfolio companies. In addition to her role as Special Envoy for Fintech and Chair of Tech Nation, Burbidge is also a Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s Office and served on former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group. Eileen was awarded an MBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Business.
In addition to her role as Special Envoy for Fintech and Chair of Tech City UK, Eileen Burbidge is also a Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s Office and served on former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group.
In 2018, Dixons Carphone appointed Eileen Burbidge as an independent non-executive director of the Board and a member of the Audit Committee, and she joined the Transformation & Innovation Advisory Board for UniCredit in early 2019.