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 organization boosting the digital economy across the whole of the UK. 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 Digital Shadows, Focal Point Positioning, Prowler.IO, Butternut Box and other portfolio companies. Burbidge was also formerly chair of financial technology start-up Tide, one of the first digital-only finance platforms in the UK to provide current accounts for businesses, and an early investor and director at consumer challenger bank Monzo; where she is now Board Director.
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 2018, Dixons Carphone appointed 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.
I simply believe that everyone within an ecosystem stands to benefit if parties are transparent, open and willing to communicate with one another.Eileen Burbidge