Speaker Biography

Paul Atkinson

Paul Atkinson

Par Equity

Paul is Chairman of the Par Investor Network, working with other Par colleagues to grow, and diversify the range of individual investors that contribute to our funding mix, skills capability and deal origination across the North of the UK. Paul also acts as Lead Partner for Par’s Forestry investment activities.

Paul is an entrepreneur and serial angel investor, with a substantial track record of building value for companies in the technology and services sector and taking them to a successful exit. Prior to setting up Par Equity, Paul started three previous businesses: Taranata Group, which was founded in 2001 and now employs around 150 staff, Direct Resources, which was acquired by NASDAQ listed iGate Corporation in 1999; and RecruitmentScotland.com, which was acquired by another NASDAQ listed business, TMP Worldwide, in 2000. Paul has a BSc in Physics from Manchester University and is Visiting Professor at Napier University Business School.

Outside of work, Paul likes fixing things, cooking and music, including playing his guitar collection. Spending time with family, including grandchildren.

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