SIS Ventures appoints new investment manager to fuel growth

Siobhan Moore, investment manager at SIS Ventrures

SOCIAL Investment Scotland (SIS) has hired a new investment manager for its wholly-owned impact investment fund, SIS Ventures, supporting its continued growth amid increasing investor demand for mission-driven businesses.

Siobhan Moore joins the impact investor from Finsbury Food Group. Prior to that, Siobhan spent seven years within Johnston Carmichael’s corporate finance team, providing strategic advice and guidance to clients across a range of sectors and at every stage of the business life cycle. Qualifying as a chartered accountant, she has a wealth of experience working with entrepreneurs and early-stage companies to support their growth.

As an investment manager, Siobhan will support the management of SIS Ventures’ existing portfolio, while also playing a key role in future fundraising activities. She will lead on follow-on and new investments, including all aspects of due diligence as well as contributing to pipeline development and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Launched in 2018, SIS Ventures has already raised and deployed its first fund, Impact First, investing £1.3m in eight high-growth potential enterprises with ambitions to make a positive impact on society. In November 2020, Jill Arnold was appointed as head of SIS Ventures to help scale-up impact investment across the UK and lead the next round of fundraising.

Commenting on her new role, Siobhan said: “With impact investment beginning to break through into the mainstream, it’s an exciting time to be joining SIS Ventures. Scotland has a growing reputation for developing successful purpose-led entrepreneurs and businesses, and I’m looking forward to helping to develop this community and supporting the growth of the mission driven enterprise space. I have first-hand experience of working with owner-managed organisations, providing guidance on investment readiness and growth strategies and I am keen to develop this experience with a clear focus on impact investment.”

Jill Arnold, head of SIS Ventures, added: “Siobhan is a welcome addition to our growing team and her corporate experience will stand her in good stead for dealing with the impactful and ambitious portfolio of companies we invest in. Never has the wider impact of business been more under the spotlight, and SIS Ventures is on an exciting journey to becoming the go-to impact investor for the UK’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

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