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Susan Searle

Non-executive Chair

Biography

Having been Non-executive Deputy Chair of Mercia Technologies at the time of its IPO in December 2014, Susan was elected Non-executive Chair in May 2016. Previously, Susan served as the chief executive officer of Imperial Innovations Group plc (now Touchstone Innovations plc) from January 2002 to July 2013. At Imperial Innovations, Susan led funding rounds totalling circa £250.0million and during her tenure, Imperial Innovations invested £121.0million in a portfolio of healthcare, engineering and software businesses. Prior to that, Susan worked at Montech in Australia (science commercialisation), Signet Group PLC, Bank of Nova Scotia and Shell Chemicals, in a variety of business development and commercial roles. She currently serves as a non-executive director of Benchmark Holdings plc, Horizon Discovery plc and QinetiQ Group plc and is chair of Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc. Susan has an MA in chemistry from Oxford University.

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