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Rachel Hannan

Rachel has a strong track record in both the corporate world, including PwC and as an entrepreneur, co-founding 2 business start-ups in manufacturing and more latterly search, selection and leadership consultancy GatenbySanderson. This went from start up to £multi-million market leader it its specialist sector and delivering over £4m profit before tax within 8 years before a successful exit in 2010. For the last 8 years she has been a strategic advisor, consultant and NED for a range of high growth businesses. She is also one of Yorkshire’s most active Angel Investors, having invested in over 10 businesses across a range of sectors including technology, education, medical devices, food manufacturing, human capital and social enterprises, and has also financed a number of house building projects. Overall her portfolio of Non-Executive roles covers organisations employing well over 1,000 people and she has invested 7 figures over the last 8 years in SMEs and building affordable homes. Outside of her commercial activities she is Chair of Leeds Community Foundation and an Independent Governor and Board member for the University of Bolton, where she also Chairs the Resources and Remuneration Committees.

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