New committee

Scots tax specialist assists in boosting women in VC sector

Kirsty Paton: sharing skills

Scottish entrepreneurial tax specialist Kirsty Paton is joining a newly-formed committee aimed at increasing female representation in the UK’s venture capital sector.

Based in the Edinburgh office of Chiene + Tait, Ms Paton is the only Scot and the sole tax adviser on the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) Women in Venture Capital working group.

The aim of the London-based committee is to help EISA member firms and the wider UK venture capital industry achieve gender balance at all levels and support the progression of more women into senior roles. The members of the group will meet quarterly, looking at practical actions and initiatives to help firms implement appropriate diversity strategies.

Mark Brownridge, Director General at EISA said: “I’m delighted that Kirsty is to join our newly created Women in Venture Capital committee. She is a successful and well-regarded professional adviser who brings a strong Scottish perspective to the group’s UK remit of supporting more women in the venture capital industry.

“As the trade body for the industry, EISA is focused on helping provide all member firms with guidance and information and setting the tone to encourage cultural change in the wider venture capital sector across the UK.”

Commenting on her appointment, Kirsty Paton said: “I look forward to sharing my own skills and experiences in helping promote more opportunities for women in this sector.” 

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