Northern Gritstone, the university spin-out investment business based in the north of England, today announces the appointment of Alison Maughan as Investment Manager.

Alison joins Northern Gritstone’s growing investment team, led by Chief Investment Officer, Marion Bernard, who joined the company in January. Alison joins after nearly four years at Deepbridge Capital specialising in life sciences and will bring deep experience and expertise in this area to the team. Her appointment follows that of Mark Wyatt, who joined Northern Gritstone as Investment Director earlier this month from Mercia Asset Management.

Launched in July 2021 by the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield and chaired by Lord Jim O’Neill, Northern Gritstone is dedicated to investing in university spinouts and start-ups in the north of England, while delivering its philosophy of ‘profit with purpose.’

In May, it announced its first close of £210m after its initial fundraising attracted a broad and diverse base of investors encompassing local authority pension funds, high net worth individuals and institutional investors.

The company has since announced initial investments in life sciences company, Imperagen, immersion cooling technology producer, Iceotope, and biological engineering firm, Opteran.

Alison will be responsible for helping guide the company’s future investments and will be based initially in the Company’s Circle Square office in Manchester’s Tech District.

Northern Gritstone CEO, Duncan Johnson, said: “I am very pleased that Alison has joined our investment team as we continue to attract top-class, early-stage investors to Northern Gritstone’s ambitious vision of helping to catalyse a Silicon Valley of the North.  I look forward to Alison having a long and fulfilling career with us.”

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