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Jill Ridley-Smith

Co-opted Member of the NTU Development Board


Jill works with start-up and scale-up companies as a Non-Executive Director, business mentor, coach, adviser and investor. She is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of The Digital Catapult, Smartzer and Pearson Ham. In addition, she volunteers as a business mentor for the government's Start-Up Loans scheme. Previously Jill worked in private equity investment and portfolio management at HgCapital and held management roles at GlaxoSmithKline and LEK Consulting. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director with over 15 years of experience working at Board level.

Jill graduated in Economics from the University of Bristol in 1994. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois in 1999. She is an accredited commercial mediator qualifying in 2012 from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Jill is married with two children and lives in London.