External speakers

Sherry Coutu

Entrepreneur, Investor and Non-Executive Director

Sherry Coutu is an Entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director, Investor and Advisor to companies, universities and charities. She currently chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Zoopla, the London Stock Exchange Group, Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Raspberry Pi and Artfinder. She also serves as an advisor to Linkedin, Harvard Business School European Council and is a former Trustee of Nesta. In May 2011, she was voted by Wired magazine as one the top 25 most influential people in the wired world, and one of the top ten most influential female investors. She is currently listed by Management Today as one of the Top 50 Most Inspiring Women in Europe.  Sherry is author of the Scale-Up report on UK Economic Growth, which was commissioned by the UK Government and is exploring ‘national and city dashboards’ to be able to measure the degree to which LEP’s can track the economic impact of their start-up and scale-up policies over time. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year's Honours List 2013.