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Lisa Thomson CEO of Purpose HR, establishes HR functions and people management and development frameworks within high-growth, entrepreneurial technology companies. She is an alumni of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Saltire Fellowship programme, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a qualified Executive business coach.
Lisa’s early career professional experience included working in a global semiconductor engineering business post-IPO, a family-owned global helpdesk software technology company with 250 staff, and supporting the growth and organisational development of a healthcare technology and services company from inception to post-investment commercialisation. She has gained an in depth understanding of the HR, leadership and organisational development challenges of growing and scaling a commercial business and the people related aspects of investor readiness and due diligence processes. Her current clients include high growth startups within the Archangels, ParEquity and SEP investment portfolios including Aridhia Informatics, Calcivis, PowerPhotonic, CogBooks and Greengage Lighting. She is also a contributing writer for Young Company Finance magazine and co-Director for Startup Grind Scotland